Spasm or Cramp in the Stomach. Gastrodynia.
THOUGH generally of shorter duration, this is more violent than heartburn. It is attended by a sense of fullness, by anxiety, and by great restlessness. In females, hysterical symptoms are often coupled with it. Great quantities of air or gas are generally expelled, and the pain shoots through to the back and shoulders.
Treatment. A strong purgative injection (248) will often bring immediate relief. The sweet tincture of rhubarb and soda (37), with a few drops of tincture of cayenne mixed with it, will often bring speedy relief. So will a mustard poultice laid upon the stomach. The mustard poultice is a remedy of great excellence, in many cases. It deserves to be called the poor man's friend.
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