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How come drinking plain water hurts my stomach?

Commented on March 03, 2017
Created December 23, 2014 at 6:20 AM

 For the past couple of years now, I have been unable to drink much water, aside from flavoured. Whever I drink plain water, my stomach has a lot of pain. I took a sip about 45 or more minutes ago and it's still currently hurting a lot now as I type. 

 It hurts when I eat most foods as well, not just the water. I have Lactose Intolerance, so I can't eat anything to do with dairy, although vanila yogurt does not hurt me as much. I've gone to doctors, but they haven't found anything except a case of Connective Tissue Disease. I know I'm not the only one who has gotten pains, so I was hoping someone with experience could help.

 It's quite unbearable at some points, bringing me to tears even. It's mostly in the middle of my stomach though sometimes it goes all the way from the middle to my waist as it is now. I get a sharp and gassy pain, or sometimes I'll feel as though I may get sick but, I know I won't. Hopefully someone knows what's going on here. It started four years ago with food. Some foods gave me terrible pains, though I could eat most of everything else. But, now I cant eat or drink anything without getting pains. Can anyone help?

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on March 03, 2017
at 02:17 AM

What if the problem happens even with Dasani and Aquafina like it does with me. ????

Ba112b1f5b792402a15329114cec1884

on March 03, 2017
at 02:17 AM

What if the problem happens even with Dasani and Aquafina like it does with me. ????

Ba112b1f5b792402a15329114cec1884

on March 03, 2017
at 02:17 AM

What if the problem happens even with Dasani and Aquafina like it does with me. ????

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on February 15, 2016
at 08:42 PM

This may sound crazy, and people don't believe me until I do it right in front of them.. But, I have this issue. For me, I've targeted it down to purification. If I drink anything with water that is not purified (or even make coffee with it) my stomach bloats like crazy, and the pain is so bad I'm in tears. It feels like it's being shredded. This includes drinking spring water. Spring water makes me violently sick. However, I would be interested to know if you try Dasani, or Aquafina, if you have the same problem. I've found those to be pretty good for me. Hope you can figure it out. It's a crappy thing to be afraid of ingesting the wrong something when out of the house. Good luck.

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on December 23, 2014
at 06:10 PM

Some people get stomach pains after drinking cold water, and as shwick mentioned the water you get from your tap can have a lot of stuff in it including fluoride, chlorine, other chemicals, minerals, etc.  Try good bottled water (Dasani for example is bottled but isn't really any different than tap water) or try filtered water.

Note that reverse-osmosis filtered water is very pure but does not contain minerals that are actually good for you.  The best thing to drink is water that contains the right minerals but is filtered to remove the bad chemicals.

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on December 23, 2014
at 06:45 PM

I'll give it a shot to see if it  helps, I was drinking filtered water at the time. Hopefully bottled water makes a difference. My family seems to thhink I'm crazy for saying that water causes me pain.

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on March 27, 2016
at 02:52 AM

I have had this same issue. Literally, the only water I have drank for months, was Nestle Pure Life Purified Bottled water. After taking a solid chug each time, within 15-20 minutes my stomach would hurt. I stopped and started drinking bottled spring water and the issue has seemingly gone away.  I am not saying its Nestle , but distilled/purified water was my issue. I hope this helps.

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on December 23, 2014
at 09:22 PM

I get heartburn from drinking water!  And I have GERD, so many foods cause me discomfort as well.  So I'm going to propose that you look into a couple of things, but they are all related:

1.  You want to rule out SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) which may be causing your gastric distress.  SIBO is exacerbated by reduced stomach acid, so when you eat and drink, you can be experiencing heartburn and bloating. 

2.  Drinking water further dilutes stomach acid.  More heartburn and bloating. 

As to what to do about it, I've read that adding acid to the water (i.e. with apple cider vinegar or lemon juice) may help, and not drinking during meals because it dilutes the stomach acid needed for digestion.

BUT, I don't find that helpful.  Acidified (acidulated) water makes my GERD worse, too.  And it doesn't help my digestion.  I tried HCL with pepsin tablets and had MORE heartburn. 

I am working, therefore, on healing my gut.  Avoiding things that intensify the symptoms (for me grains in general, higher carb levels, and dairy are all triggers).  Adding gelatin to my foods.  (Bone broth with lots of natural gelatin is supposed to be healing, but gives me MORE heartburn).  Getting  plenty of probiotics. 

I have NO difference if I drink filtered or bottled water.  Furthermore, I don't think drinking out of a plastic bottle or filtration system is any improvement over our city tap water because of the pthylates in the plastics.  (And my city water does NOT have flouride). 

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on December 24, 2014
at 03:37 AM

Jeeze, I wish that I could relate, then I'd have something to call it. But, I don't get any heartburns when eating or drinking. It's more like a crmping and a sharp pain. I don't usually have to use the bathroom afterards, but that does happen with dairy. 

 I wish you the best of luck with your GERD, hopefully it will soon get better. My city tap water is gross, so I tried filtered but, that didn't seem to work. I tried bottles and spring, even sparkling, but nothing seems to help me either. Perhaps one of us will find an answer soon.

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on December 23, 2014
at 03:39 PM

You've isolated the problem it sounds like it's in the water.  Is that flavored water you're drinking from separate bottled water?  Try drinking only bottled water for a while and see if the pain goes away or it becomes easier to eat.

Tap water can contain flouride which is banned from tap water in Europe among many other contaminants.

I just ordered a reverse osmosis filtration system from amazon to fill my steel water jug, getting tired of carrying it from water depot.

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on December 23, 2014
at 06:43 PM

I can kind of understand why food upsets my stomach, I've come to terms with knowing which foods hurt and which I know I can eat without it getting terrible pains. For example, eggs for some reason hurt me a lot but, some strawberries do not.

 Though, I have tried bott;ed water, filtered, tap, ect, and it all seems to do the same thing. I can only drink the watermelon kind of flavoured water, not quite sure if that counts for anything. I can drink juice fine, I figured plain water would be the last thing to hurt. It seems rater strange to me. Thank you though, I'll try to get a filter and get the good bottled water to see if that helps any.

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