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Kidney pain after drinking baking soda
Jshayneo posted:
On the advice of a friend, I drank a tablespoon of baking soda dissolved in water to combat severe heartburn. The baking soda had been open in his fridge for over a year and against my better judgment, I took it anyway. Although it almost instantly stopped the heartburn, I soon developed severe nausea and diarrhea. Within four hours my kidneys were hurting with pain ranging from 3-7 on a tolerance scale. Today, the day after, I still have an upset stomach and dull pain in my left kidney.

Does anyone have any information related to these symptoms that might assist me?
john-skpt responded:
It's most probably NOT related to kidneys, rather to gastric pain and cramping from the bicarb. Even a sudden release of sodium ions in the stomach can cause pain and nausea.

Try something else for the heartburn, calcium carbonate, maybe, or an over the counter version of omeprazole or some other PPI.

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