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marys1358
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   Posted 1/27/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,

Not really sure what website I should be in but these are my symptoms.
severe abdominal bloating where it really starts under my breast all the way down to vaginal area its
mucous with bowel movement and sometimes blood
ALOT of gas and burping going on
sharp pain in anal area even with just sitting down
gained weight it feels like because i'm SO bloated its been going on for about 2-3 months now look like I'm about 6months pregnant and I wear a size 8 very uncomfortable feeling
I have a bowel movement about 2 0r 3 times a week lately but feel like I could daily.
I eat fiber,cereal,bread alot of vegetables I eat really good.
So my question is what could this be?Whats really puzzling me is I'm bloating from the rib area all the way down.

Hope someone has answers Mary
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Keriamon
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   Posted 1/27/2006 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like IBS, only IBSers never have blood. The trick is to determine if the blood is from hemmroids or intestinal ulcers. If its from ulcers, then you have IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disorder) and you'll want to talk more with the Ulcerative Colitis people or the Crohn's people depending. If the bleeding is from hemmies, well, join the club. :-)

Unless you have been diagnosed with hemmroids before, you'll need to get a colonoscopy to see where the blood is coming from. That you experience pain when sitting down sure makes it sound like hemmies. If the blood is always bright red and you never have dark stools, a G.I. may just do a short scope in office to see if you have them. It's not as invasive as a colonoscopy and you don't have to be put to sleep.

I see that you have some other disorders as well. You may want to ask your doctor if IBS is a common occurence with them. My mother has fibromyalgia and I was just reading this morning that IBS occurs in 40-70% of patients with fibromyalgia.

I am puzzled that you say you feel like you could start to have a bowel movement daily. Most people DO have a bowel movement daily. It really sounds like you are having constipation issues. And constipation leads to straining and hard stools that can cause hemmroids and/or make any you might have a lot worse. If you are passing small, round or otherwise hard stools or are having to strain a lot, you need to get a laxative or something of that nature (aloe vera pills/juice, epsom salts, prunes, etc.) to make your stools softer so you won't irritate your rectum so much. I know you say you are on fiber, but fiber pills actually make me worse constipated, not less. Fiber doesn't always make a person's bowels function.

Have you tried cutting out the fiber and vegetables to see if your gas improves? Raw vegetables are especially hard to digest and tend to result in a lot of gas. Fiber can make you gassy as well. And for people with IBS, apples are especially notorious for causing gas, gas cramps and sometimes diarrhea.

7Lil
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   Posted 1/27/2006 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi marys,

Sounds like IBS to me too. Although, like Keri mentioned, blood is not a characteristic of IBS. That should be looked into.
As for your gas and bloating.... since you seem to eat a lot of fiber, do you drink enough water? Exercise regularly? We need plenty of both to help our intestines in proper digestion.
How about probiotics, do you take any? Have you tried taking Beano before eating an especially gassy meal? Have you tried Gas-X after you feel the bloat and gas come on?
There are many things you can try to help control this.
Burping (and nausea) can also be from GERD - do you have heartburn?
I hope you'll find the answers you're looking for here.
Take care.


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marys1358
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   Posted 1/27/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for responding,

You know my biggest concern right now is the pain that I have around the upper part of my stomach along with the bloating so uncomfortable can't stand it and sometimes its hard to breathe and palpations often especially when I laying down.Also feels like things get stuck in my throat especially medication that's a size of a horse pill I normal throw them up so I just don't take that one anymore.

Yes I have had hemmies before so yes the blood could be from that.No i don't have a MB everyday lately use to but since the last couple months the plumbing just isn't working right.As far as fruit I eat banana's and blueberries mainlyand alot of cooked veggies frozen mostly alot of soups.

I really don't get heartburn not painful anyways.Even if I drink water I burp all the time my husband just looks at my funny.

My main concern is bloating all day long WHY?
Thanks for all you information Mary

Franky
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   Posted 1/27/2006 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
 
Have you tried Zelnorm???
 
The deal is to move the gas OUT.You can also use suppository.

Keriamon
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   Posted 1/30/2006 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I seem to recall reading about a certain condition that causes you to feel pressure, get choked easily, have difficulty swallowing and breathing, etc. but I can't remember what it is. You may try looking on some medical pages for information on being unable to swallow. The pressure and bloating you are feeling may be linked to that.

Bananas are constipating, especially if they are dehydrated.

mrmagoo
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   Posted 1/31/2006 9:18 AM (GMT -7)   
I feel like a balloon. Some days, like today, I wait to float away. I have thought many time about taking a suringe and poking my stomache to see if I can fly, or if I would just pop, lol :)

I have been taking Phyzame (sp?) for the gas/bloating, and it helps some; I need to try gasX or something else, but always forget when I go to the store.

I sometimes have blood on the paper due to internal hemmies, but never in the actual stool.

I too actually gained weight, as a male its not a big thing, but it bothers me very much. I went from a fit, sexy 180lbs to a bloated, 230lbs; and no matter what I eat, or exercise, I stay at 230lbs. I was running two miles a day, and eating a health food diet, and dropped to 228lbs. WOW!! Yea, so that sucked. None of my clothes fit, I have bought new ones, but everytime I get bloated the dont fit. Its very disgusting to see a man lay back, and his shirt role up over his stomach, but I gain inches when I get bloated; its killing my self esteem. It wouldn't be so bad if there was something I could do about it, but there seems to be no end in site :(

Oh well tomorrows another day.

firecracker9922
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   Posted 2/13/2006 2:59 PM (GMT -7)   
i know were you are comming from i have gone from 125 to 140 a size 3 to a 8 and thay are tight and dont fit on some days i have given up on jeans dress cloths seem to hide it better i had a six pack and one night i went to bed and woke upp this way and at my age i was prowd of my six pack i am the mother of 3 grandmother of 3 almost 4 this is my time after 24 years and i feel limke i cant even leave the house my self esteem is in the toilet what do we eat what dont we eat there has to be somthing that works

Franky
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   Posted 2/14/2006 1:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Fibers supp. is a no-no for bloaters.

Bananas are not a good idea for C.Cereals with fibers can makes pain and IBS MUCH WORST!!!

dbab
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   Posted 2/14/2006 2:02 PM (GMT -7)   
If you are taking fiber supplements, make sure you are drinking enough water. Fiber tends to absorb water. The best fiber is insoluble if you tend to have gas and bloating, you can find this through most vegetables and wheat bran (pure wheat bran can be found at health food stores).
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   Posted 2/14/2006 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
You also want to make sure that you start any fiber therapy (natural or supplement) very slowly. Don't overload in fiber in the beginning as it will cause you problems.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/14/2006 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I had bloating and my GI suggested I take fibre supplements and it stopped my bloating, Franky, where did you hear that fibre supplements and bloating is a no no?  It's also strongly suggested that those who suffer with IBD/IBS that they take a fibre supplement.

marys, you should really see a gastro to rule out where the bleeding is comming from, don't assume it may just be a hemmie, even if you've had hemmies in the past, with all your other symptoms accompanying blood, you should see a gastro...inflammatory bowel disease is common to the symptoms you describe...the difference between IBD and IBS is mainly there is NO bleeding and NO inflammation in the intestinal tract...see a gastro is my advice.
 
Also, even adding a small amount of fibre into ones diet (including supplements) can cause excess bloating and gas which is normal and it just takes time for the body to adjust.  Fibre (even through supplementation) is VERY important, since it helps sweep the colon clean of bacteria...not taking any fibre is dangerous and not good advice.

take care

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   Posted 2/14/2006 2:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you pb4... you said it better than me. I will always promote fiber therapy. Being a person that has diverticulosis, I know the importance of it (natural or supplement). Every GI doctor that I have seen has always stressed the importance of it. I will not push this anymore on this thread however I agree that disuading someone from fiber is very dangerous.
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Franky
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   Posted 2/14/2006 3:02 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have slow transit soluber fiber will increase bloating and C coz the stuff dosen't moves and ferment.

I know from testimonials and personal experience.

So if fibers makes you worst,reduce the amount.Wheat bran is sooo irritating.

pb4
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   Posted 2/15/2006 1:36 PM (GMT -7)   
I use prodiem supplements (similar to metatmucil) it's an insoluble fibre, very important for everyone to take, sick or healthy, if they're not getting enough insoluble fibre through diet alone.

Soluble fibre becomes sticky when it combines with water and forms a gel like substance (found in some fruits, veggies, seeds, brown rice, barley, oats, and oatbran).

Insoluble fibre acts like a sponge as it passes through the digestive tract and absorbs moisture many times it's weight in water, by doing this it increases the bulk of the stools and softens it. These characteristics facilitate the transit of foods through the intestines, thereby prevents constipation and is helpful with diarreha (found is mainly wholegrains, legumes, beans, peas, lentils and the skins of many fruits and veggies)...

this is why it's important that one take a supplement if they have troubles gettin insoluble fibre through diet alone, many IBDers, IBSers and espceially those with diverticulosis have to avoid nuts and seeds.

Also, don't forget that it takes any system, healthy or not, to adjust to a fibre increase in your diet...I myself suffered with horrible gas and bloating before taking the Prodiem, then for about 3 more months I had even worse gas and bloating, but stuck with it because I knew this was the adjustment period (which varies for everyone) after my first 3 months, I am virtually gas free and never, ever get bloated no matter what I eat...I have crohns and suspected IBS. So I guess I look at it like I'm living proof that fibre really is always a good thing, through diet or supplementation. And I know that any good doc will always recomend that everyone (especially with IBS/IBD, either, or, to go with fibre either through diet or supplementation).



take care

lolaann
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   Posted 2/16/2006 1:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I have good news for you.  You have the same symptoms I had.  I was diagnoised with IBS and given medication.  I ws taking it 3-4 times a day with little relief. Then I discovered a miracle.  I met a chiroprctor and he changed my life.  I learned that in certain spots in your back, there are nerves that connect to your stomach.  If your back is out of alignment, pressure is put on these nerves and cause the awful symptoms of IBS.  With just a few adjustments, I am pain free.  I feel like a new women.  Give it a try, I hope it helps!!
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