Chronic Abdominal Bloating and Pain

Posted by geb @gloriaeb, Aug 17, 2015

I am a relatively healthy person with a problem “bloated belly”. My belly gets bigger as the day goes on; doesn’t matter if I eat, drink only water, my belly still gets more bloated. The bloat continues up the abdomen into the midriff area…I have to loosen bra or put on a bigger one. This happens everyday. Pretty good in the morning.

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@boogirl

If you did not have a diagnosis from a doctor for Celiac disease you should. It is not a common disorder and far too many people are self diagnosing and “feeding” into the gluten free and sometimes expensive diet without needing to do so. The food companies are making millions off people who don’t really need gluten free. I suppose the placebo effect is good for some it is certainly great for the manufacturers of gluten free products.

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Thanks for the suggestion, Boogirl. Yes, I have had both the blood test to screen for celiac disease antibodies and the endoscope biopsy. I left that out of my original comment as I was trying to be concise. You are correct, though, in that anyone who believes that they might have celiac disease should be diagnosed by a medical professional BEFORE making dietary changes. Once gluten is eliminated from a diet and the small intestine starts to heal it is much harder to make the diagnosis.

I also wanted to emphasize that people need to be their own advocate for their health. An individual knows best when something is wrong and should work to find a solution even if that means going to 100 different doctors. If only I had trusted my own instincts more than the tens of doctors’ that I saw, I might have had 20 extra years of better health. Even now, after 10 plus years gluten free, I still have residual side effects from the constant damaging of my intestine and the subsequent malnourishment. Individuals must take responsibility for their healthcare and trust their instincts even if their doctor cannot determine the cause of their ailment.

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Great points @boogirl and @nicole14. Thanks for sharing this advice about celiac and the pitfalls of self-diagnosis. @DKFusion posed a question a while back about how long to do the gluten-free challenge https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/was-my-gluten-challenge-too-short-my-daughter-tested-very-positive-for/ We took that question to Dr. Joseph Murray, a gastroenterologist and celiac disease expert at Mayo Clinic. He responded by video.

@nicole14 what are some of the residual side effects from the constant damaging of my intestine and the subsequent malnourishment that you have to deal with?

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I also woke up one day with a bloated stomach. I’m 66 and looked like I was 9 months pregnant. My GP couldn’t figure what was wrong so I went to a Gastro doctor. She also couldn’t figure it out. I started having trouble breathing. I saw another doctor who said I had asthma and treated me for 3 months. One morning I passed out and my son took me to the emergency room where I underwent a lot of tests. The last test was a chest x ray which showed my stomach had traveled through a very large hiatial hernia and it was in my chest. It was behind my heart and leaning on my lung. I had surgery to put my stomach where it belonged but my vagus nerve was damaged during the surgery.. My digestive system no longer works. In the past year I have lost 50 lbs. I’ve been treated for many infections with a lot of antibiotics I’ve seen many specialists and I have tried many medicines. I have gastroparesis. I’ve tried all the diets, but I’m forced to wear depends. One good thing is I don’t ever get hungry. I have nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain. If anyone has found something that worked for them please let me know. Thanks

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Welcome to Connect @citygirlannie. Nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain – these are symptoms that can be almost anything, can’t they? @lilmama93 was just writing about similar symptoms that have just started for her and is seeking a diagnosis https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/having-troubles/

@luladavis @gloriaeb @uneeq1 @upnorthnancy any thoughts to add?

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When I was 18 about four years ago, every time I ate, I get excessive bloating. I have exercised my belly but it shows no results. I am not on any diet. I have tried drinking a lot of water but it just makes me feel more bloated. I experience pain in my pancreas. I went to my GP and he said I have gas bubbles and he prescribes me meds but they have no effect. I do have allergies to most fruits so I cannot go on any fruit diet. I also experience constipation. I have tried many laxatives but none of them work. I go about once or twice a week. Recently I went to the nose throat and ear doctor and he said I have a lot of acid reflux which could be associated to a pain in my throat. This has been going on for four years but to no avail. I am wondering if anyone has experience any symptoms similar to mine. Please let me know. I am suffering everyday and I want it to go away.

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Welcome to Connect @lovelyladyxo.
I moved your message to this discussion thread so that you can meet others talking about a similar situation. Please meet @gloriaeb @luladavis @upnorthnancy @boogirl @nicole14 and others. You might also be interested in the thread started by @monicam called “I had a flat stomach and then it looked like I was 6 months pregnant” https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/a-f-years-ago-i-had-a-flat-stomach-and-the-next/

On the topic of acid reflux see the advice shared here https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/i-have-acid-reflux-so-bad-it-is-coming-up-into-my/

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9 months ago I saw a Naturopath who had me make some big changes to my diet; adding soy, whey, increased protein,healthy fats, greatly increased protein. After about a week on new diet my belly started to bloat and despite many elimination diets and doctors visits I have a 20 pound (almost overnight) weight gain and I cannot tolerate diary and have now been diagnosed with soy allergy.
Even with a very careful diet I am unable to get rid of my bloat.My stomach is distended in upper abdomen and looks like I am carrying a basketball. I had to buy an entire new wardrobe and it is really discouraging to carry this around.
I do not really have other symptoms other than bloat. Anyone have experience with this?

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@hikergal

9 months ago I saw a Naturopath who had me make some big changes to my diet; adding soy, whey, increased protein,healthy fats, greatly increased protein. After about a week on new diet my belly started to bloat and despite many elimination diets and doctors visits I have a 20 pound (almost overnight) weight gain and I cannot tolerate diary and have now been diagnosed with soy allergy.
Even with a very careful diet I am unable to get rid of my bloat.My stomach is distended in upper abdomen and looks like I am carrying a basketball. I had to buy an entire new wardrobe and it is really discouraging to carry this around.
I do not really have other symptoms other than bloat. Anyone have experience with this?

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Hi @hikergal. Welcome to Connect. It’s interesting to hear about your experience with a naturopath because we’ve had a number of people posting about the benefits of a naturopath recently. I’m sorry to hear it didn’t work for you.

I moved your post over to this thread because there was already a discussion happening about this exact topic. I’d recommend you read back through these posts, there are some great suggestions. And I hope @gloriaeb, @luladavis,, @uneeq1, @upnorthnancy and @nicole14 will jump back in to welcome you.

Have you spoken to your doctor about this? What did they say? Have they been able to rule anything out?

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@hikergal

9 months ago I saw a Naturopath who had me make some big changes to my diet; adding soy, whey, increased protein,healthy fats, greatly increased protein. After about a week on new diet my belly started to bloat and despite many elimination diets and doctors visits I have a 20 pound (almost overnight) weight gain and I cannot tolerate diary and have now been diagnosed with soy allergy.
Even with a very careful diet I am unable to get rid of my bloat.My stomach is distended in upper abdomen and looks like I am carrying a basketball. I had to buy an entire new wardrobe and it is really discouraging to carry this around.
I do not really have other symptoms other than bloat. Anyone have experience with this?

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Hi Kelsey

Thanks for your response and the link to the other posts. My Doctor has
done ultrasounds, blood work and tested for Plyori.
She has referred me to a GI specialist but the appointment is still months
away. I also tried medicine for acid reflux but it did not help.
I am very fit and healthy except this. I may try another naturopath but it
is odd that the first naturopaths suggestions put me in this position ( or
brought something to light).

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Another similar option is eating low FODMAP foods. A study by researchers at Monash University in Australia has defined and listed problem foods for those with IBS symptoms. Kate Scarlata is a great source. Look her up on FB, Pinterest, Google. I have become completely intolerant of garlic and raw onion and found this elimination diet, food diary and re-introduction of foods to be very helpful. Most Registered nutritionists can help you follow the plan.

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@keysgull

Another similar option is eating low FODMAP foods. A study by researchers at Monash University in Australia has defined and listed problem foods for those with IBS symptoms. Kate Scarlata is a great source. Look her up on FB, Pinterest, Google. I have become completely intolerant of garlic and raw onion and found this elimination diet, food diary and re-introduction of foods to be very helpful. Most Registered nutritionists can help you follow the plan.

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Hi @keysgull. Welcome back to Connect. I noticed you posted earlier in July and came back yesterday. Thanks for engaging in our community! I’d love to know a little more about you. What brought you to Connect? I noticed you posted a few times in the digestive health groups. Besides the garlic and raw onion intolerance (two of my personal favorite, so i’m sure that’s hard!) do you suffer from any other digestive health issues? IBS? @agr205 recently posted about the FODMAP diet and I was so fascinated… i’d never heard of that!

We’re happy to have you here!

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@keysgull

Another similar option is eating low FODMAP foods. A study by researchers at Monash University in Australia has defined and listed problem foods for those with IBS symptoms. Kate Scarlata is a great source. Look her up on FB, Pinterest, Google. I have become completely intolerant of garlic and raw onion and found this elimination diet, food diary and re-introduction of foods to be very helpful. Most Registered nutritionists can help you follow the plan.

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Thanks’

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What about cyclical edema? Also, what about ingesting too much sodium? It is a devilish problem. Has anyone had endocrine testing to see if it is handing fluids properly? Hope this helps some!

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@keysgull

Another similar option is eating low FODMAP foods. A study by researchers at Monash University in Australia has defined and listed problem foods for those with IBS symptoms. Kate Scarlata is a great source. Look her up on FB, Pinterest, Google. I have become completely intolerant of garlic and raw onion and found this elimination diet, food diary and re-introduction of foods to be very helpful. Most Registered nutritionists can help you follow the plan.

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I will look into the FODMAP an give it a try. Right now I eat no bread, nothing with soy in it, no peanut products, sugar or diary so I am familiar with restriction. Thanks for your response.

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@tredways

What about cyclical edema? Also, what about ingesting too much sodium? It is a devilish problem. Has anyone had endocrine testing to see if it is handing fluids properly? Hope this helps some!

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Interesting, myself I do not use salt or eat processed food but I will research cylclical edema. That has not come up in any of my research. Thanks

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