How Does Kidney Infection Affect your Stomach?

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Stomach is one of essential organs of your digestive system. And the kidneys are part of your urinary system. But sometime they can affect each other if one of them goes awry. For instance if you have infection in the kidney, it may also cause pain in the stomach. There are a number of ways of how kidney infection can affect your stomach.

Types and causes of stomach problems

image_illustration409There are numerous different stomach problems and each can be triggered by different cause. The treatment is determined based on the underlying cause. Therefore it’s important to diagnose the cause clearly.

The intensity, how it feels like, whether it comes with another symptom, or how long the symptom lasts may help doctors make the diagnosis. Unfortunately, sometime the cause is not known.

Abdominal cramps with diarrhea

One of possible answers is gastroenteritis (tummy bug). The abdominal cramps usually come suddenly, and followed with diarrhea. But the problem is usually harmless or even may improve on its own after a few days.

Gastroenteritis is an infection (could be viral or bacterial infection) in the bowel or stomach. Many times, it is caused by getting a close contact with an individual who’s infected. It may also occur due to food poisoning or consuming contaminated food.

Another possible cause is irritable bowel syndrome or IBS. This is particularly true if the problem becomes chronic or when you have repeated bouts of abdominal cramps and diarrhea.

Abdominal cramps with bloating

Most of the time, trapped wind is to blame for abdominal cramps with bloating. It is common and easy to deal with – but sometime it can be embarrassing, too. It usually improves with over-the-counter such as mebeverine or buscopan.

Recurring, long-term stomach pain

Sometime urinary tract infection such as kidney infection is to blame for this symptom. But it also can be linked to long-term conditions such as:

  1. Irritable bowel diseases (IBD) like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. It is inflammation of the gut, and it is a long-term condition!
  2. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) can cause recurring stomach pain, too. See other IBS symptoms in here!

Other causes may include stomach-related problems (such as heartburn, acid reflux, or stomach ulcer), period pain (in women), or even constipation. The good news, repeated /persistent abdominal pain often can be managed.

Sudden severe stomach pain

This could be severe enough to make you seek help and visit your doctor.  Sudden and severe stomach pain may be caused by the following conditions:

  1. A bleeding ulcer. An ulcer, open sore in the stomach or duodenum can bleed and this can be painful.
  2. Swelling in the appendix, this disorder is called appendicitis. Typically, it is characterized by pain in the right-side, lower stomach. Appendix may need to be removed to relieve the problem.
  3. Diverticulitis, a condition results from the inflammation of the small pouches in the large intestine. Sometime it needs to be treated with antibiotics in hospital.
  4. Kidney stones, hard objects that form in the urinary tubes. They can be large enough to significantly block the flow of urine from the kidneys to the bladder.
  5. Inflammation of the gallbladder, acute cholecystitis.
  6. An infection in the bowel or stomach (gastroenteritis).
  7. Pulled muscles of abdomen due to an injury.
Abdominal pain after eating

It can be attributed by a number of numerous different causes, from mild to serious condition. Check this list for different conditions that can lead to abdominal pain after eating! But for accurate diagnosis, work with your doctor!

Kidney infection and stomach pain

If you have kidney infection, typically the infection will cause burning sensation or pain when you pee. Sometime pain may also be felt in other areas of the body.

For instances, stomach pain can also be one of the symptoms of the infection. Typically, it is felt in the lower abdomen. You may also have pain in your back, your side (flank area), or around genitals (such as groin pain).

Your abdominal pain is likely to be associated with kidney infection if you also experience other symptoms of the disease. These include:

  1. Problems associated with passing urine such as urinating more often than usual, you have cloudy-bad smell urine, unable to completely empty bladder, or persistent-strong urge to urinate.
  2. Fever or feeling sick.
  3. Tiredness (fatigue). You can learn more about how kidney infection can contribute to cause fatigue in this section!
  4. Changes in appetite, especially such as decreased or loss of appetite.
  5. Diarrhea (change in bowel movement).
  6. Or even blood found in the urine, depending on the severity of the infection.

How does kidney infection affect your stomach?

Although stomach is not a part of the urinary system, but sometime problem in the kidneys or other organs of the urinary system may also affect the stomach.

Abdominal pain in people with kidney infection is quite common. There are a number of reasons of why and how the infection in the kidneys can affect your stomach.


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