Symptom: Stomach cramps

Stomach cramps: Cramping or other stomach discomfort
Introduction: Exactly what people mean when they say "stomach cramps" is not entirely clear. The most correct interpretation is the stomach muscle spasms, with associated pain, but many people use the term loosely to mean any kind of stomach discomfort, stomach ache, abdominal discomfort or abdominal pain. People may say "stomach cramps" when they are really cramps of the intestines. Thus, to determine the cause of stomach cramps, it may be necessary to examine other areas such as the causes of symptoms such as abdominal pain, abdominal cramping, stomach ache, abdominal bloating, menstrual cramps or other types of abdominal discomfort.
Detailed cause information for symptom: Stomach cramps:
  • Possible causes of symptom: Stomach cramps (8 conditions)
  • Medical conditions causing symptom: Stomach cramps (46 conditions)

    Medical articles on symptoms: These general medical articles may be of interest:

    Types of Stomach cramps: stomach ache (46)
    Stomach cramps type of: Abdominal pain (194), Stomach ache (46), Cramps (63)
    Symptoms: symptom center, symptom groups, symptom descriptions

    Possible causes of symptom: Stomach cramps: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Stomach cramps as a symptom. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms.

    Conditions listing symptoms: Stomach cramps: The following list of conditions have 'Stomach cramps' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.


  • Amphetamines ... stomach cramps
  • Anaphylaxis ... stomach cramps


  • Behcet's Disease ... stomach pain
  • Bowel Obstruction ... severe abdominal cramps, intermittent abdominal cramps
  • Brainerd diarrhea ... mild abdominal cramping


  • Campylobacter food poisoning ... abdominal cramps
  • Ciguatera poisoning ... abdominal cramps
  • Clostridium perfringens food poisoning ... abdominal cramps
  • Colorectal cancer ... abdominal cramps
  • Crohn's disease ... abdominal cramping
  • Cyclosporiasis ... stomach cramps


  • Depression ... stomach aches
  • Depressive disorders ... stomach aches
  • Diabetic Diarrhea ... Abdominal cramps
  • Diarrheagenic Escherichia coli ... abdominal cramps
  • Dientamoeba fragilis ... abdominal cramping
  • Diverticular Disease ... abdominal cramping, mild abdominal cramps
  • Dysentery ... abdominal cramping
  • Dysthymia ... stomach aches


  • Ebola ... stomach pain
  • Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli ... abdominal cramping
  • Escherichia coli O157:H7 ... abdominal cramps
  • Esophagitis ... stomach pain


  • Food poisoning ... abdominal cramps


  • Gastritis ... burning feeling in stomach


  • Heart attack ... stomach discomfort
  • Heartburn ... stomach discomfort
  • HIV/AIDS ... abdominal cramps
  • Hookworm ... intestinal cramps


  • Inflammatory bowel disease ... abdominal cramps
  • Intestinal obstruction ... severe abdominal cramps, intermittent abdominal cramps
  • Intestinal pseudo-obstruction ... stomach pain
  • Irritable bowel syndrome ... abdominal cramping


  • Lactose Intolerance ... abdominal cramps


  • Norwalk-like viruses ... abdominal cramps


  • Salmonella enteritidis ... abdominal cramps
  • Salmonella food poisoning ... abdominal cramps
  • Shigellosis ... abdominal cramps
  • Staphylococcus aureus food poisoning ... abdominal cramps


  • Traveler's diarrhea ... abdominal cramping
  • Trichinosis ... slight stomachache


  • Ulcerative colitis ... mild lower abdominal cramps


  • Vibrio parahaemolyticus ... abdominal cramping
  • Viral gastroenteritis ... abdominal cramps, stomach ache


  • Whipple's Disease ... abdominal cramps
  • Whipworm ... intermittent stomach pain

    Last revised: Nov 3, 2003

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