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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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  • YEs I beleive I've been had. A few years ago a friend told me she had eaten a Activia yog and had such bad stomach pains she went to the hosp and they said what have you been eating. 'Activia Yog' she said and was told lots of people have bad reactions and to stay off it.I'd kind of forgotten this but it was at the back of my mind. SO my husband had gone lthe table for one etc etc. though the batch of yogurts in there need eating up, suppoosed to be healthy fare and easy to prepare - seems a good choice!. Day1 terrible stomach pains all night couldn't sleep, the same the next day - still didn't remember my friends warning, felt like consitpation and wind but nothing came out (this is the extreme end to where my bowels are usually at!) and bloating like I was having triplets so thought I'd have another as it would help sort me out!. felt like rubbush on and off, didn't sleep for the pains like a bag of snakes in my stomach and they couldn't get out. Still (Stoopid!) didn't make the connection but didn't have one the next day as I didn't feel well enought to eat much other than a little soup. so the next day just before my husband came home had one for breakfast and one for evening dessert. It should be renamed death in a tub. I was so so ill headachy crampy, everywhere.been to docs, been to hospital had blood tests and scan waiting for results but why do I feel that now I've stopped the yogs I'll be better? who would believe such a little thing has such bad side effects.
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    • October 26, 2010
    • 05:36 PM
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  • 48 hours of stomach cramps, back pain, wind, headaches, drowsiness and eventually vomiting. This morning I feel normal but tired but almost daren't eat anything just in case it starts again.I only ate two yoghurts in 3 days and only because they were on Buy One Get One Free and my usual fat free yoghurts were out of stock. I've never even had tummy problems before.
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    • November 14, 2010
    • 09:29 AM
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  • I'm glad I'm not alone with the poor reaction to Activia. The stuff not only caused huge cramps, but caused me to think that I had the flu. For two solid days I was stuck on the couch, alternating between there and the toilet. What *really* sucked was my inability to STAND UPRIGHT due to passing out whenever I was on my feet. Its been 2 years... but like a fool, I bought a package of the stupid yogurt again thinking the resulting symptoms were unrelated. Now, I have a 4-pack of the strawberry cheesecake flavor in my fridge. I've been searching for a good yogurt that tastes like cheesecake... and I'm too scared to try the Activia brand out.I seriously think there needs to be a class action lawsuit against Dannon, so that they are forced to reveal that this yogurt diagrees with a lot of people, causing pain and illness.
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    • January 9, 2011
    • 04:51 PM
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  • Coincidentally, I also had my appendix removed under a month after eating Activia. Don't know if the yogurt is to blame, but very well could be, as I didn't have any symptoms of appendicitis until after eating Activia. I had the first symptom of appendicitis a few days after (you know, the classic hurting behind the navel area), and dismiss it as food poisoning, as I also had diarrhea. It went away, then a few weeks later, I get a worsening pain in the lower right area of my abdomen. I dismiss it, yet again, as some sort of pain from endometriosis. I did a little research on it and pulled up appendicitis, and immediately decided that I couldn't have it. I go to class the next morning and am a little concerned that the pain is still there and getting worse, but I decide to try to go to class anyways. By this time, I hadn't had a bowel movement in a few days, and that concerned me, but I told myself that it was prolly cuz I was constipated and would eventually feel it. This period of no poops was preceded by diarrhea yet again. Dismissed it as something that I ate and didn't do anything. By noon, I was so miserable that I didn't want to do anything. I could walk, but the pain was terrrible, and definitely not endometriosis. My friend whom I had class with, decided that it best to take me to the doctor, so we go to the urgent care and they referred us to the hospital, telling me that it's appendicitis and that the ER could run further tests. One CT scan and two rounds of 8-times-stronger-than-morphine narcotic IV meds later, it was confirmed that I had appendicitis. Within 8 hours of coming to the ER, I was in the OR, undergoing an emergency appendectomy. I was normally healthy, nearing 20, and then this happens. I'm out of classes for a week because of it, and was told that it was good that I came in when I did. My appendix hadn't ruptured, but it would have within the week. What I read tho is that it tends to rupture within 72 hours of the onset of symptoms.So the moral of the story, if you have abdominal pain, especially some that starts in the navel (belly button) area and gravitates to the lower right part of your abdomen and progressively gets worse, GO TO THE ER! There is a reason that they treat appendicitis so aggressively, and catching it early will reduce the chance of complications. I read somewhere that the chance of complications after a laparoscopic appendectomy is only 3% in those whose appendix hasn't ruptured, and 59% in those whose appendix has ruptured! Not only that, but people who have a ruptured appendix tend to spend 4-5 times longer in the hospital than those whose appendix hadn't ruptured. So, those who have had really bad abdominal pain and diarrhea from Activia, it won't hurt to get it looked at, especially if the pain gravitates to the lower right. I would rather get a CT done and get told that it's something else rather than letting it go and ending up dead from a ruptured appendix. And if you don't have insurance, I am sure that there are ways to get those bills paid. I want to make people aware of the risk of appendicitis and its possible link to Activia, and to urge people not to wait to see the doc if new pains emerge. Appendicitis does mask itself as food poisoning and GI upset, so definitely see the doc if you have it. It's better to be safe than sorry!
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    • January 21, 2011
    • 05:18 PM
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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 was wondering why there were so many acivias half price at the store. I realized the reason now why!! I have been ******g like crazy! Yogurt does not give me any problem, however.
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    • February 20, 2011
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  • I too started taking Activia and after two weeks, got a yeast infection and I've never had one before. I was told by a physician that Activia is meant to change the bacteria in your intestinal tract, which can cause yeast infections if the bacteria currently in your intestinal tract is good. So I've since stopped eating that junk!
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  • I'm two years late to this thread, but I wanted to add my one piece so all could be warned. Ate two Activia this morning in place of my regular yogurt, and the next hour I was vomiting. I very seldomly get sick due to food, and I haven't eaten anything outside my usual diet except these Activia. Talk about instant system rejection- now just thinking about Activia makes me nauseous. What the heck- I love yogurt :(
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  • okay guys i have had all ur symptons including sharp pain non stop in my anus,dont no what to do i AM scared can somebody help...........
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  • I had the same thing happen. I stopped eating it and it took about a month but it finally went away after a year of trying to figure it out!
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  • I too started taking Activia and after two weeks, got a yeast infection and I've never had one before. I was told by a physician that Activia is meant to change the bacteria in your intestinal tract, which can cause yeast infections if the bacteria currently in your intestinal tract is good. So I've since stopped eating that junk!Based on the nourishment every person seems to have, the diagnosis of lactose intolerance in older adults is often somewhat challenging. And based on the volume of lactose consumed by means of foodstuff, the intensity of all the signs or symptoms may vary from one individual to anotherhttp://www.lactoseintolerancesymptomsblog.com/
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  • Something interesting that I read about activia that might pin point the problem better that i thought i would share:"Dannon Activa contains two kinds of sugar: sugar and fructose. Fructose is sweeter than sugar, but both sweeteners are naturally occurring. Sugar is taken from sugar cane, while fructose is found naturally in fruits and honey. There have been some documented cases of fructose intolerance, where individuals have a difficult time tolerating and digesting fructose. Those who have that intolerance should avoid Activia, as well as sodas, high fructose corn syrup and table sugar. Symptoms of fructose intolerance could be bloating, diarrhea, gas and abdominal pain."
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  • I've had trouble with Activia too, but the result was simply bloating - the opposite of what it promised to do. Regular natural yoghurt is fine with me, it's cheaper too!I have had nothing but cramp and stomach since eatting Activia.I eat other yogurt and I'm fine, as soo as I eat activia my stomach blowsup and i look 5 months pregnant. I stopped eatting it for awhile and i bougtht somethe other day because it's been along time since I ate it. And wham pain bloating and gas. It is Activia, other people I've talked to at work has had the same problem.
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  • Will never eat again, feeling of baby kicking (gas), bloated, constipated, havent been the same for 4 weeks.
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  • I am so glad I found this listing! I have been eating Activia every day for about three weeks now. I noticed two weeks ago that after I eat the Activia in the morning for breakfast- I get HORRIBLE bloating and sharp gas pains hours later (between 12-3pm). I've been trying to figure out what was causing this and now I think I know.
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  • I always wondered about this ***n yogurt. Awhile back when I ran out, I noticed, here comes the constipation, yeah from NOT eating it. Body got used to it or something. This time, running out again and restarting it, wow, alot of pain, constipation, so much cramping, I knew it had to be the flu. I kind of don't think it is anymore. I have 6 more fat free ones that will be trashed. I thaught I was doing my body a good.. Dang, and I just had one today, I was tryin to go for a healthy snack instead of this leftover candy.. UGHH.. But I don't think I have continuing symptoms like what was mentioned in other posts, like diarhea weeks later, or anything aweful like that. I wouldn't even know how to regulate myself.. Maybe some plain oatmeal and some fresh fruit cut up on it, something real nice like that, ATM I only have bananas in the house, that should be fine. ***n you Jamie Lee and your convincing commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I suggest no more of this yogurt at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Will never eat again, feeling of baby kicking (gas), bloated, constipated, havent been the same for 4 weeks.Due to a doctor ordered diet change, about 3 weeks ago included yogurt into my daily diet. After a few days of Yoplait, I switched to Activa and was great for 10 days, then wham, gas, bloating and loose stools. Needless to say I quit the stuff, but should I stay away from all yogurt that doesn't contain that nasty bacteria in Activa ? I am not lactose intolerant.Thanks.
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  • After about two weeks free from Activa and the bloating and loose "stuff" do you think it's okay to return to another yogurt or should I swear all yogurt off. I was okay with yoplait and other brands, but do admit that I was only using them for a few weeks also. Thanks ! I always wondered about this ***n yogurt. Awhile back when I ran out, I noticed, here comes the constipation, yeah from NOT eating it. Body got used to it or something. This time, running out again and restarting it, wow, alot of pain, constipation, so much cramping, I knew it had to be the flu. I kind of don't think it is anymore. I have 6 more fat free ones that will be trashed. I thaught I was doing my body a good.. Dang, and I just had one today, I was tryin to go for a healthy snack instead of this leftover candy.. UGHH.. But I don't think I have continuing symptoms like what was mentioned in other posts, like diarhea weeks later, or anything aweful like that. I wouldn't even know how to regulate myself.. Maybe some plain oatmeal and some fresh fruit cut up on it, something real nice like that, ATM I only have bananas in the house, that should be fine. ***n you Jamie Lee and your convincing commercials!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I suggest no more of this yogurt at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  • Almost three years ago, I had an acute stomach event--probably a virus--that left a lingering and worrisome pain. On a friend's advice, I tried Activia; the pain eased after a week or so, I was thrilled, and began using Activia daily.Shortly, though, a new symptom emerged: gut noise. I didn't put two and two together, and kept taking Activia. The noise kept getting worse. It kept me up at night, and kept me on edge during the day. The peak of the symptoms came during a vacation, so violent that I literally wondered if I would be able to return to work. I finally went to the gastro and was diagnosed with IBS. At some point I got suspicious, quit using Activia, and tried an antidote of different probiotics, with considerable relief. Unfortunately, the symptoms still continued, albeit at a lower level. Recently I decided to stay away from yogurt entirely (it has long been one of my staple foods). Miraculously, for the first time in years, I find myself waking up to the blessed sound of silence. I am sorry that others have suffered as much and more from this product, but it is good to be able to share these stories. I hope the word gets out to the general public; for some people this may be a great product, but for others, it's a disaster.
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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?
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  • I've been searching the web for info on this horrible abdominal pain I've had for 2 DAYS now and after reading all these blogs, I too, am CONVINCED it's the darn ACTIVIA crap!!!! I have left lower abdominal pain-(dull and achy and tender to the touch), bloating, a feeling of "fullness", other weird lower abdominal cramping, and experiencing some constipation now. I did go number 2 three times already today, but its feels like there's more crap that's still wanting to come out, but is somehow stuck in there!! oh yeah, and now my stomach's making abnormal digestive noises after all this ***l. I never tried Activia before and decided to give it a go yesterday, and now after only 2 days, I feel like I'm in ACTIVIA YOGURT ***l!! My brother loves it and swears by it, but he's 38 and I'm 28 and never had a problem pooping before, so maybe my system is telling me: "Shame on you! You had no bowel problem before EVER, so WHY are you doing this to me NOW SUDDENLY?" My advice is the same: Stick to what you know- plain old good yogurt that you can TRUST!! My favorite is Yoplait Strawberry Probiotic yogurt- it tastes wayyyyyy better that ****ty Activia, PLUS it does not wreak utter havoc on my system!! ...... Hopefully these tortuous symptoms will end soon.... any other advice on how to quicken the pace to get this Activia crap out of ourselves faster??
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