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How to Cure a Morning Stomach Ache
Last Updated: June 9, 2023 References Approved
This article was co-authored by David Schechter, MD . Dr. David Schechter is a physician in Culver City, California. With over 25 years of experience as a family and sports medicine physician, Dr. Schechter specializes in mind-body medicine, preventive medicine, and chronic pain. Dr. Schechter received his MD from New York University and is an attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He was named a Top Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine and Men's Health Magazine. He has also written several books, including The MindBody Workbook. There are 13 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. wikiHow marks an article as reader-approved once it receives enough positive feedback. This article received 15 testimonials and 100% of readers who voted found it helpful, earning it our reader-approved status. This article has been viewed 713,653 times.
There are times when you might wake up with a stomach ache. This can be unpleasant and start your day off in a negative way. Stomach ache symptoms may include a burning sensation in your lower chest or upper abdomen, bloating, burping, satiety, and nausea.  X Research source If you wake up with a stomach ache, there are some simple steps you can follow to help alleviate your pain and get on with your day.
- Try eating a bowl of oatmeal, a bowl of rice, or grits. This can help sooth your stomach and hopefully make your stomach ache go away.
- You can also try dry toast. Avoid eating jams, jellies, or butter on the toast. Those things may cause your stomach to react and make your ache much worse.
- If you are feeling extremely nauseous, you can try saltine crackers. They are really basic and there isn't much to them. Eating them helps absorb stomach acid and relieve aches.
- Yogurt also helps with indigestion, which can also contribute to stomach pain.  X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
- Greek yogurt with a little bit of honey is a great breakfast to help ease your stomach and get your day started.
- It is also high in fiber, which can help with a stomach ache related to constipation.
- Make sure your milk is not boiling. It will make it hard to eat.  X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source
- You can also use cornbread instead of toast. Crumble the cornbread into cold or warm milk and eat it like cereal.
- The plus side is that they are not too sweet, which can often cause stomach aches to get worse.
- Papaya will also help with constipation, encourage digestions, and ease indigestion.
- You can also eat these fruits dried. Make sure you get the versions with no added sugars. The extra added sugar can end up aggravating your stomach more than helping it.
- Taking soluble fiber or pills may also help.
- You can also add lemon to it as well. It can help calm any stomach irritation caused by the dehydration.
- You can also try to drink juice or a sports drink to help replenish any nutrients or electrolytes that you might be missing.  X Research source
- To make the tea, start with 2 inch piece of ginger root and water. Peel and cut the ginger root into small pieces, then crush the pieces into even smaller bits. Boil 2-3 cups of water and add the ginger once it's boiling. Let it boil for 3-5 minutes. Remove it from heat. You can strain the ginger out when they pour it into a mug if you want or you can leave it in and drink it along with the tea. You can also drizzle some honey in it to make it sweeter.
- You can simply eat ginger if you prefer that to drinking the homemade tea.  X Research source
- Steer clear of peppermint tea. It ca relax certain parts of your esophageal sphincter, which leads to heartburn and acid reflux.
- Make sure you get 100% pure coconut water. You don't want any of the artificial ingredients that may make your stomach ache even worse.
- You can warm the water if your want, but it isn't necessary.  X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
- Mix apple cider vinegar with water and honey and stir. Drink it all to help alleviate your stomach ache.
Additional Pain Relief Suggestions
- Holding it in can damage your esophagus because the stomach acid is just sitting in your throat.  X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
- Try meditating or even breathing. This can help your muscles relax and make you feel better overall.  X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source
- To exercise your neck, tip your head forward and touch your chin to your chest, holding for 10-15 seconds. Next, tip your head to either side and hold your ear toward your shoulder, holding for 10-15 seconds. Repeat on the other side.  X Trustworthy Source HelpGuide Nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free, evidence-based mental health and wellness resources. Go to source
- They also make heat patches that may work. You can buy them at your local pharmacy or general store.
- After you reach the top of the arch with your left thumb, come back down the foot with the right thumb, applying the same pressure until you reach the bottom area of your foot.
- If you can't get it right by yourself, have someone else rub the area for you. You may not be able to properly relax if you are doing it to yourself.  X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source
- Make sure you follow the dosing instructions for these medications. If you are curious about any issues that may arise from taking them, ask your doctor.
- You never want to put yourself in danger waiting for remedies to work on an issue that may have a more serious cause.
List of Foods to Help a Morning Stomach Ache
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- To prevent stomach aches, eat five or six small meals a day instead of two or three big meals. Avoid fatty or spicy foods and medications such as aspirin that make your symptoms worse. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- If you get a stomachache after eating dairy, you may be lactose intolerant. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 1
- You can make celery water: Cut up some celery and place it in water and boil it. Then drink it and you will feel better. Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 1
- See a doctor for a stomach ache if you have bloody stool, intractable diarrhea or vomiting, severe pain, fever, or weight loss.  X Research source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
- A person may be infected with H. pylori, a bacteria that cause stomach ulcers. Treatment should be done with antibiotics.  X Trustworthy Source Cleveland Clinic Educational website from one of the world's leading hospitals Go to source Thanks Helpful 0 Not Helpful 0
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- ↑ https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/symptoms/abdominal-pain
- ↑ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/articles/14598-probiotics
- ↑ https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/calcium-and-bone-health.htm
- ↑ https://kidshealth.org/en/teens/sports-energy-drinks.html
- ↑ https://www.mountsinai.org/health-library/herb/ginger
- ↑ https://health.clevelandclinic.org/cold-water-vs-warm-water/
- ↑ https://health.clevelandclinic.org/vomiting-101-why-you-throw-up-and-the-best-way-to-recover/
- ↑ https://www.helpguide.org/home-pages/audio-meditations.htm
- ↑ https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-living/the-mental-health-benefits-of-exercise.htm
- ↑ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/15466-muscle-spasms
- ↑ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/diseases/8257-tension-type-headaches
- ↑ David Schechter, MD. Family Medicine Practitioner. Expert Interview. 15 July 2020.
- ↑ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/health/symptoms/4167-abdominal-pain
About This Article
The content of this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, examination, diagnosis, or treatment. You should always contact your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional before starting, changing, or stopping any kind of health treatment.
If you wake up with a stomach ache, start by eating some gentle, starchy foods to avoid making your pain worse. Some good options include oatmeal, cream of rice, grits, plain toast, or milk toast. Once your stomach feels a little more settled, eat a bit of yogurt to help get your digestive system back on track. You can also try eating gentle, stomach-friendly fruits, like applesauce, bananas, or papaya. Finally, if you think your pain is caused by constipation, eat some high-fiber fruits, such as cherries, apricots, raisins, or plums, to get things moving again. For more tips from our Medical co-author, including how to soothe your stomach ache with liquids or medications, keep reading! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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