25 March 2011

TMI

Uncomfortable, gassy and bloated feeling... bummer. I woke up this way this morning. Been this way for more days than I can count. How am I dealing? I've been eliminating foods that mght cause the problem, some leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, beans ( any kind of beans), caffeine, whole milk, etc.

Trouble is, I like my leafy green vegetables, broccoli, cauliflower, and beans. They're calcium rich naturally and everyone needs calcuim in their diets. Now the whole milk might just be the trigger. I seem to suffer the most ill effects after I've consumed it. I've been drinking 2% milk a number of years without an issue, but just recently I started drinking whole milk again. It's probalby the culprit, though I'll have to ask the doctor if I'm not becoming lactose intolerant, too.

My doctors recommended I cut back on caffeine early on. Now I do like my coffee with milk in it, no sugar. I like iced tea, too. Nothing in that, no milk, no sugar, no lemon. I'm not a soda drinker (pepsi, coke, etc.) so soda is not an issue. I've cut back on the caffeine, without relief I might add.

When I first started having this problem, I'd just been released from the hospital after surgery. I didn't think anything of it until it didn't go away, and I'd never had this issue before the surgery.

Doctor sent me for some tests to try and discover what was causing the problem. Well, I had some gastric issues, but nothing serious .... he prescribed Ranitidine 150 twice a day, which is the generic of Zantac 150 which you can also get over the counter.

Smoking will exacerbate the gastric issues, too. I'm a smoker. Lord knows I've been trying to quit a long time. I've cut back, but not enough to be able give it up completely ... Soon, I hope.

I've had some relief from the Ranitidine, but not enough that I don't wake up in the wee hours when I should still be sleeping .... Well, back to the drawing board.

1 comment:

  1. This may sound a little odd, but do you eat yogurt? The natural flora in you gut could be off balance, especially if you were on any major antibiotics after surgery. Eat yogurt that has "live cultures" or "probiotics" in it or drink Kefir (Lifeway Kefir has about 10 types of probiotics in it, good for the digestion!). That will help your stomach get back on track if it is flora depletion from the meds. The Kefir also won't affect you like cow milk will if you have lactose intolerance too. It is gentler on the stomach.

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