How to Find Out what’s Making Your Stomach Hurt Using this ‘Belly Map’

Abdominal pain can occur in many forms, each different than the other. Also, not every abdominal pain is life-threatening, but it does indicate that something is wrong within the body.

Depending on your type of pain and its location, there are a couple of conditions you might be suffering from:

  • Gallstones
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Constipation

If you are starting to feel cramps or pain, make sure that you have thought about the trigger causing this pain. You could have eaten something, which leads to stomach lining and intestinal swelling or inflammation. This can also occur as a result of consuming plenty of alcohol.

Furthermore, you can experience stomach pain due to a virus threat or allergies.

Fatty foods also have the habit of irritating the stomach.

When your stomach is in pain, you are most likely to deal with heartburn, gas, nausea, vomiting, belching, chills, and an increase in bowel movements.

In case you recognize any of these symptoms, make a doctor’s appointment, who will diagnose you accordingly.

Here is a graphic that will show you how stomach pain works, according to its location and intensity:


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Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Written by Rachell S. Anderson, Senior Writer

Rachael has been with Live Science since 2010. She has a masters degree in journalism from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and a Master of Science in biology from the University of California, San Diego.

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