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Gut Problems

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • July 8, 2007
  • 08:39 PM

I have had this problem on and off for the past 7 years. I have had every medical test known to man and Doctors can not figure it out. It starts very sudden, I feel cramping in my gut, then diarrhea, but not explosive diarrhea, just slow painful with my gut feeling like it's contracting. After about 5 minutes of this, I get nauseated, dry heave or vomit depending on what time of the day it is. It mostly affects me in the early evening, but it has happened first thing in the morning before I've eaten anything. After the "episode" is over, my gut hurts, I have a bitter taste in my mouth and I'm very tired. I will then be nauseated for several days which makes me feel like I need to eat something to make that go away. In the past 7 years I have gained 50 pounds from this cyclic agony. I never know when it will hit me, I can be just fine and then all of a sudden I feel it coming on. Over the past 4 months I have lost 50 pounds eating a low carb high protein diet. I thought maybe this would be my answer, but I've had two episodes in the past month, one early morning and one early evening. The other strange part is I ususally never get this during the winter months. I went from November to June with no episodes, I did not change any of my daily routines. I've ruled out certain foods, because it does not seem to matter what it is I eat. Please help if you have anything like this.

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  • Have you ever gone in for a Colonoscopy? People with bowels problems have simular symtoms that certain foods may bring on. I know they do for me, so I stay away from dairy products. If you haven't had a colonoscopy done, maybe you should ask your doctor for one. I hope I was of some help.Mona:)
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  • Okay, I really suggest you write in a food journal, and faithfully write down EVERY item of food and drink you take in for at least a month. When you experience this pain and nausea, put a red flag with the time and date of your symptoms starting. If you do this faithfully for at least a month you should be able to pinpoint a pattern with certain foods. You would need to look back in the past 24 hours and see what foods and drink you were eating prior to the episode. Diet is playing a huge role in this I believe. Bitter taste is indicative of a Liver/Gallbladder disorder according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, and the nausea/vomiting is a "phlegm heat" pattern. Greasy, fried foods can make this much worse, as well as dairy products. Do you drink at least 8 glasses of pure spring water daily? Do you favor diet sodas or drinks with artificial sweeteners? Do you drink regular sodas or lots of caffeine? Do you drink lots of citrus juices? What you drink is as important as what you eat, and is often overlooked and may play a part. Lastly how old are you, are you male or female? Are you currently taking any medications? Best wishesDOM
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