Indigestion or Gas
- Luckily, one of the most common causes of stomach pain in the morning is one of the most benign. As we sleep, our gastrointestinal system continues to do its work. Much as when we're awake, however, eating the wrong kinds of foods can lead to an uncomfortable situation. Gas can build up overnight, and when you wake up can cause considerable discomfort. If the pain seems to be associated with gas buildup and fades quickly, you might try changing your evening intake, and allowing more time between your last meal and bedtime to see if that helps matters.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Another common source of abdominal pain is irritable bowel syndrome, which can be triggered by a wide variety of underlying conditions. One of the most common forms of IBS is when the muscles usually involved in digestion become overtaxed or inflamed, causing pain and discomfort during the normal gastrointestinal process. IBS is often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation, and can strike at any time of the day.
- If the pain is localized and intense, it can be the sign of something more serious. Appendicitis, for instance, often presents itself as intense pain on the lower right side of the abdomen. Pain on the left side of the body can be a sign of diverticulitis, where the intestines develop pouches or small bubbles that can trap food and become inflamed. Sharp, intense, localized pains should always be reported to your doctor as soon as possible.
- Another cause of stomach and abdominal discomfort occurs when the body has difficulty digesting certain types of food. Celiac disease involves an inability to digest the gluten found in wheat and other grains, requiring a switch to a specialized diet to restore normal function. Lactose intolerance is another source of abdominal discomfort, where milk and dairy products result in indigestion and other problems. If pain recurs only when certain types of foods are consumed, one of these conditions might be the culprit.
- Unfortunately, stomach and abdominal pain is a fairly non-specific symptom that can be caused by anything from digestive disorders to pulled muscles. If pain recurs, is intense, or is accompanied by swelling, redness, or fever, consult a physician immediately. Sometimes the only method of solving stomach pain problems is through medical testing to identify the underlying cause, but it's a small price to pay to wake up pain-free in the morning.