Pain in the right side of the stomach

Now that we have looked at pain in the left side of the stomach, it only follows that we will look at pain in the right side of the stomach as well.

Pain on the right side of the stomach often relates to the intestinal tract.

Dis-eases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis will cause pain in the right side of your stomach or abdomen.

Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, but is most commonly found in lower part of the small intestine known as the ileum.

As a side note, many people do not think about the mouth and anus being connected or don’t want to but in fact there is a path that leads from top to bottom and understanding the “journey” from one to another helps us to figure out at which part there is a problem.

The swelling of the ileum causes pain in the stomach and can make the intestines empty more frequently resulting in diarrhea. As you know or can imagine, this can have a negative effect on one’s social and work life and is very discouraging.

Since the immune system plays a big part in the onset of Crohn’s disease it would only make sense that Crohn’s disease can be helped by strengthening your immune system.

One very effective way is with the help of probiotics. Probiotics help by replacing the friendly flora that your intestinal tract needs. This is called re-colonizing. Replacing this flora helps your body to absorb and retain more of the nutrients that you digest.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is yet another cause of stomach pain on the right side. Ulcerative colitis symptoms include: abdominal pain, gurgling in the abdomen, nausea and vomiting, etc.  See our site Symptoms of Stomach Ulcers as well.

Once you have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis your doctor or alternative medicine practitioner will probably suggest that it is best to eat frequent small meals throughout the day.  Eating this way will help not to tax your digestive system.

Drink lots of water (but in small amounts throughout the day). If they bother you, avoid high fiber foods such as popcorn, beans, nuts and seeds. If they do not bother you, a high fiber diet is always a good thing for healing. It is more the kernal rather than the food that is the reason for avoidance. Small seeds and foods with kernals or shells will often aggravate by way of becoming trapped in the digestive tract.

Avoiding fried foods if a common answer to most digestive diseases.   Let’s face it, concentrated fat is never going to be a good thing.  Limiting your intake of caffeine and decrease your alcohol consumption will be on the list of what is suggested to you, as well.

Stress plays a big role in the onset of gastrointestinal disorders. Stress can easily cause your stomach to flare up and become inflamed. Learn to relax, and eliminate stresses including the stress of an unhealthy diet. Choosing to eat healthy foods and avoiding white flour and sugar products will keep from taxing the liver and then the gastro intestinal tract following. Enough cannot be said about a healthy diet and lifestyle and how quickly you can move towards a pain free and healthy, happy life.

No one enjoys stomach pain. You may enjoy what brought you to this point in time but it will be no fun from here out if you do not make changes that heal the body.

The reasons for pain are many and we encourage you to take positive and healthy steps to decrease those issues that steer you in the wrong direction and instead make the positives steps to increasing your immune system, your gastrointestinal tract and in doing so you will undoubtedly increase your sense of well being.