We have all experienced, at least once, the characteristic feeling of emptiness in the stomach that, as a rule, we attribute to nerves and strong emotions. These, in fact, often accumulate right there, in what is commonly referred to as our second brain.
Despite everything, if this feeling of emptiness in the stomach appears continuously and, in addition, is also accompanied by spasms and pains, then things change.
Although it is common that certain factors, such as stress, can sometimes cause digestive problems, there are some specific diseases that occur with this symptomatology.
Below we explain the possible causes of this disorder. In any case, in case of discomfort or any doubt, it is always advisable to contact a doctor, the only one who can carry out a complete diagnosis and tell you with certainty what it is.
A vacuum in the stomach: what is it due to?
First of all, we must make it clear that there are different types of stomach pain, all generally recognizable and, in general, easily attributable to certain factors.
If, for example, we ingest a certain food, and, after a while, we begin to notice a certain heaviness or perhaps a little acidity, it is clear that it is a slight digestive problem linked to the food in question.
The stomach also suffers from periods of stress. We notice a certain general malaise, we lose our appetite and we can suffer from bouts of dysentery.
The emptiness in the stomach associated with certain pathologies of the digestive system, on the other hand, is often accompanied by intense burning, nausea and loss of appetite. So let’s see what are the diseases that can be associated with this disorder.
One of the most common symptoms of gastritis is that of empty stomach, which in this case occurs very frequently. It is accompanied by an intense burning that causes us discomfort and exhaustion, to the point of preventing us, at times, from standing up.
- This vacuum in the stomach is due to irritation of the gastric mucosa lining the stomach walls, usually caused by an infection. The bacterium responsible is Helicobacter pylori.
- A diet rich in high-fat foods, alcohol and some medicines can also cause gastritis episodes.
- In addition to stomach emptiness, gastritis can also have other symptoms, such as pain and heartburn. These symptoms tend to subside after meals.
In case of gastritis, it is important to contact a gastroenterologist, who, after having performed an accurate and thorough diagnosis, will prescribe the most suitable treatment for our case. If seeing a specialist at the first symptoms is important for adults, it is even more so when children feel this feeling of emptiness in the stomach.
As we have already mentioned, there are different types of stomach pain. There is one, however, which can be easily identified: if the feeling of emptiness in the stomach appears between two and three hours after meals. In this case it could be a peptic ulcer.
In this case, the ulcer is caused by gastric acid that has damaged an area of the stomach or duodenum walls.
- The feeling of emptiness in the stomach and burning occurs after meals or at night, causing severe pain and preventing us from getting adequate rest.
- The most common cause of peptic ulcer is, again, the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. But certain anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, can also be the cause.
- Stress, alcohol and spicy foods are two factors that can further aggravate ulcer symptoms.
How to relieve the feeling of empty stomach
We repeat once again that, in any case, it is first of all necessary to rely on the opinion of your doctor. Only once the problem has been clarified will it be possible to establish a cure. Despite everything, however, there are several natural remedies that we can easily prepare at home and that are able to give us relief in the stomach.
Here are some simple examples:
- Drink a glass of warm water – it must never be cold or hot – with a spoonful of honey.
- Taking ginger infusions helps relieve spasms and pains.
- Potato juice is a very ancient remedy with which peptic ulcer has always been treated naturally: it is obtained by grating a potato and pressing it to extract its juice.
Don’t forget that the best way to prevent stomach ailments is, first of all, to look after your diet and avoid too much fatty foods, as well as drug abuse. At the first signs of empty stomach, consult your doctor: your health comes before anything else.