Dr. Oz's Belly Map for Decoding Pain

Need help identifying which organ is causing your pain? Use this map!

Dr. Oz's Belly Map for Decoding Pain

Are you experiencing belly pain? One of five organs is likely to blame. Locate your pain on the map and ask yourself these three simple questions to help decode your belly pain.

1. Where does the pain start?

  • Upper right: If you're experiencing a stabbing pain in the upper right part of your abdomen, gallstones may be to blame.
  • Lower uterus: If you're experiencing a clenching cramp in your lower uterus, it's probably a menstrual cramp.
  • Upper middle: A fiery, burning sensation in the middle of your stomach is a sign that you might have an ulcer.
  • Middle: A tightening or knotting sensation in your intestines could indicate constipation.

2. Does it hurt after eating?

  • If you're experiencing pain in the upper right part of your abdomen that hurts worse after a large, fatty meal, that's indicative of gallstones. You should see a doctor to address this.
  • Anywhere else in your stomach is likely indigestion and you should try an antacid.

3. Does it feel better after you poop?

  • If you experience relief after you poop, you're probably experiencing constipation or IBS. 

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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