Sugar Allergic reaction???

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axelsmom1
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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:06 AM (GMT -6)   
This has happened to me several times. Has this happened to anyone else?
Sometimes if I eat too much sugar - which I know will cause my IBS-C to flare up, but hey, I'm only human - I'll bloat way up and my gut and most of my lower body retain fluid and none of my pants fit. I get horribly constipated and sometimes even my upper body is a bit puffy. The whole thing lasts a good 5 days. My doctor doesn't seem to know what I mean but I swear, something is going on. I also get very warm and sweat a lot during this time. Then after about 5 days I pee a lot finally and look more normal.
It isn't just my gut that is puffy, it's my hips, even inner thighs and calves/ankles. Am I crazy? This has happened before. I gain about 5 pounds in one week. I work out pretty hard too - run 30 miles per week, Spin classes 3 times per week, elliptical once per week, walk the dog for an hour 7 days per week. HELP.

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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:26 AM (GMT -6)   
You could have a fructose intolerance! There is a hydrogen breath test they can use to detect that, you might want to ask your doctor about it...
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axelsmom1
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   Posted 10/7/2008 8:33 AM (GMT -6)   
I forgot to mention, if I eat a lot of carbs - not just flat-out sweets, but like bread or crackers - I get this weird phlegm in my throat and I have to cough it out. But those do contain some sugars.
I had a celiac allergy test and I'm not allergic to wheat.
All I do know is that this is not in my head - I can plainly see it on my body and it upsets me because I feel so fat and gross and fat.

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   Posted 10/8/2008 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
When my husband eats too much sugar (refined as in what's found in candy and junk) he gets bad D and headaches, refined/processed sugars are just not meant for us, too hard on the body to break-down, digest which is why it causes inflammation and so many other health issues.

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axelsmom1
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   Posted 10/8/2008 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't mean to be dumb but can you further explain what you mean by inflammation? Is that the swelling/fluid retention I experience?
I'm sure that everybody experiences different reactions too - diarrhea vs. constipation. Either way it is no fun at all.

Nancy Tedeschi
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   Posted 4/16/2010 11:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Can't believe I just read you post. The exact same thing happens to me. My face even gets puffy. I thought it was a gluten reaction but found that it is when I eat sugar. Mine can last up to two weeks. My lower back gets sore, stomach bloat and then I pee alot and it is gone. No more sugar for me. Not worth it.

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   Posted 4/16/2010 10:39 PM (GMT -6)   
What feeds yeast and causes it to rise?

txmark
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   Posted 4/19/2010 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   

I suggest you get a fructose intolerance test.

 

I'm fructose intolerant and it does some pretty bad things to me if I have too much (which is a small amount > 25g/day).  Fructose that is not absorbed in the small bowel enters the colon and brings water with it; it then reacts to the bacteria in the colon starts to ferment and produces hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane.  The result is a change in motility, profile of bacteria, and all the uncomfortable symptoms; bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, stomach pains.  In people with severe fructose intolerance it can even cause dizziness, weight loss, depression, fatigue, headaches, sugar cravings, and overall malabsorbtion.  (I know from experience).

 

The test is a simple breath test and you will know within an hour.....that diet is not as bad as you would think either.

 


psygirl6
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   Posted 4/24/2010 8:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have fructose intolerance and it is pretty bad. I am so sensitive that even a little tiny bit kills me.
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Bean3971
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   Posted 8/22/2010 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I finally figured out that it is sugar that makes me retain 4-7 pounds of water within a 24 hour period and then it takes  like 2-3 days to get rid of it.....I weigh about 98 pounds so 4-7 pounds of water is very scary......when this happens, I can't button any of my pants.....The water goes mostly in my belly and my knees....My heart feels like it races and I feelout of breathe......Everyone thinks I am crazy, while I think it is scary.....It is very difficult to avoid sugar as it has been added to everything.....I pretty much can eat meat and vegetables and whole grains as long as I read the label very carefully...I asked many doctors about this and it seems they never heard of this....

shawn12
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   Posted 8/22/2010 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
What actually is your salt intake?
 
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"Doctors are less sure why women with PMS retain water. British physician Katharina Dalton, who has researched PMS for 45 years, has suggested that the problem is related to the fact that when women have PMS, their blood sugar levels may fluctuate abnormally--which indirectly leads to bloating.

What does this mean? In her book, Once a Month, Dr. Dalton says that when a person doesn't eat for many hours, blood sugar gets very low. This causes the body to release adrenaline, which signals the body to let go of some of its stored sugar from cells in order to balance out the blood sugar. When sugar is taken from the cells, they fill up with water, and this is what causes the bloating, weight gain and water retention symptoms in those with PMS. In women with PMS, the body reaches the point when it will release adrenaline a lot sooner than it does in other women, Dr. Dalton notes.

Other experts see a sodium link. When your blood breaks down progesterone--as it does a week before your period--your kidneys are prompted to retain both water and sodium. At the same time, a powerful water-retaining substance called anti-diuretic hormone may also be released, further influencing =adlinkMouseOver(event,this,5); onmouseout=adlinkMouseOut(event,this,5); onclick=adlinkMouseClick(event,this,5); href="#" target=_top>your body to hold onto fluids. "

 

http://www.mothernature.com/Library/Bookshelf/Books/62/97.cfm

 

Sugar can cause bloating in IBS for other reasons as well.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/22/2010 6:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Frutose intolernce usally causes d, and can cause bloating.

In research there is a difference between bloating and actual distension of the gut.
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shawn12
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   Posted 8/22/2010 7:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Bloating and Distension in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The Role of Gastrointestinal Transit

OBJECTIVES: Patients with irritable bowel syndrome and constipation (IBS-C) show more abdominal distension than do those with diarrhea. Because constipation is often associated with delayed gastrointestinal transit, this study aimed at establishing whether patients with delayed transit show more distension and bloating than do those with normal transit.

METHODS: Abdominal girth was recorded for 24 h using abdominal inductance plethysmography (AIP) in 30 IBS-C (Rome II criteria) patients (aged 18–68 years; 27 women) and in 30 healthy volunteers (21–58 years of age; 26 women). Within 2 weeks of this recording, orocecal and colonic transits were assessed. Orocecal transit was determined from the increase in breath hydrogen after a standard meal, and colonic transit from the number of radio-opaque markers identified on a plain abdominal X-ray. Bloating severity was assessed hourly during AIP recording using a 0–5 scale.

RESULTS: IBS-C patients showed more bloating and distension than did healthy volunteers (P<0.001). They also had prolonged colonic (P<0.001) and orocecal (P=0.05) transits than did healthy volunteers, such that 47 and 17%, respectively, had colonic and orocecal transit times greater than the normal reference range. Those with delayed colonic (P=0.025) and orocecal (P=0.13) transits had greater distension but not bloating (P=0.63 and P=0.48, respectively) compared with those with normal transit. Moreover, distension directly correlated with orocecal (r=0.40; P=0.03) and colonic (r=0.51; P=0.004) transit times and inversely with stool consistency (r=-0.43; P=0.07).

CONCLUSIONS: IBS-C patients with delayed transit show greater abdominal distension than do those with normal transit. Therefore, drugs that accelerate transit may be expected to alleviate this troublesome problem.

http://www.nature.com/ajg/journal/v104/n8/abs/ajg2009251a.html
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axelsmom
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   Posted 8/23/2010 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Bean 3971,
What you described happens to be almost identical to what I end up with if I eat sugar. I can get away with eating a bit of it, but a small amount with me usually ends up being a lot so I am trying super hard to avoid it. None of my doctors have ever heard of this problem, which frustrates me. I've been told it's all in my head. I know that normally, a sugar/fructose intolerance causes D but in my case it causes C.
So it is nice, if you can say that, to know that a few others have the same issues and I am not completely nuts.
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