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My stomach has been hurting today.

post #1 of 11
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I don't know what is going on but all day long I've had tummy aches and heartburn. The only thing I've really eaten is a French Dip sandwich and some heavily seasoned fries. Maybe the spices on the fries did it, I don't know. Yesterday I was eating hot sauce with stuff, maybe it's from that. I know having an empty tummy probably makes it worse but when I eat it hurts worse. Does anyone have any ideas?
post #2 of 11
I know all about the tummy aches- i've got a lot of GI problems. I hope you get better soon sweetie

Do you have Reflux or IBS that you know of? Certain foods can really trigger symptoms. I have a list about a mile long of things that trigger my symptoms...so i avoid certain foods at all costs or eat them very sparingly. Have you been tested for Gastroparesis? I have that -it's basically delayed stomach emptying- so what you eat hours beforhand will suddnely start to upset your stomach later on sometimes. It basically causes a "dumping" syndrome for me- my body will store up foods for quite a while then all at once try to get rid of them- it can make me pretty sick - not a good combo with IBS. Sometimes certain GI issues all sort of combine and make you feel lousey. If your symptoms keep up it might be a good idea to be evaluated by a GI doctor so you can get to feeling better.

The season fries definitely could have done it if the were spicy enough- sometimes you don't have to even have spicy foods to have refulx issues. I have severe GERD- so sometimes no matter what I eat I will still get heartburn....so I take medicine twice a day for it and it works wonders for me!

Until you figure out what's causing your upset stomach though you may want to get some Pepcid AC (It's the best OTC stuff in my opinion when it comes to reflux- it works much better than prilosec otc or any of the other stuff for me- when I run out of my prescription, I always keep pepcid handy just in case!) That should help settle your stomach down a bit. I've also found that low sodium chicken broth with oyster crackers is a nice light meal when my stomach is upset.

Stick to bland foods for a while- and stay away from caffine (even iced tea has it) until your stomach settles a bit more. If you smoke, that can cause issues too so you might want to consider kicking that as well.

Ginger Ale is supposed to be good for settling upset stomachs. I don't drink soft drinks at all (haven't in over 10 yrs.) But I do keep some of that handy when my stomach hurts and it helps a little Maybe you could try that too?
post #3 of 11
Do you have any hearburn meds. Maalox or Mylanta might help if you can get some. I use them both.
I have gerd and influx disease and get heartburn and pain from the food you ate. It must be from the fries because the food you had yesterday was to long ago. I have a med from the dr for it. I have the Ibs also.
post #4 of 11
How bad of pain are we talking?

Crippling? Dull ache? Somewhere in between? ( )

I only ask because sometimes spicy foods can set off gall bladder issues.
post #5 of 11
You've made several threads now about upset stomach/heart burn. You need to just go to the doctor already. See if a doctor agrees that you need an endoscopy - which you likely do. And see about getting an ultrasound of your gallbladder. That only takes a few minutes.
At the very least you can get some prescription meds to try out. If you take any other medications, be careful with h2 blockers. These can, for some medications, raise the plasma levels of other drugs in the body.

The foods you listed are more then enough to set off reflux, and/or gallbladder issues too. Don't eat later at night, especially before bed. Cut down on the soda, again, especially before bed. Watch the seasonings. Garlic and onions tend to be less then forgiving. Also watch fats and sugars - sugars can set off reflux, fat keeps food in your stomach longer and also sets off gallbladder attacks.

I'm getting my gallbladder out the 1st, if nothing happens between now and then. With it I have a lot of reflux. Whether it's causing it or just another issue I have, we don't know yet. I also hope the occasional weird episodes of food sitting for 7-9 hours goes away.
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
You've made several threads now about upset stomach/heart burn. You need to just go to the doctor already. See if a doctor agrees that you need an endoscopy - which you likely do. And see about getting an ultrasound of your gallbladder. That only takes a few minutes.
At the very least you can get some prescription meds to try out. If you take any other medications, be careful with h2 blockers. These can, for some medications, raise the plasma levels of other drugs in the body.

The foods you listed are more then enough to set off reflux, and/or gallbladder issues too. Don't eat later at night, especially before bed. Cut down on the soda, again, especially before bed. Watch the seasonings. Garlic and onions tend to be less then forgiving. Also watch fats and sugars - sugars can set off reflux, fat keeps food in your stomach longer and also sets off gallbladder attacks.

I'm getting my gallbladder out the 1st, if nothing happens between now and then. With it I have a lot of reflux. Whether it's causing it or just another issue I have, we don't know yet. I also hope the occasional weird episodes of food sitting for 7-9 hours goes away.
I've been to the doctor twice already for it. The first time he gave me Protonix which is like an acid reflux controler, said if I had ulcers that would help heal them. My stomach got better for awhile but started up again. The second doctor visit he said I might have gastritis and took a blood test to check for H ployri (sp), the bacteria that causes ulcers. The test was negative. Forensic, to answer your question, the pain isn't severe but it is very unplesant. It's a burning, gnawing sensation with heart burn.
post #7 of 11
My tip , keep a diary of everything you eat and everything you drink and also activity for a couple of days.. then if its no better take it to the doctor and he may be able to conclude some thing or even youself might see a pattern with what you consume and also your triggers.
Jess x
post #8 of 11
I get pain like that a lot too, it's due to my acid reflux. It's no fun because it's really painful, and the gnawing feeling is annoying because it almost feels like hunger but it's not. I've found that eating something like bread helps sometimes, it seems to soak up some of the acid (whether it really does or not, I don't know, but it seems to work).
post #9 of 11
^The gastro doc/surgeon said that for a lot of people carbs are bad as they can set off reflux.



luvmycat - Were those doctors regular GPs or GI specialists? Sounds like you may need a specialist. Also, you're probably going to have to change your diet some if you want relief...
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by strange_wings View Post
^The gastro doc/surgeon said that for a lot of people carbs are bad as they can set off reflux.



luvmycat - Were those doctors regular GPs or GI specialists? Sounds like you may need a specialist. Also, you're probably going to have to change your diet some if you want relief...
The doctor was just my regular physician.
post #11 of 11
Look for good GI doc. And unfortunately, expect a endoscopy at some point if you do.

This really isn't something to ignore. For people who have serious enough reflux it can do a lot of damage to the esophagus. Of course make sure your gallbladder is not the problem or part of it, too. It seems that gallbladder problems are extremely common anymore. That's something that, if you get a serious infection, can kill you.
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