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Your Stomach Rubbing May Also be Known as:
Abdomen ache
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Abdomen hurts
Abdomen is painful
Abdomen pain
Abdomen soreness
Abdominal ache
Abdominal discomfort
Abdominal irritation
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Top 10 Stomach Rubbing Causes

  1. 1.Viral (Norovirus) Infection

    Noroviruses are a group of related viruses that leads to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps. These viruses cause gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. When the diarrhea and/or vomiting is severe, dehydration can occur. Symptoms of dehydration include a dry mouth, dizziness, urinating less frequently and dark urine.

    You can safely treat this condition at home. Make sure you drink plenty of water and fluids (Gatorade, Pediatlyte) to replace what is lost with diarrhea. If symptoms of dehydration occur or you are unable to keep down any liquids, seek care at your primary care physician or an urgent care.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, abdominal pain (stomach ache), nausea, headache, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    hidden: gastroenteritis symptoms
    Symptoms that never occur with viral (norovirus) infection:
    severe abdominal pain, throbbing headache, severe headache, tarry stool
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Normal Episode of Gas

    Passing gas, or flatulence, is a natural part of the digestive system. Bacteria in the gut are breaking down food, and as a by product, they release gas. This eventually gets released.

    You do not need care for this. If anything changes (develop a fever, pain, diarrhea), you can seek a doctor's opinion.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    flatulence
    Symptoms that always occur with normal episode of gas:
    flatulence
    Symptoms that never occur with normal episode of gas:
    involuntary defecation
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  3. 3.Normal Occurrence of Diarrhea

    Diarrhea has numerous causes including bacteria, viruses, parasites, medications, food intolerance & digestive system diseases.

    If your diarrhea looks normal, treatment is not necessary. Make sure to stay hydrated. If the diarrhea becomes severe, you should see a doctor.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    diarrhea, mild diarrhea
    Symptoms that always occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    diarrhea
    Symptoms that never occur with normal occurrence of diarrhea:
    bloody diarrhea, severe diarrhea, worsening diarrhea, being severely ill, ill appearance
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  4. 4.Trichomonas Vaginal Infection

    Trichomonas vaginalis infection (or "Trichomoniasis" or "trich") is a common sexually transmitted disease caused by a parasite of the same name. It affects over 3 million people per year, but only about 30% have any symptoms.

    You should go see your primary care doctor in the coming days. He or she may order a number of tests to identify if the bug is actually the cause of your symptoms. Treatment involves prescription metronidazole or tinidazole.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal discharge, vulvovaginal odor, vaginal itch or burning, vaginal bleeding, white/gray vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that always occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal discharge
    Symptoms that never occur with trichomonas vaginal infection:
    vaginal ulcer
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  5. 5.Motion Sickness

    Motion sickness is a common problem caused by motion or the perception of motion. It typically causes nausea and/or vomiting and possibly dizziness or headaches.

    You can go see your doctor on a non-urgent basis to consider how to handle your motion sickness. Long-term, non-drug therapies have been shown to be the most effective, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and breathing exercises. Medications for motion sickness are reserved for short time periods (like a plane-ride or a boat-ride) because they can cause drowsiness.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness, nausea, stomach bloating
    Symptoms that always occur with motion sickness:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit

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  6. 6.Food Poisoning by the Staphylococcus Bacteria

    Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium that can be spread by food workers who handle food without washing their hands, and can also be found in unpasteurized milk and cheese products. Infection with this bacterium causes a stomach and intestinal illness in a short period of time, with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, cramps, and diarrhea.

    Bacterial food poisoning causes uncomfortable symptoms, but you can safely manage this condition at home. Make sure you drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration, and an over-the counter antidiarrheal medication such as loperamide (Imodium) may help.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    nausea, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), diarrhea, vomiting
    Symptoms that always occur with food poisoning by the staphylococcus bacteria:
    nausea or vomiting
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Diverticulosis

    Diverticulosis is a condition where small pouches bulge outward through the large intestine (colon). It increases with age, with up to 50% of people over the age of 60 having developed it. Most people don't have symptoms. Eating fiber is shown to reduce the risk of diverticulosis, with vegetarians reducing their risk by half.

    You can treat this at home through eating more fiber and a mild pain reliever (Advil, for example). Diagnosis is typically done through a colonoscopy, which many at this age should be getting anyways.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    stomach bloating, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps)
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  8. 8.Celiac Disease

    Celiac disease is an immune disease in which gluten damages the small intestine. Avoid products containing gluten such as wheat, rye, & barley.

    Celiac disease is best managed by following a strict gluten-free diet. Consult with a doctor or dietician for support.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, nausea, stomach bloating, constipation, diarrhea
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  9. 9.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    You should see a doctor if these symptoms continue or begin to get worse

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, dull or achy leg pain, difficulty falling asleep, restless legs
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  10. 10.Bacterial Vaginosis

    Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is an infection caused when too much of certain bacteria change the normal balance of bacteria in the vagina. BV is not a sexually transmitted infection and is not caused by poor hygiene (in fact, excessive washing of the vagina may increase the risk). Its symptoms are usually mild, consisting primarily of a white-gray vaginal discharge that has a fishy smell.

    You should visit your primary care physician. If you have any symptoms of BV, a swab of the discharge will be tested to confirm the diagnosis, and antibiotic treatment will be started.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    vaginal itch or burning, vulvovaginal odor, bloody vaginal discharge, thick vaginal discharge, thin vaginal discharge
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Stomach Rubbing

  • Q.How has this rubbing changed over time?
  • Q.How long has this rubbing been going on?
  • Q.How much are you rubbing a part of your body?
  • Q.Any fever today or during the last week?

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Stomach Rubbing Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced stomach rubbing have also experienced:

    • 18% Recent Increase in Crying
    • 10% Fever
    • 6% Diarrhea
  • People who have experienced stomach rubbing had symptoms persist for:

    • 49% Less Than a Day
    • 28% Less Than a Week
    • 8% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced stomach rubbing were most often matched with:

    • 15% Viral (Norovirus) Infection
    • 3% Normal Episode of Gas
    • 3% Normal Occurrence of Diarrhea

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