Stomach Growling

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  • Hear my stomach is functioning

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It describes a condition when a person is aware of his or her own intestinal peristaltic movement. Peristalsis is a series of wave-like muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Recent weight loss

  • White or clay-colored stools

  • Edema

  • Abdominal pain

  • Fever

  • Hematochezia (rectal bleeding)

  • Unexplained weight loss of 5% or more in 1 month

  • Lower abdominal pain

Possible causes

  • Bacterial gastroenteritis

    Bacterial infection of the gut. It can be prevented by cleansing fruits and vegetables, cooking raw meat properly to kill the bacteria that can cause food poisoning, and ensuring all water is boiled before consumption.

  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

    A condition with recurrent episodes of abdominal discomfort, diarrhea and constipation. IBS is diagnosed when no obvious cause can be found despite investigations. While the exact cause of IBS is unknown, stress and certain food types are known to cause flares.

  • Viral gastroenteritis

    Viral infection of the stomach and intestines ("stomach flu"). It is transmitted from other patients who have the same illness. Washing of hands and not sharing food/drinks is important in breaking the transmission of this disease.

  • Lactose intolerance
  • Crohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Thalamic syndrome

  • Nicotine addiction

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you hear gurgling sounds in the abdomen (stomach)?

  • Do you have nausea or vomiting?

  • Do you have abdominal pain (stomach ache)?

  • Do you have less or no appetite, therefore eat less food?

  • Are there people around you with the same symptoms?

Other Related Symptoms

Similar symptoms or complaints

  • Diarrhea

Medically Reviewed By:

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Aiko Yoshioka, MD


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