Morning Stomach Ache and Diarrhea?
Morning Stomach Ache and Diarrhea?
If you are experience morning stomach aches and diarrhea, you may actually have gluten intolerance.
Please read everything here... I promise that it will be worth your time.
It took me 5 years of experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms, before I finally figured out that I had a problem.
If you are continuously experiencing morning stomach aches followed by diarrhea, you have a problem, even if your doctor tells you otherwise. In this Squidoo Lens, I want to tell you how I managed to correct my problem. As I speak to you right now, I no longer have any nasty symptoms that many people experience if they're gluten intolerance.
That said, let's go ahead and dig in. You need to get this problem correct, so let's go ahead and take the steps to do it together.
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For over 5 years, I had regularly experienced morning stomach aches followed by you know what... and let me tell you, it's not a fun experience. Last year, I began to experience more than just the usual stomach problems, after I began following a popular fitness program, known as P90X. For awhile, I thought that maybe the P90X program was negatively impacting my health. Maybe the program was too tough for me? But, seeing that I was in decent shape, I knew that something else was wrong.
After 60 days of doing the P90X program, I noticed that the more food I ate, the more symptoms I would receive, and the more my usual symptoms would act up. This led me to the conclusion that I had some sort of food allergy.
If you're reading this article, you may be thinking, "Well... I only have diarrhea and stomach pain some mornings, but other mornings I am good." Fact is, you should not ever experience diarrhea for more than a week. If you do, then something else is going on.
Anyway, for the longest time, I thought that I was lactose intolerant. Of course, this is definitely a possibility, but when I kicked dairy out of my diet, I knew that something else was going on, but I just didn't know what. As I said above, the more food I ate, the more symptoms I seemed to notice, and the more severe my original symptoms came to be. Here are some of the symptoms that I was experiencing:
Stomach Aches. (Morning)
If you experience any of these symptoms on a regular basis, you should definitely go in and get checked out. More importantly, do a self diagnosis, because although I was lucky enough to obtain a helpful doctor, you may not be so lucky.
Diagnosing Gluten Intolerance is actually an extremely difficult task, and often, if you are gluten intolerant, your blood work will show a false negative. Food Reactions dot Org has a really great article on Gluten Intolerance, that I would definitely check out. Now, the false negative means that even though your blood work says that you do not have gluten intolerance, you still possibly could. I'll discuss false negatives more in detail below.
Don't misunderstand me, folks. It's vitally important that you visit your doctor to get some professional attention, but it's also equally important that you self diagnose yourself on a site like Web MD.
I absolutely love their self diagnosis tool, but you need to know that not all diagnosis are accurate. Still, be sure to write down all of the symptoms you are experiencing. Also, be sure to get a self diagnosis, and write down all of the things that you could possibly have. This is great information that your doctor will definitely find useful.
When I entered my symptoms, Celiac Disease, and Lactose Intolerance were actually amongst the diagnosis that were at the top of th list. Again, this information was extremely beneficial for my doctor.
Visiting Your Doctor
This is something that you cannot blow off. If you are experiencing diarrhea for more than a week, you definitely need to take a visit to your doctor. As I said above, it's recommended that you go ahead and write down all of the symptoms you are experiencing, along with the results provided by Web MD Symptom Checker. Once you have done this, be sure to share your information with your doctor.
If you have determined that you may have gluten intolerance, be prepared to get some blood work done. Also, be prepared to get tested for food allergies at your local clinic.
Testing Negative for Gluten Intolerance / Celiac
If you test negative for Gluten Intolerance / Celiac, your doctor is likely going to recommend going gluten free for an entire month. I actually did test Negative for gluten intolerance, but I still am gluten intolerant.
False negatives can come up quite often in these tests, so it's extremely important that if you think gluten is causing the problem, then you really should go gluten free for a complete month to see if your symptoms improve.
Also, you will definitely want to be tested for Lactose Intolerance, along with any other possible diseases that Web MD has come up with.
If you are experiencing diarrhea for more than 7 days, then you need to go to your doctor. Before you go to the doctor, be sure to use the self diagnosis tool on Web MD.
If You Tested Positive
After you get your test results back from your doctor, if they come back positive for gluten intolerance, you're going to need to avoid a lot of products. A simple rule that I follow is if it contains "wheat" I cannot eat it, unless it says "gluten free." Also, if you have a Safeway store in your location, they make it really easy to find gluten free foods. Be sure to call your local grocery stores to see if they have any tips for easily finding gluten free items.
If You Tested Negative
Just because your results say that you're not gluten intolerant / celiac, it doesn't mean that you aren't. It's extremely important that if your symptoms match the symptoms of gluten intolerance / celiac, that you go gluten free for a complete month. After a month, add gluten back into your diet. If your symptoms go away, then come back, then you know that you're gluten intolerant, regardless of what your test results said.
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