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What Are Oxalate Dumping Symptoms?

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Wondering if you are having oxalate dumping symptoms?

I’m sharing my experience with switching over to a carnivore diet and experiencing oxalate dumping.

Many people don’t realize oxalates can cause issues other than kidney stones.

Since I have kidney stone issues, I don’t have to wonder, I know I struggle with calcium oxalate accumulation.

I have heard many switching to a keto-type high meat diet and feeling oxalate dumping but not knowing what it was.

If you have switched to a low oxalate diet or are just wondering if you are dumping, let’s see if we can find out.

Oxalates are a problem for many but I don’t have all the answers. I’m sharing my experience in hopes that it can help you in your journey to feeling better.

What Are Oxalate Dumping Symptoms?

Let’s take a second to review some other issues that oxalates can cause other than kidney stones.

  • Histamine type symptoms
  • Vulvodynia (vulva pain in women)
  • Muscle cramping
  • Joint pain like arthritis
  • Painful eyes
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigue
  • Gum issues
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Depression
  • Migraines
  • Skin sores and rashes
  • IBS and digestive issues

Most people know oxalates to collect in the kidneys like oxalate stones but these oxalates can collect all over the body mimicking things like arthritis.

It’s most likely that wherever your oxalates collect is where you will have dumping issues as the crystals move around to find their way out.

Most people can dump through their intestines with diarrhea or severe constipation and then through the kidneys as the body releases the oxalate you have stored up.

Are You Oxalate Dumping?

If you are eating lots of oxalates, this isn’t the time you will feel the dumping. Most people don’t start dumping until they stop eating oxalate foods.

If you have recently stopped eating high oxalate foods this is when your body will want to start dumping them.

It is different for everyone on the time frame. I personally started dumping after a week of eating meat and cheese.

I do have a large oxalate problem though, I’ve had kidney stones and extra calcifications in my hands.

I felt great until the dumping started. It manifested as extreme hip and lower back pain. It was excruciating and lasted for days.

Before and after the dumping I felt really well but the “arthritis” type pain from the dumping was unbearable.

Overall I would say that dumping oxalates is cyclical and your body will periodically dump to get rid of those nasty buggers.

Supplements for Oxalate Dumping?

There are a few things that can help relieve the pain when you are dumping.

Sipping on baking soda water helped my pain tremendously. I’m not sure exactly why it works, but it helped more than anything, including pain medication.

One teaspoon in a cup of water twice a day cut my pain in half.

Magnesium Citrate helps to break down the oxalate crystals as well as calcium citrate. Many have also said magnesium sulfate or Epsom salt soaks can help alleviate pain.

I am sensitive to magnesium sulfate so I skipped this one. If you have tried it and it helps, please leave a comment below.

Chanca Piedra is also used for calcium oxalate crystals and I have found it to be extremely helpful in breaking down oxalate crystals.

For many B6 and B1 can lead to more dumping but it does help with those who are endogenous producers.

I would recommend taking B6 and B1 extremely slowly and pay attention to how you feel, I don’t do well with even medium doses of these.

You may not be able to eliminate all oxalate dumping symptoms because those oxalates have to come out, but you can slow them down to reduce the pain.

Slowing Oxalate Dumping Symptoms

Yes, the oxalates need to come out of your body but sometimes they can come out too fast and lead to an emergency.

There have been people hospitalized for dumping too fast. It tends to dramatically lower your potassium and can lead to heart arrhythmia symptoms.

You want to dump oxalates slowly so your body can handle the dump.

To do this you need to lower your foods slowly instead of stopping them all at once.

If you are eating tons of oxalates, cut out just one high oxalate food once a week and wean yourself off of it.

You want to give your body a way to get rid of oxalates slowly so it doesn’t cause huge dumping symptoms.

Share Your Oxalate Dumping Symptoms Below

Understanding oxalates is a very new idea and we need to all learn together. Share your experience in the comments below and join the Trying Low Oxalate Facebook group which is very helpful.

More people are learning about the connection to oxalates in arthritis, brain fog, skin issues, and digestive issues every day.

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Sources: Medpub and Healthline

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