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Suggest treatment for severe cramps and abdominal pain

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Posted on Mon, 30 Jan 2017
Question: I have had a stomach virus which started on Saturday, I have been on a liquid diet. Tried to go on a BRAT diet, but started getting severe cramps and abdominal pain again. This is going into the 5th day. My question is how longer should I have this?
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Answered by Dr. Ramesh Kumar (41 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
7-10 days minimum!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Firstly thanks for choosing health care magic for your query,

You are suffering from gastroenteritis.The most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults is Viral gastroenetritis.Viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever.An episode of gastroenteritis takes almost 7 to 10 days to settle down.However abdominal pain can be relieved by taking antispasmodic tablet containing Dicyclomine and Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like mefenamic acid(consult your gastroenterologist before taking).Severe cramps are because of lose of fluids and electrolytes from body due to vomiting and/or Diarrhea.Electral available over counter should be taken as much as possible to replenish the fluids and electrolytes lost in diarrhea.The earlier the electrolytes are replenished,the faster would be recovery from cramps.Have a lot of orange juice,You can take banana or coconut water.

As per your question,one episode will take at least 7-10 days to settle down,However symptoms can be relieved by taking above mentioned medicine.

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Suggest treatment for severe cramps and abdominal pain

Brief Answer: 7-10 days minimum! Detailed Answer: Hi, Firstly thanks for choosing health care magic for your query, You are suffering from gastroenteritis.The most common cause of gastroenteritis in adults is Viral gastroenetritis.Viral gastroenteritis is an intestinal infection marked by watery diarrhea, abdominal cramps, nausea or vomiting, and sometimes fever.An episode of gastroenteritis takes almost 7 to 10 days to settle down.However abdominal pain can be relieved by taking antispasmodic tablet containing Dicyclomine and Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs like mefenamic acid(consult your gastroenterologist before taking).Severe cramps are because of lose of fluids and electrolytes from body due to vomiting and/or Diarrhea.Electral available over counter should be taken as much as possible to replenish the fluids and electrolytes lost in diarrhea.The earlier the electrolytes are replenished,the faster would be recovery from cramps.Have a lot of orange juice,You can take banana or coconut water. As per your question,one episode will take at least 7-10 days to settle down,However symptoms can be relieved by taking above mentioned medicine. Thanks