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Red_34
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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I have noticed that since I had my ablation last October that my abdomen has been slowly bloating.  Some days it's not so bad but it's still there and some days it looks like I'm 5 or 6 months pregnant.  I don't have gas symptoms and in fact I have been feeling pretty good actually!  It's there all the time regardless of when and what I eat - though I do bloat a little more after eating.  Plus, I've finally been gaining weight!  I haven't changed my eating habits and I've been gaining about 1-2lbs a month.  Could that be because my body is finally healing after my many flares and surgical ordeals?? I am thinking so.  But the bloat is starting to annoy me! I can hardly fit into any of my pants anymore.....even my yoga pants are feeling a bit tight.  What can I do to help with this bloat? Any ideas?  Oh and I don't have bloating anywhere else such as my ankles, fingers or face - just my gut.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Please excuse my ignorance but what is an ablation ? I have never heard of this, and am curious to know more !

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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Sherry; I too have a problem with that! My worst bloating is when I start consuming too much sugar, the gut is the first thing to bloat. So, I just cut out as much sugar as I can and I'm good to go. The belly seems to go back down. I read the You on a Diet book by Dr. Oz, and wow, it was really good. It talked you through the whole body and why foods react the way they do. That's what made me really start cutting out more sugar (I always knew it bothered me) and watching what I put in my mouth.
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/6/2008 8:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Supernurse, an endometrial ablation is where they burn off a layer of your uterus if you're having female issues. It seems that since I had that done, I bloat like never before! I don't know why though.

Carol, I hardly ever consume much sugar. I am not big into sweet things - though I have to admit I indulge in an occasional chocolate bar! But I guess they have prepared foods that contain sugar though right? I was never was one to read the ingredients list on things. I might have to go get that book and give a read.

(Oh and for anyone that is interested - I tried sticking to an anti-fungal diet and tried the Olive Leaf Extract - It sort of threw me into a mini flare, so I stopped. Didn't want to rock the boat if you know what I mean?)
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   Posted 2/6/2008 9:04 AM (GMT -6)   
Yeah, the book was good -- if anything, it taught me more about my body and what I put into it.
I so admire people who are not sweet peopel; I've never been much of a candy person, but give me cookies, cake, or ice cream and I'm a happy camper! I'm now down to a little bit of dark chocolate. My friend and I started the book together as he wanted to feel and look healthier, and this book does make you start to read labels, and unfortunately...there is a lot of sugar disguised in what we eat. Kind of scary too!
 
So do you think it could be scar tissue? Does the bloating go away or has it just been increasing?
Carol

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princesa
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   Posted 2/6/2008 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hey Sherry. I've had the same issues. My mom even asked me if I was pregnant, at one point. I believe the abdominal bloating is caused by an overgrowth of bad gut flora (often Candida) and/or ingesting foods to which you have a delayed food allergy. Sugar is definitely one of the culprits, but other common offenders are yeast, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, dairy and wheat. If you can figure out what food(s) are a problem for you, avoiding them will make a big difference. Check out Elson Haas' book The False Fat Diet to learn more. It was an eye opener for me.

In addition to avoiding problematic foods, you can also either take antifungals or probiotics to restore the proper gut ecology. The best method is to combine both, if you can find an antifungal that doesn't disagree with you. Since the olive leaf extract didn't work, you might look into wild oregano oil or even try a prescription antifungal. Garlic pills gave me a bad reaction, similar to what you describe, but wild oregano oil hasn't been a problem, so it may be a case of just finding the supplement that works for you. Wild oregano oil is not only antifungal, it's also antiviral and antibacterial.
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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Is the wild oregano oil in capsule form or just liquid? But I do eat breads and peanut butter - but only in the morning for breakfast. As for nuts, I already know I have an allergy to hazel nuts so I avoid them like the plague! Those give me the most intensely itchy overall body feeling. I also don't care for eggs much or soy and dairy I can't eat/drink anyway. But I will try to find out if food is the culprit by process of elimination.

I'm not sure if it could be scar tissue but it's been increasing ever so slowly since October. If I was younger and didn't have the ablation, I would think I was pregnant! lol You know...lack of a period since october, bloating like I'm pregnant. Boy now that would be tough to explain for sure! Considering that I can't get pregnant anymore and my hubby had a V 12 years ago hehe :) Maybe aliens abducted me and started experiments?? :0)
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Lonie
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   Posted 2/6/2008 10:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Hee hee. Maybe those aliens creeped in and took you off to their planet and gave you a med to make you forget. :-) Seriously though, maybe it's your hormones playing with you. Maybe they think you should be having a period and can't figure out what's going on?

Carol

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princesa
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   Posted 2/6/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
Is the wild oregano oil in capsule form or just liquid? But I do eat breads and peanut butter - but only in the morning for breakfast. As for nuts, I already know I have an allergy to hazel nuts so I avoid them like the plague! Those give me the most intensely itchy overall body feeling. I also don't care for eggs much or soy and dairy I can't eat/drink anyway. But I will try to find out if food is the culprit by process of elimination.
You can get it either way. I use both.
 
Liquid
 
Capsule
 
You may have a sensitivity to something that's not one of the big, known offenders... everyone's different. You might find doing a pulse test helpful. Track your pulse for a full minute, relaxed, seated, several times, over a couple of days to see what's a normal range for you. Decide what food you want to test. Take your pulse prior to eating a good size amount of a single food - like a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, for example - then wait 30 minutes and take your pulse again. If the count has increased six beats or more, you've likely found one of your culprits.
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quincy
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   Posted 2/6/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Sherry....get your ovaries checked out...truly!

You could try digestive enzymes...I use a variety, but that could help..it does me.

q
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   Posted 2/6/2008 7:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Red_34
Wow. My OBGYN talked to me about getting this procedure done b/c my periods have been such a pain in the neck since I have had UC. How did it go? Was it painful to get done? It sounds like it would be. Did you get it done because of UC also?
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/7/2008 6:06 AM (GMT -6)   
Q, I had my ovaries checked out before I had the ablation in September and everything was good except a few ovarian cysts but they were small and they aren't bothering me.

Chili, the ablation itself doesn't hurt because you're all doped up or knocked out! lol But afterwards - well I am not a good one to tell you about it because I had an adverse reaction to the narcotic pain meds in which I had to go to the ER by ambulance. But the day after the ablation, I hardly felt a thing believe it or not! I had my ablation because my periods were excruciatingly painful but I also had it done to help with my monthly mini Uc flares that I was getting from my periods.  Which btw, it did! :-)
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chili123
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   Posted 2/8/2008 12:01 AM (GMT -6)   
So many things seem to tie in with this UC.........crazy. Glad it worked for you.
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Red_34
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   Posted 2/8/2008 6:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Princesa, I didn't know food intolerances/allergies could raise your pulse. Something to try......oh goodie - a challenge! :0) I had the RAST allergy test last year and I was tested for all known common allergens including what I know that I'm 100% allergic to such as strawberries and hazel nuts. Because of me being on 6mp, it messed up the reading and showed that I wasn't allergic to anything. So I've been trying to find a way to test my allergies. Of course, I won't be trying the pulse check for strawberries or hazel nuts! I don't want to be a red itchy mess :)

Quincy, how do the digestive enzymes work and how? Which ones do you take? Is that something that can be taken with Prilosec? Will it affect acid reflux or gastritis?
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princesa
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   Posted 2/8/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Red_34 said...
Thanks Princesa, I didn't know food intolerances/allergies could raise your pulse.
Your body reacts to an allergen by increasing your pulse - along with other more obvious allergic reactions. Kinda makes sense, doesn't it? If you'd like to learn more, check out Dr. Coca's book, The Pulse Test.
 
 
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britmex
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   Posted 10/11/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
  Hi,
 I had an endometrial ablation in July and have noticed that i am increasingly gaining weight. I am working out a lot, but my stomach seems like it is getting bigger. I feel like i have no control over my body. Has anyone else experienced this? Will i be able to get back in shape? Will i be able to loose weight again?  I have never had a flat stomach, but this is ridiculous, i am having trouble fitting into my jeans... Please someone give me some good news. I have started Weight Watchers, so hopefully i will be able to loose weight.

Gigi1227
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   Posted 10/12/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I am glad to see this post in that I too suffer terribly w/ bloating. I also have learned alot from this post, thank you Red! Now, I am going to have to purchase the Dr. Oz book!

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   Posted 10/12/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Britmex, if you find a way to get your stomach "flatter" hey let me know ok??? I am still gaining weight since my ablation and heaven forbid if I was to have to actually go on a diet! I have never had to diet in my life but I seem to be gaining weight and my food intake hasn't changed much. Personally if this continues, I am going to make an appt with the doc to have my thryoid checked (I am having other issues as well).

Gigi, you are most welcome. I'm sure no matter what you are going thru, that someone here is or has gone thru the same thing at one time or another.
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   Posted 10/13/2008 12:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Fibre supplements aided with my bloating as well as excessive gas issues that I had, this was suggested to me by my GI to take it daily and indefinitely and it was the best advice I'd ever gotten from a GI, of course initially taking fibre supplements can increase bloating and gas but this is normal and will pass once your system adjusts, everyone's system is different, for me it took 3 months to adjust but was worth every day of it for the outcome of no more bloating at all and very little gas.

Still taking it everyday after almost 5 yrs now as directed by my GI.

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britmex
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   Posted 10/13/2008 1:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. I will try reading the book and getting some fibre supplements.pb4, did you have endometrial ablation?

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   Posted 10/13/2008 1:37 AM (GMT -6)   
No, luckily I have not britmex...but I'm not sure if Red's bloating issues are due to that or if it's linked with her UC, possibly even both....so I thought I'd share what experiance with bloating and gas and help I've had using fibre supplements.

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britmex
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   Posted 10/13/2008 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
What kind of fibre supplements? I have Metamucil, would something like that do? I have also been thinking of trying Activia yoghurt. Anyone else have any good results with that? I don't have UC.

pb4
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   Posted 10/13/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Metamucil is good, I use one called Prodiem fibre therapy (it's more common in Canada, only a few US states sell it from my understanding), it's similar to metamucil.

Anyone can take probiotics (yogurt form/pill form) which may also aid with bloating issues.

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