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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@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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First off, I’ve been gluten and dairy free for over ten years. But even with those restrictions, still had increasing problems, especially in the last few years. I was placed on a low FODMAP diet by my gastroenterologist a little over a year ago. Initially, I felt so much better. But now I am having more and more food intolerances show up. I am fairly certain I have leaky gut and will be working to correct that problem soon (just need to get past the holidays so that I can have the time to research, study and figure out what to do next).

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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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What is a leaky gut! I hate to be so dumb but would like to know!

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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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Web MD says “leaky gut” is a bit of a gray area. It is a gray area for traditional MDs but if you follow functional medicine docs or integrative medicine — it is a wide open subject. There is much discussion about the microbiome, etc.

Here is a link with some explanation: http://www.amymyersmd.com/2013/09/9-signs-you-have-a-leaky-gut/

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I have a question about what you wrote. Since I have Crohn’s and according Dr Crohn’s the illness impacts the liver and I have issues with inflammation pain you touched several issues that I have. I was diagnosed with fatty liver, was almost diabetic type 2, suffer from constipation, GERD, swelling of ankles, and blooting. A year and a half ago I changed my diet to vegetables with protein, limited fruits since they cause problems also, and no flour products or sugars since I get immediate pain. You seem to have the background knowledge I would like to hear about. I was totally disappointed with Mayo Clinic since after one week of testing and locating my Crohn’s activity the Doctor prescribed Pentasa of which I am allergic to but she ignored my concern. Now the Mayo website recommends not to use Pentasa for Crohn’s. I showed her the Liver Support Factors supplement pills that I started taking and was very helpful but she ignored them. All I was asking why they were helping me. Now with my diet and supplement pills I put Crohn’s in remission, my diabetes was reversed, my GERD after 50 years completely stopped, my memory started to work, I can control the pain if I don’t eat items that I know I shouldn’t, but raw vegetables does impact the pain within one hour. I appreciate your knowledge and how you acquired it. Thank you for sharing.

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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 @cowboy1997,

As they say, there is nothing like a dumb question!

One of the early consequences of celiac disease is that the gut becomes permeable, allowing access of gluten molecules into the immune system. This ‘leakiness’ often lead to headaches, fatigue and other gastrointestinal issues.
You can read more about leaky gut on the Mayo Clinic Celiac blog, here: http://mayocl.in/2gg3Vpz

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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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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Thank you! Have you heard of anyone having Reflux Surgery redone after it came unwrapped?This happened to me in April when I had Cervical Spine Surgery! I noticed quickly lump in my throat and coughing came back that I had for 18 yrs B4 the surgery in 2008!

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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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My 50 years acid stomach and reflux suddenly stopped when I stop eating bread, sugar, and carbohydrates. Just a lot of vegetables with protein, salads, and good leafs but dressing is olive oil and lemon. No processed dressing or foods, no can foods, no spicy foods, no soft drinks since they have preservatives. The liver is a sensitive and inteligente organ. If it is clean it produces super health. I know the liver controls acidity and reflux and proved it again in my case. In 1960 when my liver was treated I didn’t have acid stomach and reflux for 3 years. Just the liver supplements were not enough but once I changed my diet my entire health improved. The liver must love vegetables specially raw vegetables since I feel the effects within one hour.

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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 for writing this post. It’s a miracle I found it and it helps me realize a lot of stern discipline I’ve got to stick to. Similar plate I share, I do best avoiding dairy/spicy/sugar/alcohol/gluten and no preservatives, canned or packaged foods. And limiting starches such as squash, plantains, potatos. Feel best cooking freshly grown veggies and some meat.

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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 believe with my minimum medical education the source of the problem is the liver. Since the supplements of shots I received in Italy in 1960 treated my liver and I was brand new for 3 years. I am applying the knowledge to understanding the liver and it’s behavior. I now know the liver loves vegetables specially raw. The liver controls GERD I tested it many times and it works each time. My logic is this:
If the liver loves raw vegetables and have the control of GERD than celery a raw vegetable should stop the acid stomach. I tested it over seven times and it worked each time. I have at least four heads of celery in my refrigerator. But since I switch to vegetables with protein my entire GERD stopped. I suffered over 50 years where I should have known from my treatment in 1960 cleaning the liver the body becomes super healthy. The liver for me is sensitive but an intelligent organ.

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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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As the liver turns. A sensitive soap opera.

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@uneeq1

Hi Guys-
As a person who has suffered from IBS and is now almost 100% symptom free, I would like to tell you how I got better. The first thing I did was change my diet to Paleo, but that didn’t solve everthing. I did start to feel better though. First of all, I stopped going to my GP for IBS and went to an Integrative Medicine Dr. (in Fort Wayne, IN) who also has a nutritionist. The GP only treated symptoms, not the unlying causes. Next, I kept a food diary and wrote down how I felt after every meal/snack for one month. I took the food diary with me to the nutritionist and she looked at what I was eating and also how it made me feel. Then, I was tested for food allergies and sensitivities. The nutritionist gave me specific lists of food I needed to avoid and foods that I needed to incorporate more. The next visits were with one week food diaries and my diet was further tweaked based on the results of testing and reaction to foods on my list. I have other reasons for some of my food eliminations, so I won’t go on about exactly what I eat, because it will be different for everyone. Our bodies tell us what they don’t like, we just need to listen!

I am now dairy free, sugar free, gluten free (Gluten affects Antibody associated with Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism), and yeast free with carbs in moderation. The biggest take away is that I no longer take medicine for IBS (Prilosec 20mg twice per day). I no longer get bloated, unless I eat things that I should not be eating. My stomach is healed now, so eating a little bit of the bad food has a less dramatic effect on my body. Lastly, I lost 15 lbs and have successfully kept it off and continue to lose at a very slow rate as time goes on.

I recommend that everyone seek out a good Integrative medicine doctor who treats patients with both prescription and holistic medicines, and one who tests beyond the normal laboratory tests. I take the probiotics that some have mentioned. These are also individual, you have to find the ones that work for you. If you can find the root cause of your discomfort, you will feel so much better!

Thanks for listening,
Lisa

Edit* I am also pain free, I no longer take arthritis medications, because all of the swelling was causing me joint pain as well!

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Thank you, this is great information. My sister in law is doing this exact thing, she is seeing an alternative doctor who had recommended removeing these items from her diet as she has Crohns. I have colitis but both cause inflammation. Bloating is my biggest issue.

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@luladavis

Greenery is my kale and spinach with maybe grapes watermelon, I choose apple juice, blended and drink.. Tryin to get my veggies&fruit in every day that way my stomach might be happy and shrink..my PlasticSurgeon said I need to lose the fat then he would cut the excess skin off…Really!!! Why not jus cut it all off now..I think I have tried it all and all I’m doing is just depriving my self from the delicious food my stomach still gonna win..since it looks at me and say “na na na na”lololololol its a shame.. Mostly I just stay at home and let it all hang out.. The others parts of my body I can deal with, just haven’t figured out whats up with this belly..anyway I wish u the best..Godbless gn

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Did you “give up” any other food groups?

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