Doctor Oz said that many people are ignoring stomach pain or self medicating their belly pain. Dr Oz was joined by Dr. Roshini Raj, who said that women are often embarrassed about stomach pain, ignore it or turn to self medicating. Dr Oz introduced to us what medical school students learn about: an Abdominal Clock or a Stomach Clock. You point to where the pain is on the clock, if you imagine a clock on your stomach with the 12 pointing straight up.
Stomach Pain Clock Guide
Stomach Pain at 12 o’Clock – Heartburn
If you have pain at the top of your belly at 12 o’clock, this is often heartburn. It will usually feel like a burning sensation, pressure or pain in the center of your chest. Some people have such bad pain from heartburn that they think they are having a heart attack. Dr Oz said that Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) can cause heartburn. You often get heartburn symptoms after a meal or when you lay down at night. Dr Oz explained that what happens is that acid goes up from your stomach into your esophagus and burns it. You should examine your diet and avoid tomatoes, caffeine and citrus fruits. Try over-the-counter antacids as well. If you take antacids often though or if they do not help, then you should see your doctor to be sure it is not going to develop into esophageal cancer.
Stomach Pain at 4 o’Clock – Constipation
If you have belly pain at 4 0’clock, so near the lower left quadrant of your stomach, then you are likely constipated. Constipation is an achy feeling where you have a dull pain and feel sluggish. Dr Oz said that the descending colon is the final leg of the bowel movement and you can often get stool stuck there because it is too hard. You should increase your fiber, water and activity to help clear up constipation, and you can also try osmotic laxatives like milk of magnesium or magnesium citrate lemon.
Stomach Pain at 10 o’Clock – Gall Stones
If you have a severe sharp pain around 10 o’clock in your tummy, then you could have gall stones. Gall stones are often accompanied by nausea or vomiting. You must see your doctor if you have gall stones because you will need a ultrasound test and potentially surgery to remove the gall stones.
Stomach Pain Checklist:
When you go to your doctor for stomach pain, make sure you can answer these questions:
1. Describe your pain in detail.
2. Rate your pain from 1 to 10.
3. What makes your stomach pain better or worse – weight loss, fever, nausea, vomiting, etc.