Severe intestinal pain - cayenne?

In June of this year, I did a 12 day Master Cleanse and it was the best thing that I have done for my body. Following the cleanse, I decided to keep drinking the lemon cayenne drink in the morning for breakfast. Over time, I develop a real taste for the cayenne and got up to one heaping teaspoon in my morning mixture ot two lemons, 4 TBSP maple syrup and 8cups of water.

Here's my problem. About a month ago, I had this excruciating pain in the middle of my abdomen that bent me over, had me hyperventilating and sweating with pain. It last about a minute or so, then passed. This happened again about 4 weeks later and more recently but both times have been milder than the first time. I started to notice that it is always mid-morning and I think it might be related to the cayenne.

Has anyone had any negative experiences with cayenne pepper? Could I be overdoing it?


  • i am no expert, but i'd say that your tummy pains are probably cayenne related.. when i have even 1/4 teaspoon or so of cayenne, i get pains and such. the sweating is probably 'cause it's a warming food, so it probably is,like, burning your insides a bit.

    that sucks, though. i hope you feel better soon. it's pretty awesome that you can tolerate that much of the stuff. INTENSE!

    umm..have a good day!


  • that sounds like a stomach ulcer... try and get it checked by a professional! meanwhile, limit your intake of irritants like hot spices/vinegar!

  • Thanks for the comments and kind remarks, Krista and Susan.

    I'm nearly certain that it's not a stomach ulcer, because the pain is lower in the intestine - almost as if something is exploding or blocked - sorry, it's so hard to describe. I mentioned it to my GP, and he sent me for a blood test on my pancreatic enzymes, but all was normal. He thinks it was just "cramping". hmmm.

    It doesn't happen every day so I just don't know what to think.

  • ambiguousambiguous Raw Newbie

    Cayenne is actually great for ulcers. But yeah, if I have a lot of cayenne on an empty stomach, it will hurt me too. I don't exactly know why, and while I think it isn't doing any permanent damage, I would suspect that going through that every day might not be so good for you. I know you're not feeling the pain every day, but perhaps you should consider cutting back on the cayenne? Or maybe dividing your "lemonade" dose with some food in the middle? Note that I'm not a health professional, and I only have hunches and my own experience to go on here.

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