Can probiotics cause back pain?

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   Posted 1/12/2009 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I started taking probiotics for the first time a few months ago. Shortly after I started taking them I would feel a pain in my lower back after a few hours of sleeping. This pain would occur in my right lower back and sometimes migrate to my right side and sometimes migrate to my right waist area in the front. By the way, I have only one kidney, which is my right kidney. Suspecting that the probiotics were causing this pain, I stop taking them completely. The described pain in my lower right back, right side, and right front while sleeping almost completely went away, but once in awhile I get a flareup of this same pain while sleeping. I had a flareup of that pain last night, which has prompted me to write.
I have not taken any probiotics in a few months, but could the probiotics that I took before still be causing me this occasional pain? If so, how can I get those probiotics completely out of my system?
By the way, fortunately I don't have GERD or heartburn, but I didn't know where else to post a question about probiotics.
Thanks for any information.

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   Posted 1/12/2009 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello, this is Kitt,

I have know idea re backpain and probiotics but your physician is the one you may want to talk to as he/she should know all the supplements you take.

I think you made a wise choice in stopping the Probiotic and now you should have your back pain and other sx  evaluated by your physician..............perhaps you have a gall bladder issue.   That is just my 2 cents worth.  I am not a physician.

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   Posted 1/16/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   
Some medications can cause alergic reactions There could have been something in the probiotic that you were taking that your body did not like. Consult your physician and see if its possible that you were alergic to it. In any case its a wise choice to stop taking medications or vitamins that you suspect could be causing symptoms. Everyone is different and reacts differently to things. Keep us informed if your feeling better and if you found any more information.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -7)   
AZED..I've had the pain with and without the probiotics. Your post sounds like what happened to me.also you might want to go here and read what these people have might find some answers here. This web site was very helpful for me ---

You might want to read about the symptoms of Gallbladder disease. Here is a really good web site that I like, that has a lot of easy to read info on gallbladder disease symptoms --- I've used the beet recipe. It really works to stop the pain from under the rib cage. It might stop the back pain too. Too much bile can cause the back pain. The beet recipe will break own the bile.
For me it was too much bile that caused the same type of pain. I think I have Habba syndrome, but you may not have that. Read up on it and see if you have the symptoms. You can read up on it here ---

Also do you have indigestion? Do you have GERD?Do fatty foods or spicy foods give you indigestion? Do you have to take an antacid fairly often? for an all natural cure for indigestion/acid/bile problems, look up Orange Peal on goggle. I've seen some good research on it and the product I used with the main ingredient of Orange Peal did work for someone at my health food store, but it didn't work for me. They told me there were other things that worked better for some people.You can phone your health food store and see what they have that will work for indigestion.

It does take a good bit of reading sometimes to find what will work for to help your problem, but in the's worth it to get rid of your problem. I suffered for 10 years, all because I totally tusted my Dr.s would find an answer for me. One thing I learned---read and educate yourself it may save you from years of suffering.

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   Posted 1/20/2009 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
AZED..LOL...guess you are already here! Sorry I'm listening to the
CNN news...and it really caught my attention.

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   Posted 7/22/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Hello AZED,

I had the exact same problem. I tried different brands of probiotics and they each have a different pain level, but they all start a few days after starting and end a few days after stopping. I also recently noticed that childrens gummy vitamins have the same results. I am IBS Celiac and not sure if that is related.  

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   Posted 10/14/2009 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I go into pain as well from probiotics. I used to be fine on this one kind I was taking. And then I switched to another kind. It seems to get stuck and I go into pain, right abouts where my appendix is. And before that pain started, there is another pain I also get and that is in my lower left side. I do not know for sure what caused the pain, but I do know that if I take that one particularly probiotic I go into pain. So now I am scared to take any in capsule form. I do take liquid probiotics though (no addictives, no inulin, no FOS). I don't know if that will accomplish what it's supposed to as the acid in my stomach will probably kill it before it gets to the colon.
But I also notice that adding miso (wheat free) to my rice, seems to help my gut flora and make me feel better.
I've never experienced the back pain, just abdominal pain.
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