SEVERE BLOATING

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LiLa
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Date Joined Nov 2007
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   Posted 11/22/2007 1:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a 28 yr old female & was diagnosed with CD about 9yrs ago after suffering the effects for the previous 7yrs. i've had the terminal ileum removed and resection. And one sachet of Questran is all i need to take everyday. I am one of the very lucky ones whose crohns seems to be under control for the most part. I certainly never get the agonising pains that i used to suffer with day and night before the surgery. However i am succeptible to fatigue bouts of diarrhoea out of the blue and particularly when stressed out or going anywhere different/important. I am probably the most stressed person i know and of course stress has a huge impact on the way my stomach behaves!!
Anyway, to get to the point, every morsel of food that goes into my system, no matter what, causes my stomach to bloat terribly, and i mean bloated to the point of looking 4 or 5 months pregnant. I don't understand this as if the crohns is under control, then it can't be the cause. And the doctors tell me it's not irratable bowel either and there is simply nothing that can be done. it just worries me that such bloating occurs every single time i eat, and although there is no real pain that accompanies it, it is extremely uncomfortable and embarrassing, especially as i have a slender frame. I even feel like people want to ask me whether i'm expecting!!
It may sound like a small problem compared to most others, but i am genuinely terrified that it's something more serious internally and am fed up with the doctors fobbing me off each and every time i express worry.
I am on a waiting list for a colonoscopy but don't expect to be called for it any time soon.
So does anybody know of reasons for severe bloating 24/7???
 

pb4
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   Posted 11/22/2007 2:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Lila :)

Often the cause of bloating is bacterial over-growth which IBDers are prone to since there is a connection to bacteria and exacerbation of symptoms...taking a good probiotic can aid with bloating along with other crohns symptoms as well...it's important to take probiotics daily and long-term including during remission...a great one that I take is called primadophilus reuteri made by natures way, it's affordable and only one/day is needed...it has guaranteed intestinal release and also aids with high cholesterol, lactose intolerance and vaginal health for women.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


thenay
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Date Joined May 2006
Total Posts : 167
   Posted 11/22/2007 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
If I eat something a few minutes later I get bloating, I hate it, I don't understand if its the food i'm eating at the time causing it or from before.  It drives me insane so I feel what your feeling.  I think its IBS, but the doc says its not too.  I know I have CD as I seen the images and blah blah, lol, but I just try to relax (when I can, I'm a stressed out person too, family drives me nuts!) so one day at a time I say ;) 
 
probiotics do help sometimes, but I get lazy and forget them at home if i'm out and eat
Male DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22, Colonoscopy and SBT
Taking Prednisone 17.5mg (tapering), Imuran 75mg (eventually 150mg I was told), Atenolol 25mg for fast heartbeat and Restoril 30mg for the sleepless nights (thanks Pred!)


tinglebell
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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I swear by the end of a day, I have put 6 inches onto my waist. Most of the time I have to wear elastic waist pants, especially in the evening. Today, since it was Thanksgiving and knew I would pig out tonight, I had a smoothie for breakfast and carrot soup for lunch. I was bloated before the carrot soup. I get so tired of this, and am ready to try the gluten-free/lactose free diets. A gi doc told me years ago that diet could control D and bloating, but have never been ready to give up foods that are bad for me until now.
DIANNE
Diagnosed at age 19 with CD.
3 small bowel resections, 1 for perforation, 2 for strictures 
 


pb4
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
You know what they say, better late than never.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Reef08
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Date Joined Dec 2005
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   Posted 11/22/2007 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Could be a stricture.

skeptical
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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 11/23/2007 6:55 AM (GMT -7)   
I always bloat after eating........

It's funny, if I take a nap in the middle of the day, the bloating goes way down for a while. Of course, by bedtime, it's back, but then down again in the morning to start all over again. I always buy pants a size too big. I'd rather have to hike them up part of the day then to get squeezed the other part.

pb4
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   Posted 11/23/2007 11:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Try taking some digestive enzymes after EVERY meal, many CDers swear by them and if you can tolerate eating natural digestive enzymes after every meal (pineapple, papya, kiwi) that's even better.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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