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Aaaagghhh... Ginger Ale?
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Em314    7

I am starting to strongly suspect some of this refractory pain is from ginger ale- if I have not somehow managed to find the one brand of diet ginger ale in america that contains gluten (Stop and Shop store brand, diet, if you were curious), then I'm still too sensitive to deal with the acidity or something (if I have too much acidic food at once, it *will* hurt; I've known this for awhile). Went without it for awhile (got the flu and somehow lost the taste for soda as a result); today was my first day having a can of it. This is also the first time the pain's popped back up like this for a few days at least.

So, I'm eliminating that, and we'll see if I stop getting pain flareups that are suspiciously close in time to consuming said ginger ale.

Anyway; frustrated because it looks like I have found a food that "ought" to have been "safe" that seems not so much to be safe. Also, I hurt.

Kinda doubting even of a forum this large anyone else will pop up and say "OMG, I find that brand of soda also makes me hurt!" but if you're reading this and had the same reaction, please share.

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kareng    1,992

JUst because it bothers you, doesn't mean it has gluten. Some of the artificial sweeteners make my stomach hurt and bloat.

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Opa3    3

Could be the carbonation (lots of bubbles) or the ????? acid. I know pepsi and coke have phosphoric acid in them. Soda is junk. Gave it up years ago.

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IrishHeart    1,633

Ginger ale does not contain gluten.

I cannot drink any bubbly sodas. because I cannot handle all that sugar.... and if it is "diet" that fake sugar stuff is a direct run to the loo for me..

Best to stick with water for now.

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Coryad    1

Yes I am wondering if its the fake sugar. I get major D and "blah" feeling if I eat or drink the fake stuff... gave up on soda, in all forms, a few years ago.

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Em314    7

The odd thing is I don't seem to have the same reaction to diet cola, though perhaps I'm wrong about that. I know ginger itself messes with me (best I can figure is years of classical conditioning being given ginger ale when sick; in its more concentrated forms, ginger actually nauseates me). I'll eliminate the ginger ale as a variable first, anyway.

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psawyer    687

The odd thing is I don't seem to have the same reaction to diet cola, though perhaps I'm wrong about that. I know ginger itself messes with me (best I can figure is years of classical conditioning being given ginger ale when sick; in its more concentrated forms, ginger actually nauseates me). I'll eliminate the ginger ale as a variable first, anyway.

If you have a problem with ginger, then that would be a red flag to me for ginger ale. It is not what I would call concentrated, but it is present.

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Takala    413

When in doubt, test yourself on the elemental form of an ingredient, in this case, you would take some fresh ginger root, wash it off, and grate it, perhaps brew it in plain water in the microwave in a cup, then try it with a form of sweetener that you know you can already tolerate. Then try carbonated water or club soda separately, the next day. If that works, you can put some ginger or ginger brew in club soda with a dash of cider vinegar or a big squeeze of fresh lemon, and sweetener to make "ginger ale," if you want to.

I had to quit "blue stuff" and "yellow stuff," the only artificial sweetener I can go near is "pink stuff," then there is stevia, honey, and agave.

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jeanzdyn    4

I would like to suggest that maybe you should not drink soda, or anything else, out of aluminum cans. While your problems may well stem from the soda pop ingredients, they might also be connected to that aluminum can.

Long ago I found that I did not like the flavor of soda pop out of a can, but if it came out of a glass or plastic bottle the flavor seemed better to me.

The same with symptoms, some symptoms that occur when drinking liquids from a can did not occur when drinking the same brands of liquid from a glass or plastic container.

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Em314    7

Eliminating the ginger ale has eliminated the pain, btw. I doubt it was gluten; I think it was added the acidity not doing good things for my already-damaged insides, but may also have been the ginger. I still seem to tolerate diet cola just fine, but that may simply be the result of cutting back on soda overall by eliminating ginger ale (right now, I'm content knowing the change I made seems to be working/don't feel compelled to experiment).

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Just be sure to keep track of this. I had problems with all sorts of things, including some sodas. If I hadn't kept track I wouldn't have been able to get healthy. Sometimes you think that you will remember and you don't.

Good for you for noticing promptly and figuring it out.

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jeanzdyn    4

This past November I was ill.  I had digestive system discomfort with severe nausea and I had dizzy spells.  I finally tracked down the one thing I had consumed that I did not use for many years prior to this event.....  chewing gum containing ASPARTAME.  

Aspartame is nasty stuff!!  I was so sick for so many days, accompanied with the dizzy spells, which become more severe as the days passed!!

I chewed gum on 3 separate occasions, and I spit it out after only an hour or so, but that was all it took!!  I was sick for the next 3 weeks.

 

I feel that many of these sensitivities and symptoms and issues may be heightened by being gluten free.  If you are gluten free your body can stop attacking itself because of the gluten and now it's attention becomes riveted to other things!!  Kind of like an unending nightmare.....

 

Anyway, BEWARE OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!!!

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This past November I was ill.  I had digestive system discomfort with severe nausea and I had dizzy spells.  I finally tracked down the one thing I had consumed that I did not use for many years prior to this event.....  chewing gum containing ASPARTAME.  

Aspartame is nasty stuff!!  I was so sick for so many days, accompanied with the dizzy spells, which become more severe as the days passed!!

I chewed gum on 3 separate occasions, and I spit it out after only an hour or so, but that was all it took!!  I was sick for the next 3 weeks.

 

I feel that many of these sensitivities and symptoms and issues may be heightened by being gluten free.  If you are gluten free your body can stop attacking itself because of the gluten and now it's attention becomes riveted to other things!!  Kind of like an unending nightmare.....

 

Anyway, BEWARE OF ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS!!!

 

Aspartame is evil stuff.  It gives me an almost immediate headache.

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