What Causes Back Pain With Stomach Pain?

You’re in pain, but you can’t tell if it’s a backache or a stomachache. It feels like both, so what’s going on?

 

Here is a list of the most common causes of back pain with stomach pain:

 

1. Gluten Intolerance

Gluten intolerance is a common cause of stomach pain with back pain. A person with gluten intolerance is unable to digest the protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. As a result, whenever gluten is ingested, the immune system triggers an attack on the intestines.

 

Over time, this leads to chronic inflammation in the lower intestine, which can result in simultaneous back and stomach pain.

 

Other symptoms of gluten intolerance include:

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Sudden, unexplained weight loss
  • Hair loss
  • Muscle aches
  • Skin rash
  • Brain fog
  • Anxiety and irritability

 

The only successful treatment for gluten intolerance is a strict, lifelong adherence to a gluten-free diet. To find out if gluten sensitivity is causing your symptoms, completely remove it from your diet for two months. When that time is up, reintroduce it. If it’s making you sick, you’ll know.

 

2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The gut and brain are very closely connected, and in some people, this can result in irritable bowel syndrome. Feelings of stress and anxiety may trigger intestinal and colon spasms that can cause back and stomach pain.

 

Other symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome include bloating, flatulence, loose stool, and loss of appetite.

 

Moreover, irritable bowel syndrome can be triggered by underlying gluten or lactose intolerance.

 

3. Kidney Stones

Another common cause of back pain with stomach pain is kidney stones. Kidney stones are mineral deposits that form within the kidney or urinary tract.

 

The presence of kidney stones can cause a sudden and severe onset of pain in the lower back, groin, or abdomen. Pain increases and decreases in severity throughout the day.

 

Other symptoms of kidney stones include:

  • Hematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Difficulty urinating
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Urethral pain

 

The Global Healing Center offers some of the best natural remedies for kidney stones. My favorite is the first one.

 

4. Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is responsible for making digestive juices and regulating insulin. When the pancreas becomes inflamed, you may experience sudden and severe back pain with stomach pain as well as nausea, vomiting, swollen abdomen, fever, chills, and a rapid heartbeat.

 

Over time, pancreatitis can lead to diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, liver problems, and anemia. In severe cases, it can be fatal.

 

Natural treatments for pancreatitis include abstinence from alcohol and the use of digestive enzymes to avoid malnutrition. It is also advisable for people with pancreatitis to avoid refined grains and sugars and all fried and processed foods. Meals should be healthy and easy to digest.

 

You can also treat pancreatitis naturally with juicing.

 

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5. Appendicitis

Appendicitis is one of those cases where stomach and back pain is quite serious. Appendicitis occurs when your appendix becomes infected and inflamed. If left untreated, the appendix can rupture and result in death.

 

Symptoms of appendicitis include:

  • Belly button pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Pain that worsens when you move your legs, cough, or sneeze
  • Low-grade fever
  • Chills
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Gas and bloating
  • Rebound pain (pressing on the belly, the pain gets worse when pressure is released)

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately!

 

6. Gallstones

Gallstones are crystalline masses found in the gallbladder, which can lead to extreme pain, inflammation, and blockage of the bile duct.

 

Symptoms of gallstones include increasing pain in the upper right area of the abdomen, pain in the upper back between the shoulder blades, and pain under the right shoulder.

 

Consult a doctor if pain persists more than five hours or is accompanied by fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, clay-colored stools, or yellowing of the skin or eyes.

 

The most common conventional treatment for gallstones is prescription medication to help dissolve the stones, or, in severe cases, surgery.

 

To avoid future gallstone attacks, eat a nutritious diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables, lean meat, poultry, fish, and healthy fats like butter, flax, and extra virgin olive oil.

 

7. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

An abdominal aortic aneurysm occurs when the blood vessel that supplies oxygen and nutrients to the abdomen, pelvis, and legs becomes abnormally large.

 

Symptoms of an abdominal aortic aneurysm are only felt if the blood vessel ruptures suddenly.

 

These symptoms include sudden onset of stomach and back pain that radiates to the groin, buttocks or legs, rapid heart rate, clammy skin, and shock.

 

If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately!

 

8. Pregnancy

Back pain with stomach pain can also be a sign of pregnancy. Look back over your monthly calendar. Are you late for your menstrual period? Have you been having morning sickness? If so, you could be expecting.

 

Other pregnancy symptoms include spotting, white discharge from the vagina, swollen or tingling breasts, fatigue, frequent urination, mood swings, headache, dizziness, and fainting.

 

The best way to figure out what’s causing your mystery symptoms is to use the process of elimination. This means eliminating synthetic chemicals from your home, cleaning up your diet, testing for food sensitivities, and decreasing your stress levels.

 

Once you figure out what it’s not, it will be that much easier to figure out what it is so you can treat it properly.

 

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