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ache after eating i feel bloated and gassy, diarrhea...

Stomach pain after eating, makes me feel bloated and gassy, diarrhea sometimes after eating. Normally goes away after about an hour or so. Not terrible pain but still enough to make me able to say it hurts, kind of feels like the flu but it's been going on for a week or so. It's happened before but went away and now has come back. Haven't been sleeping well and have been getting headaches, wondering if it's related?? Any ideas??
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replied November 9th, 2012
Hi, and thanks for your query on eHealth forum!

The symptoms could be exacerbation of the GERD or gastric reflux. It could also be hiatal hernia. Treatment is a combination of drugs to reduce the acid and lifestyle changes. You will need to take a combination of medications (under medical supervision) like a proton pump inhibitor such as omeprazole, lansoprazole or pantoprazole empty stomach in the morning and an antacid gel after meals for complete relief. Possibility of H pylori infection too should be looked into by a carbon urea breath test and a combination antibiotic tried. Many a times a persisting H pylori infection can be the cause behind acidity not responding to treatment.

Life style changes that will help include: Drink cold milk. Avoid heavy meals and eat frequent small meals. Avoid too much of caffeine, tea, smoking, fried food and drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic fuzzy ones. Avoid heavy exercises within 4 hours of a heavy meal. Raise the head end of the bed by pillows to 30 degrees. Avoid lying down for least 2 hours after food. Maybe these tips will help you.

If these tips do not help, then liver function test, pancreatic enzymes, and HIDA scan for gall bladder should be done. Food intolerance and inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS, Crohn’s, celiac etc should be considered. Log in what you eat and see if there is a correlation between a certain food type and the symptoms.

You should consult a gastroenterologist (a specialist who looks after the diseases of our digestive system) or a physician for this. Hope this helps. Take care!



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