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Tips for the digestion
« on: July 13, 2017, 07:56:52 pm »
Time for some bellyaching about bellyaches!

For a while now, I've had seemingly random bouts of indigestion. I know it's not acid reflux, because antacids do nothing, but other than that I am clueless. It doesn't help that these bouts often occur in the middle of the night, so it's taken me until now to process that what I feel are stomach cramps. At least I can now count on Advil as a remedy; chamomile tea seems to help too, but I'd rather avoid getting them in the first place.  :P

Anyone have any similar experiences? Any tips on remedies, mundane or magical? I'm sure I'm not the only one with digestive uncertainties!

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 10:42:53 pm »
Anyone have any similar experiences? Any tips on remedies, mundane or magical? I'm sure I'm not the only one with digestive uncertainties!

I can't tell for sure just how similar it is, but I was reminded of the acrimoniousness that led, eventually, to my gallbladder and I getting a divorce ('divorce' is easier to spell than 'cholecystectomy', and more amusing). Alas, there's not a great deal of description of my symptoms/experiences in either that thread, or the one linked therein to my P&E Request at the time of my very first attack, but there's some (and I can probably dig out the referenced PM convo with Marilyn, and if there are any more bits that might be relevant/helpful, pass them on to you).

The one thing (besides that surgical 'divorce') that I found definitely helpful was Cauldronites sending energy/praying/thinking good thoughts.

If nothing else, it's probably worthwhile ruling out gallbladder issues as the cause of Worst Indigestion EVVVARR! - or figuring out that it is the issue, at a fairly early stage.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #2 on: July 14, 2017, 10:19:28 am »
Time for some bellyaching about bellyaches!

For a while now, I've had seemingly random bouts of indigestion. I know it's not acid reflux, because antacids do nothing, but other than that I am clueless. It doesn't help that these bouts often occur in the middle of the night, so it's taken me until now to process that what I feel are stomach cramps. At least I can now count on Advil as a remedy; chamomile tea seems to help too, but I'd rather avoid getting them in the first place.  :P

Anyone have any similar experiences? Any tips on remedies, mundane or magical? I'm sure I'm not the only one with digestive uncertainties!

First step I would do is start keeping a food diary. Just a quick note about what you ate and when, and then if it triggers any problems later. If you can pinpoint this to a particular food or category of foods, it will help a lot in not only knowing what to avoid but also diagnosing your issue. Honestly even if you went to a doctor today they'd tell you to do that anyway, because digestive issues can be extremely hard to diagnose without knowing what triggers them (or tons of expensive and invasive tests). If it's fatty/spicy foods that trigger your issues, then it could very well be the gall bladder, or reflux. But it could also be mild lactose intolerance that you're developing, which would be revealed if it's uncultured dairy that sets you off (and yes, adult-onset lactose intolerance happens, I developed it in my mid-20's).

For when you do get these cramps, fennel tea might help as well. Fennel has long been used as a digestive remedy.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2017, 03:34:49 pm »
Time for some bellyaching about bellyaches!

For a while now, I've had seemingly random bouts of indigestion. I know it's not acid reflux, because antacids do nothing, but other than that I am clueless. It doesn't help that these bouts often occur in the middle of the night, so it's taken me until now to process that what I feel are stomach cramps. At least I can now count on Advil as a remedy; chamomile tea seems to help too, but I'd rather avoid getting them in the first place.  :P

Anyone have any similar experiences? Any tips on remedies, mundane or magical? I'm sure I'm not the only one with digestive uncertainties!

Another thing to consider, is not enough acid in the stomach.  I went through a time where I did not sleep well unless I drank a tablespoon of cider vinegar (in water - and if you need you can add honey).  It made all the difference in the world.

Also, a food diary is a good thing.  You may have developed and inability to digest some sort or sorts of food well.  About the time I turned 50 I started having a ton of health issues that came down to not digesting grain properly - wheat is the worst, but they ALL bother me some.  It's not gluten.  It has made life interesting, but I don't feel like I'm almost dead any more.
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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #4 on: July 14, 2017, 06:58:53 pm »
If nothing else, it's probably worthwhile ruling out gallbladder issues as the cause of Worst Indigestion EVVVARR! - or figuring out that it is the issue, at a fairly early stage.

Sunflower

I'm hoping it's not  :( My dad had his gallbladder out some years ago, had complications and has had some odd health issues ever since.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #5 on: July 14, 2017, 07:15:40 pm »
If you can pinpoint this to a particular food or category of foods, it will help a lot in not only knowing what to avoid but also diagnosing your issue.

I can eat two servings of the exact same dish and have problems with one and not the other. Really weird. The part of this that's driving me nuts is that I'll have a bad digestion day on a day when I know that all I've eaten is things I eat all the time without problems.

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If it's fatty/spicy foods that trigger your issues, then it could very well be the gall bladder, or reflux. But it could also be mild lactose intolerance that you're developing, which would be revealed if it's uncultured dairy that sets you off (and yes, adult-onset lactose intolerance happens, I developed it in my mid-20's).

Actually, I know I'm slightly lactose intolerant, but I get a completely different reaction to that (much belching). Good thing I like yogurt.

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For when you do get these cramps, fennel tea might help as well. Fennel has long been used as a digestive remedy.

I shall have to try that.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #6 on: July 14, 2017, 07:16:58 pm »
Another thing to consider, is not enough acid in the stomach.  I went through a time where I did not sleep well unless I drank a tablespoon of cider vinegar (in water - and if you need you can add honey).  It made all the difference in the world.

Huh - this might be worth trying, I know that things like sauerkraut and yogurt seem to help.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #7 on: July 14, 2017, 10:38:02 pm »
Huh - this might be worth trying, I know that things like sauerkraut and yogurt seem to help.

Along with the advice stated, you could also try Ginger. It asks as a natural anesthetic for the digestive system.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #8 on: July 14, 2017, 11:03:57 pm »
I can eat two servings of the exact same dish and have problems with one and not the other. Really weird. The part of this that's driving me nuts is that I'll have a bad digestion day on a day when I know that all I've eaten is things I eat all the time without problems.

Ah, Russian roulette with food!

Welcome to my hell.

So I have reflux and I have a similar problem -- there is no rhyme or reason to what triggers it. I mean, there are some things where I KNOW they'll trigger it, but others? Fine one day, horrible the next. No clue.

I'm on Dexilant for it now and I can actually eat food again (salad! I CAN EAT SALAD AGAIN WITHOUT HORRIBLE PAIN!). However, that won't help you as it's not acid reflux.

My main suggestion for stomach cramps is Beano. Really helps to relieve that sort of pain. 

As for long-term, I second/third the suggestion of a food diary because even if it's Russian roulette for the most part, you might be able to pinpoint some foods that definitely always cause the problem, and that's a good place to start.

Also, my mom would suggest taking apple cider vinegar with baking soda. You mix the two together and add water, and let it stop fizzing, and then drink the water down. It should just taste like water with a hint of apple cider vinegar taste to it. She swears by it for like, everything, and apparently it's good for stomach aches and reducing inflammation.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #9 on: July 15, 2017, 12:08:28 pm »

Also, my mom would suggest taking apple cider vinegar with baking soda. You mix the two together and add water, and let it stop fizzing, and then drink the water down. It should just taste like water with a hint of apple cider vinegar taste to it. She swears by it for like, everything, and apparently it's good for stomach aches and reducing inflammation.



I am so going to try this next time I have indigestion.  I keep reading about drinking baking soda in water, but the idea of the taste kept making me put it off.  I already use apple cider vinegar and honey if I'm having some digestion issues (or a cold), so that taste I'm okay with.
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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2017, 06:29:58 pm »
Along with the advice stated, you could also try Ginger. It asks as a natural anesthetic for the digestive system.

I literally eat ginger twice a day already (pickled with lunch, and then tea), LOL.

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Re: Tips for the digestion
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2017, 06:35:57 pm »
Ah, Russian roulette with food!

Welcome to my hell.

So I have reflux and I have a similar problem -- there is no rhyme or reason to what triggers it. I mean, there are some things where I KNOW they'll trigger it, but others? Fine one day, horrible the next. No clue.

Since active-culture stuff like yogurt and homemade sauerkraut helps, I'm currently working with the hypothesis that it's something microbial. As in, mild cases of food poisoning and I should maybe take more care with washing my dishes.

The tips about acids seem to be doing some good, though I've been using lime juice. I never thought of combining it with baking soda, though.

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