Does your stomach hurt almost all the time? Chronic lower belly pain is so common these days, most people think it’s normal. It’s only when the abdominal cramps become severe that they begin to worry it could be something serious. Here are some common causes of abdominal pain.
Constipation is a number one cause of chronic lower belly pain, especially in women. If you’re not having at least 1 bowel movement per day, you’re constipated. Constipation is often caused by a combination of poor diet, lack of exercise, and stress. If constipation is giving you severe abdominal cramps, you can try treating it naturally by adding more fiber-rich foods to your diet and drinking 6-8 glasses of water per day. Probiotics and digestive enzymes are also excellent natural constipation relievers.
Cervicitis (inflammation of the cervix), can also cause lower belly pain. Chronic yeast infections and bacterial vaginosis are common causes of inflamed cervix. Women with cervical pain often find sexual intercourse painful and may feel period-like cramps in between their menstrual cycles. Since cervicitis can also be caused by sexually transmitted disease, it’s important for women with these symptoms to visit their gynecologist for accurate diagnosis.
This inflammatory bowel disease is a common cause of severe abdominal cramps. In people with this gastrointestinal condition, the immune system over-reacts and begins to attack the lower intestine. Oftentimes, this reaction is caused by undiagnosed gluten intolerance. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. People with an intolerance to this protein often experience severe abdominal cramps, diarrhea, muscle aches, chronic fatigue, flatulence, and brain fog.
To determine if food allergies are causing your lower belly pain, try an elimination diet. An elimination diet removes all the major food allergens, including gluten, lactose, citrus fruits, shellfish, food dyes, and soy for one month. It may seem difficult to do but it is well worth it to stop living in constant pain. After the one-month period is over, add a different allergen each day to test for a reaction. When you find it, you’ll know.
This form of inflammatory bowel disease commonly affects the lower intestines but, unlike ulcerative colitis, it can also affect other parts of the digestive system such as the mouth and the anus. Smoking, Jewish heritage, and environmental allergies can make crohn’s disease symptoms worse. Adding probiotics, digestive enzyme supplements, and bulk fiber can ease the symptoms of this IBD. It is also important for anybody living with chronic gastrointestinal inflammation to cut junk out of their diets. Fast food only makes things much worse.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
If you have severe abdominal pain along with frequently loose bowel movements, you might have a common condition called IBS. Unlike other inflammatory bowel diseases, irritable bowel syndrome is very closely connected to emotions. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome find their symptoms worsen during periods of emotional distress. Celiac disease (gluten intolerance) and lactose intolerance are often contributors to IBS.
If you’re living with lower belly pain, don’t just hide the symptoms with over-the-counter drugs, get to the bottom of it and live a healthier, happier life.