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What causes stomach cramps and bloating?

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the flu is going around my work lately but I have not fever or vomiting,my stomach feels like it has cramps after I eat and it feels like I have gas in my stomach,it is uncomfortable and it has been going on for 2 days,is this the flu also?
Posted Sun, 23 Mar 2014 in Digestion and Bowels
Answered by Dr. Prasad 4 hours later
Brief Answer: It may be related to infection... Detailed Answer: Hi, It can be from a minor infection. If the symptoms are troubling you, I would add pepto-bismol (if you have no drug allergies) and prilosec OTC for a few days. Eat small and frequent meals filled with fibre rich products. Avoid spicy and deep fried foods. As you are allergic to yoghurt, probiotic supplements available over the counter can also add to the benefits. It doesn't seem concerning yet. But if the cramps worsen and if you start vomiting and diarrhea, please seek medical attention. Hope this helps. Let me know if you need clarifications. is infection common with a flu bug?also I think you are right about the small but frequent meals,when I eat I have been eating almost a regular size meal just not fried or spicy,but still bothering me none the less but then I feel like I am starving an hour after but nervous to eat because I feel like I have been punched in the gut,thanks I am not allergic to yogurt,I eat frozen yogurt frequently,only milk products I have problems with,it gives me an upset stomach,thank you. Regards
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Brief Answer: Flu bug is the most common infection seen... Detailed Answer: Yes, the most common infection of upper respiratory tract and intestines are from flu bug. My outpatient list is mainly filled with flu bug infections. Positively human body is quite capable of fighting this infection. It takes time though. So don't be worried. Small and frequent meals gives time and space for the intestines to recover. Just like us who don't want to be over burdened during stress, your intestines also don't want to work more when its fighting the bug. So small meal to help it recover and frequent meals to keep you energetic. Also avoid caffeine and alcohol. I am very glad that you have no allergy towards yoghurt. It has natural probiotics which are very useful when you have stomach upsets. Take plenty of these for faster recovery. Minor infection such as flu bug resolve in few days. If the symptoms persist for more than a week or two, consult your doctor for additional treatments. Hope this helped you. Feel free to ask more questions before closing the discussion. Regards
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