Stomach Pain In The Night
Digestive problems are considered the most common cause of abdominal pain at night. Eating close to bedtime means digestion is more likely to occur while lying down, making it easier for stomach acid to travel back up the digestive tract. Sleeping difficulties and sleep disorders can make conditions like ulcer disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) more likely or worse,
What is a stomach pain that comes and goes?
Does the pain come and go? – Abdominal pain that comes and goes in waves is called colic, and comes from the contraction of a hollow organ such as the bowel, the gallbladder or the urinary tract. Pain from other organs may be constant – for example stomach ulcers, or pain from an abdominal infection.
Is it normal to have stomach pain everyday?
Copied! Everyone gets a stomach ache — or abdominal pain — from time to time. Usually, stomach pains are harmless conditions caused by overeating, gas, or indigestion, Frequent or recurring sharp stomach pain often is due to stress and worry, even in children.
Why am I getting stomach pain all of a sudden?
Non-urgent advice: Speak to your GP if: –
a stomach ache gets much worse quickly stomach pain or bloating will not go away or keeps coming back you have stomach pain and problems with swallowing food you’re losing weight without trying to you suddenly pee more often or less often peeing is suddenly painful you bleed from your bottom or vagina, or have abnormal discharge from your vagina you have diarrhoea that does not go away after a few days
If your GP is closed, phone 111. Serious causes of sudden severe abdominal pain include:
appendicitis – the swelling of the appendix means your appendix will need to be removed a bleeding or perforated stomach ulcer acute cholecystitis – inflammation of the gallbladder, which may need to be removed kidney stones – small stones may be passed out in your urine, but larger stones may block the kidney tubes, and you’ll need to go to hospital to have them broken up diverticulitis – inflammation of the small pouches in the bowel that sometimes requires treatment with antibiotics in hospital ectopic pregnancy – when a fertilised egg develops outside the womb – ectopic pregnancy can be very serious if it isn’t treated
If your GP suspects you have one of these conditions, they may refer you to hospital immediately. Sudden and severe pain in your abdomen can also sometimes be caused by an infection of the stomach and bowel (gastroenteritis). It may also be caused by a pulled muscle in your abdomen or by an injury.
Can stress give you stomach pain?
Beat stress to ease tummy troubles – You may have noticed a feeling of unease in your stomach during times of stress. That’s because anxiety and worry can upset the delicate balance of digestion. In some people, stress slows down digestion, causing bloating, pain and constipation, while in others it speeds it up, causing diarrhoea and frequent trips to the loo.