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For quite a while now I've been experiencing stomach pains about an hour after I eat sometimes. Until now I had no idea what had been causing it, but then I finally realized it always happens about an hour after eating a meal containing eggs, which is why I usually experience the pains after breakfast when I make myself an omelet.

However, this never happened back when I used to eat only the egg whites(not because they're lower cal, but because for a long time I just didn't like the taste of the yolks). I eventually became convinced that I should eat the yolk anyway because it's such a great source of protein and vitamins, and so I began eating them anyway and made myself get used to the taste. At first, no stomach aches, but as of the past several weeks, I've been getting terrible pains that last for hours!

Why is this? I actually slightly overcook my eggs, so it can't be that they're too raw. How come eating egg yolks has suddenly begun to give me stomach-aches? Has anyone else experienced this?

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Sounds to me like something else is to blame. Never heard of egg yolks making people sick repeatedly. Especially when properly cooked.

I'm not sure, perhaps you're allergic or have some form of minor intolerance to eggs?

I don't have the answer but my sister has the same problem. Do at least you're not crazy!

I used to have a problem eating eggs on an empty stomach. Therefore usually in the morning just like you describe.  However any other meal of the day not a problem...

However the egg sandwichs from Panera do not give me a problem..So maybe it is eggs fried in butter; the butter on an empty stomach is the problem?

Well, I'm glad that I'm not the only one experiencing this, at least.

@tokyoturnip: It's true that most of the time I eat eggs is in the morning, however I've also gotten the same ill-effects when I've snacked on hard-boiled eggs in the afternoon and evening. And it can't be butter, only use olive oil when I cook eggs, and hard-boiled eggs don't require any butter/oil at all, yet they still give me problems.

Well it's been a week since I made this thread, and since then I've started to just eat the egg white, to see what happens, and so far I haven't experienced anymore stomach pains. So it definitely was the yolk that was causing this. I did some research, and it turns out that what's probably in the yolk that's giving me stomach pains is the high sulphur content. I must have developed an allergy to it. This kind of stinks, because I had just gotten used to the taste of the yolks, and they contain all of the nutrition, but it's definitely not worth the stomach pains, so I guess I'll just have to stick with egg whites from now on.

You are certainly not alone. I too have a problem with digesting egg yolk, but not egg whites. My brother also cannot eat egg yolk, but does not have the same reaction to egg whites. My allergist told me that the reason that some people are unable to eat egg yolks but can eat egg whites, is because if you have an egg allergy/sensitive, the reaction is from the protein found in the egg yolk and not the white. It appears to me that you, like myself, might have an egg allergy/egg sensitive. So, for now, I'd stick with egg whites to avoid the tummy troubles. It has worked out great for me. Hope I could help!

Do you just get this by eating eggs by themselves? What if you have them in a sauce, omelet, crepe, bread?

from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/egg-allergy/ DS01021

"Egg allergy symptoms usually occur a few minutes to a few hours after eating eggs or foods containing eggs. Signs and symptoms range from mild to severe and can include skin rashes, hives, nasal inflammation, and vomiting or other digestive problems. Rarely, egg allergy can cause anaphylaxis — a life-threatening reaction.

Egg allergy can occur as early as infancy. Most children outgrow their egg allergy before adolescence. But in some cases, it continues into adulthood."

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from http://kidshealth.org/teen/food_fitness/nutri tion/egg_allergy.html

"Most people who are allergic to eggs react to the proteins in egg whites, but some can't tolerate proteins in the yolk. Every time the person eats an egg, the body thinks these proteins are harmful invaders. The immune system responds by kicking into high gear to fend off the "invader." This causes an allergic reaction, in which chemicals like histamine are released in the body."

One of my brothers is allergic to eggs. My mom figured it out when he was really young and she was feeding him. He turned his head to the side, and the egg got on his cheek. A rash formed there. No wonder he had colic often.

The effect got less as he aged, and he can eat eggs once in a while without problems as an older adult.

You probably have an intolerance or slight allergy to egg yolk. I have had the same problem since I was a child. If I eat a substantial amount of anything containing egg yolk, I get stomach cramps that last almost all day. It sucks to have to avoid foods that contain eggs, but not eating them is way better than suffering the allergic effects afterwards.

Egg allergies arn't uncommon.

You arn't just what you eat, you are what you absorb. Eggs arn't doing you any benefit if you have allergies/intollerances and can't digest them properly.

Egg yolks are super healthy, but if you can't eat em, you can't eat em.

You can be allergic to either egg yolk and egg white. I am allergic to egg yolks but my mother is horribly allergic to the white. your not crazy I thought I was because when i started eating egg whites my allergy seem to vanish!
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You are not crazy.  I have the exact same problem.  If I eat eggs like scrambled by themselves in a sandwich--anything, I get the worst stomach ache and throw up violently.  Upon advice of a friend I tried an egg substitute.  I tried this and it never bothers me.  They are made from egg whites as you know, so I am allergic to the egg yolks.

I heard someone suggest trying organic eggs.  I may try this, but I'm a little scared because I don't want to get sick. 

If you really like eggs like I do, just try the egg substitute.  You can even it some places you eat out.  I know I can at IHOP and Cracker Barrel.

I read that egg yolk can be a trigger for ibs but I'm not sure why.
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