What is a sore stomach?
The stomach is located in the left upper quadrant of the abdomen, largely tucked in under the left ribcage and extending across the midline to slightly protrude into the right upper quadrant. It is part of the alimentary tract which is responsible for the digestion of food, absorption of nutrients and expulsion of waste material in the form of feces. The stomach lies just after the esophagus and leads through to the first part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. There are a number of diseases that can affect the stomach, which often involves the neighboring segments of the alimentary tract – the esophagus and/or duodenum. Discomfort or pain may therefore be present in this specific region and it may be referred to as a sore stomach.
The abdominal cavity contains the most amount of organs within any body cavity. Therefore discomfort or pain of the organs surrounding the stomach, including the overlying muscles and skin, may be also be attributed to the stomach. However, it is not uncommon for a person to refer to the abdomen as a whole as the ‘stomach’. Therefore pain or discomfort of the abdomen may be referred to as stomach soreness despite the stomach not being involved in some instances.