THE SYMPTOMS

Men's Fitness - - Beat Disease -

You ex­pe­ri­ence pain in your stom­ach area that doesn’t sub­side af­ter a few hours.

THE CUL­PRITS

The most likely ex­pla­na­tion is a sim­ple case of trapped wind. But if the pain is sud­den and se­vere, it might be due to ap­pen­dici­tis, gall­stones, bleed­ing ul­cers, kid­ney stones, di­ver­ti­c­uli­tis (in­flam­ma­tion of bowel pouches), gas­troen­teri­tis or just a pulled mus­cle. Long-term or re­cur­ring pain can be a sign of ir­ri­ta­ble bowel syn­drome, in­flam­ma­tory bowel dis­ease, gas­tri­tis (in­flam­ma­tion of the stom­ach lining), uri­nary tract in­fec­tions or sim­ple con­sti­pa­tion.

WHAT TO DO

If it feels like indigestion, you can treat it with antacids. ‘But if it’s crip­pling pain, or you

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