Planning a summer packed full of fun? There’s a lot to look forward to as rainy days turn hot and sunny, and strict school routines are replaced by lazy days. Between the backyard barbecues and the food-filled road trips, you may end up with tummy troubles.
It could be the sudden change in eating habits or the extra helping of hot ‘n spicy fries at the hole-in-the-wall diner you heard about from friends on Facebook, but suddenly your summer fun has you doubled over with stomach cramps.
If you suffer from food-related sensitivities that cause stomach cramps, you’re not alone. 74% of Canadians indicated they experience stomach cramps at least some of the time, but only 20% feel their stomach cramps and pain indicate a larger health issue.
In our family, it’s affectionately referred to as “travel tummy”. Any change in routine has one of our family members curled up in agony, regretting their food choices from that day (usually in a foreign country). Little did I know that the solution to the problem is a quick stop at your local pharmacy away.
Before you resign yourself to suffer in silence, here are a few tips for dealing with abdominal cramps:
Know Your Trigger Foods – Spicy foods, alcohol, fried food or coffee are common culprits, but even healthy choices can still cause tummy troubles. Beans, grains, fruits naturally high in fructose and vegetables from the brassica family can all contribute to abdominal discomfort from gas and bloating. Avoid them if you can, but if not, be prepared with the proper pain management solution.
Avoid Stressful Situations – Anxiety, stress and tension can also cause spasms in the muscles of the stomach, intestines or colon, resulting in abdominal pain. Combined with food allergies, intolerances or sensitivities, stress can cause major stomach pain. Again, if you can avoid it, do.
Manage the Pain Properly – Pain relievers and antacids are common choices for tummy troubles, but if your stomach cramping is caused by muscle spasms in the gastrointestinal tract, they may do nothing to relieve your pain. Buscopan® is specifically designed to relax smooth muscle spasms and relieve pain from stomach cramps. For this reason, it is now a staple in our packing list.
Consult Your Doctor – Sometimes abdominal pain is a symptom of a greater health problem. If you are concerned that your stomach problems may be indicating a more serious health issue, consult your health care practitioner to discuss underlying causes. Remember, the internet is not a replacement for a doctor. If you have any questions at all, book some face-to-face time!
Buscopan® is available from your pharmacist without a prescription. To learn more, check out www.stomachcramping.ca or speak with your pharmacist.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Buscopan, but as always, the opinions shared are my own.