What do you take/do to soothe stomach pains?

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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/10/2010 4:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Just curious, I'm so new to this. My aunt has Crohn's bad for years, so I have always felt for her.
 
It makes sense I have it now, I have noticed things that hurt my stomach over many years, from peppermint (tea) or menthol cough drops (from when I could remember). I stopped soy several years ago after it slowed my thyroid down massively.
 
Then I had my son 4 years ago and I got two stomach flus. After that I couldn't eat wheat, then it was milk. Now I just do gluten-free b/c I notice barley or barley malt will give me acid reflux. Then Orange juice (acid reflux), flax, tomatoes/potatoes (not sure) and it just seemed like the list was growing. Possible coffee, but I can't tell w/that yet.
 
 
Anyway...what remedies are helpful for stomach cramps/nausea or anything that work for you (or what do you avoid)? Natural or OTC or what have you?
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Ginger (either in capsule, tea or pill form) is a huge relief to me. I also use peppermint tea (but I saw that hurts you). Also you should invest in a heating pad, they are tremendously soothing for stomach pain/cramps... I use mine every day!
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
I live off heated pads! I have a microwavable blanket and microwavable neck pad! I also HATE ginger, I don't know why, the taste....peppermint makes my stomach hurt usually (I have no idea why).

Maybe I'll have to try to like Ginger. I tried Ginger Ale the other day and that hurt my stomach.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


lilcrohnieUK
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hot water bottle! (more cuddly than a heating pad lol) I curl up with that when my stomach's giving me issues. Suprised peppermint tea gives you issues, I heard it helped with digestion so have it sometimes, it doesn't really do anything I find I just like the taste and it makes me feel like I'm being healthy lol.
 
 


debilitated
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Lots and lots of pain meds.

flowery
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   Posted 3/10/2010 5:56 PM (GMT -7)   
For pain...immodium or bentyl for now. Sometimes the pain is so bad I feel like I'm gonna pass out. I was always told "not" to use a heating pad or even hot tubs becuase it spreads infection and makes the inflmmation worse. :( Too bad cuz' I'd really like it when I get the chills.
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Dx in 2005 with Crohns after a Hysterectomy. Re-section in 2006...came apart so got to do it again! Frequent Kidney stones and Shingles... a new present as of 08-09 Diabetes Type 2. Total of 12 surgerys.
Imran, Asacol, Colestid, Bentyl, Lamotil, Paxil, Nexium, Probiodicts, Vit D, Folic Acid, Lots of Potassium, Fish Oil, up to 6 Immodium a day. Oh, and one Giant Pill holder!
 
 
               
                        


mighty.mouse.xx`
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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I couldnt live without my heating pad/hot water bottle. actually anything hot helps! a hot bath is the best though! about 15 minutes with some epsom salts loosens up the soar muscles from cramping in your back aswell.

Pepermint tea helps me too, its wierd that it bothers you and sad I know it helps me a lot! but I also know coffee is a DEFINITE no no for me! I have one sip and am running to find the nearest bathroom or doubled over in pain! I would avoid cafein at all costs!

the thing that helps me the most though is laying directly on my back on the floor with a pillow and my hot water bottle on my tummy for about 20 minutes, it normally takes my pain away for a good couple of hours. (try a heating pad AND a hot water bottle, sometimes dry heat [heating pad] hurts my tummy more)

good luck!!!

Roni
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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Chamomile tea, decaf. green tea with org. honey.

ivy6
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   Posted 3/10/2010 6:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Buscopan.

Anything ginger or minty.

Hot water bottles and heating pads, as the others have said.

I try to focus on my breathing: that distracts me from the pain sometimes and helps a *little*, though doesn't make it go away, of course.
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FunGuy
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   Posted 3/10/2010 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Meditation if the pain is not very bad. I often zone out when I am driving for example and if I have a passenger and they start talking it brings me back to the moment and I find I hurt more. Make any sense?
 
I found that heat helped until I got a severe flare and then heat made it worse.

Post Edited (FunGuy) : 3/10/2010 7:40:44 PM (GMT-7)


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/10/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Immodium has been my friend 1/2 to 1 pill per day. I use heated pads, didn't think to use on belly until now. I have been doing chamomile tea lately and like it (usually I love coffee) but I like "relaxing" and resting more, need to make sure I heal my stress hormones, so anything and everything calming.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/10/2010 8:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Well I woke up with crampy feelings this morning way too early and then my adrenaline rushes and I try to put the cover over my head and go back to sleep, but I was thinking of getting up and meditating on the floor, praying/breathing.
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/10/2010 8:59 PM (GMT -7)   
p.s. Do you feel the effects of food like RIGHT AWAY, or 2 hours, or 6 hours from when you eat them, I'm having trouble figuring out what I can eat or not.

Do they have Crohn's nutritionists?

I guess I have white specks speckled throughout my colon and that is supposed to be Crohn's!?
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Heating pads are great. I can't handle ginger in any form. Drinks or spice or with sushi.
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/11/2010 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
I saw a tea tonight, organic and it was a relaxing tea, I am interested in for relaxing, let's see it was...The Republic of Tea "Get Relaxed"...with Organic Rooibos (leaf), Linden (flowers), Passionflower (aerial parts), Eleuthero (root), Chamomile (flower), English Lavender (flower), Damask Rose (petals), Natural Rose Flavor.

hmmmm sounds good for relaxing. I just may buy a can of it!
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


mighty.mouse.xx`
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   Posted 3/11/2010 6:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Rooibos tea is definitely amazing! it works wonders for me most times, I would only reccomend drinking it at night though because it is meant to relax and it REALLY works, I normally fall asleep within 30 minutes. I recomend the vanilla flavour because you don't need to put anything in it no sugar, no honey, no milk!!! it tastes great on its own. mind you im not a very picky eater, but I think its great alone.

--Peaceandhappiness -- there are nutritionists that can help!! talk to your GI they can send in a referral and someone will call you when the "crohns seminars" start which involves nutrition information!!! mind you it takes a while, however any nutritionalist will most likely help, just tell them what happens and they should be able to help with a diet or a cleanse or something. Also I reccomend keeping a food diary, write down what you eat during the day, and AS SOON as you feel something from it, write it down under what was most recently eaten. (do this for a week or two before seeing nutritionalist it will help him/her with a diet plan!)

Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been scared to try Roobios, I'm always scared of new herbs I don't know much about, my sis isn't she's always "try st. john's wort, try 5htp, try valariean, melatonin, etc, but I'm always nervous w/interactions with my hypothyroidism). So anyway, that tea looks amazing b/c I won't mind relaxing more.

Yeah, I will see if there are any Crohn's seminars. I will try a food diary soon. Thanks for all the tips!!!
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.


ozonehole
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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
ivy6 said...
Buscopan.


I absolutely endorse Buscopan, but it's not available in the USA. They have a similar, more expensive drug called Levsin, and another one called Bentyl.

US residents - make a trip to Mexico to get Buscopan. I'm not sure if Buscopan is sold in Canada, but Bentyl is.

Normally you take pills, but for complete obstruction when you're in agony and cannot take anything by mouth: injectable Buscopan. Where I live, injectable Buscopan costs $1/ampule (1 ampule=1 dose). When I was in the USA I asked about injectable Levsin and was quoted $150/vial (a vial being good for 5 shots, but once you open it you've got to use it up fast).

Levsin can be bought in a sublingual (under the tongue) form, an alternative to injections. Not as good as a shot, but better than nothing.

http://www.buscopan.com/com/en-next/home.jsp
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buscopan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levsin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bentyl

Note that these drugs should not be taken if you've got glaucoma.
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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 3/11/2010 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
fasting and ginger or peppermint tea works best for me.
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surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
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Grandpato2
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   Posted 3/11/2010 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Buscopan is avaliable in Canada
Male, 54 years old with Crohn's since 15 years old, diagnosed at age 46. Terminal ileum resected 2002. 5 months of remission. Crohn's has now been active since early 2003. Had a gall bladder removed Nov. of 2009. Currently on Remicade every 8 weeks, Nexium, Iron, B-12 injection every 4 weeks,5-asa Asacol, Morphine Sulfate as needed for pain. Cymbalta for long term pain control. 5-asa Salofalk, Entecort, Imuran and Prednisone in the past.


vls
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   Posted 3/12/2010 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
I noticed alot of you use heating pads. I did as well last year while in horrible abdominal pain and then this discoloration appeared - really strange looking. I saw a dermatologist who examined it closely and left the room (I'm freaking out) he comes back with a medical book that looked like it was from the 1800's and showed me a picture of erythemas abigni...(sp?) the heating pad had burned the inner layers of tissue. It was not on the skin, but beneath it. It was really strange looking. He said that it would never go away and could possibly cause sarcoma. He said to stop using the heating pad immediately. While telling a friend about this, I discovered she too had this happen and showed me her lower back...same thing. For me, it's always something! If there's a side effect to a med, I get it. I sure miss that heating pad tho.
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What A Life
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   Posted 3/12/2010 9:59 AM (GMT -7)   
When I have my flares.. I found that "mind over matter" really helped me. (I know it sounds crazy) I would loosen my belt or even take my pants off and just lay in my bed and try to think of something off-topic so I could forget about my stomach. Five to ten minutes later, I was golden. I haven't had a spell as of recent, but that's what I used to do lol. When I feel heartburn coming on or have some constipation, I actually eat a bowl of ice-cream. Although I'm lactose intolerant, it keeps my acidity down and keeps the bowels moving when needed. Not a good practice for many of you I'm sure, but it helps me and I love my ice-cream.. A win-win :-)

Also, I avoid coffee, tea and soda at all costs these days... They do nothing but damage for me.

sickandlucky
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   Posted 3/12/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
vls:

Oh geeeeze I have that a bit... (the marks from using my heating pad) and now I feel sick from looking at the google pictures of erythema ab igne... out goes the heating pad :/
ugh now I feel like puking/am worried
female 20, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone(tapering) & 100 mg imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d3, biotin, folic acid, zinc, omega 3s, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


mighty.mouse.xx`
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   Posted 3/12/2010 6:15 PM (GMT -7)   
--peaceandhappiness-- I also have thyroid problems and Rooibus tea causes me no damage, I definitely know what you mean about new herbs though!!! my mother has been trying to get me to try some new tea that I have never heard of and I keep saying no ... NEVER try something if your uncomfortable with it!!!! it can make things happen!! lol. no problem with the tips love, I'm pretty new to all this too so its kind of fun for me to be able to pass along some info :)

--vls-- When I use my heating pad I normally use it in intervalls, 20 minutes on, half hour off untill the pain subsides on a low temp and NEVER directly on skin, I always have a cover on my heating pad and lay it gently over my clothing not putting any pressure on it. I once fell asleep with my hot water bottle on my stomach and woke up the next morning with the design from the bottle very red on my stomach and on my white pajama top ... i stopped long periods of heat after that!!! just a tip, using in intervalls shouldn't cause any damage :)
Currently 20 years old, Diagnosed March 2009 with Crohn's through all of large & small intestine and colon.
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Peaceandhappiness
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   Posted 3/12/2010 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I'll prob give that Roobios/lavender/chamomile/rose/passionflower tea I found then and not be worried about it. lol. I do hear good things about roobios.

I was wanting awhile back to try bach remedies for stress (but I really think homeopathy stuff is a placebo type thing for me, just a waste of my money, but I am always willing to *try* something). And some detox thing like volcanic ash or something but too nervous about that now w/stomach stuff. I suppose I could *try* it. ; )
-Mom of a preschool boy and teenage girl and wife to a wonderful man.
 
Hypothyroid, newly dx'd Crohn's, Gerd. I love to look for natural ways to heal first, conventional ways second and keep my faith.

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