Medical Experts Explain What Causes Belly Bloat

Amanda Montell
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In my opinion, stomach pain beats out all other forms of discomfort as the absolute worst. Nausea, bloating, cramping, mysterious stabbing pains in your abdomen—I’d take a bad headache or a broken leg over any of it. (Anyone else agree?)

What can feel just as bad as the physical pain itself is wondering what on earth is causing it. We don’t all have the time, money, or energy to rush to the doctor’s office the moment we realise our stomach hurts. At the same time, I’ve had more than one experience of frantically googling “why does my stomach hurt,” wanting a straight answer but being met with every possibility from food poisoning to colon cancer. Not helpful.

All of this inspired me to get in touch with medical professionals to put together a straightforward list of the most common stomach pain causes they see in their practice. Keep in mind that it’s still crucial to see your physician for a correct diagnosis, but in the meantime, read on to discover the five most likely reasons your stomach hurts, according to doctors.

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