IBS extreme bloating...HELP!!!

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francoisababe
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   Posted 4/6/2008 2:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Okay, as you probably got from the post, I have EXTREME bloating :[ It can look as if i'm 6 months pregnant, and i'm pretty sure all my symptoms point to IBS (Abdominal pain, gas, constipation and diarrea, fatigue, etc). I've had all of these for a while, especially bloating and constipation, but never excessive bloating like this till about 6 months ago. Plus, IBS runs in my family, so i'm pretty sure thats she problem. I'm already a vegan, so I know it's not lactose intolerance. I've started to take soluble fiber supplements, (but not too much, to avoid even more bloating, which I dont want!), and for about a month I took Gas X every day, which helped a bit. Ive started to take achidophilus a few times a day, and another digestive enzyme twice daily before a meal, and finally another garlic supplement for digestion. I also am very active, am at the gym usually an hour about every other day, and I walk my dogs and do tumbling and cheerleading too.
Still, after trying all this, and hours of fruitless research online, nothing seems to helo my horrible bloating, its so depressing and my clothes are very uncomfortable and dont fit anymore.
 
The only other things I can think of is drinking thigns like fennel tea, which I heard can help, and drinking more water every day.
 
If anybody has conquered severe bloating due to IBS and knows what I should do, please please please help me out!!!
 
Thanks. :]

Post Edited (francoisababe) : 4/6/2008 1:36:38 PM (GMT-6)


Sarita
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   Posted 4/7/2008 9:15 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi francoisababe,
It sounds like your symptoms fit the profile of a number of digestive disorders, including IBS, so I would encourage you to visit your doctor and talk about them with him/her. You may be referred to a gastroenterologist for further evaluation, or some basic tests might be run to rule out other conditions. I think it's important to start there. But there are a lot of members on the forum dealing with similar symptoms and will surely have advice for you, especially after some of those basic tests have been performed. The fiber supplements and acidophilus can cause increased bloating at first, which may be part of the culprit, but that usually goes away within the first couple of weeks after starting that kind of regimen, so you might give it a bit more time to see if your body adjusts.

Welcome to the forum and let us know if you have more questions!
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softy
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   Posted 4/7/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi francoisababe,
 
I too get extreme bloating.  I measured around my waist a few times and found I can add up to 3 inches when bloated and look 6 months pregnant as my normally flat stomach becomes round and hard.  What I've found over the years is that processed carbs cause this for myself ... white breads, cereals, pastas, etc.  If I stay away from them I don't have the bloating.  Have you noticed a connection with certain foods?
Take care, Softy
 


Keriamon
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   Posted 4/7/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Softy, do you think that you have celiac's? All the foods you listed as bothering you contain gluten.

Also, to the OP, beans and raw fruits and vegetables are things to stay away from. The beans are pretty obvious, of course, but raw fruits and vegetables do a number on most people with IBS. In fact, most IBSers only eat vegetables if they are cooked to death (no al dente). Apples are pretty much the worst thing you can eat (in any form, although some people can tolerate them cooked in small amounts), and fruit juices are pretty well no-nos because of their acidity. Acid makes gas in a lot of people (colas also have a lot of acid in them).

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 4/7/2008 5:49 PM (GMT -6)   
Cola's also are filled with CO2 which is a gas, hence the bubbles.

francoisababe
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   Posted 4/8/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   
     I've visited the doctor two different times about this problem, with no results; the first time, I had to go to an emergency urgent care beacuse of incredible abdominal pain, and the doctor said it was just lots of gas. She just told me to buy some Gas X, which helps with the bloating a tiny bit, but wierdly, not with the gas. The second time, I got blood work done to see if I had any allergies or celiacs disease or a thyroid disorder, and I dont have any of those. I also got an xray to see if I had a blockage in my stomach, to no avail. So now i'm going to try a candida diet for a while, and hopefully that will help!!

Sarita
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   Posted 4/9/2008 3:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey francoisababe (by the way, who is this babe named Franco?), did your doctor ever mention the possibility of having a Helicobacter pylori infection? This is a water-borne bacterial infection that sometimes causes some of the symptoms you've described...if you go back to the doc, you might ask about getting a hydrogen breath test done. The treatment is simple - a short course of antibiotics. Just a thought. Lots of other things can also cause bloating, which is why it can be a frustrating symptom to diagnose.
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francoisababe
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   Posted 5/7/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Sarita-
The babe I refer to is James Franco :]]]]] (swoon!)
 
thanks for your suggestion, I will check it out!
 

Vattimo
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   Posted 2/28/2013 9:34 PM (GMT -6)   
I sometimes (but quite frequently of late) get extreme bloating and pain. I have found that Gasalia, a homeopathic product, really helps. (As noted here and elsewhere Peppermint Tea and hot baths provide some relief also...)

I don't no
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   Posted 3/6/2013 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I myself look like I'm nine months pregnant with stomach pain especially on the right side and a warming sensation thru my back been to the doctors a dozen times went to emergency twice had an ultrasound done results good had breath test done and found out I had the H Pylori bacteria got treated with the antibiotics for 2 weeks praying this will take care of my problem and sitting here today nothing has changed..I'm 49 years old but this problem is just aging me because no one can tell me what it is..I drank wine gave that up gave up soda pop..As of now I only drink water and I'm really to afraid to eat...This is just making my life miserable!

skinnygirl
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   Posted 3/6/2013 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone I am new on here and I was happy to read all the posts. I went to my Dr yesterday about my bloting. Before my two c-sections I always had a flat stomach no matter what I ate but since the last pregnancy I can't get my belly down. I thought it was some bloting and some fat but the Dr looked at my belly and said there is no fat just all bloting. By the end of the night I look 6 months pregnant. My Dr told me to go on the FODMAP DIET and I am waiting to go see a diatishion (Wrong spelling) to start on the diet. My belly blotes but I don't have any pan just feeling of fullness, I don't feel like I have IBS just bloting. I can't wait to try the diet because anything I read is that people notice a difference after 1 week. It has been 3 years and I want my belly back I am tired of wearing loose clothing or a griddle when I go out plus I am only 33.

Extreme Bloating
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   Posted 2/22/2014 12:02 PM (GMT -6)   
In case you've tried everything else, here are some things to look in to:
1) McCombs plan - candida plan. If you google it you will find it. It really does work if candida is your problem. I've had the extreme bloating, and it does get rid of the bloating unless the bloating is from another cause. There is a test from Genova Diagnostics - CDSA 2.0. Call Genova and ask them for a doctor near your zip code who uses the test.
2) Check your Iodine levels - Doctor's Data makes a test for this. Iodine is one of your detox pathways.
3) Check your heavy metals. Lead can cause chronic constipation. Doctor's Data also makes a test for heavy metals - the 6 hour Urine heavy metals challenge test. Heavy metals can also cause persistent candida (especially mercury).

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   Posted 3/2/2014 1:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree that a correct diagnosis is critical if you are going to practice the very best management of your symptoms. Many members of my family, also had symptoms. I never did until age 47. At that time, I was exposed to HSV2, which triggered both HCP (a type of porphyria which needs to be determined by a DNA test) and Herpes Colitis (I had to request a biopsy). These are not well known in America, and it took me 3 years, and the best doctors in America, which a lot of people don't have access to. But knowing the underlying cellular/genetic changes was critical for the management of any disorder. Any time that I may be exposed to colds, which is my trigger, I can take the appropriate action.
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