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Intestinal cramps 
Jan. 28, 2012 10:06 am 
Updated: Oct. 19, 2012 6:34 am
Lately I have been having some Intestinal cramps, I am not sure why so I have not been really cooking anything elaborate. Today I bought some Yogurt Activia was one of them, and some other brands. I am hoping they may help until I can calm down my pains.

I did have this problem last year for a few months, and the Dr's could not find anything wrong other than I had pain.

I remember the first time I had intestinal pain I think I was like 10 years old and woke up at 12am and got out of bed because i could not stand the pain. I laid on the floor in the living room all night in agony.

So I am no stranger to Intestinal pain.

One of the things I have been reading is to not eat meat, and many other things like bean, cabbage etc.... I just can't find anything that may help except for maybe Yogurt.

I have also had my gout flair up in the past two months, and I keep taking my meds for it and the pain. I am not sure if the two are connected.

I do plan to go to the Dr soon If this does not clear up, but I don't have much hope there will be a diagnosis that helps.

Any Ideas?
Jan. 28, 2012 10:16 am
I would get this checked out sooner rather than later... better safe than sorry IMO. Also, I'd start keeping a journal of what you eat and when you get the cramps so maybe you can isolate them to a certain food. It may help your Dr. to diagnose too. I dunno... I'm no doctor but severe stomach pain with no identifiable cause would be reason for me to make a Dr's appt.
Jan. 28, 2012 10:58 am
Do you eat iceberg lettuce? I would avoid that. A food journal is an excellent idea.
Jan. 28, 2012 12:10 pm
Kingsparta, Hi, I'm Rhena from Louisiana, and I too, have bouts with gout. Found out from someone associated with Homeopathy, the best meds for gout are black cherries, if you can get them, if not Black Cherry supplements from a health food place. It worked for me. I took 2 capsules when I got home from the ER. Did not take the meds the DR prescribed because I don't like taking pills with so many side effects. Every now and again, I feel like I have gout coming on in a toe, elbow or somewhere and I reach for my Black cherry caps. Actually, it does not have to be black cherry as any fresh or bottled cherries will do, but black cherries work best for me. Hope this helps. Sorry to hear about your intestinal problems. Hope that gets better soon. Here's wishing you a Blessed Day, your friend, Rhena
Jan. 28, 2012 2:16 pm
It sounds like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. (not a disease) I have it, it started about 5 years ago and got worse. It's not caused by food but what you eat can affect it. Google IBS. liz
Jan. 28, 2012 3:15 pm
herodias that's what I am thinking. I am restricting my meat intake (to zero right now). No soda, no gas producing vegetables. I am waiting to see if it is getting better. trying to flush my system. also Using prescribed medication Lubiprostone (Amitiza) for IBS I got last year from the Dr. and drinking water.
Jan. 28, 2012 6:55 pm
King, do not wait to see if it gets better. See your doctor whether it feeds better or not. Nothing good comes from "keeping an eye on it". Spending the money for a doctor now beats the he!! out of wishing you had!
Jan. 28, 2012 10:28 pm
King, I hope you feel better soon. If I eat anything with soy, I get very sick and it always bothers my stomach. When I went to the doctor, they couldn't find anything wrong. However, I went to an allergy doctor and had to eliminate things from my diet and keep a food journal. When you don't feel good you really don't want to cook or have much of an appetite for anything.
Jan. 29, 2012 6:04 am
King: Agree with those above who advise to see your doctor. You are not mentioning if you are having elimination problems too. Better safe than sorry, make an appt. please and let us know how you are. Glad to hear you are drinking water. Does it hurt more when you are up and active? Does a warm heating pad on abdomen soothe it? Is the pain localized to a certain area/side/or quadrant of the abdomen? Are you bloated? Is the skin of your abdomen normal color? These are just a few questions that come to my nursing mind.
Jan. 29, 2012 7:51 am
Hello, journal for sure and consider taking a probiotic soft gel capsul. These can be purchased at a health food store. Activia is good but you would need to eat quite a bit to get the same benefit as from the capsul form. My husband has gout and IBS and this helps him greatly. Good luck.
Jan. 29, 2012 8:22 am
KS - I'd had cramping off and on for years, usually with bloating. Next time you see the doc, ask them to run an allergy panel. when the cramps got really bad and became a daily thing, my doc did a blood test and that's when my gluten intolerance popped up. Any of the more common food allergies can cause the cramping you're getting. It's one more avenue to explore, and since it's just a blood draw it's worth checking. I hope you find the cause and feel better soon.
Jan. 29, 2012 2:02 pm
It probably is intestinal or allergies, but there are other non-GI conditions that can cause this. Being a nurse, I always think worse case scenario, but pain is the body's way of telling you something is wrong and you should listen to it. They call it the 5th vital sign, blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and also pain. Don't mean to nag, but sometimes people need a gentle push.
Jan. 29, 2012 7:50 pm
Hi, King S. Isn't it wonderful you can post a problem, and receive so much good advice, backed with experience and/or knowledge! I thnk you came to an excellent common sense consultation spot. I agree, follow-up with a doctor visit, and take a good intake journal/symptom log with you. A doctor is usually a better investigator, if he has good information to analyze. Be persistent! Sometimes, they just dismiss your symptoms without thoroughly investigating. Pain is pain! Good luck!
Jan. 30, 2012 8:29 am
after the last few days only drinking water, broth, warm salt water and lemon (cleansing) my issues have cleared up some.
Feb. 6, 2012 12:45 pm
Hi, I used to have intestinal cramps once in a while and the doctor said it was probably lactose intolerant and/or stress-induced. Both times I had the cramps, they were before and after some major exams I had in school. The first time I had it, I drank milk every day. After that, I only drank lactose free milk. It hasn't happened to me since, but I am careful with lactose nowadays. Hope this helps!
Oct. 19, 2012 6:34 am
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is ideal for gluten and lactose intolerance issues. See There are some specific cheeses that you are likely to tolerate. (I wish you the best...feeling better using this diet makes it all worth while.)
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