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Mysterious Stomach Ache Quiz
by Staff
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.

  • metabolic syndrome
  • dermatitis herpetiformis
  • celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease

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.

  • typhoid
  • Ebola
  • malaria
  • shigella

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

  • lactose intolerance
  • toxic megacolon
  • necrotizing vasculitis
  • uterine fibroids

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

  • intussusception
  • diverticulitis
  • pelvic inflammatory disease
  • shigella

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

  • sugar found in milk and dairy products
  • protein found in milk and dairy products
  • fat found in milk and dairy products
  • fiber 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).

  • human papillomavirus
  • gonorrhea
  • chlamydia
  • pelvic inflammatory disease

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

  • celiac disease
  • Whipple's disease
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • mycobacterium avium complex

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.

  • appendicitis
  • constipation
  • inflammatory bowel disease
  • stomach cancer

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?

  • ovarian cancer
  • mononucleosis
  • acute pancreatitis
  • Epstein-Barr

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?

  • endometriosis
  • ectopic pregnancy
  • uterine fibroids
  • ovarian cancer

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

  • bowel obstruction
  • cystitis
  • diverticulosis
  • gastritis

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.

  • heartburn
  • gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • duodenal ulcer
  • dyspepsia

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?

  • colitis
  • kidney stones
  • gallstones
  • gingivitis

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

  • Addison's disease
  • Graves disease
  • hyperthyroidism
  • hypothyroidism

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?

  • serotonin
  • dopamine
  • histamine
  • endorphins

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.

  • acid reflux
  • peptic ulcer
  • gastric cancer
  • abdominal aortic aneurysm

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

  • fact
  • fiction

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.

  • bladder infection
  • kidney infection
  • ovarian cyst
  • gonorrhea

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

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • cirrosis
  • sickle cell anemia
  • mononucleosis

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

  • cervical cancer
  • ovarian cancer
  • lymphoma