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What Causes Stomachaches?

Learn what causes stomachaches from gastroenterologist Lisa Ganjhu, M.D. in this Howcast video about stomach problems and digestive disorders.

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Stomach aches is basically a global symptom of abdominal pain because stomach, obviously, stomach and ache is actually pain. So anything that causes pain gives you what is called a stomachache. The most common thing that causes stomachaches is probably what you're eating. If you're eating too much or you're eating something that's too fatty or too processed it basically sits in your stomach and ferments. Your stomach stretches a little bit, gets a little gassy, and that discomfort or that stretching of your stomach can cause a stomachache. Also, hyperacidity from stress or from a lot of different things that can cause ulcers or gastritis can cause a stomachache as well and the best way of managing that is by neutralizing the acid. We can do that with antacids such as Maalox or Mylanta, H2 blockers like Pepcid or Zantac, or the stronger antacids called proton pump inhibitors such as Prilosec or Prevacid. All of those medications can reduce the acid and get rid of your stomach ache.

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