Just an Upset Stomach Or Crohn's Disease?

Many of us face the condition called upset stomach then and there and this is medically termed as gastroenteritis. This condition shares many symptoms that are common to Crohn’s disease. Generally, upset stomach is caused due to a number of factors like:

• Food borne illnesses

• Parasites and

• Viruses

So, it becomes important that when it comes to diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, the health care providers eliminates these factors.

The stomach:

This organ situated in the upper abdomen between the small intestine and esophagus is responsible for a number of tasks like aiding in digestion, sending signal to the brain when you are full, etc. This part is also responsible for prevention of infections by producing an acid from its lining that will work on harmful bacteria that might have got into the body through meals.

Even though, the absorption of nutrients happens in the small intestine, the stomach is a part that is responsible for breaking down and absorption of amino acids and simple sugars like glucose and some medications like aspirin. There is a valve at the bottom of stomach and this valve is responsible for regulating the level of food that can enter the small intestine.

Causes of upset stomach:

This is a condition, where an inflammation of intestines and stomach lining happens. Generally, an upset stomach is something that is caused by virus, but it can also be caused by bacteria or parasite like E. Coli and salmonella. This condition can also happen due to an allergic reaction to certain foods. Even, it can be caused due to irritation caused by consumption of excessive caffeine or alcohol.

Symptoms of upset stomach:

Some of the common symptoms associated with gastroenteritis include:

• Chills with or without fever

• Body ache and/or head ache

• Diarrhea or loose stool

• Increase the bowel movements

• Nausea either with or without vomiting

• Abdominal cramps or pain

How can upset stomach be treated?

The relieving factor about this issue is that it can be easily treated without having to make a visit to the doctor. Some of the remedies include:

• Taking clear liquids for 2 to 3 days by avoiding caffeine and alcohol can provide relief

• If the stomach tolerates clear liquids, the sufferers can opt for foods like toasted white bread, soda crackers and cultured dairy products

• For controlling fever, body aches and headaches, acetaminophen can be taken, but ibuprofen and aspirin should not be taken as they can cause stomach irritation

When to be concerned?

When a patient can follow the above-mentioned remedies for 2 days, the symptoms will automatically reduce. But, if it is not so, there are chances of Crohn’s disease. If the following symptoms are present along with upset stomach, it is better to get diagnosed for Crohn’s disease:

• Pus drainage from the opening for release of feces

• Inability to complete a bowel movement or gas

• Heavy dehydration

• Rapid heartbeat

• Lightheadedness

• No urination continuously for 8 hours or more

• Blood in vomit or stool

• Fever of more than 1010 that does not reduce with acetaminophen

• Vomiting or diarrhea for more than 3 times per hour and when it persist for more than 24 hours

• Pain in the abdomen that does not improve even after vomiting or bowel movement.

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