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Problems with Activia yogurt?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • April 11, 2007
  • 03:45 AM

I started eating Activia yogurt once a day for the last month and a half, and initially was very happy with the results. But in the last week I've had a bout of intestinal cramping with very sharp intermittent pains, and fever. Pains are in stomach and lower ab area, with more pain on the right side. I'm wondering if (after reading some of the threads here tonight) that I should be checked for a problem with my appendix. Or is there a possibility that all the Activia yogurt (with the "good bacteria") could have caused a bacterial infection? Any thoughts?

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  • I started eating Activia yogurt once a day for the last month and a half, and initially was very happy with the results. But in the last week I've had a bout of intestinal cramping with very sharp intermittent pains, and fever. Pains are in stomach and lower ab area, with more pain on the right side. I'm wondering if (after reading some of the threads here tonight) that I should be checked for a problem with my appendix. Or is there a possibility that all the Activia yogurt (with the "good bacteria") could have caused a bacterial infection? Any thoughts?Hey, I been having exactly the same problems the only difference is that I been eating Activia for over 1 year, it never crossed my mind that it could be the yogurt i was eating almost everyday that was causing all this pain.I been to the doctor so many times this pass year and done so many tests and they never found anything.I do remember tho that i was away for one month and the pain went away but after I return and i started eating Activia the pain came back after a few days, I just thought i had something wrong with me and had to go to the doctor again.Anyways, after reading ur post and all the other post around the internet, I'll never have Activia yogurt ever again!THNX!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 28, 2009
    • 03:06 AM
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  • I tried activia on friday night...was gassy...one result...by saturday evening i felt sick (nautious), dizzy, stomach cramping, thought it was just the day i had had.ate some more of it on saturday night.sunday, ate some more for mid afternoon....by that night my stomach was "jumping" gassy, burping....needing to pass gas, but I was in church.this morning I feel sick...wondered if it was activia, found this website. Thank you God I am not the only one! My stomach is nauseated and I feel sick, headache. I only had 3 bowel movements on this stuff, (which is less than I expected). I will stay away from the stuff from now on...stick to my good ole' benefiber.I had a few minor problems with inconsistency so I decided to try Activia. I have been sick ever since. I can't seem to eat anything that has dairy or wheat in it. I had to stop eating bread, cereal, cookies, pie, cakes, just about everything. I can't drink any kind of milk or ice cream and I used to eat ice cream almost every day! I gained about 35 lbs. and I never gained an ounce before I tried Activia. It's like it completely changed my digestive system. I don't know what to do to get back to my old self again. I'd rather have a little problem with an irregular bowel movement once in a while than put up with this. Maybe this stuff works for some but WATCH OUT for those that it doesn't work for! It can ruin your life!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 20, 2009
    • 09:16 PM
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  • You are reacting to the effects of diary. This is usually brought on by a candida problem. Look into candida. According to Rice University about 80% of Americans have this problem. I have study this issue for a couple of years now and found that the main things to avoid, pretty much completely, that will have a huge impact on your health are #1 diary, #2 sugar (limited this to 40-60 grams per day) and #3 caffeine. In that order. To go one step further eat only whole grain foods especially wheat like bread and pastas. Try it for 4 days and you will be feeling much better, less bloated and will lose intense hunger bouts and crave those foods less. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 22, 2009
    • 11:59 PM
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  • I've eaten yogurt my whole life. I went my entire life without any digestive issues. I took the "Activia Challenge." Because the ads said to try it for 2 weeks, I ignored the initial discomfort, thinking there must be some kind of adjustment period. OMG. I became incredibly uncomfortable, bloated, gassy and constipated for the first time ever. Seriously. I have NEVER had constipation before. I stopped the Activia and got back to normal. I became afraid to eat yogurt of any kind because my gut just wasn't ever the same. I started having digestive issues after a lifetime of eating anything I wanted with no ill effects.A couple of months later, I started eating some normal yogurt again. Started feeling weird. Got a little stopped up. Got diagnosed with Diverticulitis and had to go on antibiotics. I honestly feel that being constipated by the Activia started my troubles. Yes, maybe I had diverticula (pockets in the intestine/colon that can trap particles and get infected) all along, but I never had a problem until all this unpleasantness started with the Activia challenge.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 27, 2009
    • 11:09 PM
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  • That sounds awful! Poor you :(Does anyone know how long it is until it starts to affect you?I had a pot yesterday with no problems, and have just eaten one now...when would I start to feel the side effects if there are any?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 20, 2009
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  • Holy Sweet Jumping Jehosaphat!!! I've eaten two cups over two days (that'd be one per day) and I cannot begin to describe my experience. It isn't pleasant, except for the 10 year old inside me that still laughs at ***t jokes and other toilet humor.Day 1:Had a cup of the Activia at lunch. Polished it off around 12:15. By 1:05 I was in the toilet, praying that the Almighty would stop the cramping. I started sweating. Profusely. Kastanza on the commode profusely. Between the cramps that were doubling me over and the sting of sweat in my eyes, I hoped that something, anything would give.It did.Has anyone had one of those nights when you may have consumed a wee bit too much beer, perhaps a few drags of an herbal supplement that is currently not on the approved for consumer use list, and then thought a run to White Castle was a good idea? Remember the next morning? Yeah, like that.Honest Abe, I wish the toilet had a shoulder harness. Or at least a seatbelt. I think I came two or three inches off the seat when the dam finally broke. Shrapnel everywhere. My gut was making as much noise as my keister and I think the ships at sea turned away from the fog horn going off in the men's room on the third floor. At about the third contraction, a coworker came in, stopped short, and left. Yes, potency my dear friends.The nice thing is that the whole episode took about ten minutes. I was back at my desk, dried and cleaned, and wondering "What in the holy ***l was that?!?"Day 2:I don't know why I did it, but I did. I had another cup. Maybe it was the pasta salad I had for lunch yesterday. Maybe that was what did it to me. Or maybe I drank my diet soda too fast. Yeah, that had to be it.Nope.I made it about two hours after my cup of Activia at lunch. This time, however, I was in the middle of a meeting. That familiar gurgle, that lovely pinching of my abdominal muscles convinced me that the new production matrix was just not that damned important. Off I went.First floor this time. Men's room about twenty paces from the cafeteria. Not highly travelled at this time of day.Thank Vishnu for small favors.Had the joint all to myself. Sounded like a truck stop bathroom after the all you can eat chili buffet.This is powerful stuff, this Activia. Tastes great but makes me shizzle like a moose that ate a pan of ExLax brownies.YMMVnot to laugh @ your pain, but THAT description was funny! gave it my 3 and 4 year olds, they threw up for 24 hours. that was the only thing they ate, i won't b giving it to them again.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 21, 2009
    • 00:41 AM
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  • My German Shepherd and I both eat plain Mountain High plain yogurt every day and don't have any problems but when I tried Activia I did experience an upset tummy. I thought it was all in my head until I read these posts. Maybe it's the type of acidophilus in it or the fillers. BTW eating yogurt stopped my dog's bad breath and she loves it. I put a big dollup on top of her kibble and she eats it first. One for me, one for her!
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    • November 1, 2009
    • 07:11 PM
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  • I just recently starting eating activia and for the first time in my life have developed a vaginal odor that I can't find a reason for. I have no symptoms of a yeast infection (ie no discharge, no itching or swelling), and the odor is not fishy, but pungent in another way. Is there any chance this could be associated with my starting to eat activia? I've had no other side effects from the yogurt as I've read among other people such as gastro-intestinal distress of any kind. thanks for any input!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 1, 2010
    • 09:06 PM
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  • I just recently starting eating activia and for the first time in my life have developed a vaginal odor that I can't find a reason for. I have no symptoms of a yeast infection (ie no discharge, no itching or swelling), and the odor is not fishy, but pungent in another way. Is there any chance this could be associated with my starting to eat activia? I've had no other side effects from the yogurt as I've read among other people such as gastro-intestinal distress of any kind. thanks for any input!This is exactly what happen to me. But developed into a full blown infection in the vaginal track. I am post menoposal so I had to first go on an antibiotic, then on estrogen. I am better, but have been undergoing treatmant for 9 months now. Ir is a mess, and I cannot eat Yogert of any kind and won't go near Ativia ever again.Elizabeth BaldwinDallas TX
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 29, 2010
    • 07:40 PM
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  • I cannot find the Fiber One Yogurt thread so I am posting this here.So I went Googling to see if anyone else has had problems,and landed here.Most of the comments I could find reminded me of commercials by Fiber Oneemployees,with a few exceptions. I made the mistake of eating two of those little ones this morning, then drank a cup of decaff coffee and I have been sick all day!No diarrhea but made a couple of trips to the bathroom.My stomach is queasy, like I could throw up and I feel chilled on top of that.Then there were the cramps and ******g earlier this morning,my intestinalarea has been hurting all day as well. If I did not know better I would think Ihad a stomach bug or the flu.I won't be repeating this again! >: (Has anyone else had a similar experience with the product?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 21, 2010
    • 05:56 AM
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  • My German Shepherd and I both eat plain Mountain High plain yogurt every day and don't have any problems but when I tried Activia I did experience an upset tummy. I thought it was all in my head until I read these posts. Maybe it's the type of acidophilus in it or the fillers. BTW eating yogurt stopped my dog's bad breath and she loves it. I put a big dollup on top of her kibble and she eats it first. One for me, one for her!LOL I'm glad the dog is enjoying it, I have a 18 pack that is going in the trash when I get home.My story is nearly the same. The cramping and stomach aches are quite uncomfortable, and the worst part for me was not knowing what caused the cramps. I have spent the last few days confused and wondering why my stomach was cramping. After a few minutes on the web, all was made clear, there is a large group of people with adverse reactions to this product.Predictably, the Activia website says NOTHING about possible side effects. Shame on Dannon for not disclosing this information about their products.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2010
    • 09:10 PM
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  • My mother had minor surgery just last week and as she's not allowed to lift anything or do any straining, she decided to buy Activia yogurt to stop any bowel straining.She likes it, and is getting the rest of the family to try it as well.I like the taste of the strawberry yogurt. It tasted a little chalky at first, but then it was quite yummy.However, I've had it for five days in a row (one per day except yesterday and Friday when I had two), and today I'm bloated and have terrible gas. I decided to look on the internet and found this forum and... I'm not going to eat it anymore. It's yummy yogurt, but it's not worth being bloated and having bad gas. Regular yogurt doesn't make me bloated and give me terrible gas. I'll stick with regular yogurt.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 23, 2010
    • 10:13 PM
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  • This thread was just too tempting! After experiencing all the pain I've experienced today, and searching the web... I had to share.I've had a LOT of what you guys are having. I never really had any regularity issues, but I wanted to try activia. My mother loves it, and never had any complaints with it.First day... The peach, it tasted good! I started to get a little crampy, but I looked it over. But oh my god, it got worse. Very sharp pain and I just rushed to the bathroom as I felt completely nauseous! I felt as though I had to vomit, but fortunately nothing occurred. Besides that, I did have terrible diarrhea problems... before that, constipation. First I thought it might have been something else I ate.Day two... I figured out it wasn't it.No more for me!
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  • I was eating Activia daily for about 2 weeks. Got nauseous, diarrhea, etc. Finally realized it was the yogurt! Stopped eating it, but the diarrhea persists. It's been 4 weeks of a restricted diet and negative lab tests. Any ideas on what I can do at this point?
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  • not to laugh @ your pain, but THAT description was funny! gave it my 3 and 4 year olds, they threw up for 24 hours. that was the only thing they ate, i won't b giving it to them again.my husband started having kidney problems, blood in urine. Stopped eating Activia, problem stopped. Thought it was a coincidence, started eating it again and same problem again but stopped as soon as he quit eating Activia.
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  • I quit eating Activia yogurt after a month of use because my stools started to come out in pellets! Gross and weird. I have had normal stools for a week ,and not using Activia. Also, the yogurt did not help my constipation at all. I thought it made it worse.
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  • Activia and diabetes go together !!!after taken activia for couple of weeks, i notice how much weight I was loosing, at first I thought that it was something good but I started feeling dizzy, after the third week I began to feel thirsty and urinating a lot. I decided to go to the Doctor to find out that my blood sugar level was very high, the doctor told me to stop taking it and i was diagnosed with Diabetes. Now, after a month without taking activia my sugar level is back to normal but i am still carrying diabetes.
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  • That's absolutely incredible. So sorry. My Activia-related diarrhea went on for so long, the GI doc says she thinks I have lymphocytic colitis now. I haven't had the tests yet, they're scheduled for weeks away, but from what I've read, everything fits. I'm taking a fiber supplement and that's helping slow the diarrhea. At the risk of sounding crazy, when I started eating Activia I was perfectly healthy, just intermittently constipated. Now I've got colitis!!!!
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  • I've tried Activia, gone off of it due to a suspician of symptoms like those reported here being due to Activia. But then I foolishly decided to try it again. Yesterday, after 2 consecutive days I thought I was going to pass out on the john. I was sweating profusely, had horrible cramps, and of course diarrehea. I AM COMPLETELY CONVINCED THIS PRODUCT HAS A LAXATIVE IN IT. It may have probiotics also, but what's really doing the work is some level of a laxative. The only other time in my life when I had these same symptoms was when I used a "mild" laxative.
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  • I LOVE LOVE LOVE your humor!!! If you're not a writer, you might want to consider changing professions.I have been having what I thought were Gall Bladder pains for the last few weeks...with one hospitalization for extreme pain....Gall Bladder looked good on the scans.I start reading this and HOLY SWEET JUMPING JEHOSAPHAT this is what's wrong with me. Never been constipated IN MY LIFE and now I am....huge bloated feeling to where it's difficult to breathe, a feeling in my stomach that feels like a baby is kicking. I'm going to stop eating it and hopefully I'll feel better SOON.Thanx for your humor!!!!ChristieHoly Sweet Jumping Jehosaphat!!! I've eaten two cups over two days (that'd be one per day) and I cannot begin to describe my experience. It isn't pleasant, except for the 10 year old inside me that still laughs at ***t jokes and other toilet humor.Day 1:Had a cup of the Activia at lunch. Polished it off around 12:15. By 1:05 I was in the toilet, praying that the Almighty would stop the cramping. I started sweating. Profusely. Kastanza on the commode profusely. Between the cramps that were doubling me over and the sting of sweat in my eyes, I hoped that something, anything would give.It did.Has anyone had one of those nights when you may have consumed a wee bit too much beer, perhaps a few drags of an herbal supplement that is currently not on the approved for consumer use list, and then thought a run to White Castle was a good idea? Remember the next morning? Yeah, like that.Honest Abe, I wish the toilet had a shoulder harness. Or at least a seatbelt. I think I came two or three inches off the seat when the dam finally broke. Shrapnel everywhere. My gut was making as much noise as my keister and I think the ships at sea turned away from the fog horn going off in the men's room on the third floor. At about the third contraction, a coworker came in, stopped short, and left. Yes, potency my dear friends.The nice thing is that the whole episode took about ten minutes. I was back at my desk, dried and cleaned, and wondering "What in the holy ***l was that?!?"Day 2:I don't know why I did it, but I did. I had another cup. Maybe it was the pasta salad I had for lunch yesterday. Maybe that was what did it to me. Or maybe I drank my diet soda too fast. Yeah, that had to be it.Nope.I made it about two hours after my cup of Activia at lunch. This time, however, I was in the middle of a meeting. That familiar gurgle, that lovely pinching of my abdominal muscles convinced me that the new production matrix was just not that damned important. Off I went.First floor this time. Men's room about twenty paces from the cafeteria. Not highly travelled at this time of day.Thank Vishnu for small favors.Had the joint all to myself. Sounded like a truck stop bathroom after the all you can eat chili buffet.This is powerful stuff, this Activia. Tastes great but makes me shizzle like a moose that ate a pan of ExLax brownies.YMMV
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