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Old 05-17-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Really bad abdominal pain??

Hi all - been low-carbing on and off since last August, lost about 50 pounds so far and trying to lose 40 more. The past 6 weeks, I dropped carbs lower (to 20-30 net) because I had been stalling for awhile...and this has been working. Also increased my fat....but I haven't been good about counting calories or fat grams but I eat fat at every meal and think I'm averaging around 1500 cals. Some days maybe less. I'm 5'3", live in a studio apartment and work a desk job with a lot of overtime, so my activity is very minimal. I've been trying to fit in workouts 2 or 3 x week.

Anyway. So this past week, I went for a 30 minute walk/jog on Wednesday (it was humid and hilly). Beginning Wednesday night, I began to get reeeeally bad stomach pain. Mostly at night. It woke me up, and felt like really painful gnawing hunger pains. Never felt anything like it. So I ate something and went back to bed...but it continued every 30 minutes. The pain somewhat subsides during the day as long as I keep food in my stomach, but I still feel some discomfort/nausea. Then comes night and morning and the cycle repeats. The pain wakes me up and is so bad I'm almost doubled-over. Plumbing is working ok, no diarrhea issues...so I don't think it's a virus or food poisoning.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? I read these could be symptoms of an ulcer.... or possibly hypoglycemia? Did I go too low in carbs. Or being in ketosis, is this a symptom that my body thinks I'm starving. If it's hypoglycemia I'm afraid to eat sugar and kick me out of ketosis. But obviously if the pain continues, I'll need to try that.

I'm going to the doctor this week but just curious if anyone felt anything similar.

Thank you all

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Old 05-17-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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Hi all - been low-carbing on and off since last August, lost about 50 pounds so far and trying to lose 40 more. The past 6 weeks, I dropped carbs lower (to 20-30 net) because I had been stalling for awhile...and this has been working. Also increased my fat....but I haven't been good about counting calories or fat grams but I eat fat at every meal and think I'm averaging around 1500 cals. Some days maybe less. I'm 5'3", live in a studio apartment and work a desk job with a lot of overtime, so my activity is very minimal. I've been trying to fit in workouts 2 or 3 x week.

Anyway. So this past week, I went for a 30 minute walk/jog on Wednesday (it was humid and hilly). Beginning Wednesday night, I began to get reeeeally bad stomach pain. Mostly at night. It woke me up, and felt like really painful gnawing hunger pains. Never felt anything like it. So I ate something and went back to bed...but it continued every 30 minutes. The pain somewhat subsides during the day as long as I keep food in my stomach, but I still feel some discomfort/nausea. Then comes night and morning and the cycle repeats. The pain wakes me up and is so bad I'm almost doubled-over. Plumbing is working ok, no diarrhea issues...so I don't think it's a virus or food poisoning.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? I read these could be symptoms of an ulcer.... or possibly hypoglycemia? Did I go too low in carbs. Or being in ketosis, is this a symptom that my body thinks I'm starving. If it's hypoglycemia I'm afraid to eat sugar and kick me out of ketosis. But obviously if the pain continues, I'll need to try that.

I'm going to the doctor this week but just curious if anyone felt anything similar.

Thank you all

It really sounds like a virus. Just go to the doctor and find out if there is something wrong. I eat very low carb and I do not have pain. I don't think it is as a result of that. If you add more carbs only add healthy carbs such as a little bit of berries or some cooked vegetables. You may be having heartburn. Do you know what that feels like? Or it could be acid reflux. Anyway your doctor will be able to find out what it is. My sister had a virus for a couple of weeks that did that to her. She could not believe how much pain she had from it.
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Old 05-17-2014, 02:00 PM   #3
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Hi all - been low-carbing on and off since last August, lost about 50 pounds so far and trying to lose 40 more. The past 6 weeks, I dropped carbs lower (to 20-30 net) because I had been stalling for awhile...and this has been working. Also increased my fat....but I haven't been good about counting calories or fat grams but I eat fat at every meal and think I'm averaging around 1500 cals. Some days maybe less. I'm 5'3", live in a studio apartment and work a desk job with a lot of overtime, so my activity is very minimal. I've been trying to fit in workouts 2 or 3 x week.

Anyway. So this past week, I went for a 30 minute walk/jog on Wednesday (it was humid and hilly). Beginning Wednesday night, I began to get reeeeally bad stomach pain. Mostly at night. It woke me up, and felt like really painful gnawing hunger pains. Never felt anything like it. So I ate something and went back to bed...but it continued every 30 minutes. The pain somewhat subsides during the day as long as I keep food in my stomach, but I still feel some discomfort/nausea. Then comes night and morning and the cycle repeats. The pain wakes me up and is so bad I'm almost doubled-over. Plumbing is working ok, no diarrhea issues...so I don't think it's a virus or food poisoning.

Has anyone experienced anything similar? I read these could be symptoms of an ulcer.... or possibly hypoglycemia? Did I go too low in carbs. Or being in ketosis, is this a symptom that my body thinks I'm starving. If it's hypoglycemia I'm afraid to eat sugar and kick me out of ketosis. But obviously if the pain continues, I'll need to try that.

I'm going to the doctor this week but just curious if anyone felt anything similar.

Thank you all
I also want to add that my sister-in-law had a bacterial infection in which she felt like you do. She does not eat low carb. She said that she felt hungry all the time and did not feel well. She went to the doctor and they did a blood test that told the doctor what it was. He then put her on antibiotics for a few days, and that took care of it. I don't know what it was called. She could not remember the name.
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:08 PM   #4
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It really sounds like a virus. Just go to the doctor and find out if there is something wrong. I eat very low carb and I do not have pain. I don't think it is as a result of that. If you add more carbs only add healthy carbs such as a little bit of berries or some cooked vegetables. You may be having heartburn. Do you know what that feels like? Or it could be acid reflux. Anyway your doctor will be able to find out what it is. My sister had a virus for a couple of weeks that did that to her. She could not believe how much pain she had from it.
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Thanks.

Definitely not heartburn or acid reflux...feels completely different. A few hours after I've eaten and I start to feel hungry again, the pain comes in waves and is really intense. I also feel it when I swallow food and feel it settling in my stomach.... the movement once it settles and moves around causes some of the same pain.

I'm now freaking out wondering if I have a tapeworm. I don't even know how you get that! Hopefully am just being a hypochondriac.

Anyway, I hope you're right and it's just a virus or infection that passes. Will head to doc asap...
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Old 05-17-2014, 06:54 PM   #5
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Do you eat a lot of dairy? Maybe it's lactose intolerance?
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Do you take a lot of advil, tylenol or anything like that? They can cause a peptic ulcer, which has those symptoms.
Mostly it's caused by a bacteria (I think) which is easily treated with antibiotics.
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That's what my ulcer felt like. Always felt better with food in my stomach, but the pain was a gnawing grinding pain that could wake me up from a sound sleep and make me cry.

Mine was not bacterial, unfortunately.
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It could also be gall bladder stones. Intense pain in the abdomen was my main symptom for this. It did on occasion, last for days.

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Old 05-18-2014, 06:54 AM   #9
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Do you eat a lot of dairy? Maybe it's lactose intolerance?
I do eat dairy, but not a lot. I've never had lactose issues in the past. And my plumbing is fine...no diarrhea or vomiting...the pain is different than that. It seems completely concentrated only in my stomach and when I feel hungry.
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Do you take a lot of advil, tylenol or anything like that? They can cause a peptic ulcer, which has those symptoms.
Mostly it's caused by a bacteria (I think) which is easily treated with antibiotics.
I've thought about that. I take it when I need it, but haven't taken any recently...
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That's what my ulcer felt like. Always felt better with food in my stomach, but the pain was a gnawing grinding pain that could wake me up from a sound sleep and make me cry.

Mine was not bacterial, unfortunately.
Yikes... definitely could be this.

How do you live with it?
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It could also be gall bladder stones. Intense pain in the abdomen was my main symptom for this. It did on occasion, last for days.

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Oyy... double yikes.

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