Stomach/Rib Discomfort and Bloating

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   Posted 7/12/2009 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
cry   cry I eat fruits, veggies, cheerios, rice krispies, yogurt, all natural ice pops, probiotic drink with kefir and lots of water.   I continue to have this huge stomach - ribs/back hurt. When I get up not too bad but as day progresses it just gets worse and worse. 
Went to GI - found nothing -
I am so uncomfortable I cannot move.
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Any tips or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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   Posted 7/12/2009 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hope, my ribs don't hurt like this, but my belly has swelled up so bad the past 2 yrs, I look 7 mo. pregnant. And my diet is no difference. The only difference is that I started gaining weight and my belly started swelling up AFTER I stopped drinking beer! How messed up is that?

I'm anxious to see other responses!

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Next suspect Mother's Day 2007.  Diagnosed w/ Lyme and Bart June 2009. (awaiting more test results)

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   Posted 7/12/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Hope,

Do you have yeast issues? Any carbs will feed the yeast and gasses can build up from that. Addressing the yeast would help this.

Even though you drink kefir, maybe adding in a probiotic with mulitple strains of bacteria (such as a product that contains at least 8 different species) might help.

You might try using digestive enzymes with your meals. Find a "complete" one.

You may want to ask a doctor or naturopath to do a blood test for food allergies. Removing foods from the diet that you are allergic/sensitive to can be helpful. We found out we had many allergies that we never knew about before the test.

If you want to try and experiment on your own (I preferred the lab test), you can try NOT eating any of the "big offenders" such as all dairy products, soy, wheat, corn, eggs, sugar. I can't remember how long you must do this--maybe 6 weeks? to see if you feel better.

Also, some people do better on an anti-inflammatory diet. I can't remember all the foods that are not allowed on this, but I think some of them are in the "nightshade family", like tomatoes, bell peppers? Maybe someone else can fill you in on this or look it up on the internet. I'm sorry I am not too "sharp" tonight---can't remember.

Maybe even doing a colon cleanse might help? These are just some ideas. I hope your symptoms improve soon. Best wishes. bablymers mom
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