Dealing with Abdominal Pain—Join the Discussion

Dealing with Abdominal Pain—Join the Discussion

In the last year, if you’ve had stomach cramps, digestive issues, or ulcers, you’re in good company.

Abdominal pain is the second-most-frequent health complaint of our LifeTime community. 

Let’s discuss.

Unfortunately, abdominal pain is a catch-all symptom for a wide range of health issues—almost all of which we’re more prone to develop as we age. 

But when you’re dealing with a mysterious health issue, sharing your story and hearing from others can be, in itself, a source of comfort. 

So, our community wants to hear from your experience with abdominal troubles. 

What situations are sure to trigger some discomfort? 

What foods are guaranteed no-no’s? 

What foods or supplements are you willing to pay extra for because of their positive effects on your gut? 

We want to hear your stories in the comments below. 

But first, here are a few things we know about abdominal pain, its various causes, and some helpful remedies. 

1. Digestive Issues and Your Food

In high school, you could probably eat anything. By your 5th or 6th high school reunion, you might be treading lightly around certain food groups. 

Did you know? Spicy dishes and dairy products can be troublemakers when it comes to abdominal discomfort. So, here’s a question for you: What are your go-to tummy-friendly meals that keep you feeling fantastic?

Tip for relief: Consider keeping a food diary to track what you eat and how your belly reacts. A food diary can be immensely helpful to take with you when you speak to your healthcare provider about tummy troubles. 

Photo by Cathryn Lavery

2. Stress—the Silent Culprit Behind Abdominal Pain

Stress—it’s a fact of life, right? But did you know it could be quietly wreaking havoc on your belly too? Life’s stresses can sometimes translate into physical discomfort, and abdominal pain is often the first to crop up.

Did you know? Chronic stress is a top contributor to digestive issues, causing that unwelcome abdominal discomfort. 

Tip for relief: Practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is basically just casual meditation and trying to be present in the moment. Even a few minutes of deep breathing or a short walk can work wonders. Your body and your belly will thank you!

Bonus info: Some compounds in tea have anti-inflammatory properties that can offer relief from abdominal pain. 

Now, let’s share: What’s your favorite stress-busting technique? A calming cup of tea, perhaps?

 Photo by TeaCora Rooibos

3. Abdominal Pain and Disease 

We all understand the importance of taking care of ourselves as we age. But disease can sneak in and stir up discomfort in our bellies.

Did you know? Conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are quite common amongst our 50-years-old-or-better community. 

IBS is characterized by chronic abdominal pain, bloating, and changes in bowel habits; IBD, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, involves inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, causing symptoms such as abdominal pain, diarrhea, and fatigue. 

Tip for relief: Schedule a checkup with your healthcare provider. Doctors use a variety of health history assessments, tests, and physical examinations to determine whether your suffering is from IBS or IBD. The sooner you can determine if your abdominal pain is stemming from one of these diseases, the quicker you can begin treatments for relief. 

How Do You Relieve Abdominal Pain? 

It seems like everyone’s looking for abdominal relief. When confronted with abdominal pain, exploring natural remedies first can be helpful. 

What successes have you had with homeopathic solutions? What natural remedies help you feel your best? 

Here are a couple of effective options to consider (but please, fill in where we’re missing!):

Peppermint Oil:

  • Known for soothing properties
  • Alleviates abdominal pain and reduces gastrointestinal spasms
  • Consumed in the form of peppermint tea or enteric-coated capsules


  • Contains anti-inflammatory and anti-nausea properties
  • Helps ease abdominal pain by promoting digestion and reducing inflammation
  • Consumed through ginger tea or ginger supplements

Digestive Enzymes:

  • Support digestion by aiding in the breakdown of food
  • Can be taken as supplements to enhance the digestive process

Note: Always check with your healthcare provider if natural remedies aren’t giving you relief! 

Find Support in Community 

We love our LifeTime community. We want you to feel like you’re a part of it! Leave a comment of support, a success story, or a question in the comments. 

What is the biggest realization you’ve had about your health? 

What surprising sources have provided you with relief from discomfort? 

Let us know below.

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