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Hello all,<br>
I went vegetarian for the second time in my life approximately a week and half ago. I have been severely sick for about a week. All gut sick; IBS like symptoms, acid reflux, abdominal pain. It is interfering with my OSA treatment. Can anyone please confirm that this is normal for individuals with a touchy stomach during the detox period and about how long it can last for those us that are sensitive?<br><br>
My history to help. I have several health conditions that contribute and exacerbate the situation. I have extreme / severe mixed (central / obstructive) sleep apnea which has caused a wide range of secondary health conditions, such as kidney disease and high blood pressure. I am severely lactose allergic and cannot have ANY milk products, including food that contains no milk products that has been cooked on a stove top that has been recently exposed to milk products. I am not over weight and do exercise, although not enough. I do not eat junk food or eat out.<br><br>
My wife is an excellent cook, knows her stuff, and has me on a well balanced and 100% natural diet. I do not eat any of that faux wanta be meat or milk / cheese substitute crap. I only eat real food. I get plenty of iron, protein, calcium, vitamin D, and B12 through healthy eating. I do still eats eggs; however, no milk products in any form. I cut just meat out. I have not introduced any new foods. I am eating slightly more produce than normal.<br><br>
I did eat vegetarian for approximately a year about 10 years ago. I was extremely ill at the time and the doctors were having difficulty finding the cause. I was going through testing and exploratory surgery looking for anything; cancer, rare diseases, etc. I did not find my actual health conditions until about 3 years ago.<br><br>
Can anyone please confirm that this is normal for people with a very sensitive stomach and system? I have been feeling better in some aspects since cutting meat but the current side effects are causing too much of an interruption with my OSA treatment. I cannot maintain for much longer and will need to try eating meat again if this detox doesn't end soon.<br><br>
Thanks for the support!
 

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That's strange, if you really are getting all your nutrients and haven't introduced new, weird foods to your body, then it certainly doesn't sound like veggies should be the problem. I'm not an expert though and diagnosing via internet doesn't really help much. If it's as bad as you say, then please go see a (veg-friendly) doctor who knows their stuff about nutrition!
 

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Sounds more like food poisoning than anything wrong with your diet. If it gets worse, go see a doctor.
 

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Are you sure you're not allergic to wheat or gluten? Some people are allergic to just wheat and some are allergic to all gluten, as in celiac disease. If you've never been tested for wheat/gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you might wanna check that out.<br><br><a href="http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/symptomsofceliacdisease/a/IrritableBowel.htm" target="_blank">http://celiacdisease.about.com/od/sy...tableBowel.htm</a><br><br>
If not wheat/gluten, you could be allergic to something else. Talk to your doctor.
 

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Maybe you are just sick? I know some people have a detox from the yuckies that were in the meat they were eating but if it lasts more than a few days maybe it is something else and it just happened to show up when you cut out meat. If you have a severe milk allergy like that maybe you accidentally have been exposed to dairy?<br><br>
I actually have better digestion when I am not eating meat, maybe I am just lucky.<br><br>
Probably best to see a Dr, especially with all those medial conditions.
 

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Always find these "Did you feel sick after making the switch" because honestly I had never felt better since I went vegan.
 

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My wife is an excellent cook, knows her stuff, and has me on a well balanced and 100% natural diet. I do not eat any of that faux wanta be meat or milk / cheese substitute crap. I only eat real food. I get plenty of iron, protein, calcium, vitamin D, and B12 through healthy eating.</div>
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I've heard many people make the assumption that their diet is healthy but blood results have shown quite a different story. Have you had a complete blood screen lately to confirm that your diet has no deficiencies? If you haven't, it would be a good idea to start there because it sounds like something is not quite right with your stomach condition, because simply cutting meat (alone) from your diet does not normally cause the detox that people sometimes believe it to.<br><br>
There is also a chance that what you are experiencing in your gastro-intestinal system is a stress response to the hassles that your health and life in general may be giving you right now.
 

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Hello SupremeReason,<br>
I have ibs and other medical issues my self. I agree with the others suggesting that medical allergy and blood testing are a necessity! Also keep a food journal you may be surprised by what you find... I have had digestion problems longer than I have been a vegetarian but I started having more problems with the conversion just because certain foods set off an ibs frenzy and stopped up my digestion; such as bananas, avocados, coffee etc (I know, CRAZY! and my doctors still cant explain why but they could be different for you). If your not aware of these sensitivities and avoid them they can make you miserably sick during your conversion. Another suggestion is to seek out doctors and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">GI specialists</span> (< this is VERY important) that are vegetarian/vegan sympathetic and also knowledgeable of a vegetarians/vegans needs (if you don't already have them), my current doctors are and it has made quiet a difference!! Best of luck to you and I hope this has helped!
 
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