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What is wrong with my guts?

Asked by Ltryptophan (10191points) August 14th, 2012

For nearly a week and a half I’ve had a rumbling in my lower abdomen. I am not experiencing any sort of pain or discomfort. I suspect a few different meals that might have caused this… a fried dish on a nearly empty stomach in an already anxious state, left over pizza with an anchovie on top, and Almond-milk ice cream, all eaten within 12 hours of each other.

But regardless of what caused this, it has not responded to a few days of Pepcid AC, or Pepto Bismol tabs, or Alka Seltzer. Today I am fasting to see what happens, and so far it is working. There is still some small disturbance but it is not nearly as pronounced as it has been.

I am starting school soon, and imagine that there could be an element of anxiety here.

My blood pressure, and other vitals are all perfectly normal, and I feel happy, and fit.

Should I be overly concerned? When should I make an appt. with a doctor? Should I try a Prilosec OTC regimen for a couple weeks and see how that goes?

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gailcalled's avatar

Try meditation, eating sensibly and slowly and skipping anchovy pizzas for a while.

A safe meal for a day or so is white rice, white chicken (boiled) lettuce and tea. A safe breakfast is tea and oatmeal with a few raisins.

You are much too young to take Prilosec.

marinelife's avatar

I do not understand why you would use prilosec.

bkcunningham's avatar

I was going to suggest eating yogurt with active cultures. I think @gailcalled‘s suggestions are spot on.

Ltryptophan's avatar

So these symptoms are not worth troubling myself, (of course you are not my doctors, I know)...

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Not a doctor.

Aren’t the antacids for an upset stomach? Take a look at where the stomach is located and what is in your lower abdomen. Picture It sounds like something is going on in the intestinal system. It doesn’t take a week to digest food.

Since there isn’t any discomfort and it seems to be subsiding, I would just eat healthier and monitor it. You might also want to read through this (yeah, sorry) Wikipedia list of Borborygmus possible causes.

Good luck, and keep us posted!

ccrow's avatar

Have you tried probiotics? Can’t hurt…

Ltryptophan's avatar

New graphic details ahead. So, I decided that clear broth would be good. So I went and had some won ton soup, and ate the broth, green onions, and bok choy. It took about thirty minutes and I had a very fluid pale brown bowel movement. Towards the end it produced a sliver of that bok choy, I note.

Anyway, I am not experiencing anywhere near as much rumbling. I still feel fine. Should I be concerned that this essentially clear liquid and greens diet I’ve got myself on will dehydrate me? Should I avoid sugar, and grab some sugar free 7up?

Mariah's avatar

I would not fast. I think fasting could have caused the latest development.

Eat bland foods for a while and drink a lot of water and gatorade to stay hydrated. If you continue to have diarrhea, see your doctor.

gailcalled's avatar

Perhaps chew your food a bit more. Wonton soup, bought at a restaurant, will be really salty. Buy a free-range chicken and make your own soup.

Drink water instead of diet sodas.

Man, use your common sense.

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Ltryptophan's avatar

Ate Mexican food, problem returned but not as persistent as before. Contacting professionals. Will update

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