insta-distention w/1 bite of food: halp!

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babycake
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   Posted 2/10/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
one bite of food and my gut sticks right out as though i am third-trimester pregnant.
my gastro has put me on liquids and jello for the weekend until i see him monday to discuss what to do.
i do not have IBS, per se, but on a trip abroad, i picked up a strain of the coli family a couple years ago. i've not been the same since. sad
does anyone else have trouble with bloating/distention/chronic constipation? i noticed another thread about this, but this is really, really severe.
i have done a fairly good job at managing myself with my diet: i am vegan (no meat, dairy or eggs), do not eat wheat and eat very little gluten. i do not eat rice, either. i do eat soy. lately, i have been pureeing vegetables, so i would be shocked if there is intestinal blockage, though anything is possible, at this point, i guess, given that my body's upped and quit this week.
i just finished a course of xifaxan (nonsystemic antibiotic). i would take probiotics now to restore the flora but i am terrified of getting more gassy. eep.
thanks, all.

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/10/2007 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Has your doctor ever mentioned Alinia? it is usually used for children for travelor diahrea but it is being used by some gastro Dr now for stubborn bacteria. It is expensive but maybe if the Xiflaxin doesn' work it is worth a try. Do you normally have a problem with probiotics.  I know you are on a healthy diet but a lot of what you are eating are gas causing food expecially if raw.

TexasJen
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   Posted 2/11/2007 8:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever had your gallbladder checked with a hida scan? I had the same symptoms when mine went south on me. I didn't have stones, but rather and infected, nearly-ready-to-rupture gallbladder and it never showed up on any tests. Hida scan showed a slight decrease in functioning, but nothing the docs felt indicated a problem, and that was it. Had to tell the surgeon after a week of inpatient testing, that I was not leaving the hospital until somebody looked inside. Well, even a blind squirrel can find a nut once in a while! The docs were very red-faced at finding that gallbladder in addition to a ton of scar tissue that strangled my small intestines. I've been dealing with adhesions and partial to full obstructions for about 10 years, but that's an entirely too long story to get into here. :-)
Living in the Republic of Texas minus a gallbladder, appendix, uterus, and 18" of colon; but living with my wonderful husband, 2 dogs, 1 cockatiel, and 2 gold fish. 


Keriamon
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   Posted 2/12/2007 2:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Canyon's right: vegetables, especially raw, are hard for people with gut problems to digest. I don't know what that leaves you to eat, unless you're willing to go un-vegan for a while. Make sure you avoid apples and apple juice like the plague; I can't think of anything that is worse for more IBSers than raw apples, except for apple juice.

Probiotics are a good choice. If you were willing to go un-vegan for a while, yogurt--namely the new stuff, Activia--would be a good way to start; I've never noticed that yogurt gives me gas like some of the probiotic pills do. Stoneyfield produces an organic yogurt, made from "happy cows". You can see pictures of their cows on their website, the pasture they get to enjoy, etc. But yogurt's probably the best way to gradually introduce yourself to probiotics without experiencing worse gas. And it may very well make the gas a lot better instead of worse. Sometimes gas like that is caused by bad bacteria, and once you introduce some good, you start improving. In any case, I think you'd do yourself a favor by biting the bullet and getting on probiotics; antibiotics, especially strong ones like you were on, can do as much harm to your guts as they do help.

I wouldn't be surprised if you have some lingering bad bacteria or parasitic infection. Sarita on here has never been the same either after some amobeic dysentary and something else equally fun. The best her doctors can figure is she still has something in there they just haven't been able to get rid of. You may need multiple courses of antibiotics and probiotics to get rid of it.

brunette06
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   Posted 2/24/2007 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
yes i get pretty bloated after any meal or snack. It's very frustrating. But Keriamon, I'm glad I read what you said about apple juice. I never knew that me drinking apple juice could be causing me some problems! I'll have to change that =)

Keriamon
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   Posted 2/27/2007 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Something in apple juice is a natural laxative; that's why pediatricians say to never give it to a baby who's having D or colic or any other sort of somach problems.
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