Wednesday, October 6, 2021 (Health Day News)-A new survey found that if you often have stomachaches after meals, then you are not alone. One in ten people often experience pain associated with eating.
According to an online survey of more than 54,000 people in 26 countries/regions, this includes 13% of women and 9% of men, and is most common among people aged 18 to 28 (15%).
Esther Colomier, a PhD student at the University of Leuven in Belgium and the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, said: “The main message of this study is that people who experience meal-related abdominal pain have more frequent other gastrointestinal symptoms. .”
These people are also more likely to experience bloating, stomach swelling, feeling too full after eating, or eating too fast. They also reported constipation and diarrhea, as well as more psychological distress and other symptoms.
Overall, 36% of respondents often experience meal-related pain, while 25% experience occasional anxiety and 18% do not. Compared with people with occasional symptoms (24%) and people with no symptoms (17%), people with frequent abdominal pain have a higher rate of depression (35%).
“They also have a higher burden of psychological and physical symptoms, such as back pain or shortness of breath, which are related to major pain and functional problems,” Kolomir said in a European Union Gastroenterology press release. “These symptoms can cause distress and disturbance to daily life.”
30% of people report frequent pain after eating, while 20% of people who have symptoms such as constipation and diarrhea have occasional symptoms, and the proportion of others is 10%. Research results show that this also applies to abdominal distension and bloating symptoms.
Colomier suggested that when diagnosing diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome and bloating, one should consider diet-related symptoms-a type of health problem called DGBI, gut-brain interaction disorder.
“In clinical practice, evaluating the dietary associations of all DGBI patients may be important for improving and personalized treatment. Here, patients can benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to care, including diet and lifestyle advice, psychological support, and medications. “Colomier said.
The results of the study were announced at the European Union Gastroenterology Online Conference on Monday. Research results presented at medical conferences should be considered preliminary results until published in peer-reviewed journals.
The Mayo Clinic has more information about stomach pain after meals.
Source: United European Gastroenterology, press release, October 4, 2021