Burning pains in the stomach can occur due to gastritis, gastro esophageal reflux disease, allergies, indigestion and medication, according to Symcat.com and Today Health. To determine the exact cause of the burning pain, physicians consider a patient's medical history and symptoms.
Gastritis occurs due to exposure of damaged, irritated or swollen parts of the stomach to gastric juice. Symptoms include nausea, indigestion, bloating, hiccups, pain in the abdomen and a burning sensation after meals or when lying down, explains Today Health. Reflux occurs when acid rises from the stomach to the throat, causing heartburn. It can also appear as burning pain after eating or when lying down.
Allergies to foods such as milk, soy and fish can lead to burning sensations in the chest and upper part of the stomach, states Everyday Health. Vomiting and diarrhea usually accompany the pains. To eliminate this as a source of stomach pain, physicians order tests skin tests. Medication such as aspirin and Tylenol can increase the level of pain and irritation in the stomach. Others, such as ibuprofen, can weaken the stomach lining, causing gastritis, explains HealthDay. Emotional stress is among the leading causes of indigestion, allowing acid to remain in the stomach and increasing the chances of reflux.