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Advice Please? Rice (and other stuff) causing intense indigestion and referred stomach pain.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 03, 2012 at 2:12 PM

Hello All,

A little background: I have been eating paleo/traditional foods-ish for almost 2 years. Which for me means; no wheat, very little dairy, no legumes, no industrial oils (unless I am eating out). What I do eat; meats, liver, home-made almond milk, nuts, low fodmap veggies, coconut oil, ghee, Japanese sweet potatoes (I can't stand yams or regular sweet potatoes and seem to tolerate them), some cultured veggies and some bone broth. I cheat about once a week on something sugary. I am not a purist.

Recently, I embarked on a whole 30 with my husband. I went way too low-carb and suffered for it. It's just easy to reach for the home-made jerky or left over meat for a quick meal while I am juggling taking care of my kids and when that happens I lose my appetite and don't eat enough. I started experiencing hypothyroid symptoms. I also am not tolerating stress well, but I plan to do the cortisol saliva test soon to see what's up with that.

So that brings me to my issue. I added white rice to my diet in small amounts about a week ago and not every day. Yesterday, I finished off some that I had in the fridge, so more that I usually eat, and an hour later, I noticed some indigestion pain that traveled up the right side of my throat and eventually became intense and caused a wicked headache. I still have the pain and headache. I have noticed that my stomach is ultra sensitive now. I also have chronic back pain and was rear-ended 6 months ago, so I have had to medicate occasionally. Ibuprofen now tears up my stomach and causes the same symptoms as rice. Also, so does my magnesium citrate supplement. Any of you smart people have any insight as to what is going on? Do I just need to do GAPS or SCD to heal something in my GI tract? I already know that I don't function well without some carbs, so I am worried about starting one of those diets.

Thanks in advance.

UPDATE: It was a severe episode of reflux and I found some helpful info here: http://chriskresser.com/the-hidden-causes-of-heartburn-and-gerd

Seems as though it WAS the rice (along with my damaged gut)

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Thanks Thomy. I knew about coffee and chocolate, but not rice and nuts.

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at 04:39 PM

Thanks Jay Jay. I agree that GI issues can result from long term use of NSAIDS. The only thing is, I can count on one hand how many times I took it recently when the stomach pain started. Before that, it was very intermittenly. But, maybe it doesn't take much in my case? Thanks for reminding me about the honey!

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I did tell my doctor when it happened after the ibuprofen. No doubt I could benefit from a specialist of some sort and it may get to that point. I am just looking for a response from others that may have a similar problem. I dread going to a GI specialist just to get a PPI and be told "diet doesn't matter" (yes, I have had that experience, but it was years ago and not for the same problem I seem to be having now.) I am a little apprehensive.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:24 PM

I think it's unlikely that rice itself is the problem. I would go to a (specialized) doctor and get it checked out. Just to be safe. Self-diagnosing stomach pains can be a bad idea.

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:35 PM

I did tell my doctor when it happened after the ibuprofen. No doubt I could benefit from a specialist of some sort and it may get to that point. I am just looking for a response from others that may have a similar problem. I dread going to a GI specialist just to get a PPI and be told "diet doesn't matter" (yes, I have had that experience, but it was years ago and not for the same problem I seem to be having now.) I am a little apprehensive.

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on September 16, 2013
at 03:45 AM

What has helped you to heal your damaged gut, if you don't mind sharing, @wickedween ?

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:51 PM

There's a potential cross reactivity between gluten und rice prolamines.. might be the troublemaker

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if this is the case for you, you might try cutting out nuts as well (they too have similar storage proteins)

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:40 PM

Thanks Thomy. I knew about coffee and chocolate, but not rice and nuts.

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on October 03, 2012
at 02:46 PM

There are significant GI issues with long term use of NSAIDS. I'd look to that as the primary culprit. And SCD/GAPS doesn't have to be low carb. You can cook your fruits down and make apple sauce, pear sauce, and other fruit sauces if you like. Plus you can use honey.

1133603ea602c6824da56e8b596c9754

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on October 03, 2012
at 04:39 PM

Thanks Jay Jay. I agree that GI issues can result from long term use of NSAIDS. The only thing is, I can count on one hand how many times I took it recently when the stomach pain started. Before that, it was very intermittenly. But, maybe it doesn't take much in my case? Thanks for reminding me about the honey!

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