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Acid reflux, constipation, stomach cramps, rocky stool still after 2 months of Paleo

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 02, 2012 at 8:49 AM

I get reflux and constipation after eating most anything. Like even a bowl of spinach. There doesn't seem to be a particular food that causes it. I'm not sure what's going on? I'm belching like crazy!

Things that didn't work for me: -"Going Paleo" (cutting out legumes, wheat, etc.) for two months -Going nightshade free -- I get it no matter what -Going without Dairy. No success. -Taking an acid supplement. To minimal benefit. -Taking a probiotic. Absolutely pointless. -Apple Cider Vinegar. Burnt my throat anyways, yet I would STILL get heartburn -Eating more slowly and even eating less. -Taking Prevacid. Minimized some of the effects, yet I would still get it. -Taking Miralax. Relieved constipation and cramping in the short term, but not a long-term solution.

My heartburn/GERD/constipation actually started 4-5 years ago after I began acne treatment with Doxycycline after a consultation with a typical dimwit dermatologist. After he prescribed me Deoxycycin and I told him that it gave me GERD, guess what he did? Prescribed me a DIFFERENT antibiotic. Are all people in the medical field THIS stupid? WOW. -_-

Ever since, I've had it. Everyday. No matter what. I have NO clue what happened and it has me VERY concerned! Can anyone give me advice??? Thank you!

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on November 05, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I'm off it at the moment, but more from laziness than anything else. If I start to have gut issues I'll be brewing again.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 04, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Are you off the kefir now?

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on November 03, 2012
at 11:37 PM

Eat more meat and supplement with betain hcl.

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:28 PM

http://www.bio-kult.com/

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:25 PM

Daily diet varies for instance, yesterday: -Onion, bell pepper, virgin organic coconut oil, mushrooms, tomatoes, pasture-pork, baby kale, garlic, lemon juice, basil, parsley, grass-fed ghee for breakfast -Wild Cod, tomatoes, lime juice, ghee, cilantro, kale salad (orange juice, pineapple, beats, olive oil, lime juice, macadamia nuts) for lunch -Two burger patties, onion, tomato, cracked pepper, lettuce for dinner

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Thanks! It'll take me at least a month to get into the gastroenterologist for an appointment.

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:48 PM

It would help to see what your daily diet looks like.

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:14 AM

I don't think so...

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564468f093b36d9cdeb8adb138446363

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on January 18, 2013
at 08:14 PM

Your sample diet looks too complicated to me. Your peppers, tomatoes, ghee, orange juice, and nuts would have me curled up in bed for 3 days. To get rid of symptoms, I have to follow the Autoimmune Protocol of paleo AND eat simple meals.

My meal options are thus simplified:

Dinner: One meat and two veg Each baked or pan-cooked (on low heat, so not fried on high heat) With olive oil or lard Seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic, herbs (not spices), occasional lemon juice or zest

Breakfast and lunch: Leftovers and coffee (with coconut milk and 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar) Sometimes with sauerkraut or bacon

Dessert: 1/3 cup blueberries or 1-2 tablespoons coconut butter/manna

*The brown sugar is a borderline issue for me - I have to fight the urge to add a little more every day, and if I do add more, it messes me up.

I keep a Pinterest board called Paleo AIP so I don't run out of meal ideas, but I noticed that the recipes that cause me the least trouble are those with fewer ingredients and instructions.

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on November 02, 2012
at 04:45 PM

Perhaps there's a leaky gut issue? I'd look at GAPS with a goal of healing the gut and restoring gut flora that may have been wiped out by the antibiotic treatment.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2012
at 08:14 AM

I don't think so...

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on March 26, 2013
at 08:57 AM

Flourishing,

I also developed the same symptoms after taking doxy for a urinary infection. I believe doxy causes SIBO - small intestine bacteria overgrowth which I was diagnosed as having. I also have parasites. Did you get a breath test for SIBO or stool test for parasites? If you have improved I would greatly appreciate any clues you can give me I have been ill for 4 years now.

Wishing you better health. Many thanks.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:51 PM

It could be gastritis. I've had it on/off again for almost a year. I think I'm finally on my way out of the constant burning, belching, reflux and indigestion. But it's taken A LOT of trial and error.

I had to cut out ibuprofen. Therefore, I had to find a painkiller for that time of the month. My naturopathic doc recommended Kaprex from Metagenics. The stuff is amazing, and you only need one, as it lasts 8 hrs. Not cheap, but worth it. Taking magnesium on a regular basis has helped enormously as well.

No matter WHAT I ate, I felt like shit. I thought the same as you: eat less, eat slower, did I eat something I'm intolerant to?! It has been maddening.

Cut out all antacids, cut out the ACV and PPIs.

I'm not paid to say this, I swear. But purchase some PepzinGI. It's cheap. I take one with every meal. Got mine from iherb.

Buy some powdered liquorice root and mix about 1/2 teaspoon with some water and take before meals, at least a half hour. This settles down inflammation.

Do this for at least a few weeks.

Then introduce some digestive enzymes. NOW Foods makes Super Enzymes which are pretty awesome. I found they irritated my gastritis, so I stopped taking them for a while. Then I went back on them and noticed some irritation, but not as much as before.

Then I switched to some Betaine HCI tablets. I was taking two per meal, and each tablet had some fenugreek in it. I'd take 'em in the middle of my meals. BAM. OH MY GOD. The burning discomfort, the nausea...GONE! Digestion is improving. I recently read from Chris Kresser that if one is having digestion issues, HCI will help, but you also need a tablet with pepsin, as the pepsin will help you break down and digest protein. NOW Foods doesn't fail here either, and that's what I'm using currently. Same protocol: two per meal, in the middle.

I also take l-glutamine to heal my gut lining. Again, NOW Foods.

I'm kind of a NOW Foods whore. LOL! But I've taken a ton of supplements for multiple things and from multiple companies, and NOW is still the best and most consistent. They're not hard to find, and I live in CANADUH.

Now if I could only find a good probiotic...I eat a bit of sauerkraut every other day. This helps as well, even though I do get a slight itchy reaction. I don't care. The good bacteria is worth the irritation.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on November 03, 2012
at 07:37 PM

You mentioned "taking" probiotics, but have you tried probiotic foods?

In my case, my gut was healed by water kefir. I purchased 'grains' which are really bacterial colonies, and then I started SLOWLY by drinking about 1 tbsp per day for a few days. The 3rd day I went to 2 tbsp and I then started adding 1 or 2 additional tbsp per day until I was drinking a full glass. I stopped being lactose intolerant and I could handle many foods--although not wheat--that had given me trouble before.

One of the foods I was then able to handle was full-fat yogurt, which provided other helpful gut bugs.

Hope you find what works for you.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on November 05, 2012
at 01:22 AM

I'm off it at the moment, but more from laziness than anything else. If I start to have gut issues I'll be brewing again.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on November 04, 2012
at 07:55 PM

Are you off the kefir now?

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on November 03, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I think antibiotics can have negative effects on your gut flora. Perhaps you should get a stool sample taken to see what's happening in your digestive tract. Also, I hear you can get a fecal transplant to get some probiotics in there that will help you better digest your food.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on November 03, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Thanks! It'll take me at least a month to get into the gastroenterologist for an appointment.

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on March 26, 2013
at 05:31 PM

I am new to the Paleo lifestyle only starting in January of this year. Many of the symptoms you expressed are ones that I, myself, have endured, as well. I did note that the majority of my symptoms disappeared, including my severe acid reflux for which I was taking medication, once I got rid of all the nightshade vegetables (several of which you are eating). In addition I had to give up eating eggs. Although, I am committed firmly to the paleo lifestyle, I took the time to note some of the food allergies expressed under the Blood Type Diets to see if any of the foods that still were a part of my diet under the Paleo Regime should be removed because of my blood type. In so doing, I found out that cabbage was causing a lot of my stomach irritation, although it was allowable to me under the Paleo lifestyle.

Don't give up! I am convinced that as you continue to take some foods out of your diet, your stomach will heal, as did mine, and you will come to discover that your system will recover from ailments derived from your food sensitivities.

Wishing you good health and healing.

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on January 18, 2013
at 07:10 PM

I agree with fellow responders that yes, the antibiotics have affected your digestive system, from mouth to anus really!! I had similar problems, which became compounded with the Paleo diet because my digestive system wasn't functioning well at all.

I have had my blood tested via live blood analysis and found out a whole lot about what was going on inside, and am now on the mend with my digestive system chugging along to an almost normal degree. Probiotics, but a prescribed strong blend, detoxification via Unda drops to support my body to eliminate toxins etc,. fiber . . . chia ground 2 tbsp., helps and AIM products bowel cleanse is an amazing product to be taken for 3 months.

Eating Paleo has helped alot to allow the inflamation in the body to subside and allow things to heal. It takes time to turn things around and start the healing process. If anything, see a live blood analysis/ nutritionist for guidance. Mine has been immensely helpful... good luck.

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on January 18, 2013
at 04:10 PM

Several things jump out at me. Prevacid may cause constipation. many medications have constipation as a side effect so check the literature that comes with medications. You need more fiber. Read the book Cure Constipation Now for a better understanding of how your digestive tract works and how to use fiber. You don't just need Miralax once, you need an on going program. Take a look at the cureconstipationnow.com website to get your education started. It is an every day battle. let up one day and get set back.

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