When you are under stress, levels of stimulating hormones, such as adrenaline in the blood are rising and therefore the stomach muscles and the muscle layer of the intestinal wall creates tension, which leads to a feeling of “butterflies in the stomach” or real pain. The strategy to relieve stress includes regular exercise, yoga and relaxation classes.
In addition, abdominal pain sometimes occurs as a result of the following symptoms that have nothing to do with the digestive organs:
- Urinary tract infections
- Muscle strain in the abdominal wall
- Kidney stones
- Gynecological problems
- Pressure or irritation due to disorders outside the gastrointestinal tract
Abdominal cramps, digestive problems and painful strained muscles of the abdominal wall can be reduced by placing well-wrapped hot water bottle or hot compresses to the painful area.
The second method is to put the hot water bottle on the sore spot and leave it there for three minutes. On every minute, replace the hot water bottle with cold water bottle. During the next 20 minutes, you should also alternate hot and cold compresses and end up with the hot one.