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   Posted 8/12/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have trouble with their stomach feeling bloated and swollen?
Has anyone gained unexplained weight with chronic lyme - I eat nothing and gain... gain... gain...  I have chronic neurological lyme and have been on medicine for a long time.  Any help would be really appreciated.

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   Posted 8/12/2010 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
my stomache was so bloated from all the abx that i had yeast in it and i had to go off all my meds and take diflucan to flush my system.... are you taking probioctics that will help...

but yes i have gained alot since i have been sick...i was at 128 and now 147...i am going back to the gym to do light cardio and try not to hurt myself aswell cause i am still achey. but i think it will help with my weight gain and inmune system

good luck..jennie
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   Posted 8/13/2010 8:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Abdominal distention is common with Lyme...the spirochetes paralyze the abdominal muscles, thus the muscles are not able to retain muscle tone. Situps won't fix it either...paralyzed mucles don't respond to exercise. Best thing to do is to get rid of as much Lyme bacteria as you can...and also yeast overgrowth or bacterial dysbiosis in the small intestine can cause abdominal distention so those may need to be ruled out or treated.
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   Posted 8/13/2010 8:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Both times I was on long-term abx I gained 20 pounds. When I went off abx I lost the 20 pounds automatically and went back down to my normal weight. I, too, developed yeast infections and was on diflucan, however it didn't help me. The store "stuff" didn't help either. Yeast Ease has helped with the yeast "issues".

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   Posted 8/13/2010 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hopefloats: BINGO! My weight gain started within 2 months of my bite --- never had low tyroid before, was later tested low thy.

STILL, my complaint is a swollen abdomen. I do have a lot of gas, but already did long before the bite. I have contacted my LLMD's nurse about my SWOLLEN abdomen, including upper abs. I do tend toward constipation (from meds), but I do go every day and this does not appear to be the problem. At the end of the day, I literally look 6 mo. pregnant. ANd it is not just a muscle problem. It looks swollen to me.

I would like to know if any liver or spleen problems can cause this, as certain abx, babesia (+), chronic mono compromise the spleen. My appetite loss right now is not the main concern ---- that I continue to put on weight while eating very little does concern me.
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   Posted 8/16/2010 5:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Severe bloating was actually the very first symptom I had - and I'm still not sure whether it was an initial symptom of getting sick with Lyme, or just coincidence that it happened just before I got really sick.

I remember being severely bloated for what seemed like months. My pants got very tight and eventually I had to keep them unbuttoned when I was sitting down (at work). I went to the emergency room and was told I had a "gas pocket" (what a joke that was!) and went through at least two extra-large boxes of Gas-X, to no avail. My abdomen even looked swollen and distended. Probably a week or two after the bloating started, I began having severe pain in my left flank (ribs were extremely sore and tender to touch and skin sensitivity so high that it hurt just to breath on my skin). From that point, the pain just slowly started to spread to other parts of my body until I could hardly get out of bed and couldn't walk without help.

I've had bouts of bloating and stomach issues since then, at least one that sent me back to the emergency room. Of course other factors, such as pain medication, can contribute to stuff like this by causing constipation...and antibiotics can cause major problems in the gut, too... I figure it's just one of the MANY widespread, systemic, annoying symptoms I can add to the list!

Have you had a colonoscopy and/or endoscopy to rule out gastro-intestinal problems? Is your abdomen sore or tender to the touch? Do you ever notice relief, depending on certain foods you eat or don't eat, or for instance if you took an anti-inflammatory drug? What does your doctor say about it? I think I would be very concerned if I was bloated to the point of looking six months pregnant...and I've always believed if you don't get an answer from doctor #1...get a second or third or fourth opinion until you do!

Good luck - I hope you get some answers and feel better soon.


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   Posted 8/16/2010 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Madrivergirl has given some good advice about gastro-intestinal problems being a possibility. It's just too easy to assume that Lyme & company are to blame. Please be sure that there isn't a condition that needs to have medical attention of it's own.

Once you are sure that there is nothing else wrong, my question would be, are you taking any probiotics? It is crucial when taking such high doses of abx & also combining abx!! Abx kill off a lot of good bacteria in the gut. I like using kefir, as it has many, many good bacteria - not just 1 or 2.

The important part is that you get on probiotics if you are not on them. If you are, I would suggest that if you don't detox, please start! It really does help by reducing the toxin load our poor disease racked bodies have to carry.

With that being said & having done all of that, I still have abdominal bloating, only it's fairly minor now.
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   Posted 2/19/2013 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm reviving an older thread here, but the postings resonate with me. I gained ALOT of weight about 4-5 years ago, hadn't changed anything in my routine, was always active outdoors with my horses, dogs, camping, running, you name it, I loved it! in a very short amount of time I put on 35 pounds. Thyroid tests all negative, and was told to 'follow the food pyramid', and you're simply consuming too many calories". I was not in any way overconsuming, was active and eating what I considered fairly healthy fare. On came screaming neck pain, fatigue, extremity weakness, burning feet, eye floaters, feelings of nausea. Went into my regular GP who didn't like the sound of my symptoms and sent me to a Neuro, who diagnosed me with 'MS'..... fast forward to 3 months ago, found a LLND and LLMD who too the time to listen to me and suggested I have a WB done by Igenex to check for Lyme. What do ya know... Positive. So trying to make a very long story short, lol, I am still suffering from 'swelly belly' and difficulty losing weight. Detoxing like crazy right now, so much to take in. Uuugh, does it end? I don't feel anything like the girl I used to be.. :(

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   Posted 2/19/2013 7:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I appreciate the reviving of this theard, thanks all and crescent11

I too have a huge belly, It is so bad, :(

People who just met me, will make rude comments, that i like to cook and eat alot, not true

even , asking, when am I due?

It is so depressing, and makes me scream and cry all the time

I use to be active and eat well, LIfe is totally unfair

It makes sense to me,

the lyme, from having a really cute figure flat stomach to this mess

I dated a guy years ago, and he did not like my stomach, it was hurtful

cause I went to the gym and did the best I could

I keep trying, detoxing

I hope I will find an answer some day to this nightmare, that I can have a flat stomach and wear the clothes I Use to

like the clothes, sizes that are in storage, I am paying to store my real size clothes

I cant stand this disease
chem sensitivites, bioxtoxin illness, heavy metals,lyme, bart, low adernal reserve,
hormonal inbalance, probs with my heart, lungs, liver,

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   Posted 2/19/2013 10:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope2bhealthy, keep the faith, I am hoping one day this will all resolve and we can get some semblance of what was. ((hugs))

WWJD20, thanks so much for the information - no I have not done a parasite cleanse, can you do this while taking Lyme meds too? I will look to the search bar and gain some knowledge in these areas. Thanks again! :D So very glad to have found this forum and all the kindness! :)

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   Posted 2/20/2013 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
Abdominal distention is common with Lyme and coinfections.

Can be caused by Lyme/coinfections, parasites, yeast/candida overgrowth, food sensitivities (gluten, dairy, corn, GMO's, etc.), bacterial dysbiosis (imbalanced bacteria in the gut), side-effects of some medications (abs cause water retention), etc.

Suggest consulting a Lyme-Literate Naturopathic physician or Integrative Medical Doctor for advice, as they often can help get to the bottom of what is causing the symptom.

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   Posted 2/20/2013 3:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm on the underweight side, from adrenal fatigue I think, but have had a distended belly, from the lyme I think. My body looks pretty darn weird lately. I just wanted to weigh in here because this past week my doctor took me off all of the killers and put me on various binders... I was having some sort of measles-like reaction to the killers and he wanted to try to get a bunch of toxins out so we'd stop killing faster than I was detoxing. Anyway, in the past 4 days I lost the belly weight, despite being able to eat more than usual. It just makes me think that this lyme weight can be toxic stuff our bodies are holding on to, as opposed to true weight gain. I'm totally sold on binders.

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   Posted 2/20/2013 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes I have horrible problems with stomach swelling. I have a lot of pain in my stomach and ribs. The swelling is so bad it feels like my stomach will explode! Some days it's hard to eat, there's no room left and it increases the pain. I had the opposite problem before I got pregnant with my son. I was 110 lbs and way underweight for my height.

Even back when I was normal-skinny weight was a always had a belly...despite diet, exercise...nothing would get rid of it!

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   Posted 3/12/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I feel compelled to add to this thread - I've had abdominal swelling for over a year and a half, with nearly daily pain. It was one of the early symptoms of the most recent bout with Lyme/borrelia (probably the third). I also tested positive for ehrlichia and babesia duncani, so they could be the culprits here too. The thing is, I keep losing weight. In my adult life I've never been this thin. My pants started slipping off and I had to downsize, meanwhile my belly looks like I'm three to four months pregnant. Ridiculous! The only thing that helps is probiotics, lots of them.

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   Posted 4/1/2013 5:59 AM (GMT -6)   
Lyme effects the whole digestive gut from tongue to excretory.
Bloating is allergy and also Lyme paralyses the gut so there is a build up of digested food the body can't get rid of or utilize. This is also where all the bad guys get their fuel and not you! Lyme was cleverly designed. It effects every part of you that hurts! I need to know how to get to the bone marrow to stop the replication without destroying myself in the process? On a bad day the detox gets blocked and my back gets locked so I can't move. I go from high to low with hurx and Lyme, and then moderate relief. I live in the UK, my Daughter has Lyme too. I am not sure about this freezing it out of your body? There is no known guaranteed result of success that can be individually guaranteed that I know has been put in to the treatment for health and safety. Radiation kills you too? All I/we ever seem to do is to strim off the Lyme for it to grow again. Some people are getting rich from this misfortune! smurf

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   Posted 4/1/2013 9:43 AM (GMT -6)   
My belly area is huge. I tried everything. It keeps growing.

I take probiotics, etc, I just do everything I can.

gained over a hundred pounds since being sick...

Years ago I wanted to be on one of those fat shows to loose weight

I wish I was more aggressive in trying to get on a show, cause maybe I would have learned why I wasn't loosing weight, I use to work out for hours before I got so sick, and my belly area was never flat, it kind of hung like a bell, I knew I had problems with the muscles

I hate this disease, it disfigures u too.

my body disfigured like, I have not dated, or worn clothes I truly wanted. Affects every area of your life

U r not truly living, just suriving, exisiting .....
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   Posted 2/3/2014 10:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have any advice on what to take for a bloated stomach for lyme disease

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   Posted 2/3/2014 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Mine was swollen and bloated from c. diff., which is a dangerous disease that can be caused by abx like Cipro. Please, please get tested for c. diff. before you do anything else.

Then, I would suggest going on a paleo or gaps diet (or try the cookbook, "Nourishing Traditions."

Ferment and eat probiotic foods (like kefir) with every meal.

Start taking a prebiotic called Saccharomyces Boullardi. Take Bacillus Coagulans.

Try one enema with Lugol's iodine (read directions first!!)

Then use a probiotic called Ultimate Flora Super Critical (which WILL give you diarrhea at first).

Signs of c. diff.: Intense bloating and gas, yellow-colored poop (like baby poop) that floats, (can also be green), tarry black stools from bleeding, strange smell, and finally, episodes of intense, watery diarrhea, and massive weight loss.

If it gets bad, you will need a fecal transplant, done at major university hospitals.

Don't mean to scare you, but scaring you is better than your actually having c. diff.

(Oh, and I would suggest herbal antimicrobials as opposed to abx).

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   Posted 2/4/2014 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
PS, After you do the Lugol's Iodine enema, do a probiotic enema to recolonize your intestines.

Margaret, 52, Low immune globulin, Lyme, c. diff., complete thyroidectomy, remote breast cancer, IC, Babesiosis, Bartonella, etc.

Synthroid, Cymbalta, OTC allergy, Malarone, Hydroxychloriquine, Acyclovir prn, Imitrex prn, Gabapentin, Temazepam, Lamotrigine, Bystolic, Singulair, IVIG,///Colostrum, Glutamine, Multis, Calcium, D3, B vits, Probiotics, AcetylLCarnitine, Omegas, Iro

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   Posted 3/3/2016 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
In case anyone is looking for an updated response to this topic- I highly recommend reading as much as you can about Dr Ty Vincent, Wisilla Alaska. I have tried so many other options and spent an exorbitant amount of money, only to continue feeling sick, tired achy and bloated.

Dr Ty Vincent uses a protocol called LDA /in addition to Lyme Disease immunology. These are administered subligually every other month. Very easy and very inexpensive. you must be on the program at least 1 year and if you have good results, you only have to administer once a year (I started feeling better after 2nd injection).

No more allergies, pain, bloat, weight gain...After 10 years of trying different methods - I finally found something to make me feel whole again. Thank Dr Ty Vincent for your ongoing efforts to find relief for this debilitating Lyme disease epidemic!!

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   Posted 3/3/2016 10:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Welcome to our community, Green30brook!

We have a few forum members who have posted about their LDI Lyme treatment.

That's wonderful that you are feeling so good now!

I have a question: Do you have to take it once a year forever?
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   Posted 3/4/2016 10:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have also experienced intense weight gain - over 60 lbs and counting in just a little over a year. The bloating is unbearable. I limit the amount of grains I eat and have found that if I do eat them I can have them at breakfast without too much repercussion. I think for some reason my stomach acid/digestive tract must be optimally working at that time of day? I take diatomaceous earth every day for parasites and it also removes toxins and heavy metals from your body. I take nystatin daily due to fungus/yeast issues and if I get overloaded with yeast, I have diflucan that I probably end up taking about once per month. I know I need it because I get a case of athlete's foot in between my toes on my left foot. That clears everything up within a few days and then I make sure to do lots of detox, milk thistle, foot soaks, dry brushing and fiberous vegetables to flush my system and TONS of water in addition to pre and probiotics.

My ND told me that basically my body is in freak out mode (my words not hers of course) fighting chronic illness so my cortisol levels are constantly raised. We've tried several things to normalize those levels and nothing seemed to really help with the weight gain, so I kind of gave up trying.

I feel very frustrated sometimes with the condition of my body but I have come to realize how hard this disease is on it and cut it some slack. I'm glad at this point to be alive, doing fairly well and headed towards health. I am about 70% normal at this point most days (although have bad days here and there) and figure that once I can start exercising again, the weight will come off. Being fat isn't the worst thing in the world after all - there were days in the past that I lay in bed and was in so much pain and loosing my mind to Lyme that I wished I were dead. Yeah, looking back at those days, fat isn't really all that bad. So, I wear yoga pants a lot, make sure my hair and makeup look nice and splurge on some nice jewelry here and there when I have money left over after my doctor's appointment (LOL). Overall I look healthy and my skin condition is returning to normal thanks to collagen powder and lots of good nutrients from my food and supplements.

This is a tough battle, you know and it's every single day.....our bodies are under so much stress, just terrible.

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   Posted 3/4/2016 11:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Jennysetter you are so right. It is a battle and we all have a different opponent in our lyme.

You are so wise to make peace with yourself. I found out I had to do this also. I too am one that has gained weight with lyme. I think mine is because I have been so inactive. But I just don't have the energy to do much of anything. It will come, I tell myself. I am learning patience.

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   Posted 3/5/2016 11:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, PeteZa, it's tough to exercise. I feel like I could do it now, but my mind has to get into action. I had a terrible, awful experience last time I walked my dogs (over a year ago) and it scared the bejeebies out of me and mentally I just haven't gotten the gumption up to walk again. I was out with the dogs and suddenly got so removed, was sweating and shaking, wobbly legs, didn't know where I was and scared - no, like really scared. I thought I was going to die right there and my dogs were far from home and I was worried about them. I have no idea how long it took or how I got home, but I did. I don't know if it was a panic attack, a type of seizure or what the deal was but it was awful. I have been scared to go walking again, even with a friend or family member. It really affected me. Maybe soon, I'll take the plunge and do it. Right now it will be more mind over matter, really, to get out there.

I'm close to being able to do some light exercise, soon I feel. It will be a huge step for me, that's for sure, to actually do it. I've always been a walker and did some running, too, but mostly I enjoy walking. I have never been a thin girl and am tall, too, but was always in good shape and strong. Now, my muscles are like jelly to go with my belly! LOL

Lately, to get my muscles a little exercise, when I'm doing things around the house I add a little more action to it. Like when I unload the dishwasher, I bend at my knees instead of my back, while blow drying my hair I stand in like a yoga pose with my feet spread out and my knees bent as low as I can without falling over, I make a point to use my arms to stretch out to put the towels away, etc. A few months ago I barely was able to move anything at all, so these are small but important strides for me and I do feel that they are helping me. I do the same stuff, just use more muscles to do the chores and sometimes while cooking, I'll do some hoola hoop type twisties in the kitchen, etc. just to get things moving a little.

I don't know if those little things could help you or not? Pre-Lyme I would have laughed at the thought of adding motions to my chores, but now I feel like it's a big deal!


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   Posted 3/6/2016 6:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Jennysetter- thank you for your post... I have been so down about my weight gain and feel like I am living in someone else's body. I think your outlook is the healthiest I've seen... I have been chasing a solution for weight loss... spending a lot of time and energy and money. I think I will buy some new, bigger pretty clothes and try to be kind to myself. My LLMD explained that it is the infection, it's not my fault. I need to just be patient and know that I will get back to my old size some day... hopefully. I just started swimming again and its been wonderful the only exercise I can tolerate. I go with my friend who also has Lyme and we share a lane and talk and laugh and I even get some laps in... Thanks again. xoxo
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