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July 2, 2011 12:31 PM
For the past 3 weeks or so, after I eat I get an upset 'stomach', about 45 or so after. The kind of 'tummy rumblies' that make you feel like you are going to have diarrhea, although it never results in a #2, it just goes away after about 45 minutes to a couple hours.But returns after the next time I eat. There are a few breakfasts that I am ok, but lunch, snacks, and dinner it happens. When I started eating better I cut my carb intake to meet MFP and switched to natural, minimally or not processed foods, and so on. Nothing is 'new' in my lifestyle change which I started the beginning of April, but now I have this icky feeling when I eat all of a sudden. If it lasts I am going to make a doctor appt, but just wondering if this has happened to anyone else or what it could be.
July 2, 2011 12:39 PM
Upset stomach can be caused by sooo many things. It's best to see a doctor to discuss your diet. You could be gluten intolerant, allergic to something new, stressed out, eating too much of a good thing (some veggies give me upset stomach when I overdo it), could be ulcers, stomach inflammation, infection, hell, the list will go on forever if you're just asking the internet.
July 2, 2011 12:42 PM
I had the same troubles and found out it was my gallbladder. I had it removed about 1 month ago. I still get the "rumblies" but not as bad as before my surgery. It doesn't matter what I eat- it does it with everything. I have found it is worse with foods high in fat. Best of luck to you- I know how miserable it can be. Gas-X extra strength helps some too.
July 2, 2011 12:42 PM
Sara is right it could be a number of things. Are your foods spicy? I have really bad acid reflux and get stomach ulcers and it makes me feel like that sometimes... also when i was pregnant i felt like that everytime i ate... Any possibility of a baby?

Best bet go to your doctor they can help you better than us.
July 2, 2011 12:43 PM
Agree it's best to go to the docs to be safe. But, are you eating a couple probiotic servings each day? That has really helped my chronic digestive issues. I have also all but abandoned artificial sweeteners like Splenda and that has helped too. I still eat the odd thing that's artificially sweetened like Diet Coke on occasion, but i never add it myself (like to coffee).
July 2, 2011 12:46 PM
I wish it was a baby, but not the case. Can you develop a gluten intolerance out of the blue? If so, it seems like meals that have a bread, pasta, or something like that, it's worse...appt shall be made Monday.
Edited by mlanser08 On July 2, 2011 12:46 PM
July 2, 2011 12:47 PM
Hmmm.. this has been happening to me too, although more just nauseous than "rumblies". Used to only happen 3-4 times/year, but the last few months has been happening once a month or so. And when I get one of these episodes, it tends to last 5-6 days at a time. I, too don't feel bad after I eat breakfast, but I do after other meals. I get hungry, eat, feel like crap for 3-4 hours, get hungry, eat, feel like crap... the cycle just goes on and on for 5-6 days. I'm going to start marking when I have these problems to see if it's linked to something I'm eating.

Never thought about the possibility of a gall bladder problem. I used to think it was something viral until it started happening so much more frequently.
July 2, 2011 12:49 PM
I agree wth the other posters that it could be so many things.
I'd suggest probiotics. Then, before going to see the Dr, write down everything you eat and then rate the level of pain and how much it lasts. It could help in finding out if what you're eating is the problem or if it's something in your body.

Good luck!
July 7, 2011 10:19 AM

I wish it was a baby, but not the case. Can you develop a gluten intolerance out of the blue? If so, it seems like meals that have a bread, pasta, or something like that, it's worse...appt shall be made Monday.

It could be a gluten allergy... my cousin developed a gluten allergy at age 20.
October 19, 2013 12:50 PM
I know this post is old, but i came across it searching the web. I have the same problems....just wandering if you ever found out what was wrong with you??
October 19, 2013 12:58 PM
Cut out bread and pasta and see what happens....can't hurt.
I have been about 95% gluten free for 4 years. Have some just once in a great while.
And that has helped my stomach issues, big time.
October 19, 2013 1:06 PM
Don't ask the internet, because it could be absolutely anything and everything. Go to your doctor. They will probably ask you to keep a food diary and symptoms for a week or so. Don't cut out any foods until your dr tells you to. Could be gluten intolerance, lactose intolerance, IBS, stomach bug. Absolutely anything.
April 28, 2014 6:01 PM
Funny, I was going to say 'don't ask an MD about a nutrition problem'. Of course you should see a doctor to eliminate a medical condition causing a digestive problem, but few PCs or specialists will resolve a nutritional problem. I've been lactose intolerant since around 1980. After negative upper and lower GI barium studies, negative upper and lower GI endscopies and an ultrasound of my gall bladder (it is full of stones), a friend said doctors don't know anything; you're lactose intolerant. Stop bring a pint of milk to work every day. He was right; I've been using the drops at first and thankfully they have Lactaid milk and tablets (not the horrid chewable ones).

Not consuming dairy products helped a good deal, but in 1989 my PC prescribed Omeprazole. Protein pump inhibitors are like miracle drugs. I changed from 20 mg to 10 mg when I retired but went back to 20 mg when my dad died in 1996. I haven't been able to go back to 10 mg, but twenty-five years of taking omeprazole hasn't hurt me. I began having digestive problems again around 2000. I have had upper and lower endoscopies every 5 years since 1990. My surgeon recommended that I add bran to my cereal; wrong! That gave me diarrhea for three days. Fortunately my PC prescribed another miracle drug: Colestid. A cholesterol lowering product, it is not a drug but binds to fat in the intestines and clears up diarrhea immediately. I also cannot eat a whole plate full of salad or more than two stalks of celery... but everyone is different.

I had already had a comprehensive celiac evaluation about five years before. I don't eat much of anything that I eliminated except chocolate and wheat. I reintroduced the anti-depressive first: Hershey kisses. I've always known that a gross excess of chocolate upsets my stomach, but in moderation I am fine with chocolate. A local candy company makes me 60% cocoa dark chocolate covered Brazil nuts; they have more potassium than bananas. A lot more.

No PC, OD or MD, or surgeon has suggested that I had IBS. IBS is a cop out; it tells me that the doctor doesn't know what is wrong. If you have something that is irritating your bowels, find out what it is and eliminate it from your diet, or eat it at a different time of day, or eat less of it.

I found my answer on the internet in 1999. After my regular negative upper and lower GI study I asked the doctor what was causing all my digestive problems. He had no answer except - maybe it is time to have your gall bladder out. I have had one gall bladder attack in over 30 years; it is there to digest fat, which I rarely eat, so I'll keep it unless it becomes a problem. I asked my general surgeon's nurse if there are tests to determine when the gallbladder should be removed. Yes, she replied; so it stays. A person with problems similar to mine eliminated: caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, alcohol and wheat products. My problem went away almost overnight. That advice came from the internet. You must have a fair understanding of a problem to understand what is useful information on the internet. The author also said that everyone is different.

I've been gluten free for five years. Not celiac disease gluten free. I can eat a half of a genuine, boiled dough, bagel. I can't eat much of anything else, but if it contains: peanut butter, oil, sugar and wheat, there isn't a lot of wheat in one patty. I keep trying things. Once you get your particular problem under control you will find that it takes 36 hours for too many snicker doodles to let you know you had too many. I couldn't even fold my arms across my chest; that is how tender my abdomen was. And it went away over night when I eliminated gluten. It isn't a allergy; I've got enough of those to recognize an allergy. Gluten intolerance probably affects ten times as many people than celiac disease. My PC agrees. There was nothing on the internet ten years ago when I was trying to find out what my problem was. But... you may have a different problem ;-)

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