Gut Rumbles

March 09, 2005


I've gone about three weeks now with no belly-pain and no trouble sleeping at night. I've actually felt pretty good for the first time in a long while. But I fucked up yesterday.

I arrived home from visiting my mama at Hospice and I didn't feel like cooking. I called Dominos and ordered a pizza delivered to the Crackerbox. I was hungry, too, and the pizza was just what I wanted.

I ate ONE SLICE and found myself doubled over with stomach pain. My belly swelled, my kidneys hurt and I felt as if someone just ran a flaming spear right through my gut. GOT-DAM!!! I hurt all night long, too, and didn't get a lot of sleep. I was still hurting this morning.

I drank some club soda and some orange juice and I feel better now. But my belly still hurts. Not like it did yesterday or all night long, but I can tell something still is wrong. Pizza goes off my list of foods to eat FOREVER now. And I regret that fact, because I love pizza.

But it damn sure doesn't love me anymore.


Get your ass to the doctor. If you can't eat pizza, something's broken.

Posted by: Mr. Lion on March 9, 2005 10:59 AM

Man that sucks. If that happened my life blood would slowly run dry. I second what Mr. Lion Said about a doctor. That's not normal.

Posted by: Gil-galad on March 9, 2005 11:26 AM

Dude, it's called an ulcer. You know you have one. They told you that already. What I don't understand is why you won't take the medicine for it. Then you can enjoy your pizza and your beer without pain. And you can eat normally again and not look like a scrawny old fart. Even if you are.

Get off your ass and go to the damn doctor already. If you were willing to get a bionic dick, what's so hard about treating an ulcer?

Posted by: caltechgirl on March 9, 2005 11:45 AM

I'd think if it were an ulcer, orange juice (all the acidity) would hurt, would club soda. Neither are recommended while treating an ulcer.

Yea. What they said. Get thee to a doc.

Posted by: Pammy on March 9, 2005 12:33 PM

Usual disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor, (but I am a medical librarian, so I get to see a lot of info anyway).

If the problem was set off by pizza, there are a number of things which could cause it, though you DO need to see a physician.

1) Fat - you have had your gall bladder checked?

2) Milk - Do you have any problems with other milk or cheese products, (possible lactose issues) or cow's milk cheese as opposed to goat's or sheep's milk cheese (good peccorino romano is sheep's milk)? I can have tiny amounts of uncooked cow's milk, enough for my coffee, but generally milk, yogurt, ice cream, and soft cheeses give me several days of mild GI distress. Goat milk products are no problem for me though.

3) Wheat. Many problems, especially GI, can be caused by either an allergy/sensitivity to the wheat itself, or to the gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, and for some in oats. If you don't have a problem with beer, this probably isn't it, but current medical opinion is that approximately 1% of the population should be avoiding wheat.

Think about what you've been eating the last few weeks, and you might be able to come up with something on the pizza that you used to have regularaly, but haven't during that period.

I'm sure there are others reasons, but those are the first ones that come to mind.

Take care, and I'm praying for your mama.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on March 9, 2005 01:54 PM

Minor correction:

I should have worded that bit about wheat as "Allergy/sensitivity to wheat itself or to the gluten can cause many problems, especially GI...."

And I really did proofread. Sigh.

Posted by: LibraryGryffon on March 9, 2005 01:57 PM

What you described sounds exactly like a gall bladder attack. I put up with pain that felt like someone was sticking a garden trowel through me every time I ate something like pizza for 4 stupid years. Sometimes the stones would pass and I'd be OK for a few weeks and then it would start again. Finally had it out about a year ago and life is good again. Turns out I waited a little too long, as the stone had completely blocked my bile duct and my gall bladder had swollen up to the size of a lemon. Took the doc 6 hours to get everything right, as opposed to about an hour start to finish if I'd gone in a week before. Cost alot of extra cash for that. Fortunetly he could still work with a scope, otherwise he'd have had to slice me open and I would have been laid up for months. It's a lot cheaper and easier if you get it done right away and don't try to tough it out.
And, if I'd waited another week chances are I'd have popped the damn thing and died. Don't wait. See a doc. It sounds shitty to say, but don't make your momma attend *your* funeral.

Posted by: Phil-Z on March 9, 2005 04:24 PM

I get gall bladder attacks when I eat nuts (watch it! You know what I mean!) I found this out one night after gobbling up an entire small can of honey-raosted peanuts. Great, excruciating, knife-in-the-side pain. I have now eliminated nuts from my diet (with the exception of a few in the breakfast cereal that are there by the cereal maker's hand) and have not had that pain since.
However, I discovered something wonderful: Trader Joe's has a soybean butter that looks and taste remarkably like paenut butter and causes no ill-effect wahtsoever for me. Yay!
Rob, you might want to break down the ingrediments on that 'za and try them one at a time to see if it's one nor t'other.

Posted by: BlogDog on March 9, 2005 04:53 PM

The most common food allergy is peanut. It kills more folks per year than bee stings and snakebite together. I found this out the hard way. Other nuts aren't a problem, since the peanut is actually a legume, not a true nut.

So ends todays trivia lesson... A-mennnn

Try cashew butter, it's way better than the soy stuff!

Posted by: Phil-Z on March 9, 2005 05:45 PM

My grandmother has severe stomach pain caused by eating nuts and seeds. It's something having to do with the intestines and them having little sacks scattered through out the intestines. It apparently traps seeds and then causes tramendous pain all through the abdomen. Perhaps that's the problem.

Posted by: Pamala on March 9, 2005 06:58 PM

No Pamala, that's called diverticulitis. Rob has something like a bad gall bladder that is ready to blow.

Rob, get to Memorial for a checkup....

Posted by: heather on March 9, 2005 07:29 PM

Would your grandmothers name be by any chance, Wendy?

ROB GO SEE A DOCTOR, AN ULTRASOUND WILL TELL YOU WHAT'S UP! It doesn't even hurt, and sometimes med techs are hot.

Posted by: Phil-Z on March 9, 2005 09:57 PM
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