The first time I got off the drug, it took about 3 months for the pain to subside, but the spasms never really went away. I took a break from alcohol for the first 3 months, but after that I could not tolerate the pain anymore, so I did drink quite a bit and it took 10 months for me to feel somewhat normal. This time, i cut out the alcohol and don't plan to drink again til i am fully healed. Hopefully cause I didn't take it as long, it wont take as long to heal. I am kinda counting on that 3 month mark, and I know I shouldn't, cause no one really knows. I am kinda nervous cause this is my 2nd time around. I do take EmergenC daily, and I notice that it takes the pain in my right lower abdomen away, but I do feel like there is a tight band around my midsection which is more tolerable than the whole belly hurting. I hope this helps. Do you still have pain tho or is it just the bloating big belly? I wish you the best of luck. Thanks for responding.