What causes stomach spasms?
Stomach spasm is a type of involuntary muscle contractions in the stomach. These movements are caused by pressure from the intestines. When these muscles relax, food passes through them without being digested or absorbed into the body. They cause a feeling of fullness and may even lead to vomiting if not treated immediately with medication.
The term “stomach” refers to the area around the esophagus and includes all parts of it except the small intestine. The word “spasm” comes from Greek meaning “to move”. A spasm occurs when one part of your digestive system contracts while another part remains relaxed. This results in a temporary loss of control over how much food goes into your body.
It is thought that stomach spasms occur due to abnormal nerve activity in certain areas of the brain. There are many different types of spasms. Some have symptoms only during digestion; others can happen at any time throughout the day.
There are several theories about what causes stomach spasms. One theory suggests that they may result from a malfunctioning enzyme in the stomach lining called amylase.
Another theory says that excess acid from the stomach may cause stomach spasms. This excess acid can be caused by a diet high in sugar or caffeine or it could be due to a disease called Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Other causes may include food allergies, certain medications and stress.
Stomach spasms can also be caused by an anxiety disorder known as Gastrointestinal Disorder Factitious Disorder or Pain Disorder-Hypochondria (GD).