Nausea and stomach aches are signs of unrest in the gastrointestinal tract. According to the experts at the Mayo Clinic, these symptoms are not usually signs of serious conditions, but there are some life- threatening conditions that can cause nausea and stomach aches. Intestinal obstruction, ulcers, enteritis, appendicitis and pancreatitis are conditions that can cause stomach ache and nausea. These conditions all have the potential for life-threatening complications.
Pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis causes a multitude of symptoms, the most prominent being stomach aches and nausea. This condition can be chronic or acute. Nausea is more specific to acute pancreatitis. Treating pancreatitis is usually done in a hospital.
Intestinal obstruction is caused by the blockage of your large or small intestine, which prevents the passage of food. It is most often cause by tumors, adhesions, and hernias. As a result of the blockage, abdominal pain, nausea, abdominal swelling and vomiting can occur.
The inflammation of the appendix is known as appendicitis. This condition can cause severe pain in the lower right section of the abdomen. The pain usually appears around the belly button and moves toward the lower right portion of the abdomen. Nausea, vomiting, abdominal swelling, appetite loss and low-grade fever are also common symptoms of this ailment. Appendicitis is treated by surgically removing the appendix.
Peptic ulcers are open sores on the inside of your upper digestive tract. Peptic ulcers can develop in the stomach and upper small intestine also known as the duodenum. The most common symptoms of peptic ulcers are stomach aches. The most common cause of ulcers is the helicobacter pylori bacteria. Nausea, vomiting blood, appetite changes, and pain when the stomach is empty are all symptoms that can plague people with peptic ulcers. Ulcers can be treated using medication or surgically.
Enteritis is the inflammation of the small intestine. It is usually caused by the ingestion of contaminated food. Abdominal pain, nausea, fever, vomiting and diarrhea are common symptoms of enteritis. This condition is usually treated using medication. Enteritis can be caused by fungi, bacteria or viruses. Treatment is usually performed in accordance with the causative agent.