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What causes the bloated feeling with Scleroderma?  Everything I eat makes me feel bloated, even the smallest meals make my stomach feel like it's eaten a 5 course banquet.  I'm not intolerant of any specific foods and it's not a case of some foods making it worse than others, it occurs with just about everything I eat.


I guess it's slow (or delayed)  gastric emptying, but what causes this?  What treatments might help?

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Hi Dimarzio,


Unfortunately, scleroderma does cause symptoms or signs of gastrointestinal disease. It can affect the entire digestive tract, affecting swallowing, digestion, and elimination. Bloating, abdominal distention, diarrhea, bacterial overgrowth, weight loss, and constipation are common.


We have excellent medical pages on Scleroderma Gastrointestinal Involvement and Dysmotility Syndrome which I hope will answer a lot of your questions on bloating and treatments available.


Kind regards,

Jo Frowde

ISN Assistant Webmaster

SD World Webmaster

ISN Sclero Forums Manager

ISN News Manager

ISN Hotline Support Specialist

International Scleroderma Network (ISN)

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Thanks Jo - That's rather a lot to get my head around, especially on top of all the other associated problems.


Unbelievable how quickly this disease seems to be progressing - I was expecting it to take a lot longer. Very worrying.

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