Belly Blues

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We all have those moments where our belly isn’t cooperating with us and it’s always in the most inconvenient time. Maybe you just had a rough couple of weeks at work or it’s the end of some holiday season and you’ve been eating all the naughty foods. No problemo! Most people just need a few days of healthy eating and a few good nights of sleep to get everything right back on track and get rid of some much hated bloatiness (I know that’s not a word;) or indigestion.

If you get stuck with the cramps and the bloated belly for longer than just a few weeks we automatically start to change bits and pieces in our eating or living habits, no one wants the uncomfortable feeling of an upset belly for too long.

I’ve been living with an upset belly since I was about eight years old, the pain has come and gone over the years and had its peeks around stressful times and its lows anywhere in between. As you probably know or already read; for me the past 9,5 months the pain has been unbearable and I’ve been searching for a miracle ever since. Finely this “miracle” has been presented to me but the pain is nowhere near gone. It takes time to fix my particular issue, but maybe your solution is right around the corner and ten times easier. I’ll just give you a few examples of what you could try to get your metabolism or any other stomach issues for that matter under control. It sounds a bit counterproductive giving you advise to try methods that didn’t help me, but then again, I am a special case in this scenario;) do take note that if any of these methods are not to any use of yours, ask your doctor to be tested for SIBO, the thing I have, which you can read all about on the ‘about’ and ‘eureka’ page (if you haven’t already).

These methods have been suggested to me by the gastroenterologist at Catharina hospital or my general practitioner in Holland (Eindhoven). I have tried countless other methods but these are the ones I think could be of use to others.
(I hate reading endless long blog stories so I won’t do that to you, I like to get straight to the point. It could be that by making this short and simple you end up with questions about one of the methods or my experience with them, please don’t hesitate and send me an email; irisgerits@gmail.com or comment on this blog post).

1. Fodmap Diet.
For some people it’ll be quite a change but if you find yourself getting bloated after every meal or experience some serious indigestion every time you eat even the tiniest little thing, it’s worth a try and if you don’t experience any improvements after 7 weeks of following this diet, try something else! Click on the next link to get more information about this diet; Fodmap Diet.


2. Peppermint oil (in capsules).
It’s supposed to reset your belly and calm it down from any cramps and other discomfort.

3. Going gluten and/or lactose free.
All I can say about going gluten and/or lactose free is; try it and if it doesn’t change anything try something else! I know, it’s a drag, trying all these different things, but if you’re in a lot of pain you just need to try and try until you find something that helps. Make sure you have been checked by a doctor first and see what he has to say about your symptoms.

4. Magnesium.
My doctor gave me Magnesium supplements to reduce the cramps in my colon. Because my colon was inflamed (at that time no one knew) the magnesium didn’t help but it might help you if you are experiencing frequent cramps.

5. Probiotics.
It’s almost the first thing people try when they have an upset belly. If you had a stomach bug or anything along those lines, your belly can stay a bit under the weather for longer than usual because you may be lost some of your healthy bacteria. Probiotics can get those little suckers back on track and get your metabolism up and running in no time. Again I advise you to just try and see what it does for you.

6. Duspatal.
This is for cramps and pains in the lower abdominal, ask your doctor if he thinks this will be something that might help you, same goes for number 7.

7. Buscopan.
This is a painkiller especially designed for stomach cramps.

8. Acnes treatments at the Maxima Medical Centre (Holland).
This is a whole other story, and a very long one for that matter, I’ll give you a link where you can find more information about this treatment: Acnes MMC. I don’t know if they do this in other countries but in Holland it’s an up and coming treatment for people who are suffering from chronicle (belly) pains. Their approach is more on the nerve level of the belly and not the colon lever. They basically put the main nerve in your stomach to sleep by injecting lidocaine in the first and/or second level of the nerve. if this is successful and you experience less pain over the course of a few hours or days they can eventually cut the nerve in its entirety.

9. Antidepressants and shit like that, don’t let them fool you by letting them convince you the pain is in your head, YES of course stress or anxiety can worsen your symptoms but in no universe can the pain you feel for months on end be because of something that can be cured with antidepressants. All I’m saying is, try The diets and other methods first before you ask your doctor about antidepressants. I’m not saying it might not help some of you, just let it be one of the last things you try.

Thank you for reading this blog, and I hope this might help you on your belly blues journey!

Email me for any questions; irisgerits@gmail.com

 

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