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#1 GrandMasterK

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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:07 PM

Whenever I drink water I get a stomach ache, sometimes it makes me nauseous or I feel like throwing up. My family swears up and down that it's probably all the milk I drink and that I'm probably some form of lactose-intolerant, but milk never makes me sick or hurts my stomach it does nothing but make me feel better when I drink it. I felt dehydrated last night and nor pop or milk or gatorade was quenching this feeling, I felt like I was missing something you know and it was making me not feel very good. So I figured I needed water and I got a bottle from the fridge and started taking some drinks. I don't like the taste of water so it wasn't a grand experience. Within minutes, my stomach started feeling....icky. A combination of sort of an acid pain and feeling like my stomach was a half full water balloon (especially when I moved around). Felt like I was gonna throw up for a good hour until it went away, this happens almost everytime I drink water. I can't be allergic to water or anything like that right, what sense would that make?

The back of my throat always feels weird when I drink water to, not sure if that's normal or not, it's sort of a scratchy sensation.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:09 PM

Any sort of water, or just tap water? There may be a contaminant in the water you drink that you are sensitive to.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:14 PM

sounds like it could be some bacteria... where do you get your water from? Is it city water, do you have your own well?
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:35 PM

I had a similar problem; i couldn't drink pure water. It made me sick and i would almost throw up. Then i learned about "drinking techniques". Start with a little water daily. Take very small sips and a deep breath after every sip. It worked for me. (Not that i like water now, but i can drink it if there's nothing else.)

Sweetening it with honey solves the problem anyway, for me. Sugar doesn't work.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 09:54 PM

I felt dehydrated last night and nor pop or milk or gatorade was quenching this feeling, I felt like I was missing something you know and it was making me not feel very good. So I figured I needed water and I got a bottle from the fridge and started taking some drinks.

Could it be because you drank a bunch of pop, milk, gatorade and water trying to quench a thirst? I've had those types of thirst where no amount of water seemed to help and I ended up a bit queasy. I can only imagine what it would have felt like if I'd mixed so many different (and possibly volatile) liquids.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 10:21 PM

Have your doctor check you for an overactive pancreas. Otherwise, its rabies and your screwed. LOL.
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Posted 30 June 2006 - 11:39 PM

Could it be because you drank a bunch of pop, milk, gatorade and water trying to quench a thirst? I've had those types of thirst where no amount of water seemed to help and I ended up a bit queasy. I can only imagine what it would have felt like if I'd mixed so many different (and possibly volatile) liquids.


The drinks were more throughout the day, not close together.

Have your doctor check you for an overactive pancreas. Otherwise, its rabies and your screwed. LOL.


Phew, now I feel much better.

Any sort of water, or just tap water? There may be a contaminant in the water you drink that you are sensitive to.


All water, bottled water, sink water, those 5 galloon things you put on the water cooler, all of it. It's everytime so that leads me to believe it doesnt have something to do with anything I've eaten before or after.

I forgot cramping to, it will give stomach/abdominal cramps occassionally.

I have IBS.....could that for some reason at all be a reason for this?
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Posted 3 July 2006 - 01:15 PM

Have you been to the doctor's? Is it IBS? I'm sure i don't have it and am really interested, 'cause i've never met anyone with the same problem.
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Posted 3 July 2006 - 02:04 PM

I`ve had similar when the water has been very cold, it`s not uncommon.
even more so if you drink a whole lot in one go, stomach will of course cramp up.

try Cool (not cold) water and sip it slowly.
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 12:34 AM

Have your doctor check you for an overactive pancreas. Otherwise, its rabies and your screwed. LOL.



I think you're misunderstanding rabies. People with rabies get hydrophobia because of the pain associated with swallowing, to my knowledge water doesn't make them sick.....
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Posted 24 July 2006 - 01:27 AM

Hmm... I drink mostly water and have the same feeling with other drinks a lot. I guess that doesn't help you though...
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Posted 25 July 2006 - 09:40 PM

I've had the problem for years. I gave up on water at least a decade ago. Warm, cold, bottled, chugged or sipped...it just gave me a bellyache. I always just figured it was chlorine or chloramine. No matter. For unrelated medical reasons, in 1999 I switched over to Pepsi, first as a way to flush out a PEG, then to dissolve crap in my mouth. The PEG is long gone but the other problem is still present to some extent. And I still drink Pepsi. So, no, you're not alone.
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 04:20 AM

Water is terrible stuff. Have you ever considered what fish do in it? What you need is a little disinfectant added, to kill the nasties. I have always found that whiskey works well!

More seriously, I think your problem is probably psychosomatic. This is not meant as an insult. I have a psychosomatic response to eating certain fish. I know where it came from - a nasty bout of food poisoning many years ago. My body learned that certain fish tastes are not good, and it 'saves' me from poisoning by making me nauseous each time I eat strong flavoured fish. I know this is purely in the mind, but that does not reduce the problem. I suspect you have a similar problem with water. It cannot be physical, since you take in water in any drink, regardless of the flavour.

Why not enjoy the problem. Make sure you have lots of whatever drink you like, and enjoy it?
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Posted 26 July 2006 - 07:55 AM

Whenever I drink water I get a stomach ache, sometimes it makes me nauseous or I feel like throwing up. My family swears up and down that it's probably all the milk I drink and that I'm probably some form of lactose-intolerant, but milk never makes me sick or hurts my stomach it does nothing but make me feel better when I drink it. I felt dehydrated last night and nor pop or milk or gatorade was quenching this feeling, I felt like I was missing something you know and it was making me not feel very good. So I figured I needed water and I got a bottle from the fridge and started taking some drinks. I don't like the taste of water so it wasn't a grand experience. Within minutes, my stomach started feeling....icky. A combination of sort of an acid pain and feeling like my stomach was a half full water balloon (especially when I moved around). Felt like I was gonna throw up for a good hour until it went away, this happens almost everytime I drink water. I can't be allergic to water or anything like that right, what sense would that make?

The back of my throat always feels weird when I drink water to, not sure if that's normal or not, it's sort of a scratchy sensation.



It's probably because you're either an alien or a robot. It's just natural in that case. If you want to avoid this problem you need to switch over to more natural fluids, like ethanol or motor oil.:cool:
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Posted 8 August 2006 - 03:55 PM

Try what YT said. I too have stomach problems and drinking water hurts something fierce. Try the water at a warmer temp and sip it slowly.
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Posted 27 November 2006 - 03:22 AM

Wow! I thought water was good for ya!
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Posted 28 November 2006 - 07:32 PM

Does it happen regardless of temperature? i.e. does warm water do the same thing? I know that cold liquids on an empty stomach will give me a very painful stomach ache.
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Posted 28 November 2006 - 08:01 PM

I suggest drinking whatever you enjoy the most. Remember as someone here has already said, water is the main constituent of everything you drink.

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Posted 14 February 2007 - 08:33 PM

It does not matter if water hurts you. Water is a very essential element of your body. You have to find some way to get H2O into your body or else you're gonna die

Do you get diarrhea? Is it a very bad pain?

Once I had a virus that cuz me to get diarrhea whenever I drank water, but I was told to keep drinking no matter what cuz I still need water even more if I am sick.

How long has this been going on? If this has been going on for a long time, you need a doctor
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Posted 18 May 2007 - 07:23 PM

I'm trying to figure out what's going on, too. I'll try the small sips and I'll ask my doctor about the overactive pancreas. How did you get to that answer, Mustang292? My doctor thinks I have IBS also--and I'm trying to figure that out--because it's such a "catch-all" diagnosis. Anyway, coments and thoughts welcome . . .
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