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severe stomach distress after flu

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 06, 2012 at 7:44 AM

I've searched through the hacks but haven't come across my exact problem. I came down sick with either the stomach flu or food poisoning. I ended up in urgent care that night because I couldn't even keep liquid down and got dehydrated. They ran an IV and pumped me full of saline and Ondansetron and Diloted since I still have chronic pain and couldn't take any meds. Finally around 1am I got some Ginger peppermint tea down and yes resorted to a couple Graham crackers. All I can seem to eat is oatmeal. I've tried eating eggs and even a whey shake but every time I eat I get horrible pain in from my diaphragm down to my lower abdomen. I am allergic to wheat so got horrible gas from the grains I've eaten and can't pass it unless I'm laying on my left side. I'm trying desperately to get back off grains but seem to have a really hard time digesting protein of any kind. I tried taking HCL with Pepsid tonight hoping it would help. I've doubled up on my probiotics. The pain was so severe under my ribcage tonight I considered going to the hospital. I ate dinner at 7 and it's now 11:30 and the pain is starting to move down into my middle abdomen. The only way I get relief is to lay down. I do still have GERD and problems with constipation on a good day. If I get up and walk around it's so much worse!

I've read that digestive enzymes may help people are having trouble digesting but don't know if that's a good idea since this all started with the flu and the really poor choice of eating grains.

Please help I'm desperate!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:41 AM

This is what I'd try. Oddly enough, despite my advanced age, I haven't been truly sick since I went ancestral last April and that's nearly a first--there was a year in my 30s when I didn't get sick. Anyhow, when you are feeling better and back to normal eating I'd definitely include some probiotic foods to help rebuild your gut flora.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Thanks alot for the reply! I'm taking Omeprazole currently...I've tried going off but by day 3 my heartburn is horrible and I start having esophogial spasms that hurt so bad I can hardly breath. I forgot to mention that my gallbladder was removed in 2005 so I think I'm going to try the digestive enzymes now. I'll call my doctor today...I really hope this isn't the case because if I eat more than 70 net carbs a day I balloon up over 300 lbs.

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on February 06, 2012
at 09:39 AM

Hi there, I'm really sorry to hear about the problem you're having. I have a very similar story; about 2 years ago, I got food poisoning or some sort of virus. About a month after I recovered I began getting severe nausea after eating or drinking ANYTHING, as well as a lumpy feeling in my throat and cramping in my stomach. Gravol became my best friend. It got so bad that I ended up losing 30 lbs over a period of 8 months and I was basically incapable of any physical activity other than walking due to the lack of energy I had from malnourishment. I was already suffering from GERD and IBS before I got sick, so those two issues certainly didn't help. I saw my family doctor, who couldn't do much, sent me for a variety of tests that came back inconclusive. I was eventually able to get an appointment with a really good gastroenterologist who explained that the best guess he had was that the virus/bacteria I had contracted a year previous had caused a type of paralysis of my lower esophagus, stomach and duodenum. My pre-existing GERD aggravated the issue, plus I was on a high dose of Nexium, which also made it worse. (The GERD was linked to another medication I was on - I'm off that now and feeling much better). At that time he told me the only thing I could do was try to heal my upper GI by eating carefully and getting off that medication. Some foods I found I really had to avoid were: eggs; bananas; super acidic meats like chicken and beef; acid fruits like strawberries, cucumber, tomato; and the biggest no-no's were coffee and alcohol. The only things I was able to eat without too much trouble were: white rice based products (rice, noodles, crackers, rice paper rolls, etc); fresh coconut water; kefir; super lean game meats like moose and venison; alkaline fruit like papaya and for some reason mango seemed to work well. Eventually I was able to get some shrimp down, dark leafy greens, homemade apple sauce, cottage cheese, quinoa, tofu. I understand that some of these aren't the best options for someone following the Paleo Diet, but if you are suffering from paralysis of your upper GI as I was, and undoubtedly inflammation (if you're having daily acid reflux) then they may help recover the muscular structure and reduce the trauma to your stomach and attached organs. If you haven't already visited a specialist, I highly recommend doing so. Tests don't always provide the best answers but they may give some clues or rule some things out. It would also be worthwhile to see whether or not you could be suffering from a pre-existing condition that only began when this was aggravated or if you're taking any medication (as I was) that was the true root of the continued problem. I wish you a speedy recovery and I really hope you find answers soon.

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on February 06, 2012
at 05:15 PM

Thanks alot for the reply! I'm taking Omeprazole currently...I've tried going off but by day 3 my heartburn is horrible and I start having esophogial spasms that hurt so bad I can hardly breath. I forgot to mention that my gallbladder was removed in 2005 so I think I'm going to try the digestive enzymes now. I'll call my doctor today...I really hope this isn't the case because if I eat more than 70 net carbs a day I balloon up over 300 lbs.

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on February 06, 2012
at 08:18 PM

I recently had a bout of the stomach flu (lasted two days) and had trouble eating for at least a week afterward. I could not even look at meat for a full week or my stomach would turn. Usually I would eat high carb foods and a little egg after the flu, so I tried to do this from a Paleo perspective. It was hard since I didn't have very many canned foods around anymore (and was trying to care for two sick three-year-olds at the same time). What I was able to eat while my tummy healed was some nibbles of banana, some mashed squash (butternut) and mashed tubers (potato and sweet potato) and some broth and herbal tea. I also could eat a little soft cooked egg and some rice. After a few days I could keep cheese down, too, a little more egg, some applesauce and some butter on those carbs. I just kept nibbling my carbs, drinking broth and tea and eventually I started to feel better. It took about ten days before I ate meat again.

Hope this helps.

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:12 AM

Myree,

You may find some of this info on what to eat on an upset stomach from MDA useful:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/what-to-eat-on-an-upset-stomach/

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:35 AM

I've been hospitalized for food poisoning twice (bad run of luck apparently) and was the proud starter of a massive Norwalk outbreak in my area, resulting in a whole lot of IV fluid! Ever since this run of flu's, for some reason I've had the most violent reactions to flu's ever since. It doesn't immunologically make sense, because presumably I am being exposed to different viruses/bacterium each time, but now when I get sick, I get dramatic call-the-ambulance sick. I cracked a rib last flu from vomiting (apparently that can happen), and pulled a muscle in my back vomiting during another flu (still have back pain because of that).

During times like that, it is hard to keep anything down. If all you can keep down is oatmeal, don't stress about it. The best meal for me when I was sick, however, was white rice in bone broth. You are getting all the good, savory nutrients from the broth, and the white rice seems appealing enough to attempt. I ate this stuff for a solid week, breakfast/lunch/dinner was bone broth and white rice. Might be worth trying to get a little extra mineral/vitamin/gelatin content!

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on February 07, 2012
at 01:41 AM

This is what I'd try. Oddly enough, despite my advanced age, I haven't been truly sick since I went ancestral last April and that's nearly a first--there was a year in my 30s when I didn't get sick. Anyhow, when you are feeling better and back to normal eating I'd definitely include some probiotic foods to help rebuild your gut flora.

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on February 08, 2012
at 03:38 AM

Thanks so much for all the responses! My doctor thinks it's just recovering from the flu. I stopped by my local food co-op and got gluten free flax granola and oatmeal and more unsweetened coconut milk. It's a nice place to shop because all their products are guaranteed organic and non-GMO. So although I haven't been strict low carb and paleo still all raw whole food. I lucked out and one of my friends had just showed me how to bake yams without sugar... I had a huge dish of those and was able to keep all these foods down and finally started passing it last night. My doctor did prescribe me a laxative and I've used it but not at the maximum dose. I have alot of gas but it's passing and not stuck anymore.

Tomorrow morning I'm going to try my protein shake/ coconut milk/ coffee mix and see if it digests ok. I still haven't been able to eat meat but am too hungry for just broth... I'm not a fasting kind of gal.I've been doing Dr.Kruse's Leptin Reset so fasting isn't good. I'm hoping by the end of the week I'll be back on plan!

I did go to super supplements and get some NOW super enzymes and some other supplements.

I'll keep everyone posted on how it goes!

About food poisoning... good possibility... I had tried to save money and bought cheap eggs at Walmart and got sick the day after eating them in my shake... got eggs at the co-op too... lesson learned if that was it! Usually if I react to a food it happens much faster and usually makes me sick within a few hours not 24...

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on February 07, 2012
at 12:04 AM

This just happened? If so, I'd look at it as an opportunity to fast a bit. Just drink liquids/broths for a day or two. Then start ramping up into other soups, watching out for any that usually give you issues. You sound like you have a lot of other issues, possibly linked to the lack of the gallbladder as well (have you tried Ox Bile with your meals?) I wouldn't take digestive enzymes without a solid meal though, but that's just me. If it's been a while, then there's probably something else going on.

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