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Old 01-12-14, 03:48 PM   #1
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I'm starting to think I have a serious medical problem. I've been having constant stomach issues for the last few weeks. I feel bloated all the time, I have awful indigestion, I either feel too empty or too full, and nausea comes and goes. Stress dreams may be the reason. When I wake up I feel like someone's just punched me in the gut.

I don't know if stress is causing the symptoms or if I'm stressed because of my symptoms. I often want to vomit to feel better, but I know it won't help. This is the worst it's ever been. I've been diagnosed with acid reflux disease, but it's never been this bad. Is this normal or should I go see a doctor? I don't have insurance, but I don't care at this point. Please advise!
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Seeing a doctor would be a very good idea. Do you think it could be related to your diet? Some of what you've said could be caused by a dairy allergy. I'm probably wrong though; it sounds like your problem is in the stomach rather than the intestinal tract, but it's worth mentioning.
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I've thought about that too which sucks because I love dairy products! I'm willing to try anything at this point though. Ok, before I make an appointment, I'll try going a week without dairy. I also seem to crave red meat which I know can be a sign of iron or B12 deficiency.

I'm also wondering about celiac disease. Maybe if the week of no dairy doesn't help I'll try no gluten the following week.

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I'm lactose intolerant (which is different from a dairy allergy, although I often use the two interchangeably, just like I did in my previous post!), which is also a possibility for you, and it's not actually that bad. I can't have milk or cream, but my favorite dairy products - cheese, butter, yogourt and sour cream - are generally okay. Lactose pills allow me to have tons of anything without problems too. Having to give up dairy altogether would not be fun though, I hear you there. If you have lactose intolerance, you should see results from giving up dairy in a hurry. I'm not sure how long before you see results with a dairy allergy.

Celiac disease is also possible. I'm also on a low gluten, almost wheat-free diet, since too much of it makes me feel very lethargic. If you have celiac disease, it may take a few weeks before you see results from changing your diet, because it takes a while for the inflammation of the intestines to disappear.

If you want to take a little time to experiment with your diet, that's your choice, but be careful. If things keep getting worse, you really should see a doctor.

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