Severe Bloating and Distention

Posted by htocco @htocco, Mon, Feb 18 12:42pm

Hello,
I have chronic bloating and distention of the abdomen and am very uncomfortable all of the time. I have had a colonoscopy and endoscopy (both negative), have tried a low FODMAP diet for several weeks, with no change. I do take probiotics as well a ginger root and peppermint. I rarely have cramping, except after a bowel movement. After a BM, the distention is more severe for the entire day. My GI doctor is at a lost as to what to do now. It seems much of the GI field is mysterious, and, unfortunately there are no answers for many conditions, including this. Is there anyone out there with similar symptoms? Does anyone have any suggestions for me?
Thank you!
Helen

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@beanglow

@lelia Thank you for the information. I will have to work around my daughter's work schedule. She will be driving me to Mayo. How long did it take to get an appointment? Thank you also for your thoughts and prayers. You have been a blessing to me. Elaine

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I can't remember how long it took to get an appointment. I think it depends on availability and your condition. Best of luck. BTW, Springhill Suites is a Marriott hotel.

@lelia Thanks again. Elaine

@ajstaley

I just wanted to check on you. How are you feeling? I’m still sick. Was in the hospital for a few days given fluids and something for my nerves it did helped a bit . But the GI issues never stopped. The nausea is unreal. Back to square one. God only knows what’s next.

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Try medical Cannabis

Helen, one of the hallmark signs of Microscopic Colitis is diarrhea, constipation, brain fog, irritability, and abdominal pain. It's hard to diagnose. A biopsy of your colon has to be performed to diagnose MC. Many doctors – GI specialists don't know this. The only thing that helps is change your diet. It is doable. I have MC and I think Celiac. Keep me in touch, Dorothy

I have distention/bloating only. I have had a colonoscopy which showed no problems. Thank you for your message!

@beanglow

@lelia Thanks again. Elaine

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If for some reason your daughter can't drive you, you could always fly. Most of the motels offer free rides to and from the airport as well as to appointments. When you are there, don't be concerned if you are going around hooked up to some medical equipment – the locals have seen it all, believe me. The restaurants try to accommodate g.i. issues. Baker's Square is a good one for that. There is also one down the street from Springhill Suites called the Canadian Honker. Best of luck, and let me know how it goes!

@lelia I would fly but with spontaneous diarrhea, I'm afraid I might have to monopolize the bathroom for the whole time of the flight. I don't think the airline would allow me to do it. I know that driving could also present problems because if I don't have diarrhea I have bloating, distention, flatulence, and abdominal pain. In a vehicle, I could lay down in the back seat. I do have an appointment for April 29th. My daughter will be getting home from a trip to Missouri on the 27th. I might have to ask my son or another daughter. How long were you there for testing? Someone said to plan on at least 3 days. Thanks again for the valuable information. You have been an inspiration to me. I'll let you know how it goes. Bless you.

@beanglow

@lelia I would fly but with spontaneous diarrhea, I'm afraid I might have to monopolize the bathroom for the whole time of the flight. I don't think the airline would allow me to do it. I know that driving could also present problems because if I don't have diarrhea I have bloating, distention, flatulence, and abdominal pain. In a vehicle, I could lay down in the back seat. I do have an appointment for April 29th. My daughter will be getting home from a trip to Missouri on the 27th. I might have to ask my son or another daughter. How long were you there for testing? Someone said to plan on at least 3 days. Thanks again for the valuable information. You have been an inspiration to me. I'll let you know how it goes. Bless you.

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You can't predict how long, but I would say at the very minimum 3 days. Once I was up there for 2 weeks but that wasn't for g.i. issues. They were checking me out prior to surgery. I went up last fall and was only there a day for only one appointment, as it turned out, but that wasn't for g.i. issues either. From the sound of your difficulties, you might want to book the hotel for at least 5 days (maybe there is a weekly rate). You can always leave early and cancel the reservation for the rest of the week. Best of luck! I'll be looking forward to your report. CL

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Booking for 5 days or a week sounds like a good idea. Thanks for the good wishes and information. I appreciate it.

@gab002

I have been suffering for almost 6 months with upper abdominal pain (right under xyphoid process) and also chest, with terrible bloating with occasional queasiness. I’ve had a complete Abdominal Ultrasound, Upper Endoscopy with Biopsies for H Pylori, did the Breath tests for Lactose, Fructose and Bacteria, all of which were negative. I’ve been on PPI’S, Zantac, Bentyl Gas-X, etc… I’m exhausted with this and don’t know what else to do. My GI Dr. is now wanting me to do a FODMOP dietary program. Others think I should take Probiotics. Any suggestions?
I just want to feel better.
Thank you

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Hello @gab002 and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear of all of your discomfort and inability to find an answer or a cure for it. Many of us on Connect have had hard to diagnose problems and we understand the frustration. While you wait for others to respond to your post: If you are comfortable sharing more, before the problems that you said started six months ago, had you previously had other digestive tract problems or surgeries, such as gallbladder removal, etc.? Do certain foods and/or activities make your symptoms worse? Have you lost much weight due to these problems? Does exercise make these symptoms worse or better?

Have you tried the FODMAP dietary program yet? Since it was suggested by your doctor, it might be worth a try.

@hopeful33250

Hello @gab002 and welcome to Mayo Connect.

I am sorry to hear of all of your discomfort and inability to find an answer or a cure for it. Many of us on Connect have had hard to diagnose problems and we understand the frustration. While you wait for others to respond to your post: If you are comfortable sharing more, before the problems that you said started six months ago, had you previously had other digestive tract problems or surgeries, such as gallbladder removal, etc.? Do certain foods and/or activities make your symptoms worse? Have you lost much weight due to these problems? Does exercise make these symptoms worse or better?

Have you tried the FODMAP dietary program yet? Since it was suggested by your doctor, it might be worth a try.

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Hello!
I've had some gastritis/esophagitis periodically in the past. Some of the pain I have now is also in my chest through to my back which was there before I had my gallbladder out. Cardiac was ruled out at that time. I was told I have a small sliding hiatal hernia seen on Endoscopy but can't seem to correlate anything with my symptoms. Nothing seems to make it worse or better. I just started IBGuard today and a Probiotic to see if these might help. I wish I could say I've lost weight but haven't…. just maintained! It's hard to know what to try first.
Thank you!

@gab002

I have been suffering for almost 6 months with upper abdominal pain (right under xyphoid process) and also chest, with terrible bloating with occasional queasiness. I’ve had a complete Abdominal Ultrasound, Upper Endoscopy with Biopsies for H Pylori, did the Breath tests for Lactose, Fructose and Bacteria, all of which were negative. I’ve been on PPI’S, Zantac, Bentyl Gas-X, etc… I’m exhausted with this and don’t know what else to do. My GI Dr. is now wanting me to do a FODMOP dietary program. Others think I should take Probiotics. Any suggestions?
I just want to feel better.
Thank you

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Did they check you for Celiac disease/ Gluten sensitivity?

@gab002

Hello!
I've had some gastritis/esophagitis periodically in the past. Some of the pain I have now is also in my chest through to my back which was there before I had my gallbladder out. Cardiac was ruled out at that time. I was told I have a small sliding hiatal hernia seen on Endoscopy but can't seem to correlate anything with my symptoms. Nothing seems to make it worse or better. I just started IBGuard today and a Probiotic to see if these might help. I wish I could say I've lost weight but haven't…. just maintained! It's hard to know what to try first.
Thank you!

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@gab002
I have had severe and less severe versions of your pain – esophagitis and another problem- pancreatitis.

@gab002

I have been suffering for almost 6 months with upper abdominal pain (right under xyphoid process) and also chest, with terrible bloating with occasional queasiness. I’ve had a complete Abdominal Ultrasound, Upper Endoscopy with Biopsies for H Pylori, did the Breath tests for Lactose, Fructose and Bacteria, all of which were negative. I’ve been on PPI’S, Zantac, Bentyl Gas-X, etc… I’m exhausted with this and don’t know what else to do. My GI Dr. is now wanting me to do a FODMOP dietary program. Others think I should take Probiotics. Any suggestions?
I just want to feel better.
Thank you

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You know how miserable it can be. I'm sorry you've experienced it also. So your diagnosis was/is Pancreatitis? What is your treatment?

@astaingegerdm

Did they check you for Celiac disease/ Gluten sensitivity?

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No

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