Try a natural home remedy
Peppermint oil, ginger, and turmeric could ease your pain if you’re dealing with gas and bloating. “They help the stomach empty and help food absorption,” says Dr Cohen. If your problems are from acid reflux, though, peppermint could actually make your symptoms worse, warns Dr Greenwald. Taking enteric-coated peppermint oil capsules can calm the stomach without causing reflux. Also, contrary to what you might think, ginger ale for upset stomach doesn’t work either!
Heat things up
A heating pad can help relieve a stomach ache, especially if it’s from severe IBS pain, says Dr Fleisher. Consider replacing an old-fashioned water bottle, which can get too hot and burn your skin if you’re not careful, with a newer model. “Microwavable bean bags are proving quite effective in milder situations where we have oftentimes chronic pain in the form of IBS,” he says.
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