Ate lots of wheat yesterday and took a zantac at night - Serious burning in intestines

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   Posted 2/27/2011 11:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey, I was wondering if any of you guys would know what would cause this.

Yesterday I was feeling pretty good... not much heartburn, so I ate grapenut cereal, and a lot of high-fiber high-wheat crackers, and then a vegetarian rice & bean & mushroom meal. Later in the night around 10 PM I felt gerd coming on, so I took a zantac in addition to my normal 2x40MG omeprazole. The zantac seemed to help temporarily, but then I got really sick.

Basically my lower intestines were really cramped up. I had to go to the bathroom a lot, but it wasn't diarrhea. It was so bad that I couldn't fall asleep until 7 AM... I just woke up now at 12:30 PM.

I'm wondering, do you guys know what could have caused this? Is it the fact I ate more wheat and fiber than normal? I believe I was tested for celiacs and didn't have it.

I also took 20 billion organisms of acidophilus yesterday instead of my usual 10 billion. Could the extra amount have been too much?

Could the zantac have actually aggravated all this?

I take digestive enzymes, too, but I think they wouldn't cause this, they would cause stomach pains perhaps... not intestinal pains.

Any ideas? I really want to avoid that happening again.

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   Posted 2/27/2011 1:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ian,
Sorry you're feeling so badly. I really don't have any expertise in what you're describing, but I do know that some people develop an intolerance to wheat and gluten, and that intolerance can create some of the symptoms (and more) that you've described. I believe you can have symptoms even without being positive for Celiac disease.

I rather doubt the additional probiotic could be the problem. I don't have a clue about enzymes and their possible negative side effects.

Wish I could be of more help. Why don't you do some of your own detective work, and eliminate wheat from your diet to see what happens? Alice, a member here, is a big advocate of keeping a food journal to see what things are triggers.

Good luck! Hope you feel better soon!

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   Posted 2/27/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like a classic case of wheat/gluten intolerance. Your body just couldn't deal with all of that fiber at once. I get the same exact way and can't eat anything wheat, rye or barley. Maybe you needed a Maalox tablet instead to help with the gas, bloating and cramping. Hope you are feeling better!

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   Posted 2/27/2011 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well if it's in my lower intestines too could it be some sort of bacterial infection? I have no idea... I have not eaten any wheat products today, but my intestines still hurt some, just not so badly. Then again it seems to get worse as time goes on, and especially in the night.

I go to the GI doctor tomorrow so I'll ask him, but honestly I don't have high hopes for him finding anything.

For now I will stop all supplements, the Aloe Vera Juice, the acidophilus, the digestive enzymes... maybe one of them is irritating my intestines somehow. They really helped my appetite though.

It may also be that I have bile reflux... as a lot of my symptoms are not common in regular reflux (nausea, burning in the stomach), but are in bile reflux. Also, a diet change doesn't seem to have helped very much.

Post Edited (IanA) : 2/27/2011 2:50:49 PM (GMT-7)

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   Posted 2/27/2011 8:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Eating a lot of wheat could cause gas. Your gut bacteria feed on soluble fiber, the dextrose and other things used for bulk in artificial sweeteners, all sugars including fruit, and complex carbohydrates.

Rice doesn't cause gas, but beans sure do!

And keep a food log, with your reactions, etc! You can figure out a lot of things about your diet yourself.
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