Diarrhea And Pain Or Discomfort

Reviewed on 6/15/2020

Diarrhea that comes on all of a sudden and lasts for a short time can be caused by a number of things, including most commonly, a stomach virus (sometimes called “stomach flu”) or food poisoning. Typically, it comes with belly discomfort or cramping as does irritable bowel syndrome. But these do not usually cause severe pain. Certain chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis can cause diarrhea that lasts longer and can have more severe belly pain and cramping. Always check with your doctor if you have diarrhea for more than a couple of days, if it is very severe, if you have belly pain or high fever, if you feel you might be dehydrated, or if the poop is black, maroon, or bloody.

While the list below can be considered as a guide to educate yourself about these conditions, this is not a substitute for a diagnosis from a health care provider. There are many other medical conditions that also can be associated with your symptoms and signs. Here are a number of those from MedicineNet:

At MedicineNet, we believe it is important to take charge of your health through measures such as a living healthy lifestyle, practicing preventative medicine, following a nutrition plan, and getting regular exercise. Understanding your symptoms and signs and educating yourself about health conditions are also a part of living your healthiest life. The links above will provide you with more detailed information on these medical conditions to help you inform yourself about the causes and available treatments for these conditions.

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