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Swollen stomach, severe cramps and pain after drinking prune juice. Better with bowel movements and passing gas. Concerning?

I drank half a glass of prune juice almost 48hours ago and still have swelling in my stomach. The following morning after I drank it I had the world worst cramps and it hurt to lol or really move very fast. The pain seems to slightly be getting better as I pass gas and have movements. But it still hurts and I'm not a 100% back to normal yet. Should I be worried?
Asked On : Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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Hi! Thank you for your question and welcome to our site!

Don't be worried. This is a normal reaction to prune juice - a natural laxative used to relieve constipation. It contains sorbitol and fiber that the body finds difficult to digest, allowing for softer stools to pass. Sorbitol also attracts gut bacteria which, in turn, produce gas that can cause pain and bloating. The pain and bloating will subside, as you mentioned, once you pass gas or have movements.

I would suggest that you lay off the prune juice for now. Try eating/drinking milk-like probiotics like yoghurt and others to help normalize the balance of your gut bacteria again.

I wish you well! Take care!

Dr. Galera

Answered: Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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