Why May You Be Experiencing a Warm Sensation in Stomach?

A warm sensation in the stomach may occur due to numerous reasons. This condition affects everyday activities, productivity and keeps a person irritated. 

So, what are the causes of a warm sensation in stomach? 

Mostly it is observed due to the conditions of indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, or a stomach ulcer. In some cases, drinking plenty of water and continuing food intake may worsen the symptoms. Over-the-counter antacids are the ultimate solution for symptoms linked with heartburn. Many cases are treatable at home while visiting the doctor is essential in other cases.

This article includes a detailed discussion of all the causes along with some solutions.  Read below to get an idea about all. 

Causes of Warm Sensation in Stomach

Numerous conditions may be responsible for a warm sensation in the stomach. The most notable ones are described below along with symptoms and treatments. 

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The following guide has all the information you require for an understanding regarding the problems that lead to a warm sensation in the stomach.

Dyspepsia

Dyspepsia is a condition of indigestion by diseases or conditions of the gastrointestinal tract (GI). On the other hand, numerous diseases have no involvement of the GI tract. A chronic state may arrive in indigestion which may show symptoms fluctuating in frequency and intensity.  

Signs and symptoms of dyspepsia include abdominal distention, belching, vomiting, and feeling full with a small diet.

Symptoms

  • Pain or Discomfort in the Upper abdomen
  • Belching
  • Nausea
  • Abdominal Bloating
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Distention in Abdomen (swelling)
  • Occasional Vomiting
  • Indigestion remains common during pregnancy

Many people can identify specific foods that provoke their indigestion.  Only a few foods are recommendable to avoid universally because people who experience indigestion may have trouble with some specific foods. There are no recommendable foods or diets for preventing indigestion. Excluding those eliminated foods that provoke symptoms.

Treatment

No considerable proof exists regarding the role of home remedies in treating indigestion. A clear understanding of the many causes of indigestion will aid in future strategies of devising its treatment.

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Gastritis

Gastritis (acute or chronic) is a situation in which a person experiences a burning sensation in the inner lining of the stomach. NSAIDs and infection from H. pylori are the main reasons for gastritis.

High-fat foods, alcoholic drinks, and caffeine-rich drinks are preliminary causes of Gastritis. The symptoms aggravate further with the consumption of alcohol, fried foods, spicy foods, and fatty foods. Smoking, acidic juices, tomato products, pepper, chili powder, caffeine-rich beverages, and smoking further worsen the symptoms. 

 Endoscopy, blood tests, and stool tests are effective methods to diagnose Gastritis. Moreover, PPIs such as omeprazole (Prilosec) and esomeprazole are popular to treat Gastritis with or without prescription. However, these drugs are not the cure for gastritis. They may lead to problems like gastric cancers, MALT lymphoma, renal problems, and death.

Symptoms

Gastritis, which is an inflammation of the inner tissue line of the stomach, may be acute or chronic. 

Causes of Gastritis

The Helicobacter pylori bacterium and NSAIDs are the primary causes of Gastritis. However, other causes of the condition include immune problems, infectious agents, Crohn’s disease, sarcoidosis, and granulomatous gastritis.

How to Detect Gastritis?

Gastritis is treated by symptoms and a history of NSAIDs or alcohol consumption. The H. pylori is detected from blood, breath, stool, immunological samples and biopsy tests.Treatment of Gastritis: There are different treatments for gastritis according to the varying causes. 

Diet to Treat Gastritis 

Avoid cigarettes, alcohol, carbonated drinks, fruit juices with citric acid (grapefruit, orange, pineapple), and high-fat foods. Foods to treat Gastritis are as below:

  • Teas (green and white)
  • Yogurt
  • Peppermint
  • Wheat Bran
  • Carrots
  • Coconut Water
  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Apples
  • Fresh fruits and berries
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Broccoli
  • Soybeans
  • Legumes

Medicines to Treat Gastritis

  • Prescription and non-prescription antacids
  • Famotidine (Pepcid AC) 
  • Ranitidine (Zantac 75)

Home remedies are not completely effective in curing gastritis. They reduce the symptoms of gastritis for the time being but do not treat it completely. Acute gastritis is completely recoverable without any problems. Chronic gastritis has varied outcomes over the time of treatment. 

The consequences of Chronic gastritis include peptic ulcers, gastric cancers, MALT lymphoma, anemia, renal problems, and bowel obstruction leading to death. 

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a gastrointestinal disorder with many symptoms.  It displays symptoms of abdominal pain, gas (flatulence), diarrhea, constipation, food intolerance, bloating, and abdominal cramping. 

Tests to diagnose irritable bowel syndrome are as below:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea (IBS-D)
  • Irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C)

A change in diet, lifestyle and medication is sufficient to treat IBS.

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IBS Symptoms

Abdominal pain and cramping are common with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Other signs and symptoms are as follows:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Increased gas
  • Abdominal swelling or bloating
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Cramping pain after eating certain foods
  • Nausea
  • Mucousy or foamy stool
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite

Treatment of IBS

The primary way to treat IBS is by modifying the diet. Numerous foods aggravate the symptoms and signs of IBS. If diet modification and change of lifestyle do not treat IBS then consider visiting a doctor. 

You might be prescribed with the following medications:

  • Loperamide (Imodium)
  • Attapulgite (Kaopectate)
  • Diphenoxylate and atropine (Lomotil)
  • Eluxadoline (Viberzi) 
  • Alosetron (Lotronex)
  • Rifaximin (Xifaxan) 

Peptic Ulcer

Peptic ulcers are ulcers in the lining of the stomach, duodenum, and esophagus. These ulcers form as a result of the formation and growth of H. pylori bacteria inside the stomach. Anti-inflammatory medicines and cigarette smoking are the fundamental causes of peptic ulcers.

Symptoms

These are the few symptoms that you might experience in case of peptic ulcer:

  •  Abdominal burning
  •  Hunger pains
  •  Indigestion
  •  Abdominal discomfort after meals

Treatment

Your physician might prescribe you the following medicines: 

  • Medicines to kill H. pylori
  • Proton pump Inhibitors (PPIs)
  • Histamine blockers
  • Antacids

Stomach Ulcer

A stomach ulcer (gastric ulcer) as well occurs when the stomach acids start eating the stomach lining which results in sores. Some people experience a high magnitude of pain due to this ulcer while depicting no symptoms at all. 

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The mucosa lining of the stomach destroys over time due to excessive intake of pain relievers. Another main cause of stomach ulcers is a bacteria called Heliobacter H. Pylori). The mentioned bacteria are responsible for a high amount of stomach acid that consumes the stomach lining. Other notable causes of stomach ulcers are smoking, stress, spicy food, and alcohol-rich beverages. 

The pain of ulcers depends on their severity level and some individuals continue to experience pain even after its healing. People with peptic ulcers are prone to experiencing a mild or burning pain in the stomach. The pain is felt between the belly button and breastbone. 

Stomach Ulcer Symptoms

  • Burping
  • Feeling bloated
  • Nausea
  • Blood in stool
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Change in appetite

Staying with an empty stomach further increases these symptoms. The stomach ulcer has many complications which include internal bleeding and infection. A stomach ulcer is diagnosed by a check on medical history, blood samples, breath, and stool samples. 

Treatment

One can treat a stomach ulcer only after diagnosing the reason it is occurring. Medicines may cause the problem and the solution is to reduce or cut the dosage. Treating a stomach ulcer depends on what is causing it. 

H. pylori related stomach ulcers are treated with an antibiotic prescribed by the doctor. Medicines to control the production of excess stomach acids remain effective as well.

Antacids or medication that protects the stomach lining is proven for the necessary relief. Reducing stress may heal the symptoms. Eating a healthy diet full of fruits, nuts, whole grains, aged cheese, yogurt, and taking probiotics remains effective as well.

GERD 

GERD is a serious condition that affects the digestive system and provokes a burning sensation in it. Numerous factors become the underlying cause of GERD. These include motor anomalies that affect the movements and performance of the esophagus. 

Symptoms of GERD

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Chest pain
  • Dental erosion
  • Chronic cough
  • Laryngitis
  • Asthma

Treatment

The medical practitioners recommend several strategies to treat GERD. These include lifestyle changes, medications, surgery, and endoluminal therapy. 

They may suggest the following self-care strategies as well.

  • Weight Loss
  • 3 hour gap in meals and sleeping
  • The elevated headboard of the bed
  • Quit smoking
  • Not wearing tight clothes

Avoid chocolate, caffeine, spicy meals, citrus foods, mint, fatty foods, and carbonated beverages. Histamine blockers and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are highly recommended to treat GERD. Surgery or endoluminal therapy is suitable for treating severe symptoms. 

FAQs

How acidity and indigestion are treated with cumin seeds?

Answer. Cumin is an alkaline spice which is effective in regulating hyperacidity. It stimulates enzymatic secretions in the body and cures indigestion.

Why does peptic ulcer or gastric cancer occur?

Answer: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria that is involved in causing many diseases along with peptic ulcer. It may lead to coronary artery inflammation, skin diseases, anemia, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and many others.

How can I get my stomach pain treated?

Answer: Treatments for stomach pain depend on the issues that lead to its occurrence in the first place. Over-the-counter medicines (OTCs) relieve the symptoms of indigestion, ulcers, gastritis, and GERD. Antibiotics are a matchless remedy to treat stomach pain as a result of H. pylori.

Conclusion

A warm sensation in the stomach is observable due to numerous reasons. And this seems pretty irritating too. So, if you are experiencing this sort of problem, it’s better to seek a doctor’s help. 

In most cases, it’s nothing serious. But you should always be conscious about your health. 

Solving the underlying problem will also resolve the problem of burning sensation in your stomach. Hence, it is better to go for a check-up in such cases.

Dr Hafeez Arshad

Dr Hafeez Arshad

This is Dr. Hafeez. I have done my M.Phil in Pharmacology. I am a healthcare professional. My core competencies focus on writing different types of research articles/blogs regarding health sciences.

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