How to relieve stomach cramps

Updated April 17, 2017

Stomach cramp is a type of pain that is associated with spasms of stomach muscles. Some of the common causes are stress, lactose intolerance, menstruation and irritable bowel movement. Easy precautions such as proper overall hygiene and food or water safety are enough to prevent this discomforting situation from happening. But if it does happen, these simple at home procedures will help you with your misery.

When the cramp sets in, don’t stress yourself. Find a comfortable place where you can sit or lie down and relax.

Turn on the radio and listen to your favourite song to ease yourself up and divert your attention away from your pain.

Close you eyes and breathe easy (fast and shallow rhythmic breaths).

Apply heating pad on your back to enhance relief. Avoid placing the heated pad on your stomach area, for it will just make you feel nauseous.

If you feel like expelling some gas, then don’t think twice. Let it out, as it will do a lot to help in relieving your cramps.

As for medications, take some effective gas-relieving drugs to lessen gas build-up. Some laxatives that allow easy bowel movement may help or try pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil.

Drink some relaxing teas like fennel, peppermint, and valerian.

If you are tired of lying or sitting, then you can go take a short walk. But make sure to evaluate your condition first before doing so.

Exercise and yoga are also advisable for cramp relief. Abdominal crunches and certain yoga movements are beneficial in relieving stomach spasms.


When taking painkillers, make sure to take them with food to prevent discomfort.


Be sure to go straight to your doctor if stomach cramps persist for more than 2 or 3 days.

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Wirnani Garner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and works in the medical profession. Her articles focus on health-related subjects, though Garner is proficient in researching and writing about a diverse range of topics.