upset stomach vs. churning stomach

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upset stomach vs. churning stomach

Post by azz » Fri Sep 24, 2021 8:13 am

I think upset stomach refers to any kind of discomfort felt in the abdomen. Churning stomach is the feeling that there is something turning in the stomach and the stomach has become a bit like a washing machine.

But is any churning stomach an upset stomach?
What if the churning stomach is caused by nervousness?

Many thanks.
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Re: upset stomach vs. churning stomach

Post by Erik_Kowal » Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:05 pm

The term "upset stomach" is often used as a euphemism for diarrhoea.

The term "churning stomach" is used much more rarely. Personally, I would take that to mean what you suggested unless the context made it clear that a different meaning was intended.

One can also have "butterflies in one's stomach", meaning a general sense of tension in the abdomen (possibly with some queasiness) arising from excited anticipation or anxiety.
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