Mysterious Stomach Ache Quiz

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Let's face it, stomach aches are inevitable... or are they? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of stomach aches and strange causes and cures.

If you have this condition, eating foods that contain wheat, rye or barley will cause you to have bloating, diarrhea and abdominal pain.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine. It's triggered by gluten proteins, found in wheat, rye and barley.


This virus has an incubation period of 2 to 21 days and while some of its initial symptoms are common conditions such as stomach pain and hiccups, it is deadly and has no treatment.

Shortly after infection, Ebola causes high fever, stomach pain, muscle aches, fatigue , red eyes and diarrhea but can rapidly progress, attacking internal organs, causing blindness and, in some forms, causing bleeding from the ears and eyes.


This life-threatening intestinal complication happens when the colon becomes infected and enlarged, and causes the large intestine to widen rapidly.

Toxic megacolon causes severe abdominal pain, distention and tenderness, and almost always requires surgery to correct.


When one part of the intestine collapses into an adjacent section, it is known as this painful condition.

Intussusception is when the small intestine (or colon) slides into another part of the intestine, like a telescope, causing extreme intermittent stomach pain. The condition is rare but serious, and more often seen in kids than adults.


Lactose intolerance means a person can't digest lactose, which causes them abdominal pain, bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea. What is lactose?

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk and dairy products.


One out of eight sexually active teens will develop this sexually transmitted disease, which causes pain and tenderness in the lower abdomen and pelvis (and sometimes the lower back).

Pelvic inflammatory disease is a sexually transmitted disease caused by bacteria -- most often chlamydia and gonorrhea -- in the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes or pelvis.


A rare bacterial infection causes this disease of the small intestine, known to cause stomach pain, chronic diarrhea, anemia and joint pain.

Whipple's disease is caused by T. whipplei bacteria that infect cells in the lining of the small intestine. In addition to the gastrointestinal problems it causes, Whipple's disease can also cause neurological, lung and heart complications.


The most common symptom of this condition is abdominal pain, usually to the right and below the belly button, that gets worse when coughing, sneezing and moving around.

A swollen, infected appendix -- appendicitis -- is the number one cause of emergency surgery.


Gradual or sudden severe pain in your upper abdomen that gets worse after eating accompanied by fever, nausea and a rapid pulse could mean you have what life-threatening illness?

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of the pancreas and can be life-threatening. It's mainly caused by alcohol abuse and gallstones but can also be triggered by estrogen use, cancer, injury and even the mumps.


Nausea is common during the first trimester of pregnancy but if a woman experiences pelvic or abdominal pain, sharp or localized on one side, what might she be diagnosed with?

Ectopic pregnancies happen when the fertilized egg implants outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube (although in rare cases, it might attach itself to an ovary, cervix or another organ in the abdomen).


A distended abdomen along with constant, cramping pain, vomiting and constipation describe what condition?

A bowel obstruction is when part of the small or large intestine becomes blocked, causing the contents of the intestine to back up. If left untreated, it can become gangrenous.


This chronic digestive disease causes the contents of the stomach, including food and stomach acid, to leak from the stomach into the esophagus, causing stomach and chest pain.

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) includes the same symptoms as acid reflux and heartburn but these symptoms are chronic, occurring more than twice a week.


Sudden steady pain localized in the upper right of your abdomen combined with pain between the shoulder blades or under the right shoulder is a sign of what condition?

Gallstones are small pieces of material -- either hardened cholesterol or pigment stones made of bilirubin -- that form in the gallbladder and range in size from a single grain of sand to a golf ball.


When your body suddenly produces too little of the hormone cortisol, it can lead to:

Adrenal insufficiency is called Addison's disease, and when left untreated, it can cause lower back or stomach pain along with severe vomiting and diarrhea, decreased blood pressure and increased levels of potassium.


Food allergies occur when the body mistakes food proteins as foreign invaders, causing, among other symptoms, stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea. What chemical does the body release to fight allergic reactions?

Histamine is a neurotransmitter, and during a food allergy attack, it contributes to stomach acid secretion.


Smoking, hypertension, high cholesterol, obesity and family history are some of the risk factors for developing this condition that causes a pulsing, painful abdominal mass.

When the large blood vessel that supplies blood to the abdomen, pelvic region and legs inflates like a balloon, it's known as an aneurysm. Aneurysms often don't have symptoms until they rupture, and when the abdominal aortic aneurysm does so it causes sudden, severe pain in the abdomen and pelvis.


Fact or fiction: Abdominal pain, jaundice and itching could be symptoms of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).

When someone has primary sclerosing cholangitis, their bile ducts thicken and swell so that they eventually become blocked. The blockage can then cause abdominal pain, jaundice and itching.


This infection may be common, especially among women, but its symptoms can vary from person to person and infection to infection, but usually include lower abdominal pain and pelvic pressure along with frequent urination.

Symptoms of urinary tract infections vary depending on where they are located. Bacteria infecting the bladder are more likely to cause abdominal pain than those in the urethra or kidney.


Symptoms of this 'kissing disease' may include a swollen spleen.

Mononucleosis is a viral infection that causes swollen glands, sore throat and fever. It may also cause a swollen liver or spleen, and if abdominal pain is present, it could indicate a spleen rupture.


There is no test to detect this reproductive cancer, and women and their physicians need to rely on symptoms including abdominal pain and bloating.

While symptoms of ovarian cancer can seem vague and are easily missed in the early stages of the disease, they often include abdominal pressure and pelvic pain, gas, changes in bowel and bladder patterns and increased belly girth.


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