Before my surgery my abdomen was distended all the time. I think it was from the damaged/diseased area of colon and its' inflamation.
After surgery I did great, but about a month later I developed some horrible, horrible gas. Very painful and caused me to run to the bathroom for every little (and big) squeak of air, because I couldn't trust that it would only BE gas. I began taking a probiotic (acidopholus)(sp?) and gas-X gelcaps. I have been taking the gelcaps for about 5-6 weeks. If I forget a cap, or try to stop taking them, the gas comes back with a vengeance.
I have mentioned (via phone) the gas problem to my GI and she didn't seem to feel it was worth pursuing, though at my next appointment with her (next week) I will definitely bring it up and let her know it is something we need to get under control to keep me comfortable.
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry.
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC. No remission. 5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon. Dx changed to Crohn's. Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.