Eating and muscle contraction from the stomach

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Although your stomach muscles always contract after eating to break down food and start digestion, you usually don't feel it. Many diseases can cause stomach cramps after meals. Some are temporary, some are chronic, some are serious, and some are just annoying. If you feel muscle contraction or cramp pain after eating, please inform your doctor.

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Gastroenteritis

If you have gastroenteritis, a viral infection affecting the gastrointestinal tract, eating may cause severe stomachache and feel like muscle spasm. Fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea can also be accompanied by gastroenteritis. The virus usually lasts for one to ten days, and you don't need treatment if you're healthy. Older people and infants may dehydrate due to fluid loss. Pay attention to signs of dehydration, such as sunken eyes, loose skin, dry lips and lips, drowsiness and stomach cramps. If these symptoms occur, consult a doctor.

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Esophageal spasm Esophagus connects your mouth and stomach. Esophageal spasm can cause gastric spasm. Esophageal spasms occur in the esophagus, but the pain they cause may feel that it originated in your stomach. The exact cause of esophageal spasm is not yet clear, but this disease is more common in women, namely gastroesophageal reflux patients and anxiety patients. Hot and cold food can also cause spasms. You may feel swallowed or stuck in your throat, or you may have chest pain. If you have scar tissue left by previous intestinal surgery, intestinal obstruction may occur. Severe constipation, tumors or hernia can also cause intestinal obstruction. Symptoms may worsen after eating because your stomach tries to push food into the intestine, but they may worsen due to blockage somewhere in the intestine. This can lead to severe cramps and discomfort. When the obstruction worsens, you may vomit and produce very little stool; only watery diarrhea may pass through the obstruction. If you think you may have intestinal obstruction, consult a doctor. Do not take laxatives or other drugs without the approval of your doctor.

Chronic bowel diseases: Inflammatory bowel diseases include several chronic bowel diseases, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both can damage the intestinal lining, cause abdominal pain, worsen after eating, diarrhea, may bleed, loss of appetite, fever and weight loss. Over time, these chronic diseases can lead to severe intestinal damage. If you suspect you have any form of inflammatory bowel disease, see a doctor. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a mild disease. Similar symptoms of gastric spasm and spasm may occur after eating, but it does not damage the intestine. According to Pubmed Health, one in six Americans suffers from irritable bowel syndrome.

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