YES! I had this too. For me, it was caused by a candida (yeast) overgrowth in my gut. (I took very strong antibiotics in March and my body had been unbalanced since then. Antibiotics kill the good probiotic bacteria in your gut, allowing yeast to flourish. Furthermore, during that time I was on the antibiotics, I ate a lot of sugary comfort foods and the yeast feeds on sugar. I had no idea that I was ruining my gut!) Anyway, when I went low-carb last month, I gave up sugar. Once again, I didn't realize the unintended side effect of what I was doing -- the yeast didn't have sugar to eat and died off all at once. I had stomach cramps for 4 days, then a pretty violent flu-like day, then after that I was fine. Now I take pro-biotics supplements or drink kefir once a day to keep my good bacteria levels up and really watch my sugar intake so I don't get out of balance again. It was pretty miserable! Google candida overgrowth and see if that might apply to you.You might just need to reduce sugar/carbs more gradually OR just tough it out for a week a so and see what happens.
To answer your original question, no, I never experienced any severe stomach pain on a low carb diet. Some constipation at first (remedied by increasing vegetables and water), but no pain.
I don't think anyone was trying to beat up on you, but you did make a connection with your health issues. People around are generally trying to help. Hope you're feeling better and you get the answers you need.
To the original poster.. Please do not feel as if you did anything wrong by posting your question here. We just want to make sure you are aware of what could be happening and also the need that a doctor would have to be the one to determine the accurate diagnosis. It could be dangerous for your health to assume that all is fine because a member "guided" you in that direction on the message board and then have it turn into a serious medical complication because you did not call your doctor. Just making sure to keep you safe and informed!! Dietitian Becky
I apologize for posting. In no way was I looking for anyone to provide me with a medical diagnosis! I guess I should have worded my post differently. I am definitely eating more fat than I usually eat, as per my naturopaths orders (and yes....I WILL be talking to him about it). All I wondered was if the low carb has caused anyone else that is doing it stomach pain. I guess I shouldn't have posted, next time I will think before...I guess it was to early in the morning! All I expected was a simple yes or no...again....sorry.
Once the gallbladder is removed, most folks can return to a diet with "typical" amounts of fat with no problem. However, with your low carb diet, you may be taking in much larger amounts of fat depending on your food choices. I have heard reports of low carb dieters getting 50-60% of their calorie from fat (or more)....this could be the issue for you.
How many calories are you consuming? How much fat are you eating daily? And as the others have stated...call your doctor--- for this site, our members and our experts can not provide a medical diagnosis.
I would think that if you had your gall bladder removed, you'd still have to watch your fat intake, so you'd want to avoid high fat meals, and perhaps spread your food intake out a bit more during the day. I'm not a doctor, so I second the suggestion to talk to your doctor - that way you can figure out if there's a complication and perhaps a way to reconcile your low carb way of eating with your health issues.
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Totally agreed. Head to the doctor. No diet should cause physical pain, and you may be having a reaction to your new intake. Please go as soon as you can!
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If you've experienced something similar to a gall bladder attack, but you don't have a gall bladder...ask a doctor! Any pain that severe needs medical attention.
Do any of you doing low carb experience severe stomach pain? I don't have a gall bladder anymore and have had what seems like a major gall bladder attack. I am just wondering if the higher fat is the culprit. I have just completed my first week.
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