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lisaemu

Er Last Night

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So last night I ended up in the ER..definately not how I was hoping to spend the night. I've been having stomach problems for many years, and the current bout of stomach pains has lasted a month or so. I've realized recently that I can eat wheat or soy, so im trying a gluten free/soy free. However, last saturday I went to my moms house we bought a rotersie chicken from sam's club and then i had some kroger rice cakes. afterwards i saw the chicken had wheat as a seasoning, and the rice cakes had soy- yikes! Needless to say i did not feel good. I had to make (gluten) cookies for a party the next day..and since i figured i was already sick i mine as well enjoy a cookie..BAD MISTAKE! i got so nauseous that night and increibly bloated (i dont tend to get D- i get constipated instead) so the whole week i felt pretty crappy, and my stomach was scarely bloated out. on thursday i went to red lobster because my grandpa just got back from a winter in florida and wanted to go out. i thought i did good (grilled salmon, plain potato, plain veggies, salad no croutons) but by the time i finished i felt so sick- i could barely walk outta the restaurant! By saturday night, my stomach hurt so bad i couldnt walk upright and it was so bloated it hurt to have clothes on. i went home (i live on campus) and my mom was worried my appendix was bursting, i was in that much pain and it was mostly on my right side (tho it was allover, i just got shooting pain on my right side). when i went to the er they had to give me a few doses of morphine and naseua medicine. they had me drink some form of liquid (that was NASTY!) and did a cat scan. they said all it showed was a lot of stools, and gave me some medicine and sent me home. They told me to drink a lot of water (i already drink at least 64 oz a day) and a lot of fruits and vegetables (right now my diet is mainly lean protein, fruits, and vegetables as it is) Has this happened to anyone else? How long can gluten reactions last for? What helps for major bloating?


I'm just trying to feel better!

Lisa, 20, Michigan

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Lisa, I'm sorry you are feeling badly, but now you really really "know" that gluten does you in! Sorry. I've found that chewable pepto bismol and tylenol seem to help me the most when I've been glutened... hot water bottles for the tummy, ginger or peppermint tea, and rest... lots of it.

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