Another confusing part of fibro?

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American Woman
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   Posted 8/8/2009 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Morning Everyone
 
I'm still confused about all the things that are related to fibro.  I have acid reflux and am on prilosec to try to keep it from occuring to often.  I read someplace that probiotics are good for digestion so I started taking one a day about a week ago.  It seems like I get this pain in the pit of my stomach since I started taking it.  I would get this same pain when I took NSAIDS.  My question is,  Is anyone else taking probiotics and what did it do for you?   Also, is acid reflux part of fibro? 
 
I would appreciate anyone's input on this.  I am so confused and I don't know what to do next.
 
Thanks
American Woman

vestabula
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   Posted 8/8/2009 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi...I think many of us with fibro suffer with stomach issues...gerd, acid reflux, heartburn etc.  I eat Yoplait Plus with probiotics every day because of chronic constipation and it has helped with that.  Since I have started taking so many Advil, I get the same pain in my stomach that you describe and try to limit the amount I take in a day because I am afraid of bleeding.  I also get heartburn...that started with all the Advil too.  Since I can't take narctoic drugs due to allergic reactions I don't have much of a choice of pain killers.

What's your question...LOL?  I guess probiotics don't help with the fog!

I'll stop now.  I'm wondering where I put my tea.

Huggies

Donna


fibro, menieres disease, RLS, anxiety disorder, disc compression, scoliosis, spinal stenosis TMJ  Meds: Lexapro and valium


American Woman
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   Posted 8/8/2009 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna
When you started eating yoplait plus did it help right away or did it upset your stomach at first?  I didn't have this pain until I started taking the probiotic capsule, one a day.
I also had to up my vitamin D because I am defficient and the Dr. told me to start taking 1000 IU more a day.  Maybe that's where the pain is coming from. 
 
I'm not taking any meds for the fibro because of all the reactions I have to almost everything I've tried.  We're trying to curb the pain with exercise and my trusty ho***er bottle (but it does nothing for the fog or fatigue)
 
thanks for your input.

Sherrine
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   Posted 8/8/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   

I do not take a probiotic.  I tried them about five years ago and didn't notice any difference.  If the pain started when you started the probiotic, I'd stop it.  You should not be getting more pain from things you take to help yourself.

I do take vitamin D but I take it with my breakfast and after dinner.  Actually, I always take a little food whenever I'm taking medication, nutrients, or vitamins.  I don't like putting them in an empty stomach.  I'm presently taking 3,500 IU of D3 and don't have any stomach pain. 

I also take Prilosec because I do use ibuprofen for pain.  I have Crohn's disease and that leaves me open to ulcerations throughout my digestive tract.  Prilosec protects the stomach against ulcers 70% of the time.  I thought those were good odds!

Feel better, AW!

Sherrine



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vestabula
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   Posted 8/8/2009 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi AW...when I first started eating Yoplait, it gave me gas and some stomach rumbling, but no real pain.  Because the Advil gives me such stomach problems anyway I never associated the Yoplait with those burning sensations I have had for some time now.  I Googled 'Probiatics and stomach pain' and the search said Probiotics are used to TREAT and relieve stomach pain.  So...I guess maybe you should stop them and see if the pain goes away.  You know us fibromites...we react differently to just about everything.

Good Luck and hope you are feeling better.


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American Woman
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   Posted 8/8/2009 12:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for all the good advice.  Before I started on this forum, whenever I would feel different from day to day, I didn't know where to turn for advice or just someone to say, I understand and know what you are goin through.
I don't like to tell my family eveytime I feel kind of sick or just different, so I may just mention it in passing like it's no big deal and go on. 
It feels better just knowing there are people who do believe and understand what we fibromites are going through.
Thanks Again!

Jesry
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   Posted 8/8/2009 1:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Yogurt is good, I even take probiotics every now and again. It doesn't seem to make a difference for me.

Do be careful of Advil, though. It was and still is an effective pain med for me. However, I did take that ER trip in an ambulance for gastric bleed-through three years ago. After several pints of whole blood and several days in ICU, I am much wiser. I still resort to it every once in a while even though I'm not supposed to.

That pain in your stomach is trying to tell you something.

Listen carefully.

Littleneck
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   Posted 8/8/2009 2:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I have noticed over the past few years that I have to take any pill with something, either milk or yogurt, or bread if no milk allowed with a med. Otherwise it will give me heartburn. I have also become more sensitive to certain foods which "repeat" on me, so have had to cut them out. Luckily it's nothing I dearly love :) - tomatoes, tomato sauce (includng on pizza), anchovies, green bell pepper, eggplant. Tomato sauce is the worst. A couple others that I can't remember in the fog today. And I can't eat anything acidic within 3-4 hours of going to bed.

Hara
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   Posted 8/8/2009 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
vestabula said...

Hi...I think many of us with fibro suffer with stomach issues...gerd, acid reflux, heartburn etc.  I eat Yoplait Plus with probiotics every day because of chronic constipation and it has helped with that.  Since I have started taking so many Advil, I get the same pain in my stomach that you describe and try to limit the amount I take in a day because I am afraid of bleeding.  I also get heartburn...that started with all the Advil too.  Since I can't take narctoic drugs due to allergic reactions I don't have much of a choice of pain killers.

What's your question...LOL?  I guess probiotics don't help with the fog!

I'll stop now.  I'm wondering where I put my tea.

Huggies

Donna

Vestabula, I don't have much choice in pain killers either. But I have found that Burdock Root crushed up and put in a capsol helps the constipation and the gas that I have. I started out only taking 25mg of Burdock Root and have increased that up to 300mg twice a day. I'm going to take it for 3 months like the web site said. I can already feel it working. I do have less gas and constipation or lack of (diarreha)(sp).
HARA

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   Posted 8/8/2009 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherrine said...

I do not take a probiotic.  I tried them about five years ago and didn't notice any difference.  If the pain started when you started the probiotic, I'd stop it.  You should not be getting more pain from things you take to help yourself.

I do take vitamin D but I take it with my breakfast and after dinner.  Actually, I always take a little food whenever I'm taking medication, nutrients, or vitamins.  I don't like putting them in an empty stomach.  I'm presently taking 3,500 IU of D3 and don't have any stomach pain. 

I also take Prilosec because I do use ibuprofen for pain.  I have Crohn's disease and that leaves me open to ulcerations throughout my digestive tract.  Prilosec protects the stomach against ulcers 70% of the time.  I thought those were good odds!

Feel better, AW!

Sherrine


Sherrine I stopped taking Ibuprofen because it upset my stomach so much and my bowels it wasn't even funny when I was running to the bathroom every 10 minutes or less. Ibuprofen can also cause ulcers in your stomach to. Just a thought.

HARA


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   Posted 8/9/2009 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
Littleneck said...
I have also become more sensitive to certain foods which "repeat" on me, so have had to cut them out. Luckily it's nothing I dearly love :) - tomatoes, tomato sauce (includng on pizza), anchovies, green bell pepper, eggplant. Tomato sauce is the worst. A couple others that I can't remember in the fog today. And I can't eat anything acidic within 3-4 hours of going to bed.


That sounds like the typical definition of IBS, which I'm pretty sure I also have. I just don't feel like going to a gastroenterologist so he can throw every test he can think of at me just to prove it isn't anything else. I don't have issues with nightshades (tomatoes, eggplants...) but with certain preparations of cheese and almost all red meat. Sometimes everything will go right through me for days at a time, even water or milk, and I have to drink Ensure to keep myself supplied with nutrients.

I take Prilosec before bed because if I sleep less than my body wants (which is 10-12 hours every night) I wake up with burning in my stomach and severe nausea. My doctor prescribed Prilosec because he thinks it's acid reflux but it doesn't make sense to me that if I sleep longer, I don't get it. *shrug* as long as it works.

My general philosophy is not to do anything that hurts. And yes, everything hurts on some days, but I think we all know the difference between something hurting and something hurting. Good luck getting your stomach issues resolved, everyone!

-Sandi
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Vitamin D supplements, and Provigil and Temazepam when I need them.
Anti-depressants have been a bust but the rheumy wants to put me on Savella.


Littleneck
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   Posted 8/9/2009 3:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Sandi, I agree with you - it does sound like IBS, which I'm positive I have had forever. It's amazing that so many of us share this condition and so many diverse effects of it.

libertykitty
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   Posted 8/9/2009 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, IBS is sort of a catch-all diagnosis according to my doctors.

And I forgot to mention that my "acid reflux" nausea has been a problem since I was a kid, and I've only had fibro for 2.5-3 years now, so I don't think it's related in my case though my other digestive problems may be.
Diagnosed with fibromyalgia February 2008, dysthymia January 2009.
Vitamin D supplements, and Provigil and Temazepam when I need them.
Anti-depressants have been a bust but the rheumy wants to put me on Savella.


Sherrine
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   Posted 8/9/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   

Hara, I know that ibuprofen can cause ulcers in my stomach so that's why I take it with food and I also take the Prilosec.  I've been doing the for 22 years and am doing fine.  But, everyone is different.

When I was first diagnosed with fibromyalgia, it was called fibrositis.  I was put on the ibuprofen and, back then, they didn't tell you to take it with food because they didn't know it could cause ulcers.  It was a prescription drug back then.  So, I never took it with food and I did develop a little ulcer about 16 years later.  I could feel it and an endoscopy showed a small ulcer.  My gastro put me on Prevacid for a month and it went away. 

I took only extra strength Tylenol for about eight months but got to the point that I barely could get out of a chair and I needed to get a golf cart to go around a small park I wanted to visit.  To me, this was not quality of life.  That's when I spoke to my Internist about starting ibuprofen again.  He gave me the Prilosec prescription and I always take it with food and I have had no problems at all and now I can walk and live my life in less pain.  Actually, because of this, I always take any medication, vitamins, and nutrients with food as a safety precaution. 

I know some people have problems taking ibuprofen but I do thank you for the warning!  People should know these things before taking any medication.  I just think the side affects of ibuprofen are far less than the meds they are giving out now.

Sherrine   



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Post Edited (Sherrine) : 8/9/2009 11:39:08 AM (GMT-6)


Hara
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   Posted 8/9/2009 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   

My dr. just can't understand why I won't take Ibuprofen, Naporoxin, Advil and such others. I told him I have enough health issues I don't need anymore at the moment.

HARA

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