The word “stomach cramps” doesn’t refer to a specific disease. But it usually refers to a “stomache” or “abdominal pain” which may be present anywhere in the abdominal area. The causes of this pain can be due to any problems or diseases present in the organs of abdomen like stomach, small intestine, colon, liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Severe Stomach Cramps can be sudden in onset. The main reasons behind such acute abdominal pain can be due to any of the following:
- Inability to keep food down for several days
- Inability to pass stool, especially if you are also vomiting
- Painful or unusually frequent urination
- The abdomen is tender to the touch
- The pain is the result of an injury to the abdomen
- The pain lasts for several days
What does “Abdominal Pain” refer to?
Though the cause of abdominal pain can be due to tissues of the abdominal wall that surround the abdominal cavity, the term ‘abdominal pain’ refers to pain originating from organs within the abdominal cavity.
Why do people have Stomach Cramps?
Sometimes when people get out of the shower and the body goes from the hot water to cold air, can have these cramps. These severe stomach cramps can last about 3 mins and sometimes intolerable.
The best solution to this kind of problem is to put a hot towel from the dryer to ease the cramping. You can place a heater in the bathroom and when you get out of the bath, turn it off. This will make your body gradually adjust to the temperature changes instead of the drastic change suddenly.
In another post, a user got stomach cramps because of taking multi-vitamins. Even taking sex-enhancing drugs could cause cramps sometimes.
When do you need to consult a doctor?
It becomes very scary when you experience severe stomach pain. Time is very important in the case of emergency. An ambulance should be called for, if you are alone and think immediate EMT assistance is necessary. It may also be called if your stomach cramps become severe and if you think the travel to the hospital may take time.
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It’s always better to go to the emergency room if you have any of the following symptoms.
- Abdomen that is extremely hard or tender to the touch
- Bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Bloody diarrhea
- Chest pain or pressure
- Coughing up or vomiting blood
- Difficulty breathing
- Inability to have a bowel movement accompanied by vomiting
- Pain in neck, shoulder or between shoulder blades
- Unable to stop vomiting
- Vision changes
Acute abdominal pain can be a common complaint in older patients. The symptoms may differ from younger patients and is often complicated by coexistent diseases. Medication use, gallstones, and alcohol use increase the risk of abdominal pain or stomach cramps.
You may also need immediate medical care for severe stomach pain in some cases. For example if you have met with an accident or injured yourself playing and the injury pertains to your abdomen. If you are under-going cancer treatment. Even if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, you need to consult the doctor.