Get email alerts Get Celiac.com E-mail Alerts  




Celiac.com Sponsor:
Celiac.com Sponsor:




Ads by Google:






   Get email alerts  Subscribe to FREE Celiac.com email alerts

First Aid For Cramping And Indigestion Pain After Taking Nsaid
0

12 posts in this topic

I thought I should create a separate topic following on from my discovery that taking just a few NSAIDS over a about a week has caused gastro symptoms, probably worsened by the fact that I was glutened around the same time as taking the tablets.  Cramps and indigestion, a sort of burning just under my ribs, these are the symptoms which seem to get worse during the day.  All this started on Saturday.  I think I have damaged my small intestine all over again as this is just how I felt weeks before my DX but of course, maybe it is my stomach this time?

 

Anyway, If anyone has been through this or something similar, could they suggest a treatment.  I will go to the doctors in a week's time as per instructions on the Gaviscon bottle but I would rather not have to if I can pick up a few good tips from you wonderful people. :)

 

Thanks!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites


Ads by Google:

I would stop all over the counter drugs. Instead, just drink lots of water, eat at home and be patient until you see your doctor. Wish I could offer better advice, but that is pretty much the standard for a glutening. There are no easy fixes!

Hope you feel better soon!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Cristiana,

 

You could try some Pepto Bismol.  And avoid the Gaviscon.  Basically swap out the aluminum (Gaviscon) for bismuth (Pepto Bismol).  Maybe try another product instead?  Pepto has saliclylic acid in it so if you are totally avoiding aspirin it might not be a good choice.

 

If you search for "nsaids gastro symptoms" on Google there is lots of info about them possibly causing symptoms.

 

Kinda curious why you are taking an antacid in the first place tho.  Are you deficient in aluminum?  Kidding, but not completely.

 

More people have the opposite problem IMHO, too little stomach acid instead of too much.  Stomach acid isn't really an optional thing in our bodies.  It is very important for proper digestion and control of incoming bad buglie-uglies.

 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/42202-side-effects-gaviscon/

 

Overview

Gaviscon, or aluminum with magnesium hydroxide, is an antacid medicine that is used to treat heartburn, gas and a sour stomach, as well as acid indigestion. It also can be taken to treat or prevent other conditions that involve excess stomach acid such as peptic ulcer disease and hiatal hernia. This medication contains aluminum; therefore, side effects may occur in addition to the typically mild or commonly reported outcomes related to this drug.

Gastrointestinal

According to Drugs.com, gastrointestinal problems are the most commonly reported type of side effect associated with this medication. For example, diarrhea, constipation, nausea and vomiting may be experienced while taking this drug. In situations where diarrhea and constipation both are experienced or closely alternate, dropping down to lower doses generally will ease these symptoms. Other related side effects that may occur consist of stomach cramps, a chalky aftertaste and an increased sense of being thirsty. A more serious, yet rare side effect is that of developing a bowel obstruction due to aluminum effects.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks cyclinglady and GFinDC.   I think part of the problem is that I can't be at home much at the moment as it is the school holidays and yesterday I think I left too long between meals and when I did eat, it was gluten-free but rather fatty food.   So I shall go equipped with lots of water and eat some bland stuff today.  GFinDC, that is really interesting about Gaviscon - I will try to find the other med you are recommending.     To be honest I have only just started taking it these past few days, taking the NSAID was a stupid thing to do in the first place.   I started to take it for earache about 18 months ago and it left me with a sore, sore stomach, for the first time in my life.  Then I took Omeprazole and the D. started and then six weeks later I was given the Celiac test and bingo.  My diagnosis.   Mind you until that moment my Celiac symptoms had been mainly neurological in nature so in a way, NSAIDs did me a big favour.   I haven't had a sore stomach again until these past few days.  Some people never learn!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

L-glutamine is thought to help with intestinal (and muscular) healing. It might be a good supplement to add to your arsenal for a while....

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites




Love it - arsenal!  You are so right.   When I open the cupboard I have to be careful that all the bottles of supplements don't fall out and hit me on the head!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha, ha! Me too!

On a serious note....I did take L-glutamine for months after I was diagnosed (per recommendations on this forum). Did it help? I can not say for sure, but I thought it did and the mind can do a amazing things in terms of healing. I keep it in hand for accidental glutenings. It does not eliminate my symptoms from a glutening, but I need all the help I can get to expedite intestinal healing as I am trying to build bone!

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ha, ha! Me too!

On a serious note....I did take L-glutamine for months after I was diagnosed (per recommendations on this forum). Did it help? I can not say for sure, but I thought it did and the mind can do a amazing things in terms of healing. I keep it in hand for accidental glutenings. It does not eliminate my symptoms from a glutening, but I need all the help I can get to expedite intestinal healing as I am trying to build bone

The mind is powerful and I wish I could switch it from negative to positive mode.   I was just reading the other day how depression can make aches and pains much worse and I suddenly realised I have got so bogged down with feeling ill and imaginging the worst that perhaps that in itself is creating a vicious cycle.  I shall look out this L-glutamine esp. as I notice you say it is also good for the muscles.   Your earlier water tip has also been helpful today, I read somewhere else that it can reduce the acidity much quicker and quite as effectively as over the counter stuff.  Thanks so much.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Cristiana,

 

The immune reaction is not a few days for most people.  It can last weeks to months.  So your symptoms might hang around for a bit.  I agree, eating bland whole foods may help reduce the irritation in your gut.  So that is a good idea.  I would also take digestive enzymes and pro-biotics with your meals.  Some extra fiber might help too.  I like psyillium husks myself.

 

Here's a link to the Pepto Bismol site.

 

http://www.pepto-bismol.com/

 

And from one slow learner to another, it's  the end result that matters, not the amount of time in the classroom! :)

 

Edit:  Oh oh, I just saw in your other thread you are in the UK.  I don't know if Pepto Bismol is available over there.  Seems like  they ought to have something comparable there tho?

 

Re-edit:  OK, looks like it is available over in the UK, if you know what cave Boots the Chemist lives in.  Otherwise the yahoo answer suggests taking milk of magnesia as an alternative.  That doesn't sound like a great alternative to me tho.

 

https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101030155934AAYuy0Y

 

 

Here's a little note from U of Chicago celiac center on NSAIDS.  Just for info.

 

Possibly. A number of stresses can trigger the appearance of celiac disease, and prolonged NSAIDs (due to a negative effect on the GI tract lining) could conceivably be one of those stress factors. However, there is no literature on this.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks so much GFinDC for all of this, you have been extremely helpful.   Boots the Chemist are in almost every town including ours so if things don't get better I can buy some easily. I have looked at the product online and recognise the packaging so I bet they do stock it.  

 

My sister who isn't a celiac told me yesterday that she took two Neurofen a couple of weeks ago and had bad stomach ache for 24 hours so I was definitely asking for trouble taking it around the time of a glutening!  When I had the endoscopy it was stage 3, B subtotal villous atrophy.  I have often wondered if that result has a direct implication on how long it will take to recover, if one can absolutely guarantee no gluten is getting back into the diet.  The pain I was experiencing a few days ago was so similar to pre-diagnosis that I wondered if I have made any progress there!  

 

Thanks again.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Cristiana,

 

I was thinking from that name that ol' Boots lived in a hollowed out tree or something.  But if there are that many I guess not.  Sounds like Boots are akin to what we call a drug store over here.  Pepto Bismol is supposed to coat the lining of the gut and soothe it.  It can also turn your stool a lovely shade of black, which is not a problem, just a coloring change.  You may need to take a swig of Pepto every couple hours.  I use peppermint tea or peppermint Altoids for gas.  Built-up gas in the gut and stomach can cause pain if it is irritated already.  The peppermint relaxes the muscles and makes it easier for the gas to "escape".  Other than that I just take regular old Bayer aspirin for pain.  Antacids are no help tho, they just lead to more problems IMHO.

 

Total healing can take quite a while.  One study found there were still signs of abnormalities in the gut after 18 months on a gluten-free diet in some people.

 

Maybe you can ask ol' Boots if he has any of these handy drugs that may help.

http://www.ilovelocalcommercials.com/videos.aspx?vid=287&cl=1

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi Cristiana,

 

I was thinking from that name that ol' Boots lived in a hollowed out tree or something.  But if there are that many I guess not.  Sounds like Boots are akin to what we call a drug store over here.  Pepto Bismol is supposed to coat the lining of the gut and soothe it.  It can also turn your stool a lovely shade of black, which is not a problem, just a coloring change.  You may need to take a swig of Pepto every couple hours.  I use peppermint tea or peppermint Altoids for gas.  Built-up gas in the gut and stomach can cause pain if it is irritated already.  The peppermint relaxes the muscles and makes it easier for the gas to "escape".  Other than that I just take regular old Bayer aspirin for pain.  Antacids are no help tho, they just lead to more problems IMHO.

 

Total healing can take quite a while.  One study found there were still signs of abnormalities in the gut after 18 months on a gluten-free diet in some people.

 

Maybe you can ask ol' Boots if he has any of these handy drugs that may help.

http://www.ilovelocalcommercials.com/videos.aspx?vid=287&cl=1

My husband will love the commercial, his type of humour!  He is British but always reckoned he'd like living in a place like that.

 

Thanks for the tip about trapped wind too, I have a new pain to the left of my abdomen above my hip which I get if I eat dairy and the peppermint tea thing seems to really work.  I think you are right about the antacids, they upset my stomach in another way. 

 

Yes, good old Boots the Chemist has been going for years and was once even owned by the Americans, as I understand it.

0

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
0

  • Forum Statistics

    • Total Topics
      104,685
    • Total Posts
      921,747
  • Topics

  • Posts

    • Your body has been used to ingesting and has been coping with the gluten in its systems.  DON'T PANIC because your body is doing it for you.   Seriously now, the medical field has a technological term defining when a system is used to working a certain way/routine.  When that is either disrupted or changed, it could take a while for the body adjust to a different way of doing things.  Another factor in the increase in symptoms could possibly be that your body is starting to "clean house".  It's trying to get rid of the amounts of gluten hiding out in all its nooks and crannies.  It is going to be a long term process.  It's like cleaning out a vacuum hose or other household item that is just caked with gunk.  The first cleaning gets rid of a large portion of the gunk and ick.  The subsequent cleanings gets rid of more and more ick but in lesser amounts. I thought I was going to go crazy those first few months, but things are a lot better now. (I am about 10 months gluten free).  I still have moments of brain fog and even episodes, but my body is getting closer (and more used to)  to having a cleaner "household item".  I know it's tough at first with the increased onslaught of symptoms, but hang in there.   You may want to keep a journal of all that you ingest or come into contact with for a time to track anything that could exacerbate symptoms.  (For me, my episodes are chemically triggered as well.)  If for some reason a few months down the road, you still have large amounts of symptoms it would be a good idea to visit your GP again just in case there something else that is going on.  
    • I would love some help! After 20ish years of being misdiagnosed with IBS, I was diagnosed with celiac disease (positive blood test for tTG IgA and positive duodenal biopsy) ~ 6 weeks ago. Of course I've gone completely gluten free, and I've been crazy paranoid careful not to ingest any gluten. I've also completely avoided all oats (even certified gluten free) and cut out lactose (due to transient lactose intolerance... because I don't have villi) . But now I feel WAY WORSE. I've had abdominal pain every single day, which ranges from mild aching to severe 10/10 laying on the floor crying and vomiting pain. I understand that it takes a long time to get better, but why would I get so much worse? My best guess is SIBO, but I can't imagine that it could cause such extreme symptoms, can it?  So my question to you fine folks is: did this happen to anyone else? Have you gotten sicker after you changed your diet? Is this normal?  For arguments sake, lets assume that I did not ingest any gluten to cause these symptoms... Thank you for your help!
    • Thanks very much Cyclinglady. Yes, it is Kaiser. I doctor said the GI think it is unlikely to be celiac deisease (he did not say how he came to this conclusion), but he would be happy to do an upper endoscopy for me. I did some look up online, this procedure should be low risk. Still feel a little hesitate while reading the potential risks :(.
    • I would suggest you test your daughter through a doctor. The Enterolab tests are not recognized as accurate or reliable by the medical profession. See this link from the Chicago Celiac Disease Center: http://www.cureceliacdisease.org/faq/why-dont-you-recognize-tests-stool-tests-or-otherwise-for-gluten-sensitivity-that-are-currently-available-through-companies-like-enterolab-or-cyrex/
    • Sorry.  Something is wonky with either my connection or celiac.com! Your results are not specific...borderline.    That is why your PCP should refer you to a GI for further celiac blood tests and a possible endoscopy.  I recognize the lab report form.  Kaiser?  If so, a PCP can not order a full celiac panel.  Only a GI can do so.  Why bother?  Because if you test like me, the TTG tests are always negative.  Request the EMA and the DGPS test via a GI.   Do not be fooled by a lack of abdominal symptoms.  I was only anemic -- no abdominal issues at all.  Constipation is a symptom.  Your PCP is thinking is just historical Classic celiac disease symptoms.   Please email your doctor for the referral if you think you might have celiac disease and want a solid answer.    
  • Upcoming Events

  • Blog Entries

  • Recent Status Updates

  • Who's Online (See full list)

  • Member Statistics

    • Total Members
      61,687
    • Most Online
      3,093

    Newest Member
    Jessie.Cait
    Joined