expanding waistline as day goes on!

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
[ << Previous Thread | Next Thread >> ]

Easta
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 124
   Posted 1/23/2008 11:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Why does IBS often mean that, although you wake up a slimline shape round the waist, you find by the eveing that your waistband on your trousers nearly cuts you in two?!

Does gas build during the day as more food hits the system? I find Colpermin is still helpful but doesn't fully tackle this evening "pregnant look"!!

Mom2sophia
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 262
   Posted 1/23/2008 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I am the same way!!!!  Do you have IBS-C?

Keriamon
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 1/23/2008 4:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I think that yes, eating causes an increase in gas, which causes the bloating. Personally, I can't help but wonder if bloat like that is not caused by a bacteria problem--either too few good bacteria or too much bad. Have you had a breathalyzer test to check and see if you have bad bacteria? Have you taken probiotics to see if that helps by giving you more good bacteria?

Fiber and probiotics, when you first start taking them, may cause gas and/or bloat, but that generally goes away after a week or two.

gutastrophe
Regular Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 319
   Posted 1/23/2008 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Easta said...
Why does IBS often mean that, although you wake up a slimline shape round the waist, you find by the eveing that your waistband on your trousers nearly cuts you in two?!

Does gas build during the day as more food hits the system? I find Colpermin is still helpful but doesn't fully tackle this evening "pregnant look"!!
Well, I don't eat at all during the day and I still inflate with gas!  By 2 or 3 in the afternoon, I am so full of air I could probably tie some balloons around my neck and float home from work!

Easta
Regular Member


Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 124
   Posted 1/24/2008 11:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for input. I have taken acidophilus and lactobacillus tablets for about 5 months now. I don't have C, always on the D side. Haven't had a breathalyser test though and may mention that to doctor. Stool sample was checked for infection some time ago and came back negative.

I work from home so don't need the balloons!!

Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/27/2008 6:44 AM (GMT -7)   
confused  Ihave the same pregnant look. Only mine doesnt come and go anymore sad I look 9 months, dont eat all day at work cause have D. Also when I eat I feel like 11 months pregnant and really hurts. Home on Fmla for one month, liver enzymes up, cat scan Monday. I take Immodium on a regular basis per Dr. after trying alot of prescriptions. Now I have read everything on computer on Ibs and Liver and not sure I should of been taking Immodium with the swelling. Dr. wants me to go to Mayo clinic.Has anybody been there for IBS? Any help there?Im home because nothing seems to help the D. Really need a job at home. Any suggestions?

Keriamon
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jun 2005
Total Posts : 2976
   Posted 3/27/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarita has been to the Mayo Clinic. She's in med school herself right now; I'm sure she will be on when she has time to tell you about it.

Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/27/2008 10:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Been to Mayo with illness or med school? I have been to 2 specialist locally and 1 out of town. Just dont want to waist my or thier time without results. Not to mention the money redface Thanks Ker. I will watch for her reply.

Sarita
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 2486
   Posted 3/27/2008 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Normal,
Yes, I've been to the Mayo Clinic as a patient, and am also a medical student now. The Mayo Clinic was very efficient. I had very serious chronic D. They repeated some tests and I had a GI and infectious disease consultation there. It was nice to get a qualified second opinion, although the end result was: you have something very odd and we're not sure what it is. Still, it did give me an idea of what WASN'T going on, and that's always a bonus - to get those gnarly possibilities out of the way. It has taken me many years to attempt to put the pieces together, and what I've learned is that there may not be a nice, tidy "diagnosis" for many people. The key is to eliminate the more worrisome possibilities (in my case, cancer and inflammatory bowel disease) and then work from there to begin controlling the symptoms.

I might have gotten more answers if I had stayed there longer, but I wasn't able to extend my visit, so had to make do with what I had. I was lucky in that my insurance covered 100% of my visit, despite the fact that I was an out-of-state patient. I was there for a week and stayed in a hotel while I underwent all of the testing. You should definitely talk with your insurance company to see what portion would be covered. Consultations are usually scheduled within a couple of months and, like I said before, are very efficient; you will be in good hands.
Co-moderator - IBS Forum


Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/27/2008 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Sarita. I will check with my insurance. They pay for 100% of test but I will have to see about the rest. A week!!! and that wasnt long enough? I dont know about that. But as I said this is my last attempt. I am done trying to figure this out. After this I will just have to live with the pain and D. The pain gets worse all the time.Im not sure if that is my liver or not. If I cant get a solution in the very near future I am going to lose alot. Just cant fuction like this anymore.Ive been with the specialist for up to 2 years OUT OF TOWN, but only a couple of hours drive. Had to stay overnight for some of the test. The other ones for 6-9 months. They act like we have all the time in the world to figure this out. Well duh, my job and life cannot be on hold for 5 years now. How in the world do you function as a med student? I did wound care with therapist for a year and would love to go back but I just dont see how I could excuse myself. How do you do it? Well I have lived on computer since last thurs. in betwwen Dr. apts. I will just have to wait till monday for cat scan,I feel like I at least know alittle more now.

Marsky
Veteran Member


Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 1956
   Posted 3/27/2008 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem. I'm 52 now, my daughters are 17 and 20 but I often babysit my 7 year old niece. The last time I watched her I wasn't feeling so well, she saw me rubbing my stomach (for some reason when I get bloated, I want to massage my abdomen, sip weak hot tea and use a heating pad). Anyway she told me I looked pregnant! LOL (I'm a size 8, my stomach isn't exactly flat but on a good day I know I don't look pregnant. That day I did I guess.....kids!

Sometimes when I get this way, I know I should stop eating solids but I'm also starving, which sets off my bm's (I have the D part of IBS like symptoms, from cancer, losing my sigmoid, etc.) It's just a vicious cycle - eat, bloat, bm's, more bloating, more hunger, more bm's. Sigh.....

I sincerely hope you find relief.

Mary

Sarita
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2005
Total Posts : 2486
   Posted 3/28/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Normal, it took a week because of how they had to schedule the tests. I had to get a scope, which meant I needed a day to prep. Then I needed to have a fat absorption test done, which meant I had to eat 100 grams of fat per day for two days to see how my intestines absorbed fat (good excuse to eat cheese fries, at least). Also had to collect stool samples on three separate days to check for parasites. I also had a CT scan, a bunch of blood work, etc. so while it was time-consuming, it was necessary.

I know it seems like docs think we have all the time in the world to just hang out and be ill. That is very frustrating sometimes, but I can understand the other perspective too. We don't have enough doctors so we have to wait, and also we can't rush the body's natural healing process, which takes time. At least it forces us to slow down and take stock of what's really going on, and what really matters. I was absolutely livid at the world for a while when I was sick and doing poorly in my classes last semester...then I realized I could be as mad as I want but it wouldn't change my situation. So I decided I had to work around my circumstances. Medical school is normally four years, and we take over 75 credits per year (it's kind of like having an 80-hour-per-week job - except we don't get paid for it)...I decided to take an extra year for my pre-clinical work and so far I'm very happy with my decision, even though it was difficult to swallow at first. I've had some humbling moments, but that's life.

Lesson learned - we just have to keep going and try our best no matter what. I've learned not to care if my healthy classmates think I'm weird because I go to the bathroom a lot. I think THEY are weird for being so nosy :) Plus, I know for sure this illness has developed my empathy, listening skills, reasoning skills, etc. and down the road I will have more devoted patients because of it!
Co-moderator - IBS Forum


Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/28/2008 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   

Marsky,

I started swelling 25 years ago with 2nd pregnancy. One day size 5 regular clothes(to be a size 5 again :-) next day looking 8 months with maternity clothes. My co workers not in my dept. were like what is going on with her. They said it was stress of being in charge of 20 women. It is really embarrassing at 50 huh? I am engaged after being alone for 7 years and people think I am pregnant.I can hide it pretty good with clothes but when my stomach gets past my breast it is hard to hide. I really dont care what others think anymore at our age, if could just get this D under control I would be happy. After 25 and 28 year old thru college and married I am just so ready to relax. So proud of my kids and 2 grandkids. Feel so lucky with what I have been blessed with, just a little scared of loding control to D. Thanks for the reply. I wouldnt wish this on anybody but it really does help to know you are not alone.Keep me posted on how you are doing with cancer, swelling and D. I wish you the best.                              Take care, Normal

 


Canyonbabe711
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1451
   Posted 3/28/2008 7:08 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had a thorough gynecological exam? Bloating can be a sign of an ovary problem also of course gall bladder.

Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/29/2008 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   

Canyonbabe,

Had a series of test done several times over the years for cervical and ovarian, but thanks fot the suggestion. Im always open for ideas. Had 2 c-sections, they said a few years ago that maybe it was scar tissue, had trouble doing 2nd one because it was too bad. Then they decided it was IBS.I really am like ok lets find out ONCE AND FOR ALL PEOPLE. Opps Im really in a mood today. Really cant wait to find out results of the ct. Why do they just do a ct scan of certain spots? You take the med.(which I am allergic to) dye redface I have to take predisone and benadryl. Thefy said it will get worse everytime. So why not just do my whole body at once? It is so fast anyway!Check it all out.Will you get too much radiation?


Canyonbabe711
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1451
   Posted 3/29/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I think it has to do with the program they have to use for different parts. If they did a pelvic then they will see a lot of things. Usually they always order an abdominal and pelvic when I have them but then when I have the lung one it has to be done seperately and I was told it was because of the program that is specific to an area. In an abdominal and pelvic they can get most of the organs though. This would also show an ovarian cyst or uterine fibroids. Perhaps they will find an easy answer.

Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/30/2008 8:16 AM (GMT -7)   

Canyonbabe,

 That helps to know because I was gonna just go in tommorrow and say OK lets scan the whole body and just look at it all. I dont mind glowing for a few days :-) . MY hope is that it is something easy fixable with my liver and then maybe I can control my IBS and get rid of some of this stomach and pain. Or MAYBE it will go away for a couple of years like the good ole days. Well  have tons of things to do. Anybody else have allergic reactions to cat scans? My 3rd one. They say the reaction will get worse everytime,Im kinda scared. I usually go by myself since it is so easy but not sure I should tommorrow.


Canyonbabe711
Veteran Member


Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1451
   Posted 3/30/2008 2:36 PM (GMT -7)   
WEll, maybe if you ask they will do more but it will depend on what the Doctor ordered. You may as well ask. That was only my experience and what I was told. You didn't say what was ordered. It should be on the slip your Doctor gave you but if it says abdominal and pelvic then you liver, pancreas, kidneys and on down will be seen. It cannot see in the colon to see polyps. It will also cover ovaries, uterus, bladder, gall bladder and spleen. I have two of those for some reason so most everything is covered as far as organs from about mid chest down. Speak up and ask while you are there and also ask for a copy of the test to be sent to you or if you can pick up. I hate getting the copy after I have seen my Doctor as there are always things on there that I don't understand and he sort of glossses over. They see these things all the time and I don't so I don't know what is important. Besides it is my body.

Normal
Regular Member


Date Joined Mar 2008
Total Posts : 263
   Posted 3/30/2008 4:36 PM (GMT -7)   

Canyonbabe,

My Dr. just said liver enzymes elevated, need a ct of liver. My slip says abdominal and/or pelvic. I had ab and pelvic a year ago. Always been grateful that I just had IBS but then I use to have SOME control over it too. Now it controls me. Been off on fmla for one week. Went on regular diet no meds no work. One of the three above agrees with me :-) At least for the last couple of days I have not had to live in bathroom. Keep hoping the swelling and pain will go away too. I would give anything to be off for a year to really try to beat this IBS. Im taking predisone and benadryl so maybe I will feel ok. Thanks for reply.

New Topic Post Reply Printable Version
Forum Information
Currently it is Saturday, December 03, 2016 12:57 PM (GMT -7)
There are a total of 2,732,183 posts in 300,998 threads.
View Active Threads


Who's Online
This forum has 151161 registered members. Please welcome our newest member, Geef.
254 Guest(s), 11 Registered Member(s) are currently online.  Details
Wdan, countess18, Tick41, Starlight*, DennisinNY, ChickenArise, Traveler, bdavis, NotQuiteAntonio, julymorning, iPoop


Follow HealingWell.com on Facebook  Follow HealingWell.com on Twitter  Follow HealingWell.com on Pinterest
Advertisement
Advertisement

©1996-2016 HealingWell.com LLC  All rights reserved.

Advertise | Privacy Policy & Disclaimer