What can cause abdominal pain and bloating?

September 1, 2010

Question: Debbie writes,

Hi Galina, I have bacteria, inflammation of the intestines, and can only digest very low carbs and proteins.  I have juiced daily for years and am a great believer in foods.  I just cannot get past the indigestion pain and bloating, been working with probiotics and gut-flora from med/herbs.  I too am overly underweight and would like to try the juice fasting, problem is I cannot do carrots or beets due to their higher carbs, as I get great pain.  I show anti bodies against milk/soy.  What do you suggest for a juice combination

Galina’s Answer:

Dear Debbie! Thank you for writing! Your symptoms of chronic indigestion, intestinal inflammation, pain and bloating could be caused by any of the following conditions:

  • Celiac Disease
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Lactose Intolerance and/or food intolerance
  • Bacterial and/or Parasitic Infection

First, you should see a gastroenterologist to identify the cause of your digestive distress.

Second, you should see a nutritionist experienced in GI problems to help you to identify your possible food intolerances.

After your food intolerances are identified, nutritionist can create an easy to digest meal plan and recommend specific gut healing supplements so you can heal you gut and gain weight. Get professional help before you decide to take any probiotics, supplements or herbs because as you were saying:” I just cannot get past the indigestion pain and bloating” despite your own experimental work with “probiotics and gut-flora from med/herbs”.

You cannot become healthy and gain weight unless you eradicate bacteria and heal your colon. I hope my explanation will help you to make a right decision.

Finally, here is my gut healing juice recipe for you:

1 potato, 3 stalks of celery, 1 small butternut squash (seeds and skin removed). Drink for 30 days on empty stomach.

I wish you peace within your gut


8 Responses

  1. i have a lot of pain on my low right side even when i start eating food or drinking anything even water. should i get a colonoscopy first to see if if have one of the deseases you are talking about? i did take birthcontroll for a while after my ovarian cyst surgery because i was totally having panic attacks but now my ovary is producing estrogen again. i also just went for surgery to remove my right fallopian tube because i thought with the tube being tied with the plastic ring for birthcontrol i thought maybe it was causing my right side colon pain i am still healing from the surgery and i am still having pain there when i eat or try to digest food. like sharp pains. i had a stool test, and i have no paraciytes or overgrowth of bacteria no candidda. so do you think the pain in my right side when i eat or go to the bathroom could have been caused by the ring pushing on the colon area and causing inflamation or maybe it the weight of it pressing on it caused the inside of the colon track to be inflammed. i hope the pain goes away as i get further away from surgery. i have been doing carrot apple celery parsley juice every day. it seems to help a little should i juice fast for several days with that and with the potato celery and butternut squash also? the spasms are like crazy how can they cause so much sharp pains? i am thinking about consulting with you but i didn’t know what i have yet. do you think i should get diagnosed first? thank for all of your help. sincerely, sharon luanne rivera

  2. Hi Galina
    I’m a 24 year old female whose been having abdominal pain accompanied with back pain for about 9 months. I’ve been to holistic doctors as well as an internal medicine specialist and no one can find anything wrong. I’ve had blood tests, cancer screenings, CAT scans, massages, adjustments, etc. One of my doctors suggested that I might have IBS, but I’m not totally convinced. The pain is constant, whether I eat or not, have a bowel movement or not. I have chronic fatigue, mild constipation, little appetite and had to drop out of school, so whatever it is, it is ruining my life. Is there a chance it is something more serious like Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis? I have been tested for Celiac so I know it’s not that. Also, is there a way to determine what foods, if any, I am sensitive to, and if so, what is it?
    Thank you

  3. Morgan,
    I am sorry to hear about your ordeal and lack of diagnosis. I recommend to do Food Allergy/Sensitivity Test (IgG4 Food Antibodies) to discover foods you are sensitive to. The cost of the test is $354.00.
    Also, GI Effects Profile test is a great tool to pinpoint the cause behind your abdominal pain, constipation and fatigue. Here is the link to the lab that does these tests: https://www.metametrix.com/patients/test-information. I can order these tests for you, and I can help you to interpret the results. The last but not the least, you can schedule a consultation with me to start the process. Here is the link to my consultation page: http://knowyourgut.com/consultation/index.html
    I wish you to get well.

  4. I underwent Nissen Fundopliaction Surgery in 2006, which cured my heartburn and Reflux; but in 2010 I developed chronic IBS (flatulence and bloating with nausea). I have tried everything, including eliminating all trigger foods! I have reached a stage where I am scared to eat because of the bloating and flatulence. I do not have diarrhoea unless i eat a trigger food. Sometimes constipation, but not offen.

  5. Hi Mathevan,
    You need to find what is the cause of your flatulence and bloating. I would recommend for you to do Food Sensitivity Test and GI function test.

  6. Hi, Galina,
    Like many others I suffer from “IBS”, for about 3 years now. I’ve been to seven doctors, had colonoscopy, endoscopy, numerous blood, saliva, urine, and stool tests. I’ve had 3 stool tests from Metametrix which all come back positive for “parasite present – taxonomy unavailable”. But no other lab ever finds any parasites! Likewise, I’ve had tests for food sensitivities; 2 tests said I have gluten sensitivity, but 2 others said I didn’t. I don’t notice any difference when I eat gluten or avoid it. I gave up gluten for 4 months, and my symptoms (severe abdominal pain on lower left side, frequent and voluminous pale loose stools, weight-loss, undigested food, flatulence, etc) only got much much worse (after taking an antibiotic for a UTI). I went dairy-free for 6 months, and that helped not one bit either. Probiotics haven’t helped at all, and digestive enzymes help only a teensy bit… Should I beg my doctor for steroids to help with the horrible pain/inflammation? (NSAIDS and Apriso did nothing, but oddly, Gas-X and MSM help a little, even though none of the doctors recommended them) I’ve tried at least 50 different herbs/supplements.

  7. Hi Yolanda,
    For patients like you I have developed IBS Relief program, which includes IBS Healing Foods and following supplements:

    1. Colon Defense Formula
    Colon Defense Formula is a high potency herbal formula that has been specifically formulated to support the health of the digestive tract.The ingredients in Colon Defense Formula have a long history of use against parasites, harmful bacteria and viruses. Herbs used in Colon Defense Formula can help: Support normal flora of colon & small intestine. Relieve occasional diarrhea, abdominal cramps, gas and bloating.

    2. Intestinal Comfort Tea
    Main herbal ingredients selected for our Intestinal Comfort Tea have been previously approved by German Commission E (the German equivalent of American FDA) for the following conditions: abdominal pain and spasms, wounds and inflammation, tissue repair, gas and bloating.*
    Drinking this herbal tea aids digestion and can relieve occasional symptoms of loose stools, abdominal pain and cramping.

    3. Medicinal Clay
    Medicinal Clay A Potent Aid in Intestinal Detoxification. Can be used to Relieve Occasional Diarrhea and Heartburn. Removes Harmful Bacteria and Toxins from Your Digestive Tract.
    I am planning to release a Free e-book about this program.
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