Terrible Bloating!

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friendlygal
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   Posted 2/4/2007 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Does anyone else experience bloating?  If so, what do you do about it? I have gas practically every second of the day!!  I am thin yet my stomach protrudes.  How long does this have to persist before getting stomach cancer?  This sucks!  I hope this goes away, along with the reflux and constipation!!

debaser
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   Posted 2/4/2007 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I do. A few things help.

1. Simethicone. You can get simethicone tablets (like Gas X) or you can get it in Maalox Plus.

2. Exercise seems to help. If you feel yourself starting to bloat, get up and move around. It may prevent the worst from happening.

3. There's a technique I use that's sort of like meditation. If none of the above worked, I can sort of concentrate on breathing correctly and relaxing my abdominal muscles. My gas is always high in the system and I want to burp, but cannot. If I can get truly relaxed, I'll burp or I can even feel stuff moving around lower in my digestive tract, presumably making room for the gas down there.

I don't think having gas can cause cancer, can it?

If you can take care of your constipation, you may see improvement with both your reflux and bloating. I've read in several places that constipation can cause both. I think a lot of people who are constipated simply don't get enough exercise. The bad thing about fiber supplements is that they will actually cause more gas in the short run, so it may not be comfortable for you. I'd see what your doctor says.

Other than that, drink lots of water. Not soda or coffee or anything like that. Just plain water.

Best of luck.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/5/2007 2:00 PM (GMT -7)   

debaser, thanks so much for your reply.  I do drink tons of water (and never anything carbonated or coffee, just an occasional chamomile tea because I heard we were allowed that).

But I certainly do not exercise enough so thanks for that suggestion.

I heard that gastritis can certainly cause stomach cancer.  If you have it long enough and I think I have it every every day.

I have the burping problem (sometimes I burp too much, other times I try to burp but can't)...But do you also have a large protrusion of your stomach/bloating?  That's what I get often...


sillylilly
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   Posted 2/5/2007 5:22 PM (GMT -7)   
FRiendly,

Try increasing the amount of probiotic that you take. It's perfectly safe to take 5 billion CFU a day, if it will help you. That really helped me when I wasn't taking Prevacid.

Another thing is that maybe you should switch to Prilosec. I don't think that it constipates as much as Prevacid. I'm even thinking of switching to it.

HeartBurner
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   Posted 2/5/2007 5:53 PM (GMT -7)   
I do have the same problem for last 2-3 months, now I am drinking lemon water before each meanl and seems like it is working.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/5/2007 8:54 PM (GMT -7)   

HeartBurner, I didn't realize that we were allowed to have lemons.  But if we can, I'd like to try lemon water.  Can I use real lemons?

sillylilly, what brand of probiotics do you take?  I tried some chewable form before...how often and when do you take it?


sillylilly
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   Posted 2/5/2007 9:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure about taking the chewable. You want the probiotic to get to your intestine before it is broken down very much so I would suggest that you switch to tablets. I've taken various brands from cheap ones at Walmart to expensive ones at health store. I don't think it matters too much as long as it survives the stomach acid which is ironic since we probably don't have any stomach acid.

Also, have you tried the new Activia brand yogurt which alot of people say it works good. It's more expensive to do the yogurt but if you don't like taking pills, it might work for you.

If lemon water works, then give it a try...can't hurt.

HeartBurner
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   Posted 2/6/2007 7:05 AM (GMT -7)   
That is what I am using, just a quarter piece of real lemon squueze into water and drink it. At this point I am pretty sure you will feel better because Its working for me.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/6/2007 2:03 PM (GMT -7)   
HeartBurner said...
That is what I am using, just a quarter piece of real lemon squueze into water and drink it. At this point I am pretty sure you will feel better because Its working for me.
That's reassuring, HeartBurner.  I should definitely try it then!

debaser
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   Posted 2/6/2007 3:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Friendly,

I forgot to say that if you have a, uh, slow digestive tract you probably do not want to take the Maalox chewables. I'd try the generic simethicone tablets, though (Walgreens store brand is what I use). Simethicone isn't really a drug. A doctor explained its chemistry to me once, but I cannot remember what he said. The mechanics are that it simply helps the gas in your digestive tract to coalesce, making it easier to expel naturally. It does not change any body functions. Forgive me if all this is basic knowledge that everyone knows....I didn't know it until the doctor suggested it to me.

Yes, my belly does grow quite a bit when I start to feel this way. In fact, I'd estimate that it sometimes protrudes to almost twice its normal size. Sometimes it just gets a little bigger and I just notice it while looking in the mirror (feeling nothing), but once it gets that big I'm absolutely miserable. There's "bloating", and there's "I'm so bloated I could burst and it feels like all my guts are compressed together". It's more than uncomfortable...it's literally nauseating.

And I was also diagnosed with chronic gastritis. I finally gave up on going to doctors, but the last time I went through all of that they thought my gastritis was caused by anxiety, and that my bloating stomach was a "modified panic attack". I was in disbelief at first, but the more I thought of it, the more and more sense it made. I'm not sure if anxiety caused the stomach problems or if the stomach problems caused the anxiety. I think it was the latter: I got a "freak" stomach problem that was slow to go away, but it would have if it hadn't gotten into my head.

Anyway, I hope you feel better.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/6/2007 6:27 PM (GMT -7)   

thank you, debaser.  mine isn't caused by anxiety.  it happens during low stress times as well.

i'll have to look into taking the tablets that you are talking about.  FG


Post Edited (friendlygal) : 2/6/2007 8:22:54 PM (GMT-7)


debaser
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   Posted 2/7/2007 7:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Not saying yours is caused by anxiety, but my problems occur at times I perceive to be be "low stress", as well. Anxiety can be a strange beast...I'm not a real keyed up guy or anything. It seems like my stomach goes nuts in lieu of me exhibiting what most people would call traditional anxiety symptoms. I never in a million years would have put these two things together. And it went on for nearly two years before any doctor did.

So, if I were you, I"m not sure I'd totally discount it until you know for sure what else could be causing your gastritis. The body loves to internalize emotions (sometimes hidden emotions) in the stomach.

It does seem like a problem that manifests itself in such an overt physical manner (bloating) would necessarily have to have a physical cause. That's why I was so incredulous at the doctor's latest diagnosis. It's not intuitive at all. I took a couple weeks before I started looking at it in a new way and realized he could be right.

Anyway, best of luck.

friendlygal
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   Posted 2/7/2007 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   

debaser.  thaniks for your post.  no, i'm not in denial or fearful of it being anxiety.

i have considered it.  but it just simply isn't anxiety in my case.  i already found out what caused my GERD, etc. 

 

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