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#1 Old 02-21-2006, 12:08 AM
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I feel like something is always wrong with my stomach. I have heartburn- more like acid reflux- for days at a time, and I get constipated, have diarrea, and nausea, gas cramps, bloatingthe whole bit. It seems like 4/7 days of the week I feel sick in one of these ways. The doctor put me on Prilosec, which I'm starting up again, I took it for a few days and felt really sick, so I stopped taking it, but I'm going to try it again.

Currently I have wierd diarrea that comes and goes, its more like loose chunky poops, and incredible heartburn badness- it feels like my throat is sore from the acid, and it hurts. And its making me so miserable, I don't know what to eat or how to deal with it...I can't take it anymore. I talk to my Mom and she was like, well, everyone gets heartburn from time to time....its normal. Well, I don't think THIS severe is normal. Not at all. What do you think?

What is wrong? I eat BADLY- fried food, cheese, occassionally meat. (I'm working on it, SERIOUSLY, I promise!!)- do you think this could be the sole reason? I never know what to eat, fried food seems bad OBVIOUSLY, meat is bad, cheese is bad, so its like, all I feel like I can eat is carbs, and pasta always has red sauce, which KILLS ME!!

I am extremely frustrated. I don't know what to eat or what to do- should I try a high fiber, low fat, no dairy/meat diet? I keep thinking that the veggies will just give me more pain and gas cramps.

I was thinking of going a few days trying to eliminate different foods- for three days no dairy, three days no meat, three days no fried, ect., to see what might make it better.

HELP ME PLEASE. I am at my wits end.
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#2 Old 02-21-2006, 12:19 AM
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The answer is there in our post.. dairy, fat and meat.



Believe me thats the problem.. I am vegan but if I eat loads of fats I too get acid reflux, diarrhea and stomach gripes!!.



Try cutting down on these items and eat more fibre,greens ,some fruit and some nuts etc,. basically you need to cut down on fats you will find your health will improve.
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Could be allergies or Irritable Bowel syndrome. Look that up on net and see what you think. Cutting out dairy and high fiber helps with this. Good luck and keep in touch.
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#4 Old 02-21-2006, 07:21 AM
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The first thing ANYONE must cut out of their diet when they have stomach problems is Dairy. Any decent nutritionist, doctor, naturopath, homeopath will tell you that. They are the number one cause of allergies and stomach problems.



And why are you eating meat??????? Don't you care about your colon????? I thought you were a vegetarian.
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Did you have a post about chest pain also? Get thee to a DOCTOR!



Your symptoms sound similar to problems I had in the past -- I had chest pains, bad ones. I also had heartburn (but I thought it wasn't too terrible, because gee, EVERYONE has heartburn right?) and some of the other stuff you describe.



Turns out I had an ulcerated esophagus from the reflux (I had no idea it was that bad) due to a massive hiatal hernia. My esophagus had started spasming as a result of the terrible damage and that was the cause of the chest pain. I've since had surgery to fix the problem and life is much, much better.



Go to a doctor. It is important to rule out health problems before attributing everything to diet alone.
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I agree with Quip, if you're having all these digestive issues you NEED to have it checked out, it could be something really small or it could be something really important, you never know. You should see a GI doctor(not just a regular one), and get an endoscopy and colonoscopy. Trust me, after I went to a GI doctor I got diagnosed with FOUR digestive disorders! It's really important to know about!
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#7 Old 02-21-2006, 12:24 PM
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It does sound like your upper GI is symptomatic of a hiatal hernia with reflux.

But echoing the sentiment....go to the doctor. Sounds like you need a referal to a GI doctor.



There are other alternatives to Prilosec if that's not helping or making it worse.



Good luck.
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#8 Old 02-21-2006, 08:17 PM
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Thank you, everyone. The consensus clearly is: DOCTOR. So, when I go home I need to see a specialist, because the campus doctors are not terribly helpful.

I've been cutting down on the dairy while trying not to eat meat, which is nearly IMPOSSIBLE because of my eating arrangements (college cafeteria) but personally, I think I am doing damn good. I am having problems with what I eat because if I don't eat meat, then there are a lot of dairy foods to choose from and if I don't eat dairy, that leaves a lot of meat foods. So, its very difficult! The only thing in the cafeteria that doesn't contain meat or dairy is salad, and really, eating that for every single meal every day, is not going to work. Salad and cereal are good, but that can't be all I eat. I feel better today, actually, although I had a little dairy.
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can't you go shopping for your own food? the caf must have a microwave you can use to heat up something you brought with you instead of always buying your lunch there. are there no other food stands in or near the school? at mine we had a Mr. Sub stand (veggie delight on whole wheat w/no cheese or dressing) and a Harvey's stand (veggieburger and a salad) and also a couple coffeeshops that served bagels and muffins.



chances are you're not eating enough and what you are eating is crap. that's bound to mess up something. if you don't improve your eating habits it's just going to get worse.

when i first went vegan from omni with no transition i was pretty sick for a couple weeks while my body cleared out the gunk and got used to the changes in what i was eating. if you're not keeping consistent eating habits, like switching back and forth between omni and veg*n, eating dairy then not, then eating it, then not, nothing but salads then nothing but grease then back again, etc... it's hard on the system. try to be more consistent in your choices. if it doesn't improve see a doc (you should anyway for the chestpain)

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Thank you, everyone. The consensus clearly is: DOCTOR. So, when I go home I need to see a specialist, because the campus doctors are not terribly helpful.

I've been cutting down on the dairy while trying not to eat meat, which is nearly IMPOSSIBLE because of my eating arrangements (college cafeteria) but personally, I think I am doing damn good. I am having problems with what I eat because if I don't eat meat, then there are a lot of dairy foods to choose from and if I don't eat dairy, that leaves a lot of meat foods. So, its very difficult! The only thing in the cafeteria that doesn't contain meat or dairy is salad, and really, eating that for every single meal every day, is not going to work. Salad and cereal are good, but that can't be all I eat. I feel better today, actually, although I had a little dairy.



Does your caf have baked potatoes, hot veggies, carrots, etc? Those are low in fat and easily digestible.
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my caf *seems* to put cheese in everything, but they still serve plain pasta, there's a deli line with veggies, cream cheese, bagels, hummus, and guac, there are *plain* hot veggies, veggie soups, and the salad bar. does your school dining hall offer this? if not, my school will also fix special meals for students with special dietary needs, does your school do this? for me to get a special plate, i just talk to the manager of the dining hall and thell her what days i'll be eating what meals there, and i have hot, healthy, vegan food waiting (if and when i want it. i did it this past sunday because there would be no food for me and they made me a veggie and tofu stir fry with brown rice)..
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RBM, you go to a large state school, right? I am sure they would make you a special meal if you said you had stomach problems and are veggie. Maybe non-dairy mashed potatoes, beans, and steamed veggies would be good for you?
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Are you under a lot of stress? The same happened to me during a very stressful time.
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#14 Old 03-04-2006, 09:41 PM
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Thank you for all your suggestions...I am still working on this problem. Being more consistant is a good plan, as is being more veganly. I've been eating more fruits and vegetables and feeling better- when I stop eating fruits and veggies, I start to feel bad again. I am realizing that I have some psychological issues with food and I am "willing" to be sick and and feel badly to eat stuff. It doesn't make SENSE. So I have a lot of work ahead of me.
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