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What's the best way to track what foods are making you bloat/pain?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created July 03, 2013 at 12:27 AM

I have been writing down what I eat/drink and times. I have daily bloating pain and need to figure out what's bothering me. I eat GF, dairy free - follow paleo. Hope you can help!

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on July 03, 2013
at 05:06 PM

If you want to do more sophisticated symptom tracking, I've heard good things about patientslikeme.com, though I haven't tried it myself.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:01 AM

Thank you, I haven't heard of that before and will give it a try.

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at 04:00 AM

Thank you! I appreciate your comments and suggestions. I will apply them

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on July 03, 2013
at 03:46 AM

First of all, are you also keeping track of your daily symptoms? You should at least write down a quick 0-10 rating of how bad your symptoms were each day. It would be even better to rate them at several points during the day, and take notes on any unusual symptoms as well.

You might want to try entering your food into something like cronometer, which will help you discern patterns if the cause is a class of nutrients instead of a specific food (e.g., you'll be able to see if you always feel worse after a day of high-fat vs. high-protein meals).

Once you've got that down, you can also start doing experiments. Change one thing about your diet at a time and see what happens.

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 03, 2013
at 05:06 PM

If you want to do more sophisticated symptom tracking, I've heard good things about patientslikeme.com, though I haven't tried it myself.

2fd1b431503be7fdb022b4e8cfb91511

(16)

on July 03, 2013
at 04:01 AM

Thank you, I haven't heard of that before and will give it a try.

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on July 04, 2013
at 09:25 PM

If you are actually in pain maybe you should mention it to the doctor? I suffered for ages feeling very uncomfortable as I thought it wasn't bad enough to bother the doctor, then when I did mention it the Doctor immediately pressed exactly where the bloat/pain was and explained what I was suffering from and talked about ways to reduce it naturally as well as prescribing medicine. I do not need the medicine nowadays, I eat Paleo and my symptoms have gone! Good luck.

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on July 03, 2013
at 01:42 AM

Writing them down and keeping track of what you eat and when you bloat is probably going to be the best way. I do find though that bloating can vary based on my activity level that day though, so I would personally also include activity level in that journal if I were you.

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on July 03, 2013
at 04:00 AM

Thank you! I appreciate your comments and suggestions. I will apply them

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