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    Hi

    I've been getting pretty severe stomach aches only before meals, it's definitely not just normal hunger as I'm eating the same amount I've always had. The pain had been just below the belly button but lately its near my lower right abdominal. Even after I've eaten I get a acidic feeling in my lower throat maybe 30-90 mins post meal. Around the evening onwards I start to feel very bloated and have the need to burp/belch alot and it makes my stomach feel a little better.

    My doctor just said it's IBS, but that's not really a diagnosis as IBS is a very general term and doesn't mean a specific thing. I've been taking Lansoprazole (Proton Pump Inhibitor) for about 2 weeks and the symptoms are only slightly better but no way near gone.

    Any idea's ?

    Thanks,
    Marcus

  • #2
    What is it you are eating that is followed by those symptoms?

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    • #3
      It doesn't matter what I eat the stomach issuse are there all day everyday since they first appeared. I'm not actually eating paleo at the moment I was about a year ago but now I'm just eating non paleo but healthy stuff and no junk food.

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      • #4
        Did your doctor test you for hyperchlorydria before putting you on a proton pump inhibitor? There's a ton of evidence that most people actually suffer from the opposite (hypochlorydria), but doctors often just throw PPI's at people without actually diagnosing them properly.

        Sounds like it could be some kind of SIBO issue (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), which a PPI would just serve to exacerbate.

        Chris Kresser, who is a doctor (unlike me) and whose advice you should listen to (also unlike me) has a great series on Heartburn/GERD, SIBO, PPI's, Stomach Acid, etc... I'll get you started:

        Heartburn / GERD
        The Champagne of Beards

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        • #5
          The post-eating symptoms you are experiencing are often signs of gluten intolerance. Do you eat gluten at every meal?

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
            Did your doctor test you for hyperchlorydria before putting you on a proton pump inhibitor? There's a ton of evidence that most people actually suffer from the opposite (hypochlorydria), but doctors often just throw PPI's at people without actually diagnosing them properly.

            Sounds like it could be some kind of SIBO issue (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth), which a PPI would just serve to exacerbate.

            Chris Kresser, who is a doctor (unlike me) and whose advice you should listen to (also unlike me) has a great series on Heartburn/GERD, SIBO, PPI's, Stomach Acid, etc... I'll get you started:

            Heartburn / GERD
            Just done routine bloods so I'm unsure if hyperchlorydria is included in those tests. I forgot to mention I have an itchy rash that I've had for years that comes and goes but has got quite a bit bigger than usual since starting on the PPI's, no idea if they've affected the rash but the timing kind of lines up.

            I'll check out the link.

            Originally posted by eKatherine View Post
            The post-eating symptoms you are experiencing are often signs of gluten intolerance. Do you eat gluten at every meal?
            Pretty much yeah, can you become gluten intolerant all of a sudden ?. I know I've become intolerant to nuts lately as my stomach hurts pretty badly a few hours after I've had some.

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            • #7
              It's not impossible that you have more than one problem here. Many people do suddenly find they are intolerant to gluten.

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              • #8
                No, you can't test stomach acid levels with bloodwork. As I said, most people who get prescribed PPI's actually have LOW stomach acid, and it makes the issue worse. You should read the Kresser stuff I posted. It's worth your time.
                The Champagne of Beards

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                • #9
                  Is it possible it is a stomach ulcer? I have just begun a paleo diet after spending several weeks seeing specialists who could not diagnose my spinal migraines which began with eating (or not eating) and severe stomach pain. I put myself on a GAPS diet and started eating fermented vegetables and taking aloe vera. I'm pretty certain I had a garden variety stomach ulcer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                    No, you can't test stomach acid levels with bloodwork. As I said, most people who get prescribed PPI's actually have LOW stomach acid, and it makes the issue worse. You should read the Kresser stuff I posted. It's worth your time.
                    I just read it all and it makes lots of sense, I'm gonna try the baking soda test 3 mornings in a row and the Betaine HCL test with a few meals to confirm low stomach acid.

                    Originally posted by Glenview View Post
                    Is it possible it is a stomach ulcer? I have just begun a paleo diet after spending several weeks seeing specialists who could not diagnose my spinal migraines which began with eating (or not eating) and severe stomach pain. I put myself on a GAPS diet and started eating fermented vegetables and taking aloe vera. I'm pretty certain I had a garden variety stomach ulcer.
                    I could very well be that, the articles that RichMahogany directed me to indicated that low stomach can be the perfect environment for h.pylori to thrive and that bacteria can lead to ulcers. The articles mentioned the GAPS diet so I'm gonna look into that, do you know of any decent guides for it ?.

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                    • #11
                      Did any of the blood tests include one for H-pylori? If so, and it was negative, you might need to talk to your doc again about increasing your Prevacid. Sometimes it can take a month before you get any effectiveness from a PPI.

                      You could also try something as simple as apple cider vinegar before each meal instead of a PPI.
                      Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by AuroraB View Post
                        Did any of the blood tests include one for H-pylori? If so, and it was negative, you might need to talk to your doc again about increasing your Prevacid. Sometimes it can take a month before you get any effectiveness from a PPI.

                        You could also try something as simple as apple cider vinegar before each meal instead of a PPI.
                        Haven't been tested for H.pylori, I guess I should get it checked.

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                        • #13
                          I started GAPS by reading The info at Home Page. I did the Intro for about two weeks.

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                          • #14
                            How long have you been dealing with the rash?

                            Have you been feeling fatigued recently? (before the stomach issues started?)

                            How long have you been dealing with the stomach ache/pain below the belly button? (has fatigue, if any, gotten worse since pain started?)

                            When did you feel like the pain started moving around to the lower right side? Any pain or ache in the back or hip?

                            Is the stomach ache/pain sharp or dull? Have you been suffering from a cold or recently gotten sick? Any fever? Any nausea or vomiting?

                            How are your bowel movements? Regular, everyday? Are the stools formed? Any need for excessive pushing? Any bloody stool?

                            Does the discomfort stay the same, feel worse or feel better after a bowel movement?

                            Any issues with urination? What's the color of the urine? Any blood in the urine?

                            Do you remember injuring yourself or pulling a muscle at all?

                            Any chance you are pregnant, Marcus?


                            By answering the questions we can gather more info to perform a DDx. (differential diagnosis) and narrow down possible diagnosis.

                            So far with the limited info, it's not easy to pinpoint a possible preliminary diagnosis.

                            However, most common symptoms involving lower right quadrant abdominal pain correlates with the appendix (history of fever, infection), gall stones (history of eating fatty, oily, fried foods) or kidney stones (referred pain to the hip or lowerback), possible intestinal compaction (history of constipation), or possible hernia (history of physical trauma, exercise, injury).

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by StephenHLi View Post
                              How long have you been dealing with the rash?
                              Probably 10 years or more, but most of that time was just a little penny sized rash on either my hand or wrist.


                              Have you been feeling fatigued recently? (before the stomach issues started?)
                              Not noticed any fatigue.

                              How long have you been dealing with the stomach ache/pain below the belly button? (has fatigue, if any, gotten worse since pain started?)
                              Since around September/October.

                              When did you feel like the pain started moving around to the lower right side? Any pain or ache in the back or hip?
                              About a month ago, a little ache in my lower back but I only had that for a day here and there so might not be coincidental.

                              Is the stomach ache/pain sharp or dull? Have you been suffering from a cold or recently gotten sick? Any fever? Any nausea or vomiting?
                              It's a dull ache, apart from the stomach I've been very well.

                              How are your bowel movements? Regular, everyday? Are the stools formed? Any need for excessive pushing? Any bloody stool?
                              Quite mushy, I'm regular but usually have to go when I wake up and around 2hrs later. No excessive pushing as I let it come out naturally so I'm usually on the toilet for about 10 mins. No blood.

                              Does the discomfort stay the same, feel worse or feel better after a bowel movement?
                              The same

                              Any issues with urination? What's the color of the urine? Any blood in the urine?
                              My urine is usually yellow but clear when I've drunk alot of liquid. No blood.

                              Do you remember injuring yourself or pulling a muscle at all?
                              I have a recurring problem when I do ab work, my upper left ab gets 'the burn' quite easily and it feels like its on fire for about 20 seconds, it's pretty uncomfortable.

                              Any chance you are pregnant, Marcus?
                              I'm a male so it's not very likely

                              By answering the questions we can gather more info to perform a DDx. (differential diagnosis) and narrow down possible diagnosis.

                              So far with the limited info, it's not easy to pinpoint a possible preliminary diagnosis.

                              However, most common symptoms involving lower right quadrant abdominal pain correlates with the appendix (history of fever, infection), gall stones (history of eating fatty, oily, fried foods) or kidney stones (referred pain to the hip or lowerback), possible intestinal compaction (history of constipation), or possible hernia (history of physical trauma, exercise, injury).
                              Answers in bold

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