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My Digestive Problems

These are descriptions of how individuals experienced various symptoms during withdrawal. While everyone's withdrawal is unique and symptoms will be different for everyone, it may be useful to know what others went through.

All withdrawal symptoms can be caused by things in addition to withdrawal. If a symptom is persistent or you are worried by it, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by your doctor to ensure nothing else is going on.

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Definition: Problems associated with the digestive track .

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What I've Felt:

"BENZO BLOAT. For me this happens daily; the more I eat, the worse it gets. It seems that the bloat occurs when food that I have eaten reaches the large intestine. So of course, by evening I am finding it very difficult to even sit comfortably. The bloat pain is usually worst on the left hand side and radiates into my rectal area. And it stays with me all night; usually lessening by morning."

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What I've Felt:

"I either have terrible diarrhea, abdominal bloating and pain -- or the opposite, constipation."

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What I've Felt:

"I am going through the same myself, either constipation or watery diarrhea and I have fainting episodes too, from the severe cramps and pain."

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What I've Felt:

"Constipation and diarrhea have not been a problem for me throughout withdrawal but severe nausea caused me to lose 28 lbs very rapidly. When the nausea stopped ( about 5 months) I gradually regained my appetite and the weight but have had a lot of abdominal pain since then. Firstly lower right abdominal pain on and off for about 8 months. Then upper abdominal pain. My whole stomach feels mildly aching all the time but more severe pain happens, as soon as I eat or drink, in the centre and to the left in my upper abdomen and goes right under my ribs on the left hand side. My chest and throat then hurt and I have the old 'lump in throat' feeling. I have developed acid reflux in WD but tests show it is only mild, certainly not enough to cause this amount of pain."

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My Coping Strategies:

Generalized things to avoid if Digestive Problems

- Eat 5-6 smaller meals

- Avoid tight clothing

- Elevate the head when sleeping without pressure on Stomach

- Avoid lying down after eating for 2-3 hours after eating

- Avoid acid fruits and foods

- Avoid chocolate and caffeine

- Avoid alcohol and cigarettes

- Avoid high fat foods, gravies and sauces

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Disclaimer:  The information contained in this website was not compiled by a doctor or anyone with medical training. The advice contained herein should not be substituted for the advice of a physician who is well-informed in the subject matter discussed. Before making any decisions about your health or treatment you should always confer with your physician and it is always assumed that you will do so.

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Last updated 23 May 2013