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Stomach pain from drinking water?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 14, 2011 at 12:31 AM

I'm not sure if this is paleo related... but here is what's up.

Been doing Paleo for a couple of months and kept some track of the changes in my body. At first I noticed that it seemed I would get restless leg syndrome at night the first few weeks I started (never had before, went away and hasn't returned... not sure if it is related to my paleo diet/lifestyle).

I also started the LeanGains regimen last week.

So... last week my wife gets a stomach bug... really sick for one day only, including nausea, vomiting, dizziness, etc.

A day later I feel some sour stomach symptoms but felt alright (no dizziness or nausea). Next morning, since I don't eat breakfast, I drink some water and my stomach is on fire. After throwing up (and the dinner I had from the night before) I felt better and went to work. (Never felt that kind of heartburn/stomach-pain)

Still doing the LeanGains regimen, but the problem now that it seems any time I drink water (filtered from the tap, which I have been drinking for years, no problem) I get that same burning sensation. I have to take small sips and let the burning go away (usually after 5-10 minutes) before sipping any more.

Weird part is that I can eat food and not have the burning sensation. I can even take my multivitamin (when I would normally have burning sensations if I don't take it with food), or my liquid fish oil supplement and have no problems at all. I've even chanced it and sprinkled cyan pepper and Tabasco on my eggs and felt nothing.

So what is it about the water? Even if I sip water WITH my meal I'll feel the burning sensation, but if I don't sip water I'm good. Does this have to do with going Paleo, macronutrient ratio change (body adjusting), or my LeanGains eating schedule? Or maybe it's all still the stomach bug (assuming I caught it from my wife).

A little more info: I've NEVER had heartburn before... and the burning doesn't feel like it's in my esophagus, but more underneath my stomach... like as if the water getting released into my small intestine and the burning happens at the lower stomach sphincter.

Somebody help me hack this, please.

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on September 07, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Paleo doesn't make anyone immune to bad bacteria, cavemen developed food poisoning too.

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on May 14, 2011
at 05:19 PM

My wife is a teacher and so she said something has been going around at school. And a few of my buddies at work have had some of the same stuff now after I had it. It seems the symptoms are getting better each day, so I'm hoping it was just a bug, and not the fact that I've made a huge change going to Paleo. I figured the whole non-inflammation of Paleo would make things better, not worse... and doing LeanGains wouldn't cause any issues. I will give it another week and see what happens.

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on May 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Since I went to the emergency room a few years ago for being dehydrated I drink lots of water (not to fulfill any "8 glass a day" stuff, but just because I work outside, and really love drinking water when thirsty). I gave up all other beverages (besides tea) years ago and haven't had any problems. I'm thinking it probably is a bug.

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

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on May 14, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Thanks for the comment... it seems the pain happens with any temp. water. I haven't tried any other beverages because I only drink water (gave up all the other stuff years ago... recently gave up tea because I can't use artificial sweeteners on Paleo.

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

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on May 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

No doubt our water sucks!!! We've been using a professional filtration system for the house ever since we bought the place... haven't had any problems before, and it actually tastes pretty good compared to straight out of the tap (someone else's unfiltered tap). An independent source does test our water supply, and we do get yearly reports from the City on the tests they run as well. Usually the results have to do with turbidity.

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on May 14, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You are in Oklahoma, one of the states that has the most hydraulic fracturing drilling for natural gas around. This has been widely unregulated and known to cause people some serious problems with their water supply. The recent Oscar nominated film "Gasland" was all about this problem and recent studies have backed up these stories. I'm not intending to scare you, but it's something you might want to make sure is not affecting you where you are. Just saying.

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on May 14, 2011
at 12:44 AM

I've been sick before... several stomach bugs... but nothing like this... doesn't feel like an ulcer (no blood when I puked).

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on May 14, 2011
at 01:29 AM

Almost all stomach bugs are food poisoning. Sounds like it effected her worse than you, or at least faster. I'm no doctor, but my guess would be that the acid ripped up some tissue in there, just below your stomach. Food would be stopped farther up, and not reach that area as quickly as a liquid drunken on an empty stomach. How long has this been happening? I'd give it about a week to heal, then go see someone about it. I am not any kind of medical expert, and I am simply telling you what I would do based upon what I know

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

(165)

on May 14, 2011
at 05:19 PM

My wife is a teacher and so she said something has been going around at school. And a few of my buddies at work have had some of the same stuff now after I had it. It seems the symptoms are getting better each day, so I'm hoping it was just a bug, and not the fact that I've made a huge change going to Paleo. I figured the whole non-inflammation of Paleo would make things better, not worse... and doing LeanGains wouldn't cause any issues. I will give it another week and see what happens.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 07, 2012
at 08:32 PM

Paleo doesn't make anyone immune to bad bacteria, cavemen developed food poisoning too.

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on May 14, 2011
at 03:00 PM

I used to get stomach pains if I drank cold water first thing in the morning too. Try drinking warm water, it worked for me. Maybe it will for you too.

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

(165)

on May 14, 2011
at 05:14 PM

Thanks for the comment... it seems the pain happens with any temp. water. I haven't tried any other beverages because I only drink water (gave up all the other stuff years ago... recently gave up tea because I can't use artificial sweeteners on Paleo.

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on May 14, 2011
at 04:32 AM

an easy way to test if there is something going on with your tap water that is causing the problem is to only drink and use bottled water for a week or so. If it's still happening with bottled water from some far off place, you know the problem is you. If it stops, well then, you might have a problem with your water supply/pipes/something.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on May 14, 2011
at 04:43 AM

You are in Oklahoma, one of the states that has the most hydraulic fracturing drilling for natural gas around. This has been widely unregulated and known to cause people some serious problems with their water supply. The recent Oscar nominated film "Gasland" was all about this problem and recent studies have backed up these stories. I'm not intending to scare you, but it's something you might want to make sure is not affecting you where you are. Just saying.

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

(165)

on May 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

No doubt our water sucks!!! We've been using a professional filtration system for the house ever since we bought the place... haven't had any problems before, and it actually tastes pretty good compared to straight out of the tap (someone else's unfiltered tap). An independent source does test our water supply, and we do get yearly reports from the City on the tests they run as well. Usually the results have to do with turbidity.

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on May 14, 2011
at 02:41 AM

Ive never had a stomach bug/food poisoning. but i DO notice that whenever I drink water (especially if i do it first thing in the morning or have had little to no food in a while) I will get light headed and nauseated. I am not sure what this is but it usually goes away the moment I eat something. Its strange but i still drink a glass of water first thing when i wake up even though it makes me feel gross, I feel that it DOES help to keep me hydrated and keeps my BMs regular.

A7ac68389a10bc99f33885e7ed0dbfe0

(165)

on May 14, 2011
at 05:16 PM

Since I went to the emergency room a few years ago for being dehydrated I drink lots of water (not to fulfill any "8 glass a day" stuff, but just because I work outside, and really love drinking water when thirsty). I gave up all other beverages (besides tea) years ago and haven't had any problems. I'm thinking it probably is a bug.

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on September 20, 2012
at 08:04 AM

it just happened to me, anytime I drink water my lower stomach burns.. help pls. I don't eat much. do u think its ulcer.

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on September 07, 2012
at 07:44 PM

I have to drink very cold water or I get stomach pains. Talking heavily iced and water has to be kept in a fridge to be cold on top of that. Warm water just does not agree with my body. Looking for a reason and solution myself.

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