Boating/Distention/Intestinal Gas

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rp71
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   Posted 1/25/2007 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am sorry if this is posted in the wrong area (IBS), but I couldn't find a general Digestive forum.
 

I am a 34 year old male in good health.  In general, I eat pretty healthy and I go to the gym 4-5 times a week.  However, I have been trying to figure out a stomach/GI issue that I have been dealing with for the past couple of years.  When it started a couple of years ago, it only occurred every once in a while.  Then it started happening a couple times a week.  Well, in the past 4 or so months, it has been occurring every day and has become progressively worse.  Basically, I am dealing with abdominal bloating/distention and intestinal gas.  When this issue started a few years ago, it seemed like the intestinal gas was the more prominent issue.  However, it is the daily distention that is affecting my quality of life.  It is extremely uncomfortable and sometimes downright painful (the pressure); not to mention it can potentially be embarrassing.  When it is bad, I don’t feel like doing much and the pressure buildup also leads to more frequent urination.  I have tried many things that don’t seem to help.  Basically, it starts off in the morning where I feel slightly bloated, but it isn’t that bad.  I would say on a scale of 1-10, it starts off at about “2” on a daily basis.  Then throughout the day, the gas pressure/bloating builds and peaks (anywhere from 7-10 on the scale).  It seems like it peaks in the early afternoon during the week because I start my days early.  On the weekends, it seems to peak in the late afternoon because I usually eat breakfast later than during the week.  My doctor is perplexed because these are the only symptoms.  Because my symptoms don’t include any elimination issues (i.e. diarrhea, constipation, etc.), he says that IBS and other similar diseases/issues are unlikely; I don’t fit the profile.  I have tried the following supplements/items, but none have worked:

 

Gas X

Charco-Caps

Lactaid (for dairy)

Beeno (digestive enzyme)

Peppermint oil capsules (to help alleviate intestinal gas/bloating)

Papaya enzymes (to help alleviate intestinal gas/bloating)

Fennel seeds (chewing them is supposed to help intestinal gas/bloating)

Prilosec OTC (tried this for 2 weeks even though I don’t have heartburn)

Digestive Advantage – IBS (even though I don’t have IBS, this is supposed to help bloating by restoring the balance of good bacteria in my GI Tract.  This will only work if the bacteria count is skewed)

 

My doctor tested me for Celiac disease and for the H. Pylori bacteria.  Both of these blood tests were negative.  Recently, I took the lactose intolerance hydrogen breath test and found out that I am not lactose intolerant.  This explains why the Lactaid didn’t help me, but unfortunately, none of the other things mentioned above helped me either.  Not even when taken in combination.  Although I am not lactose intolerant, I just found information related to a milk ingredient called Casein.  I have heard that this could cause GI issues, but from what I understand, is a lot less common.  I also had an abdominal ultrasound.  The results were normal.  The only thing noted was that there was a small mass on my gall bladder which the doctor wasn’t at all concerned with.  He said that it is most likely a cholesterol polyp which is nothing to worry about and would not cause the symptoms that I am experiencing.  I also sent in my hem-occult slides to my doctor’s office.

 

I have been keeping a daily food journal to see if there are any specific food items that seem to cause these symptoms.  However, I have been unable to find ANY correlation between items. 

At this point, my doctor seems to think that I have some type of food intolerance (not allergy).  However, I am a bit skeptical because I am waking up bloated.  I thought that symptoms from an intolerance would disappear overnight.  Before, I thought that I was starting at “0” in the mornings, but I just don’t think I realized that I was actually waking up slightly bloated.  I tend to hold my stomach in because it helps with my lower back pain.  The only other suggestions that my doctor has at this point is to try two different dietary changes.  The first one would be to try a modified Atkins diet/reduced carb diet.  If this doesn’t make a difference during the two-week trial, he recommends that I try a two-week gluten-free diet.  I am willing to try anything to find a resolution to this issue, but a gluten-free diet would be extremely difficult for me to follow based on my normal daily diet.  I was going to start the first dietary change in a couple of days, but I have decided to try this Digestive Advantage product first.  I don’t want to change my diet yet because then I won’t know if this product is working.

 

Any information that may help relieve or resolve this frustrating problem would be very much appreciated.  Thank you for taking the time to read this.

 


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/25/2007 5:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I have very much the same symptoms and normally don't have a bathroom problem though I tend toward constipation. I would try the DA and see how that works but one thing is that my Dr. told me it is not necessairly the lactose that causes dairy to be a problem so you might just try eliminating dairy for a week (all dairy) and see if it helps. Our systems go thru constant change and becoming sensitive to dairy is one that is fairly common. I used to be able to eat all kinds of dairy stuff and now cannot or I will bloat up with even a little yet I do not show a lactose intolerant. It is one of the easiest diets to try for a week before you try anything extreme. The other problem might be that you are creating too much acid as acid causes gas and whereas Peppermint makes the stomach feel good it does add to acid reflux. It takes usually a week for the DA to start to help.

rp71
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   Posted 1/29/2007 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello Canyonbabe711,

Thank you for the reply. I heard the same thing about dairy, but I thought it was related to the ingredient "Casein." Either way, that is a very good point. When you used to eat dairy and react to it (bloating), how long would it take for the symptoms to subside? This way I can reference items in my food journal and symptom time/severity. Today is day 5 with the DA, so I am hoping that it makes a difference within the next couple of days. I tried Prilosec OTC to see if the stomach acid was an issue, but that didn't help at all (unfortunately). Additionally, I stopped taking the peppermint pills after about 2 weeks (didn't work either).

Thank you again; I really appreciate your response.

rp71

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 1/29/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow, hard to remember. It seemed like it started within 6 hours but it took a few days for my system to get back to normal. The gas that was created just threw everything off especially the BM's. Once I got blocked up it was downhill all the way till I could get rid of all that gas. Other times it seemed that things like ice cream would go right thru me but still leave lingering gas. I was so bloated and I would call it my bubble. I sometimes had to take a laxative to get rid of everything. Ithink it will be different for everyone but it is worth a try. I think it would take at least a week of no dairy to see if it was helping. I have a friend that was told to eliminate dairy for so long and he was in agony. Still he didn't believe it and finally I convinced him to try and he was amazed how the bloating went away.

rp71
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   Posted 1/30/2007 8:32 AM (GMT -7)   
 
Thank you again for the response.  When you talk about eliminating all dairy (at least for the week to try), do you mean even bread and things like that, or just milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, etc.  I have also noticed that even items like pretzels have trace amounts of dairy.  I think it would be pretty easy to eliminate dairy for the one week, especially if it is just the typical stuff.  However, some other items that contain trace amounts may be consumed unknowingly.
 
I am fortunate that my issue doesn't concern any issues with elimination, but this distention/gas is enough to drive me insane.  I think I will give this a shot for a week.  If there is no difference, then I will try the reduced carb diet (2 wks), then the gluten-free diet (2 wks).  It has to be one of these things considering I have done all these other "tests/trials."
 
Thank you!
 
rp71
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