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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 recently took the Activia Challenge. But my experience was nothing like the posts. I started to have terrible headaches, but contributed it to a very stressful environment at work -- Not that it didn't contribute. After about 6 weeks and multiple trips to the doctors, sudden spike in blood pressure, insomnia, blood work and an MRI, I ended up having to be out of work for a week. There were answers. Then I missed two days of Activia and realized I was also headache free. I started to think back to when all the trouble began and figured it out that it had to be the Activia. Needless to say, I have not had any since the epiphany, nor have I had any of the symptons described above. I'm not sure what ingredient (s) are that caused the problem, but I won't go near the stuff. I've had yogurts before and have not had anything remotely close to what I went through. I actually thought I was losing my mind...and it was scary. Let me know if anyone else has had any other issues.
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  • It continues to amaze me that so many people are suffering adverse side effects from this yogurt! I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It's a hereditary auto-immune disease that is "triggered" by an event your body experiences, like pregnancy, surgery, or severe emotional distress. The only treatment is a life-long, gluten-free (wheat, rye, barley) diet. I am convinced the trigger for me was severe diarrhea caused by 2 1/2 - 3 weeks of daily Activia yogurt. Once I stopped eating it, the symptoms continued and have only stopped since I've stopped eating gluten-containing foods.
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  • It continues to amaze me that so many people are suffering adverse side effects from this yogurt! I was recently diagnosed with celiac disease. It's a hereditary auto-immune disease that is "triggered" by an event your body experiences, like pregnancy, surgery, or severe emotional distress. The only treatment is a life-long, gluten-free (wheat, rye, barley) diet. I am convinced the trigger for me was severe diarrhea caused by 2 1/2 - 3 weeks of daily Activia yogurt. Once I stopped eating it, the symptoms continued and have only stopped since I've stopped eating gluten-containing foods.Only two cups of blueberry Activia yogurt and both times the runs oh my the runs. So no more Activia for me - maybe I can sell on e-bay.
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  • I don't know about the green stools, but I've experienced periodic bouts of intense gas hours after eating it, plus stomach aches and liquid stool. Others swear by this stuff and that's great but it's not for everyone. I posted in hopes that someone else having the same hassles would realize it's the Activia and go back to regular yogurt.I, also get all these same symptoms when I eat Activia so I discontinued it. I've thought about trying to get the cost back, which the advert tells you to do if it doesn't work as described, I have several still in my fridge. But, I thought it must be something unusual about my digestive system because of all the people who praise it so highly. It worried me somewhat, so I am happy that you posted your experience on this website. Thank you!
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  • I first tried Activia last summer, and it worked great with no cramping and such, but I stopped after a few months, and my intestinal transit slowed again, but not horribly so. I just decided to pick it up again, since my transit had gotten extremely slow, but a day after my first cup, I started getting uncomfortable amounts of gas (and i'm normally pretty gassy). I though maybe it was something I ate, since I had Mcdonald's and other restaurant food within the two days before. But considering that once I started needing to do #2 a lot more, and it got soft, but not watery, I've concluded that the Activia, not bad food, did it to me.I'm disappointed since I love Activia's strawberry yogurt more than other brands, since it had actual strawberry chunks, not just seeds and stringy bits.
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  • Just finished reading this thread & have been laughing my **s off while crying at the same time from the excruciating pain in my stomach. I'm so glad I found this, and am gonna kill my aunt who left me four of these Activia yogurt in my fridge!OMG, I've never been constipated in my life, and I've been feeling bloated, crampy, and constipated for the last two days, all while going to the bathroom! How can you feel constipated when you're doing the business?! Not only that, but I feel like I have to pee all the time as well. Thought I had a bladder infection cause I was having to pee so much this morning. This is the worst cramping ever, and my **s hurts from going to the bathroom so many times. I totally didn't make the Activia Challenge connection when I ate the yogurt. (You know, the whole thing about making you regular.) Was too lazy to make food other than the salad I had for lunch, so ate one for breakfast & another for dinner yesterday. But when my stomach started hurting, thought it was from lack of food so had a felafel sandwich before going to bed. Had another one this morning, and have been hitting the toilet all day & laying in bed moaning. Looks like a Class Action Suit is in order!
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  • wow!I have only taken Activia for 2 days. The first day I had MAJOR gas, but didnlt think anything of it. The second day, I didn't notice anythin unusual really, just a little more gas, but this Is the reason I started taking it in the first place. Today, I woke up and my stomach was raw. I decided to have an iced coffee (which I drink everyday) and a banana, around noon I had a sudden urgency to go to the bathroom and my stomach has been tore up all day. I have no doubt that the Activia caused this. I never have intestinal problems like this. I know its not due to dairy either because I eat dairy all the time. I think Dannon needs to reevaluate this yogurt!Suggestion: don't eat Activia unless you have a major constipation problem!!
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  • Well, it has been a month since I started with the Activia, and after eating it for 6 days, I had the most bloated, gassy, queasy, upset stomach I have ever had! I finally got wise, and checked online to see if anyone else was having the same problems. I could not believe the amount of people that have reacted the same way!! I immediately quit eating it and to this day (almost a month later) I am still not normal. I still get very bloated and feel like I have bubbles moving in my bowels. The only plus out of the whole experience, is that I have pooped almost every day for this whole time. So, if I have pooped almost everyday, why all of the bloating? I will never eat it again and will warn anyone I know not to eat it either. I only wish I could feel normal again.
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  • OMG. Thought I would try activia and after 3 day's I was SO SICK. My stomach ached, my head hurt. Even pills for my ulcer did not stop the horrible pain in my stomach. Good grief. Stopped eating it, but after two day's off it, I still feel awful!!!!
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  • I'm still battling my run-in with the Activia challenge. I went through two four-packs before I had my first problem. No noticable changes until, on the eighth day, things got "interesting." It started with sulfur burps and nausea. That went on for a whole day. I was miserable, feeling pain in the stomach and liver area (I had my gall bladder out years ago) Then it moved into the lower GI, and like many others here have related, gut noises, pain, repeated sudden bathroom runs, more pain, OMG the pain... gotta go NOW and why does it feel like it's on fire?? :eek: That also lasted an entire day. I took the maximum allowed daily dose of Immodium, and it didn't help at all. The third day, things were quiet in the GI tract, but I felt like my abdomen had been used as a punching bag, for another whole day. I mostly spent the day in bed, moving a heating pad around to sooth the pummeled areas. Happy 4th of July! :p Then I was fine for almost two days. Until the sulfur burps started again. Note at this point, I hadn't eaten any Activia for 5 days. Round two was briefer, from burps to the end of the line only lasting about 18 hours. Yay, maybe the Activia beasties are giving up. About five days of near normalcy. Until the sulfur burps start again, this past Monday evening. #dingding# Round three! Noise, pain, etc woke me up very early on Tuesday morning. I had to stay home from work, missed my yoga class, spent a sucky day curled into a ball, waiting for the next command performance in the bathroom. Didn't bother with Immodium, since it didn't help with the first bout, and this one felt about the same. Yesterday, I was fine. Until I had mild sulfur burps again, after 10pm. I was ready to lose it. I only had boiled potatoes and toast for dinner! WTF? Not again!! I wanted to cry... I woke up early this morning with noise and pain in the large intestine, but for the first time, Immodium seems to have held off the trots. Good thing, since I really can't afford another day off work this week, and the ladies room on my floor is closed for repairs today. So far, so-so. I don't feel quite right, but no runs. I haven't eaten Activia in nearly two weeks. Get the stupid bifidus regularis, or whatever they call it, out of me already!! :mad: I'm ready to fast for a week, do a cleanse, anything it takes to kill this stuff off so I can get back to my regularly scheduled irregularity :rolleyes:
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  • I started eating Activia July 10. I have never had any digestive problems, but naively thought Activia would be a healthy addition to my diet. I ate this yogurt over a period of 10 days, consuming only 7 servings in total. I soon started having incredibly explosive BM's 3 -5 times a day, bloating, continual gut rumbling, smelly gas and stomach cramps so intense that they woke me up several times a night. Now, it's been almost a month of continuing misery. I've been on antibiotics for eight days, but I still have the symptoms, though not as severe. It's controlling my life, and I'm worried that I won't recover, and will have even more serious long term health consequences ahead. I don't have medical insurance, and can't pay for more doctors and tests. It's a nightmare.I am convinced that my extreme gastrointestinal distress has been caused by eating Activia, the "feel good!" yogurt product with the awesomely deceptive advertising campaign. If you haven't used it, beware. And if you have had these symptoms, and recovered, please share your story. We need to hear from you.I do have a message for the guys who formulated and marketed this product so successfully -Hey, thanks Dannon! And you too, Jamie Lee Curtis! May you all eat Activia every day. May you find yourself sick in public bathrooms, without toilet paper, for as long as you live!
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  • I am so glad I found this. I started Activia a couple of weeks ago and have had such bad cramps and wind that it is embarassing. I am going back to regular Yogurt. TF
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    • August 17, 2010
    • 08:30 PM
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  • Every once in awhile my stomach starts to feel sick. I take some zantac, drink loads of water and it goes away. I've chalked it up to whatever I've eaten that may have disagreed with me and never worried about it. Then a co-worker started singing the praises of Activia and told everyone to try it, and how her stomach problems totally disappeared. Well...needless to say my stomach started feeling sick again....so I said what the heck, I'll try it. I ate my first cup of this stuff a couple of hours ago, so far so good. BUT something told me to research this stuff and see what people had to say about it. I wish to ***l I would've done that, "before" I tried it. After reading this forum and others like it, I'm hoping I don't end up with the same problems. Thank goodness I only bought 4 and only ate 1. If by tomorrow I'm still ok, I'll try another, but I doubt if I'll buy this again. Good Lord @ the two poor ladies with the vaginal problems and I feel for the person that ended up with colitis. I can't believe a class action lawsuit hasn't been filed against this company for making so many people sick. There is NO WARNING label or even a small statement on their website that this may not be suitable for everyone. Does anybody even know ALL of the ingredients that are in this product? I can't imagine having full blown diarrhea and pain at work. I'd take my **s home in a heartbeat. All of you are so brave to have survived such agony and I commend you for warning everybody about this potential nightmare. With all the complaints, I can't believe Jamie Lee Curtis is still endorsing this stuff. She must have a very lucrative contract with them. If I end up on the toilet, sweating bullets and praying for relief....hopefully I can drag myself back here to post about it. thanks again everyone!
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    • September 4, 2010
    • 08:47 AM
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  • I've never had any issues with Activia but I just bought some blueberry acai flavored Yoplus (was buy 1 get 1 at publix!) and have pooped green twice now... I ate 1 yesterday and 1 just now so I guess I'll be running a little science experiment on myself to see if it stops! I haven't experienced any discomfort, cramping, diarrhea, etc like some of you other poor souls, but I'm also wondering if these types of yogurts can cause this? Also, I have been 'fasting' for the past few days so I know I haven't eaten anything that would normally turn my sh*t green.
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    • September 9, 2010
    • 02:39 PM
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  • [I also had a lot of problems after eating activia . Gas, Gas,and cramps.Disconfort started after the first few days, I told myseld "good bacteria cannot harm probaqbly is a normal effect before improvement". After a week of Activia, it became horrible. I thought I was seriously sick because of the cramps. It took me more than a month to go back to normal.Normally, I eat other yougurts without major problems. Now I am avoiding it alltogether.
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    • September 18, 2010
    • 00:41 AM
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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?I ended up having my appendix removed a month after ingesting Activia for the first time. My good friend just had her appendix removed, interestingly enough she ingested Activia in the past month. Seems questionable to me. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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    • September 20, 2010
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  • I don't know about the green stools, but I've experienced periodic bouts of intense gas hours after eating it, plus stomach aches and liquid stool. Others swear by this stuff and that's great but it's not for everyone. I posted in hopes that someone else having the same hassles would realize it's the Activia and go back to regular yogurt.I've had same issue as above, seem to be living in loo at mo!! really hope it settles soon!
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    • October 16, 2010
    • 09:28 PM
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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?i was eating activia for nearly 9 months - i had bloating and gas, but thought that it was the extra fiber that i had added to my diet. i began adding the yogert to a post work out protein shake plus eating it for a mid day snack. there is no warning not to eat as much as you want on the package i had no idea when the violent cramping and bowel problems started that it was activia. i went to my family doctor after 5 weeks of constant diarreah- everytime i ate the pain would start. i went for a ultrasound of my appendix and that was fine so i was then referred the a digestive specialist. a friend at work ate the yogert and immediatly had a reaction- cramps and diarreah - she convinced me to stop eating the yogert and see if that was it- i was already schedueled for a colonoscopy at this time and thought there is no way it could be the yogert i had been eating for months. IT WAS!! within 2 days it had slowed down- 5 days it had really slowed down- i was able to eat without running to the bathroom. i cancelled the colonoscopy and informed my family doctor. i also emailed dannon who immediatly called me with a case number and took all my information- that can't be good. it has been 1 month and i am just now able to eat vegitables again- in moderation. fruit is still iffy and no spicy food. i went to GNC and got a proabotic complex to help regulate the bacteria in my system. im not sure if it is working or if my body is getting back to normal, but i am sure that activia scares me. i cringe when i see the comercials and it takes all i have when i see people in the grocery not to warn them.
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    • October 18, 2010
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  • I have a spoon or two of this early in the morning.... Be careful to choose your flavor.. I chose vanilla coz I am allergic to fruits.... Its helps slow down my digestive system instead of the fast digestion I always had.... It also relieved my constipation and stopped me from going to bathroom like three times a day in small quantities... Now I have one whole bowel movement in the morning thats it... It isnt very helpful with bloating and gas in the sense there is some amount of that but I drink peppermint tea to help me with that and I guess all is normal now....I should say it helps me digest stuff I could not before like maize and a bit of fructose...
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    • October 23, 2010
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  • I like Activia yogurt, but I'm pretty sure it is the cause of the bacterial infections I've been getting. Yes, yogurt is supposed to help with a woman's pH, but it's messing mine up. I'm not liking taking all the antibiotics.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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    • October 25, 2010
    • 00:55 AM
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