Morning Stomach Pain 


On February 23, 2020. Dr. Sylvester Ikhisemojie

One of the most difficult problems to deal with in any individual is the issue of stomach pain . That is particularly true if the pain is said to occur in the morning . Such pains can be due to a wide range of causes from mild ones which the person may even have a home remedy for to more serious problems that will warrant having to go to the hospital. In order to properly diagnose stomach pain occurring in the morning , it is important to take the person’s age into consideration as well as the location of the pain within the abdomen .

Many people believe that the abdomen and the stomach are one and the same but do not appreciate that the stomach is one of a large number of structures inside the abdomen . Therefore , stomach pain is often used when what they mean is abdominal pain which makes it all the more important that the site of the pain is determined .

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One of the most common causes of stomach pain occurring in the morning is indigestion which is medically known as dyspepsia . The type of food a person eats especially before going to bed at night is a frequent cause of this problem . It is the most common symptom associated with indigestion and the people who suffer from this problem usually also have nausea and bloating and may even vomit . Such persons quickly become full whenever they eat or drink something . At other times , this symptom may be the harbinger of some serious ailment especially when it becomes a long standing problem and is associated with weight loss . At such times , prominent among the possible causes will be diseases like cancer of the stomach.

Gastritis is another common cause of stomach pain in the morning hours . This means there is inflammation of the stomach’s lining causing pain in the upper part of the abdomen and nausea . There may also be a feeling of fullness and it is a problem which can develop suddenly or slowly over a period of time . Such an inflammation may be caused by certain chemicals or food additives or by virtue of the foods we eat . The more the variety of the foods taken together , the more likely it is to be in the situation where this sort of problem can be an issue .

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One other cause of such stomach pain is gastroenteritis which is also an inflammation of the stomach and intestines as well. This inflammation is usually caused by an infection. Such an infection could be caused by bacteria or viruses and they often cause diarrhoea and vomiting. Sometimes , a fever may develop as well especially in children. Most frequently , the use of fluid replacement therapy by mouth or by drip depending on the severity are useful in helping the overall condition of the person to get well as quickly as possible .

Stomach ulcers which are also known as peptic ulcers often cause a dull , burning upper abdominal pain in the morning hours and also in the middle of the night. The pain is often described by sufferers as a heart burn and can resemble pepper in its effect . The cause of this malady is the presence of sores in the lining of the stomach and that part of the small intestine right after the stomach and known as the duodenum . These sores become exposed to the acid produced by the stomach and simulatea similar effect to when pepper or salt is rubbed into a wound .

Another common cause of stomach pain is constipation which can affect people of all ages . When any person is not able to pass stool even once in the course of three days , they are said to be constipated . Constipation is defined as having three or less bowel motions in a week . Such a person may develop stomach pain as a result and frequently , many people can treat theirs using home remedies or over -the – counter medicines. However , if it becomes long standing and the person develops additional symptoms such as fever or bleeding while passing stools , it is time to go to the hospital.

Stomach pain can also become a problem for certain people who have previously had an abdominal surgery . This is something that is becoming more frequent these days as the population increases and many more people seek medical help for a variety of problems . Recovery from such operations occasions the development of scars both on the skin and within the abdomen . It is said that nine out of 10 people who have had an abdominal operation will develop adhesions which is what such scars are called . These adhesions or scar tissues cause the organs to stick together and also stick to the abdominal wall . Of the people who have had an operation , most will not develop any form of problem but among those who do , stomach pain is a common complaint . They may also develop constipation , bloating and nausea . As the disease condition progresses , vomiting may become an added feature .

Pelvic inflammatory disease is another common cause of stomach pain especially in women . In this condition , there is inflammation of the fallopian tubes , uterus , cervix and ovaries . There is usually a dull pain in the lower part of the abdomen and it can be quite persistent. The pain is frequently felt when urinating or when having sex. With the passage of time , there may be a fever and the development of a vaginal discharge. Failure to treat a problem like this can lead to worsening stomach pain and serious complications including an inability to get pregnant . This condition is most often seen in women between 15 and 24 years of age .


Appendicitis is another common cause of stomach pain . It is the inflammation of the appendix , a worm – like structure found at the beginning of the large intestine . It begins suddenly most of the time with pain around the navel which shifts later to the right lower side of the abdomen a few hours later. It is associated with a fever, nausea and vomiting . The person may be unable to stand upright and can often be seen to be walking slightly bent over like an old man . There may also be a poor appetite . The pain can be made worse by passing stools . It is found in all age groups especially between 15 and 30 years . The pain usually gets worse with time and an operation is required to deal with the problem .

Gall bladder disease is another common cause of abdominal pain . This time, the pain is found in an area above where the pain of appendicitis is located and that is in the right upper part of the abdomen . The pain is often intermittent , coming and going with varying degrees of severity . The pain is also liable to be provoked by certain foods which are rich in fat such as fried plantain and fried eggs . It is frequently seen in women but sometimes occurs in men as well. If gallstones are present also and they block the ducts within the gall bladder , other features like nausea , vomiting , jaundice and the passage of dark – coloured urine also develop. When these features become recurrent , it is often wise to have the gall bladder removed through an operation .

Finally, acid reflux is a condition which also causes stomach pain in the morning . This happens when acid and stomach contents flow the wrong way and therefore back into the esophagus . This may cause a burning sensation at the back of the mouth and also in the middle part of the abdomen among the individuals who have acid reflux. This is known as the gastro -esophageal reflux disease ( GERD ) . Often , people who eat late meals and go to bed soon afterwards are liable to suffer from this as are obese or overweight people .

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