Re: Knot in stomach - gall stones - ranitidine HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
do you eat a lot of sugar-free foods?
i am really allergic to sugar alcohols (i.e. sorbitol, xylitol, ethanol, etc). and most people experience mild symptoms if they consume a moderate amt. there is a small amt. in Splenda, any sugar-free gum (w/ the tingly feeling to it, esp.), most sugar-free hard candies, sugar-free ice creams, etc. they are putting it in energy drinks, health foods (promoting low sugar, etc)... it's creeping into everything and LOTS of people have gastro problems as a result. i even discovered it's in quaker oat muffin bars (i was SO disappointed).
before i realized it was causing problems w/ me (i.e. i was allergic!) - i would get awful knots and stomach cramps from it. lots of gas and bloating, which could sometimes manifest itself as chest pain and weird side pains - esp. after a night of restless sleep (probably from lying down). they ended up doing a upper endoscopy and colonoscopy cos they thought i had celiac's disease. anyways, turned out i have horrible acid reflux and an awful intolerance to sugar alcohol - so i was relieved in a way.
just a thought
good luck finding out what it is!