Frequently when eating, I notice a discomfort high in my stomach, just below the center of the rib cage. Sometimes it's a full cramping or throbbing sensation in the same area. The only trigger food I'm fairly certain that causes this is a raw veggie salad, but many other foods seem to cause the same result, so I'm not sure it's related to what I'm eating at the moment.
I'm not referring to being overly full. This sensation usually occurs within several bites.
I've been diagnosed as having IBS with no further explanation, and I find eating a paleo diet generally helps with many of the symptoms. This discomfort seems to persist, so I'm wondering if it's normal and I'm just a bit neurotic about it, or if it is a sign of something else going on. I don't expect the cramping to be normal, but what about the milder discomfort?
As a disclaimer, I will not interpret any advice as a substitute for proper attention from a medical professional.
(For what it's worth, I've gotten nowhere with traditional medical attention for my stomach troubles.)
My diet generally includes eggs, some cheese and butter, beef, pork, chicken, shrimp, salmon, sardines, coffee, some nuts, coconut products, and too many veggies and fruits to list. The ratio of macronutrients changes all the time.
Any insight is appreciated.
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on June 18, 2012
at 04:59 AM
I have found pre-made salads cause a similar discomfort so I don't eat at salad bars or pre-made salads at delis or restaurants. I suspect something with gluten residue is sprayed on cut lettuce to stop it from wilting.
I feel any discomfort is a message to reconsider what you've eaten in the previous 8 hours. The unfortunate thing about food allergies is they are so hard to track and identifying the source can take patience and a lot of thought. My body reacts to the smallest soy contamination with bloating immediately, but I can eat an entire loaf of bread and not have any reaction for a day or two.
It just takes time to trust that your body knows best. Food should never cause pain.
on December 06, 2012
at 06:45 AM
Hey there, I think your husband is right. Abdominal pain while eating is a symptom for gallbladder problems. I am a nurse and sometimes patients complain having pain behind shoulder blade, which is caused by gallbladder. I must also tell you, you are in greatest risk group for gallbladder attack. Women are more likely to get gallbladder attack, stones than men (with ratio 2: 1) and biggest risk group are women in their 40 ties. So, if I were you, I wouldn???t wait for a gallbladder attack (it can be awful!), but would as soon as possible visit a doctor.