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Question: nausea,cramping and diherrea within 30 minutes of eating


 debbiestopaz - Wed Sep 17, 2008 1:35 pm

Hi,I am 44 years and for the past couple of months or so I have noticed that within 30 minutes or so after eating I get a little nausead and start cramping and having diherrea after eating it doesn't seem to matter how much or little or what the food is i still feel this way,Do you have any ideas or suggestions?
thank you , debbie
 John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Oct 25, 2008 10:36 pm

User avatar Hello -

This postprandial or reflex diarrhea is usually caused by one of two things: either irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or celiac disease, an intolerance of gluten. There are several ways of managing this problem, including trying to eliminate different foods from the diet to see if the problem abates in the absence of one or more foods. This can be impractical or inconvenient, so celiac disease can be ruled out or in via a blood test.

IBS is another problem, and while sometimes adding fiber to the diet may help, it may sometimes also worsen the symptoms. Probably a better plan would be to try and eliminate as many fatty foods as possible. If this has no appreciable effect, then maybe try taking an anti-diarrheal medication pre-emptively (something such as loperimide, brand name Imodium).

Hopefully this is helpful to you. Please follow up with us as needed.

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