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My stomach hurts each time I eat, whether it be fast food or a healthy salad with baked salmon. What could be the cause?

Posted by emilycoates

For the past few weeks each time I eat I experience severe discomfort in my lower abdomen.  I can't exactly call it 'pain'; it's kind of a mix between stomach pain and menstrual cramps.  It's hard to explain, but in general, I am extremely uncomfortable and it also causes a little bit of nausea.  It doesn't matter whether I eat a large meal, or a snack.  It does not hurt when I simply drink something, whether it be water or caffeinated. 
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Do you think you could be allergic to something?
I'm really not sure.  For the first week I thought that could be it.  I'm planning to track everything I eat for the next two weeks, noting if I have any pain or discomfort and how long it lasts before making an appointment with a doctor.  But, I'm hesitant to think that has to be it, as I'm experiencing these feelings after each meal or snack, regardless of the food I'm eating.  I hope though that it is something so simple.  I've been researching a lot of different possibilities online and to be honest, all it's succeeded in doing is turn me into a hypochondriac. 
Yea searching online can make you a bit uneasy at what you might have. It could be a food allergy, or even multiple food allergies. For instance, if you're allergic to corn, you'd be amazed at what you can't eat. Same goes for celiac disease. If you take a list of what you've eaten over a two week period to your doctor they'll be in a much better postion to figure out what it might be and its severity. Good luck!!
You may have gastritis, or inflammation of the inside of your stomach. This may lead to stomach ulcers. Often this is caused by increased stomach acid. Try taking some over the counter acid reducers such as Pepcid or Prilosec and see if that helps your symptoms. If the pain persists, go see your doctor as you may require an endoscopy.
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