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Can following your hunches on what might hurt your belly prevent stomach pain?

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If you notice your stomach always cramps up after you drink a glass of milk or eat a certain thing, see your doctor. You might have a problem with dairy products (called lactose intolerance) or another kind of food. If your doctor finds an issue in your diet, she can help you find ways to stay away from it or eat less of it.

It’s a good idea to work with your doctor on this instead of trying to figure it out on your own. You could get on the wrong track and miss out on nutrients from some foods without really needing to.

From: How Can I Prevent Belly Pain? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Stomach virus (gastroenteritis).”

American College of Gastroenterology: “Abdominal pain syndrome.”

Mayo Clinic: “Food allergy vs. food intolerance: What’s the difference?” “Nonulcer stomach pain.”

Nemours Foundation: “Digestive system,” “Stomachaches.”

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on July 7, 2019

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