Stomach cramps are almost always present in patients with intestinal E. Coli infection. The cramps may be so severe that the entire abdominal wall becomes sensitive to touch. Children are particularly vulnerable to these cramps.
Typically, cramps are followed with violent, voluminous diarrhea. The first sign of recovery is the decrease in the cramp’s intensity and frequency. The cramp will be at its peak in 3-5 days, just like diarrhea. In some cases, patients recover faster, but generally 10 days is a typical duration of the disease without complications.
More food intake can provoke cramps and diarrhea, so it is recommended to avoid big solid meals, and instead take food in minimal amounts throughout the day.