abdominal bloating, eating one meal a day

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momto3
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
I'm in the process of seeing my pcp and trying to figure out what is going on with my belly.  So far my abdominal x-ray and labs have all returned normal.  At this point, I'm reduced to one meal per day because after I eat the one meal even if it is a sandwhich, that is all I ate ( like yesterday) the fullness and bloating in my abdomen is awful that I can no longer eat anything for the remainder of the day.  I'm also finding myself not hungry either, so no appetite.  The doctor gave me two weeks worth of something called Protonics and so far it hasn't worked but I think I'm supposed to take it for the full two weeks.  Do any of you have this? where the bloating and pressure is above your belly button but just below/between your ribs?  By bedtime I'm exhausted, and the pressure is awful, and it is almost to the point where I feel like just having a bowl of soup and thats it!
 
Thanks in advance!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/24/2008 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, and it can be from many things. Have you had an Endoscopy done? That would be my first suggestion as that can rule out many things or find the cause. You could have gastritis. I doubt Protonix will help if this is your main complaint. That is for acid reflux and that doesn't sound like what you have and is something the doctors give out like candy the last 10 years. You need something to break up the gas first so I would try GAS-X immediately after eating or even before. I would try in any way you can to break up the gas so anything with Simethicone in it might help. If you have not tried just plain Rolaids or Tums try them as they work amazingly well. After many years of trying everything else I finally dug them out and they are working very well, better than the prescription meds. But you do need to find out if there is a reason for this like gastritis, duodenitis, h. pylori so your Doctor needs to look further. If there is no physical reason then you will have to just find what works best. You may have a problem where the food stays in your stomach too long and there are drugs for that. You need to see a Gastroenterologist and at least have the Endo to rule out anything serious.

momto3
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   Posted 11/25/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Canyon,
 
Thank you for replying and no I've never had an endoscopy done...I also have plenty of the Gas X and the Tums (I prefer the fruity flavored rolleyes ) and I was tested for the h.pylori and it came back normal so it seems I'm one of those people that the doc is just not sure.  I go back in a couple of weeks so hopefully I will last that long and my husband is amazed that I can get through my day on such a small amount of food but I'm really not hungry.  Too bad I don't need to lose weight because this would be a way to do it shakehead Anyway, if the doctor doesn't suggest the endo, I will be sure to ask for it..hopefull it isn't too gruesome!
 
Thanks again!

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/25/2008 6:34 PM (GMT -7)   
No, it is a simple proceedure and you are out for it. Takes maybe 10 minutes and light sedation. Some people have none but I am not one of them. You really need to rule out more serious problems before just assuming it is something else. There is one other thing and I don't want to scare you but bloating is a sign of ovarian cancer so if you have not seen a gynocologist recently that would be the next step. I was given a pelvic ultrasound and CT scan to rule this out. A ovarian cyst was found but determined not to be of the malignant type. Unfortunately, bloating is often overlooked in regards to ovarian cancer but it is a definete symptom. It is of course a symptom of many things but I did lose a friend to OC because her Doctor (who she worked for) did not put the two together.

momto3
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   Posted 11/25/2008 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there,
 
Yes, my son had an endo several years ago and after he finally drank the barium (ack!) they gave him medication and he was out..I have also thought about that as well regarding the ovaries, I went in for my yearly check up at the beginning of Oct, but have not had a cycle since and I have had a chronic problem with cysts as well.  I'm fairly certain I have one at this point, but since I was just at the urologist yesterday to figure out why I seem to have an overactive bladder, I think my husband is beginning to think I'm a hypochondriac rolleyes At this point, I feel like I'm going to all of these different doctors.  I'm so sorry to hear of your friend, and you are correct, it is very difficult to diagnose from what I have read.  I've thought about calling the gyno because I have been having that nagging side pain and low back pain that I get from a cyst but I get them so often I just figured, oh well another cyst! Since it is making everything late, maybe I should call my gyno..
 
Thank you so much :-)

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/25/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Mom, you don't drink barium for an endo though there is something called a barium swallow but you are not out for it so really not sure what you son had. They nothing in you stomach with an endo.

I know with stomach problems it can affect so many things and there is always that fear that people will think we are Hypo's but hey this is your life and you know you are not. Something is going on and you need to find out what it is. Unfortunately, there really isn't a accurate test for OC but they can tell the type of cyst it is by ultrasound usually and whether it needs to be watched or biopsied. Since you are young you are probably getting those follicle cysts that come and go and those are not malignant. I think were it me I would give my gyno a call and ask some questions.

momto3
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   Posted 11/26/2008 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Canyon,

It was about 7 years ago and it was at a Childrens hospital for his cystic fibrosis, and I thought it was an endoscopy since they placed a tube down his throat, but my memory is not that good!!  I was thinking about that and thinking "oh dear" how unpleasant, maybe I will pass on that procedure if I have to drink that awful stuff shocked

But yes, I've been getting cysts for a long time and with me they just seem to hang around.  I'm going to make an apointment and hopefully I will be able to get in with someone early next week.  I have had many u/s's and since it is cd47 and nothing a cyst may show up rolleyes This could be the reason why I can't eat more than a sandwich per day, and I didn't really think about it until now. I hate getting old!

Thanks again!


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/26/2008 2:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know what that could be that he had. It makes me curious. So sorry ou son has CF. Not a nice thing to have. As someone with emphysema and chronic bronchitis that needs to have their lungs cleared out most every day I truly sympathize. I have had to drink the stuff for many things but they wouldn't be able to see anything if it was all coated. If you hate getting old now wait till you are my age of 72. Not fun at all. All we talk about is our health and how many stupid things we did during the day like trying to dial the remote control thinking it was the phone. It is always nice to find out you are not the the only one though. LOL
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