Lower abdominal pain is a major problem which face almost everyone at certain periods. Usually, women most often experience this kind of pain especially in their periods or menstruation. But abdominal pain is not just a women’s problem as there are many reasons which cause this pain for men and women.
Abdominal (belly) pain can be defined as the pain or discomfort which you feel in the part of the trunk, in the area above the pelvis and below the rib.
The pain can come from any organ located within the abdomen or those adjacent to the belly.
Lower abdominal pain, in general, is not a fatal problem, it is very common and often easily treated by using a home remedy. However, if this pain comes and go on a regular basis or without a visible cause, you will have to consult your doctor.
Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain
Diagnosing the cause of abdominal pain is based on the physical characteristics, examination, and testing as well.
Sometimes, it may need a surgery to give an exact diagnosis.
Furthermore, it is really challenging to find the diagnosis of this pain because the characteristics may be atypical or change over time, diseases causing pain may mimic each other and tests are not accurate enough.
Additionally, the patient’s history of disease and many other health conditions play a crucial role in prescribing the medical treatment.
Causes of Abdominal Pain
We feel abdominal pain due to many different causes including:
1- Gastroenteritis (stomach flu)
Abdominal pain can be caused when you put excessive pressure on the colon as a result of constipation, and it usually resolve within a few days.
This kind of pain is often accompanied by nausea, fever, vomiting, cramping, bloating, gas and loose, fluid-filled stools.
In general, vomiting causes abdominal pain due to the moving of stomach acids backward through the digestive tract, these acids irritate tissues as well.
3. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
People with irritable bowel syndrome are less able (for unknown reason) to digest certain types of foods.
Those people suffer from severe abdominal pain which is often relieved after a bowel movement. They may also feel gas, nausea, cramping, and bloating.
4. Acid reflux
The stomach acids usually travel backward into the throat which causes a burning sensation accompanied with pain. It also causes bloating, cramps or other abdominal symptoms.
If the food in the small intestine are broken down by bacteria, gases appear causing much pain as well as tightness or restriction in the abdomen and flatulence or belching.
Home Remedies for lower abdominal pain
Many home remedies proved to be very beneficial to treat many health problems. In this case, home remedies are so effective to get rid of lower abdominal pain, so let’s check some of them:
If PMS or menstruation are causing pain in your lower abdomen, you can treat it by applying heat on the by relaxing the contracting muscles in the uterus.
Place a heating pad over the lower part of your abdomen.
Keep it on the are till you feel more comfortable.
Soak a towel in water, wring out the excess water.
Put the towel in the microwave for 1 minute till it become warm then place it on the lower abdomen until the it cools down.
Repeat this process till eliminate the pain.
Take a hot shower.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a powerful detoxifying agent and rich in calcium and potassium which make it a good treatment for a wide variety of ailments like indigestion, gases, constipation and many other
It can also ease cramping of the uterine muscles, reduce the menstruation pain and dissolve kidney stones.
Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water.
Add a teaspoon of honey.
For the best results, drink this solution once or twice a day.
Fennel is well-known home remedy which has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It can treat the pain due to indigestion, gas, menstrual cramps, PMS or constipation by helping relax the muscles in the uterus.
Boil a cup of water.
Mix 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds with the water.
Leave it for 5 minutes.
Strain and drink this tea twice or thrice daily.
Chew on a spoonful of fennel seeds daily.
This herb, chamomile, is rich in anti-inflammatory and antispasmodic properties which can provide relief from lower abdominal pain by relaxing the uterus and easing the spasmodic contractions that cause pain during menstruation.
Soothing cup of chamomile tea is considered a good remedy for diverticular disease which ,in turn, causes pain in the lower abdomen.
Boil a cup of water.
Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of dried chamomile flowers to the water.
Leave it to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain it well and add 1 teaspoon of honey.
To get the best results, drink up to 3 cups of chamomile tea a day.
Chamomile can cause serious results for pregnant women or women who take birth control pills or blood-thinning medicine.
Ginger is known as the secret remedy which can treat many health problems including reducing the lower abdominal pain caused by different causes including menstruation, PMS, constipation, indigestion, gas, diverticular disease or diverticulitis.
Ginger has a carminative effect on the body and acts by relaxing and soothing the intestinal tract. As a result, it can reduce the pain as well as accelerate gastric emptying and improve the digestion.
Boil a cup of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of grated ginger to the water.
Leave it to simmer for 5 minutes.
Strain it and add teaspoon of honey and lemon juice for taste.
For best results, drink 2 to 3 cups of ginger tea a day.
Add a few drops of ginger essential oil to any Carrier oil.
Use the mixture to massage your stomach.
Repeat the process twice a day.
The menthol in peppermint works as a natural analgesic and helps reduce abdominal pain, whether it is in the lower or upper portion.
peppermint tea to treat lower abdominal pain caused by gases as well as other digestive problems.
Chew some peppermint leaves.
Boil a cup of water.
Add 1 teaspoon of fresh peppermint leaves.Leave it to steep for 10 minutes. Strain it and add some honey.
Drink the tea 2 or 3 times a day.
avoid peppermint if you have heartburn or acid reflux disease.