Do Worms Cause Stomach Pain?

Worms in Stomach

Yes, certain types of worms or parasitic infections can cause stomach pain or abdominal discomfort as part of their symptoms. Different types of worms or parasites can affect the digestive system, leading to various gastrointestinal issues, including:

  • Abdominal pain: Parasitic infections in the gastrointestinal tract can cause irritation, inflammation, or damage to the intestinal lining, leading to stomach cramps, discomfort, or pain.
  • Nausea and vomiting: Some parasitic infections can cause nausea, vomiting, or a feeling of queasiness.
  • Diarrhea or constipation: Worm infestations may lead to changes in bowel habits, resulting in diarrhea, constipation, or alternating episodes of both.
  • Bloating and gas: Parasitic infections can cause increased gas production or disturbances in the gut microbiota, leading to bloating and excessive gas.
  • Weight loss or malnutrition: In severe cases, certain parasites can cause malabsorption of nutrients or compete with the host for nutrients, leading to weight loss, malnutrition, or deficiencies.

Common intestinal parasites that can cause stomach pain or other gastrointestinal symptoms include:

  • Roundworms (e.g., Ascaris lumbricoides)
  • Tapeworms (e.g., Taenia species)
  • Hookworms (e.g., Ancylostoma duodenale, Necator americanus)
  • Whipworms (e.g., Trichuris trichiura)
  • Giardia lamblia (a protozoan parasite causing giardiasis)

If someone suspects they have a parasitic infection due to symptoms like stomach pain, diarrhea, or other gastrointestinal issues, it’s essential to seek medical attention. A healthcare professional can perform diagnostic tests, such as stool examinations or blood tests, to identify the presence of parasites and provide appropriate treatment, which may include antiparasitic medications or other interventions to eliminate the infection and alleviate symptoms.