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Why Do I Have Stomach Pain?

We would all prefer to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that result from symptoms that are related to stomach issues. Unfortunately, there is a point in which we will are likely to experience the unwanted issues that indicate the emergence of a stomach problem.

There are multiple reasons why stomach pain and equally uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea will occur. Some conditions that create these symptoms are more serious than others, and most of them are fairly common.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 14.8 million individuals in the U.S. were diagnosed with ulcers in 2018 – which is 5.9% of all U.S. adults. 22.4 million individuals in the U.S. also visited a physician for diseases of the digestive system.

The pain and other associated issues that can emerge are similar in a large number of the issues that can develop with your stomach. But when the initial symptoms of discomfort become evident, it is very possible that your first concern will surround whether or not you are experiencing stomach flu – even though you could easily be dealing with another gastrointestinal condition.

This is understandable, and it will be beneficial to examine the causes and symptoms of what is commonly referred to as the stomach flu. This will provide in a better understanding of various gastrointestinal issues.

Gastrointestinal Infections 

The flu – which is the common term for influenza – is generally an upper respiratory issue that impacts the lungs, throat, and nose. However, the issues that are often referred to as the stomach flu are not actually caused by the flu. Instead, the discomfort develops from a collection of viruses and bacterial infections that are responsible for other problems that are simply labeled as the stomach flu.

This includes viral gastroenteritis, which is an infection that is sometimes referred to as the stomach flu. This condition usually emerges within three days after you have become infected by a virus. This will impact your intestines, and result in uncomfortable symptoms such as diarrhea, cramping, fever, nausea, vomiting, headaches, and dehydration.

Bacterial gastroenteritis is an infection that creates inflammation in your stomach and intestines. This can result in diarrhea, vomiting, and vomiting. Bacterial gastroenteritis is often contracted by exposure to contaminated water or food, or through unwashed hands that have contacted various items that contain bacteria.  

Other Causes Of Stomach Pain

However, there are other causes of stomach pain, in addition to these gastrointestinal infections. These include:

Gas – this is a common condition that occurs when you are digesting food. In some cases, gas can become contained in your digestive system which causes discomfort. Pressure in the abdomen, cramps, and burping are common symptoms when this occurs.

Food Allergies – In some casesyour immune system will react to certain foods by attacking a food protein. In these situations, your immune system will respond in the same manner in which it would react to bacteria or viruses – even though the response is not necessary. Symptoms can include swelling of the lips, and face, itching, hives, dizziness, stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, nasal congestion, and difficulty with breathing.

Food poisoning – This condition develops after eating food that has been contaminated through infection by bacteria or parasites. This is not uncommon, but the results can range from discomfort to more serious complications that can even be life-threatening. Vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever are among the symptoms associated with food poisoning.

Irritable bowel syndrome – this condition is often referred to as IBS, and it is a common issue that impacts the large intestine.  While the exact cause has yet to be determined, it has been stated that IBS impacts between 25-45 million individuals in the US. Two out of every three patients with IBS are female. The symptoms for IBS include an increased level of gas, diarrhea, constipation, cramping, and stomach pain.

GERD – Gastroesophageal reflux disease is more commonly referred to as GERD, and is also referred to as acid reflux disease. This involves a ring of muscle known as the esophageal sphincter, which is located between the stomach and the esophagus. When the process of digestion is functioning normally, food passes through this ring and advances into the stomach. It will usually close at this point, to protect the esophagus from acid flowing backward from the stomach. But if the ring remains open it will no longer stop prevent this backward flow of stomach acid. The symptoms of GERD include constant heartburn, burning in the chest or throat, a sore throat, regurgitation of food, and chest pain.

There are other issues that can cause stomach discomfort, and the resulting symptoms are similar. These include an appendicitis, kidney stones, hernias, and diverticulitis – which is a condition that involves inflammation of pouches that develop in the lining of the digestive system. Symptoms for diverticulitis include stomach discomfort, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation.

When To Visit A Doctor

If you are dealing with severe pain in your abdomen or any pain in your chest, then it is important to seek immediate medical assistance. You should also receive emergency care if you are having difficulty with breathing, if you are vomiting blood, or if you cannot stop vomiting.

If you are contending with heartburn that remains for several weeks or is becoming more severe, then it is recommended that you visit a physician. This is also the case for any continual abdominal pain or heartburn that results in vomiting, vomiting of blood, or any bloody or black stools. You should also consult with a physician if you are experiencing continual hoarseness in the throat, lingering issues with diarrhea or constipation, or any significant weight loss.

What A Doctor Will Do

When you visit a physician, he or she will ask a series of questions. This will include the specifics surrounding your symptoms and situation, along with your medical history, and the history within your family. Your doctor will also conduct a physical exam That could involve a stool culture, and other test testing in order to determine the exact cause of your symptoms.

Treatment

If you are diagnosed with a gastrointestinal issue due to infection, then your physician might prescribe antibiotics to combat the condition. For other stomach problems that are not caused by bacterial issues, antibiotics will not be effective.

In those situations, your doctor might recommend the consumption of fluids and specific foods. That will help safeguard against dehydration as your immune system encounters the illness.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care We Can Help

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, or if you have any questions about gastrointestinal issues, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient Education
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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