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 prescript
ion 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.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.