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Developing stomach pain after eating (day 13 into paleo)

Answered on September 16, 2013
Created February 22, 2013 at 5:41 AM

I started following one of the food plans in Practical Paleo 13 days ago. For the last two or three days I have been developing stomach pain after eating, mostly in the upper abdomen, which makes me worry that my liver is acting up, something I have not had trouble with before.

What I suspect is that perhaps I am eating too much fat for my body to handle (and reading the "poop" page in Practical Paleo backs that up).

I had my gall bladder removed about 20 years ago after a couple of incredibly painful attacks, and this is the first time that I have ever had any indication that my digestion is affected by it.

I am adding in Bubbies' sauerkraut, and I tried taking a little apple cider vinegar after meals, but it didn't seem to help.

Tonight in desperation, I baked a trout in just a little butter with lemon juice and had a very small portion with white rice for dinner. And... yeah, my stomach hurts again. It's the first time I had grain since I started, but I was hoping to add some sort of buffer to whatever is causing it.

I have not been able to keep with the printed plan in the book -- it seems I am suddenly allergic to chicken and turkey (I think). I also am having trouble with the pricey ingredients. A half-cup of macadamia nuts? at $15.95 a pound? For the second time this week? Really? And shrimp two days in a row?

The meal where the pain started was shrimp with a pesto sauce made from almonds (I refused to buy the macadamias), cilantro, olive oil and garlic, served over zucchini "noodles." And I had the leftovers for lunch the next day, and was in even worse pain after it.

So when the next day called for shrimp again, I went shopping and found a roast on sale and made pot roast with onion, red and white sweet potatoes, bay leaf, salt and pepper. I had it for dinner and two lunches. Pain after every meal.

I don't think the problem is FODMAPS... except for the shrimp meal, where I had some abdominal cramping after lunch, the pain is in the upper abdomen.

Any ideas? I'm back on the probiotic bandwagon with sauerkraut.

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Good luck ves! I hope you can hack a way out :)

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on February 22, 2013
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Thanks, Harmen. I did some of my own research and added a handful lettuce greens with herbs (an organic store mix), with nothing on it, at the beginning of a meal. It definitely seemed to help some (bitter herbs are supposed to stimulate bile production). I'll keep "hacking," and not give up.

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on September 16, 2013
at 11:17 PM

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Last Friday I had dinner with a friend at a restaurant and ate shrimp scampi... It was delicious, but within minutes after eating the meal I was in horrific pain, upper abdominal, where I had GB pain in the past... GB was removed years ago because of the constant pain. This is the first time I've had this pain since. I took 2 Zantac pills and it went away... What caused it? I don't know but I'm afraid to eat another shrimp... Why? Because they're coming from the Gulf of Mexico and there is still a high level of petroleum poison in it.

I don't know what or where your shrimp came from but it's worth looking into... Good luck. Liz

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on May 04, 2013
at 02:36 AM

I can not eat nuts at all, if I do I really suffer, its been a lot of trial and error for me. I had to eliminate many foods and I am just started to reintroduce one a day.

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on March 08, 2013
at 12:56 PM

Had my gb removed too ... you may be trying to up your fat intake too quickly. Your body can accommodate it, but you may need to do it slowly. Definitely cut back on the nuts. The bitters are a great idea.

Another thing to try is Ox Bile ... it is a really cheap supplement (look on amazon) that helps supplement some bile to digest the fats.

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on February 22, 2013
at 09:49 AM

Short and incomplete answer: if your gall bladder is removed you will keep difficulties digesting loads of meat and fat. It will be easier to eat less fat and protein and more carbs (that is: fruit and honey). Maybe there is a way out, but I don't know that route and it won't be easy. You can still eat paleo.

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on February 22, 2013
at 11:11 PM

Thanks, Harmen. I did some of my own research and added a handful lettuce greens with herbs (an organic store mix), with nothing on it, at the beginning of a meal. It definitely seemed to help some (bitter herbs are supposed to stimulate bile production). I'll keep "hacking," and not give up.

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(166)

on February 26, 2013
at 11:22 PM

Good luck ves! I hope you can hack a way out :)

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