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Why Is My Stomach Hurting So Bad?

Chances are high that you have experienced a stomachache at some point in your life. Whether it is from eating too much, experiencing a stomach bug or just having a bad case of gas, a stomachache can happen at any time. But how do you know when you need to see a physician?

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Portland wants you to know how you can improve your gut health, as well as ways to treat your stomachache if it is a sign of a virus.

When Should I See a Doctor for Stomach Pain?

If your stomach is causing debilitating pain, then you need to seek medical care.

In addition, if you are feeling dehydrated, cannot keep food down for a length of time, are not getting better or are also running a fever, you want to see a professional who can ensure nothing more serious is going on with your health.

Common Causes of Stomach Pain

  • Stomach flu

  • Gas

  • Irritable bowel syndrome

  • Acid reflux

  • Vomiting

  • Gastritis

  • Food intolerances

  • Constipation

How Can I Improve My Stomach Health?

While you cannot always protect your stomach from a virus or other condition 100% of the time, there are ways you can improve your stomach health overall.

Start by choosing lean meats and limiting foods that are high in fat. Taking a probiotic and staying hydrated can also help to boost your stomach health. Limiting alcohol, exercising regularly and stopping smoking are also beneficial.

Ways to Treat a Stomach Virus

  • Drink more water.

  • Eat bland foods until your stomach can handle more.

  • Get the right nutrients.

  • Consider an electrolyte-replenishing drink.

  • Use over-the-counter medications for symptoms.

  • Get plenty of rest.

Are you having tummy trouble? Visit AFC Urgent Care Portland today for a medical examination and treatment plan.