If you have ever been through stomach pain after eating, you know exactly how painful and annoying it is. If you ever had to choose between pains, stomach pain is the last thing you would go for because not only is it distressing but also quite embarrassing at times.
Ever been in an important formal event, had a little food with people and your stomach gases start hitting you making you feel like a pregnant woman about to deliver? Because of same.
However, there are several reasons why stomach pain occurs specifically after eating.
This is one of the most common causes of stomach pain after eating. There is hard and dry feces in the descending colon accumulated due to irregular bowel habits and very low amount of fluids in the diet. When you take food, your intestines do not give it a warm welcome because there is not much space and this gives you pain.
If constipation gets serious, you will not be able to eat at all at times and suffer from a lot of pain.
Dyspepsia is commonly known as epigastric discomfort following meals. It may be due to peptic ulcer (damaged area of mucosa caused by the digestive action of gastric juice in the first few centimeters of the duodenum). When you eat, you experience heart-burn and abdominal pain. You may also experience flatulence due to anorexia, nausea, and vomiting.
Gases aren’t very dangerous, but the pain that they cause might make you wonder if you’re dying. There are gases in your stomachs such as hydrogen, oxygen, methane, and nitrogen. These are the gases that you swallow, the digestive gases and the gases that may be caused by the bacteria fermenting carbohydrates (enjoying the shelter you provide). Now unfortunately many foods that you eat produce these gases like fruits, veggies, whole grains, etc. and even if you eat something that isn’t gas producing, the food will press on the already produced gas (that is not ready to pass out) giving you sharp abdominal pain.
You might not have any specific disease, but a common allergy from a specific type of foods can cause stomach pain after eating.
Gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein. Its found in wheat, barley, and rye and if you are intolerant, it might cause gas and stomach pain.
Lactose intolerance. Ever had a cheesy pasta or pizza and suffered a stomach ache later? It might be because you are lactose intolerant. Quit dairy products.
Food poisoning, also known as gastro-enteritis, can be due to virus, bacteria, protozoa, or non-infective by some allergy. It can cause serious abdominal pain accompanied with vomiting, diarrhea or both, usually within 48 hours of consumption of contaminated food.
These naughty fellas can reach your innocent stomach within no time and sans warning! These usually come from contaminated or undercooked food and contaminated water, drinks or swimming pools. These parasites can cause infections of many kinds while they enjoy in your intestines, giving you abdominal pain. Stomach pain after eating is not uncommon in these cases.
While the above mentioned remain common and somewhat harmless causes, others can be appendicitis, piles (hemorrhoids), cancer, diverticulitis, side effects of some medications, etc.