You may be aware from first-hand experience how varied the symptoms of food poisoning can be. Will food poisoning cause cramps, for example? The answer is yes, it usually does. This can be one of the first indications of the condition, along with feeling unwell. This can happen within four hours or so of eating something that is contaminated, although it may not occur until up to 24 hours after you have eaten something contaminated with bacteria.
In some instances, you’ll know you ate something ‘off’ because other people who were eating the same things have also fallen ill. For example, if the whole family ate a chicken takeaway that was contaminated, they will all experience symptoms.
Why would food poisoning cause cramps?
Symptoms relating to your stomach will be present if you get food poisoning. For example, you may get cramps before experiencing diarrhoea and being sick. Sometimes, people might feel nauseous but it won’t progress to sickness. However, stomach cramps can occur before these symptoms present themselves, and continue for a while afterwards as well.
The best thing is to let the condition resolve itself, although in some cases people will become dehydrated and may need additional treatment. Keep sipping water throughout your illness to ensure you keep dehydration at bay. If you cannot keep this down, you may have to seek advice from your GP to ensure you do not become dehydrated, as this can be potentially serious. Most adults don’t have to worry about this, but it can be more dangerous in the elderly and in children.
How can we help?
We may not be able to provide help when you are ill, but once you are feeling better and you want to know about the likelihood of claiming compensation – possibly on behalf of younger members of your family as well – we’re here. You can ring us on 0800 689 0500 at no charge; alternatively, we also have a number for mobile callers that is available on 0333 500 0993.
So, your most important question may not be ‘why would food poisoning cause cramps?’ It could instead be could you claim, and our team will have the answer. By calling us on one of the above numbers, you’ll have a chance to describe your experience to an advisor, and we can take things from there. Find out today whether you have a case.
Date Published: November 16, 2016
Author: Allison Whitehead