The noises in the stomach can be annoying and inopportune, but they are natural reflections of the abdominal viscera and tissues that can give us signals about what is happening with our state of health. This time we present why these noises occur, the main signals, and how to detect them.

Are stomach noises normal?

Yes and no, let’s start with yes, when there are strange sounds in the abdominal area, they are generally due to a natural reaction to the need for food, water or because the garment is too tight. In all the above cases, the person shows this problem and knows why and how to correct it. They are the simplest cases to identify and their health signals are not of great relevance. Below we can find out what abdominal noises that are accompanied by pain or discomfort are about.

Noises in the stomach, pain and how to treat them

The next category of sounds that are produced in the stomach are more complex, in fact, the diagnosis and treatment of each of them depends on a clinical analysis. Generally these noises cause pain, the most common are those that give the sensation of being burning, generating a twinge in the belly or a sensation of movement in the abdominal area.

Gurgling noises with burning pain

It is a superficial pain that is caused by skin reactions to pressure. This process causes noises that the person perceives in the entire abdominal area but cannot locate. Despite this, he feels a pain that is described as if it burned all the internal and external part. The best recommendation is to perform a stool analysis that unlinks bacterial processes.

Localizable noise, stabbing pain

It is a noise that can be specifically located anywhere in the abdominal area. This noise causes a pain that patients often describe as if a spear or point were piercing them. Unlike burning pain, this is usually deep and has to do with problems with the muscles that contract as a result of an injury.

Loud noises, shooting pain

When the noises in the stomach are loud they can be indicators of affections in sensory pathways or centers throughout the digestive tract. They are usually caused by a viral infection or bacteria. One of its main characteristics is reflected through the type of pain the person refers to. Often the patient states that he feels as if he will be spanked in the abdomen.

Other causes of stomach noises

  • Blockage of blood vessels causes clots that can cause blockage in the mesenteric arteries that supply the entire intestinal tract.
  • A bowel obstruction caused by a tumor, hernia, or adhesions often causes stomach sounds.
  • Ileus occurs, a condition that paralyzes intestinal activity. Many alterations can cause it and cause the viscera to contract and cause strange noises.

When to see a specialist

  • When the pain causes bleeding in the rectum.
  • If the nausea increases with the days.
  • If constipation or diarrhea last.
  • When vomiting appears, it is constant or more aggressive.

Whether the noises in the stomach are annoying or not, or even do not present pain, it is very important to pay attention to them since in most cases they always indicate an acute problem, in advanced cases they indicate one of the aforementioned cases. The truth is that they always indicate an alteration in health .

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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