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#1 kelowna52

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 10:51 AM

Hello everyone, I was wondering if any of you get this bloating feeling to the point where you feel pregnant. My stomach is so big right now and I'm not over eating. None of my clothes fit, it is so frustrating. Plus I'm 10 pounds heavier in just a short time. My Gastro. doctor. told me about 3 weeks ago, to go on a liquid diet and see if that would help or go Gluten Free. Does IBS, if that's what is doing this, cause this much discomfort, and weight gain? I would appreciate any help.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 11:25 AM

I totally know the feeling. I felt like I could explode at any second and it hurt! My GI doctor put me on Reglan and it really helped.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:26 PM

Hi Jackie, I too have had a bloated stomach for the last 2-3 months and am definately not over eating either, in fact, my food intake is much lower than normal. Ive been on Prednisone for over a year. Puffiness is a side effect of this drug, but I would have thought id puffed up alot sooner than this. Ive been on Losec for tummy acid for months too. Its very weird feeling pregnant again after 12 years since my last, unfortunately this one aint gonna produce much lol, except, hopefully a new closet of clothes that fit :lol: . I too would appreciate any thoughts!
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 12:41 PM

Hi Peanut, I was on Reglan a few years ago and it didn't seem to agree with me, so I guess I'll call my GI doctor Monday and see if he has some other suggestion. Thank you for getting back to me.

Jackie

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 02:03 PM

Could it be fluids building up? This was one of my first acute symptoms.....stomach swelling and short of breath. I don't know what it was but it was very uncomfortable and scary, because you know it's not fat, it's actual bloating. I went to the dr thinking it was the flu, but a week later was in the hospital getting THE diagnosis of sclero.
I started taking Reglan much later in the game, but I think my bloating was much for than dysmotility.
Good luck and feel better. Let us know if you figure out what it is.
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Posted 02 March 2008 - 02:59 PM

I totally know the feeling sweetie! My doctor first put me on reglan for it, and it helped, but my body didn't like the drug. I'm now on something else that I so can't remember the name of right now. And it helps sometimes, but sometimes if I eat something my stomach doesn't like I'll have the problems even with the pills.

I hope that you figure this out soon.

oh, and about your clothes not fitting... I have a whole new set of clothes now cause of this. I wear a lot of sweat pants now, I'm just too uncomfortable in jeans and slacks anymore.

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 03:02 PM

Huh I was wondering what was happening with this gut of mine. Im not on any real meds yet, well actually a cream I started on thursday night but my gut is sticking out like a basketball. What is that from? I stepped on the scale to see if I put on weight and no. Its weird. Sharon

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Posted 02 March 2008 - 04:34 PM

Jackie,check with your gastro and make sure it isn't bacterial overgrowth. I get them frequently, and take an antibiotic for it which helps tremendously. Not a fun thing to go through but the antibiotic is a lifesaver. good luck, Mary
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:15 AM

Good morning girls, that is very interresting about all of this bloating. I have also had shortness of breath. I tried to walk a short distance last Friday and I could hardly breath. I know I'm out of shape, but I've never felt like that before. I have my brother coming for a visit next week and I have very few clothes to wear that will fit. This is so frustrating. I keep hoping my stomach will go down but it just doesn't. When I first get up in the A.M. not so bad but the minute I put anything into my gut the discomfort starts all over again. Also I've had terrible itching all over and I mean all over!!!, even in the private areas. So maybe this is something to do with a bacterial overgrowth. Well, I'm going to call my GI doctor. today, so we'll see what he has to say. Thank you again for your repies.

Jackie S.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:15 AM

Hi Jackie,

I haven't been here in awhile but wanted you to know that I have this terrible bloating and it is when my digestive system is shutting down and motility is bad. It makes you hurt and bloats you up and I also gain weight. Maybe some fluid retention also. I take motilium now for three years and it really helps but when things are flared up , this bloating just comes on. I would definetely check it out . Make sure it is not fluid. When I have bacterial overgrowth in which I have had only mild cases, I get smelly bowels and loose bowels. It was treated with antibiotics. Hope you get better soon. Susie54

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 06:14 AM

Hi, Jackie & Everyone.
Sorry you're going through the bloating & swelling, but it sounds like you may have some good suggestions here to get some relief. My stomach, from just beneath my ribcage to my abdomen was HUGE for seven straight months. I was in the process of riding the medical merry-go-round of doctors and didn't yet have a diagnosis. I took pics of myself (for validation, maybe?), and my tummy was bigger than it was when I was nine months pregnant.

I didn't take any medicine because at that point, nobody had figured out what was wrong with me. During that 7-month period, my weight fluctuated 10-15 pounds every day. I was somewhat on the small side (size 6), but I ended up having three different sizes of clothes - all the way up to 2x in pants because of my stomach. I couldn't handle any kind of pressure on my stomach and pretty much lived in soft, drawstring pants. For some reason, still unknown to me, the swelling just disappeared one day.

Hope you get some relief soon. ~LeAnn (Fictionite)

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 06:28 AM

Hello again, wow, bloating for 7 months. I've had it for about a month now and it's old! Thank heavens, I got an appointment today with my GI doctor., so hopefully he can do something about this. I believe I've been on all of the motility meds there are and none of them agreed with me, so who knows. I'll let you know what my doctor. says today. Thanks again to all of you.

Jackie S.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 07:00 AM

Good luck today Jackie!
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 07:28 AM

I can sure relate!!! I do believe I have IBS and I'm at one extreme or the other! I hate it. I take Miralax on a semi regular basis and it helps a lot! I'm also allergic to wheat, so I have to be careful what I eat. When I goof up, I know it.
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 03:34 PM

Hello again, I just got back from the GI doctor. and he said this is probably motility issues and a bacterial overgrowth, so he started me on Antibiotics and said if that didn't make a differance in a couple of weeks, that I would definately have to go on the Gluten Free Diet. I know wheat bothers me, but I love bread so much!!! It is such a dragg!!!! I've tried all of the motility meds out there and I can't take them the side affects are to bad for me. I may have to bite the bullet and take one of them no matter what. It is interresting how this affects all of us, very similiar. Thanks again to all of you for your support.

Jackie S.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 04:00 PM

wow, I can't believe everyone here has this....I have it too! I look like I'm carrying a basketball under my shirt. Feel awful sometimes. I find the less I eat the better and am trying not to eat much at all. If I eat like normal I pay big time and gain weight easily. Not eating I just stay where I am as far as the weight goes. I take a gastro cocktail of Pantaloc/zantac and domeperidine......it helps but not a whole lot. Let us know what your gastroguy says - Lisa
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Posted 03 March 2008 - 06:01 PM

I think I figured Reglan out... take half doses 4x/day then gradually work your way up to full doses. I did this after my stomach and guts acted up after my first day of reglan, and haven't had any problems since. Actually it's been pretty great - I'm regular now and don't have to take Miralax.

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Posted 03 March 2008 - 06:52 PM

Hi everybody,

I have the same problem with the bloating and discomfort that goes with it. My GI doctor told me that it can actually cause you to go up a full size in clothing! (Isn't that special?!!!)

Mine is also related to bacterial overgrowth which the dr. attributes to slow motility. She prescribed antibiotics which I have yet to start....I was very sick a couple of weeks ago...just got the clearance to start them. She also has me taking probiotics to encourage the growth of good bacteria.

from another member of the bloated belly club,

emmie

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 04:33 AM

Good morning everyone, wow, it's amazing how this bloating affects alot of us. I've been on the Antibiotics since Monday, no change yet, I'm still bloated. Plus I have a rectal fissure, the last one, I had to have surgery for. I'm just getting very tired of this. I have my brother coming from Canada for a visit next Tues. and I have so much to do, I just don't have time for all of these health issues. This just get's old. Well, have a good day.

Take Care

Jackie S.

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 05:53 AM

Jackie,

I'm sorry the antibiotics aren't working for you yet. Beings that it's been 5 days it doesn't hold much hope, but finish them out. I feel what you are saying about being tired of all of this and how it gets in the way of everything and anything we want to do. I hope you are able to enjoy your visit with your brother.
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