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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby DeeDee77 » Fri Sep 19, 2008 6:54 pm

OMG...I can't believe this thread has been going for two years and I haven't come across it! I am miserable. I have had this battle for 15 years. It happened only every once in awhile and I started cutting out this food and that food. Over the last 5 years, it has been unbearable. I bloat at least four times a week. I have seen multiple doctors. Like many of you, I have been poked, prodded,and tested for everything. I have been told twice it is IBS, but they put me on a pill that ends up being taken off the market. I also look to be 7-8 months pregnant by the end of the day. I won't have a bowl movement for over a week. The last doctor told me I had too much fiber and it was having the opposite affect. I hate it. I have gained nearly 50 pounds in 5 years. All I hear is diet and exercise. I walk/run 3 miles a day, bike 5 miles three times a day, and swim when I can. In the meantime I only have 1300-1500 calories. Oh, then my doctor said that wasn't enough calories and that my body was compensating for it! There were so many comments on this site, but if I overlooked an absolute answer someone has found....PLEASE tell me! Because I am pushing 190 pounds now, my acid reflux is unreal,I have trouble eating just about anything, and I am in tears everytime I have to by larger clothes. Thanks
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Postby Jennuan » Sun Sep 28, 2008 5:50 pm

I am 34 and a mother to my 7 year old daughter who has had bad stomach distention (looks like she's 7 months pregnant by the end of the day..starts the day looking 4 months pregnant)....and she's had this problem of stomach bloating and excessive gas since she was born!! I am frustrated by the lack of attention she's had by her pediatrician and sought out a GI specialist when she was 5. My daughter is an active, type A personality, girl, who is otherwise a happy-go-lucky little girl. For two years, now, we're not much closer to finding out WHY all this has happened. She's always been bigger than her peers and now (like I feared,) it's starting to affect her self-image. She has a little sister who is 4 with no problems at all. I just want her to feel normal. Just so you know, she came out of the womb not tolerating any kind of milk or formula...she had infant projectile vomiting whenever she had a bottle (but she's been tested for lactose intolerance and it came back normal!) She's been put on a wheat intolerance diet..for 1 year!!..but it didn't change her appearance or her discomfort. I've had pediatricians tell me to ease up on fast food (we went through drive throughs maybe once a week, so we then went only once every few weeks) but nothing changed. BTW, that infuriated me that the pediatrician would say that when my younger daughter, my husband, and I don't have any symptoms of being obese, and we all eat the same food as a family.

Here's what 7 years of researching yielded:

-Don't trust pediatricians...seek a specialist if you can

-Your body is very complex, and your symptoms most likely are being caused by a biochemical imbalance; either that or your body is missing something to help you digest your food. I read on a medical website that whatever you eat turns to fecal matter or gas and that problems can stem from digestion when "turning" the food into one or the other.

-Your blood type may have something to do with digestion. Google "eating for your blood type"

-Anemia (iron deficiency) may have something to do with your symptoms.

-Symptoms may be hormone related

-Four important people to help you find your diagnosis: 1. Gastroenterologist (GI doc) 2. Endocrinologist (Hormone and metabolism doc) 3. Allergist (Allergy doc) 4. Nutritionist (can give you tips on digestive enzymes and probiotics that might be helpful)

My daughter has pain in her upper stomach, just under her sternum. Her upper stomach protrudes about two to three inches past her chest (she's 7). Her gut (belly button area) protrudes another inch out from there.

Since the age of 5 1/2, she's been seen by a GI doc at CHOC (Children's Hospital of Orange County.) Here's a summary of a year and a half of treatment:

My daughter tested positive for Eosinophilic Esophagitis (presences of Eosinophils (ess-in-o-fills) on her esophagus. This means the lining of her esophagus looks like it has scar tissue on it...what this means is her reflux problems have hurt the lining of her esophagus. We found this out through an Endoscopic exam where they put a camera up her nose and down her throat.

She was seen by an ENT doc at CHOC (Ear, Nose and Throat doctor) who said he saw small nodules on her vocal chords (which explained the chronic hoarseness in her voice) and said it could be from GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease) and recommended Prevacid. We did not take it because my daughter is 7 and I want to find the cause of the problem and treat that and not just the symptoms. Plus, google "side effects of Prevacid;" you won't want to take it either.

She had a breath test (Hydrogen test) to test for lactose intolerance...came back normal.

The GI doc said she may have fecal matter stuck in her intestines/colon and said she needed to flush it all out. The doc put her on an aggressive Magnesium Citrate treatment consisting of two 10 oz bottles of Magnesim Citrate bottles (you can find them at any drug store) and a liquid diet..no solids at all. This 5-day treatment sent her to the bathroom for 5 days of chronic diarrhea. Her stomach went down about an inch and a half and then came right back the day after introducing solid foods. We are now following up the treatment with Kristolose which will keep her stools soft. The Kristolose has kept her regular.

We're scheduled for a three hour exam next week to have allergy testing done, and I'll give you the results of that as well.

My gut instinct is telling me she may have a problem digesting food. I've researched digestive enzymes and probiotics and want to start her on a regime consisting of some enzyme and probiotic supplements, but I don't want to do any of this until we do the allergy testing. However, after reading some of these posts, I'm thinking the enzymes and probiotics may not be the answer (read the post in March of this year from the 34-yr old male who seemed to try everything with no relief to his symptoms.)

Blogging is good because it can help direct people to the right answers. I'm sorry that I don't have answers to the cause of stomach distention, bloating, and gas, but if we keep at this, we may stumble across the answer. I'll continue to post with updates. I came across this thread and was hoping for the answer, but I figured that even if that doesn't happen, if I can help someone else by sharing my story, then it's worth the time to post it.
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Postby kmas » Sat Oct 04, 2008 9:01 pm

Hello Everyone!

I am the original one who posted this blog over 2 years ago! After 8 years I have finally found out what my problem was. It turns out that I have low stomach acid. That is why everytime I would eat anything I would bloat so much because I did not have acid to breakdown the proteins. All I do now is take a HCL and pepsin before I eat and I do not bloat. It worked right away. I am so happy. I have lost close to 20 pound and i feel great! It was not a medical doctor who diagnosed me. It was a Naturopathic DOCTOR!
Good luck to you all and I hope you figure out what is wrong! Just don't give up!
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Postby mlgonzales » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:27 pm

kmas
what is HCL?
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby Shaunypooh2008 » Wed Oct 15, 2008 9:22 pm

Since July 2008 I have been experiencing pain in my right lower side and right lower back area. The pain would come and go, but as of August the pain would just be consistent and my stomach, back and face started to have a bloated look. I began gaining weight, could not do my usual stomach crunches, tired and when I would eat my stomach would hurt. I would also urinate alot. I had paid a visit to the emergency room and explained that I would like a ultrasound, xrays or something because this was a problem. I was told that maybe I had pulled something/strained myself and I was given muscle relaxers and motrin. Well I know that it's not straining or anything like that, but something far from it. I will visit my primary doctor this week and I will again request that I have a xray and/or ultrasound b/c this is the first time I have ever experienced something like this. I am straight on being STD free so that's not my problem. But thanks to alot of you on this website with the knowlegable advice. I will be asking questions about IBS, gallstones, hypothrodism etc. Just to let the doctor know that I am not playing with my health and that I need some results. I've gone from being 140lbs. the beginning of this year to 159lbs. right now.
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Postby MichaelXY » Thu Oct 16, 2008 10:04 pm

Gallstones can cause pancreatitus which causes pain in the lower back and abdominal area. But the pain is very severe and would cause you to double over. Pancreatitus can be diagnosed with a blood test. Usually your Amylase levels go through the roof. Gallstones can also cause lower back pain, but the inferred pain often seems to move. Bloodtest can also be used to confirm gall bladder problems. Did the ER conduct a blood draw on you. If so, and they released you, I would say you can rule out the two I mentioned.
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby cthomas » Thu Oct 16, 2008 11:24 pm

I am relieved in many ways to hear that my stomach problems are shared by so many. I am still struggling after 13 years to find a cure or way to decrease the bloating. It is better than when it first started. It was interesting to hear someone say that while they were pregnant they did not expereince any problems. I have had 3 children and during each pregnancy I felt great and had no bloating or pain at all. Sometimes I think it is from eating too good, like someon else said- I tend to eat fruits and veggies, but I have tried it all- eating no meat, no cheese or dairy, small meals, eating slower, I have given up eating many veggies that I know cause gas. I try to eat mostly cooked vegies. I exercise and so on. It is very similar to what someone noted. I will feel good in the morning but after lunch start to feel bad and sometimes by evening I am just so tired and full, I can't do anything. Someimes I put a warm compress on my stomach and it is better. I mostly have the pain in the lower left quardrant. My dr. said there is only colon there so now she has me taking fiber and a stool softner. I guess it helps but I still have the problem. If anyone out there gets a real diagnosis please let us know.
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby igiveup » Fri Oct 17, 2008 7:26 pm

hiya,

So, yeah, have the same symptoms, bloating, constipation, weight gain, am lactose intolerant....have had these stomach problems for as long as i can remember (over 18 years). but Ive always had my own methods of keeping it somewhat 'under control'...this involved laxatives and only eating when i wasnt going anywhere (like others have described)...and, yes, ive had eating disorders in the past.

...about 5 months ago i suffered gastro. and It seems after the bout of gastro (or what i believe to have been gastro) was when my symptoms started to worsen and get out of control. Ive had blood tests (time permitting), been to a gastro doctor who diagnosed me with IBS...saw a naturopath which worked for about a week....

Over the last year, ive had some big changes...a break up, changed jobs, gained a mortgage...and have lost my period (ive had it once, and it was light, in the past 8 months) and pretty much become a recluse - i go to work, home and gym. I used to go out nearly every weekend (day or/and night), but due to financial restrictions and my worsening stomach problems ive been out probably a total of 4-5 nights in the last year - no, im not exaggerating. I also have to try clothes on before i pack my gym bag, just to see if it'll fit 'today.'

Anyway. So, yes, ive been told (by both the naturopath and gastro doctor) that the mental state affects the state of digestive health....i dont dismiss this...

...I'm just wondering if anyone else had a bout of gastro and noticed their symptoms get out of control afterwards?

like all of u, i just want to be 'normal'...or as close to as possible. I'd give anything to go back to how i was...even if it wasnt so 'normal'...at least i could keep it under control.
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Postby MichaelXY » Fri Oct 17, 2008 9:54 pm

Has your hormone levels been checked. A lack of a period sounds like a hormonal problem. Sometimes going on the pill can help hormonal problems. Hormones on the fritz can cause a myriad of symptoms. Go see a gyno.
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby igiveup » Sat Oct 18, 2008 8:37 pm

thx for the reply,
yeah, had those blood tests yesterday, so waiting on results, and have to go in for an ultrasound too...

just curious as to whether a bout of gastro could have been the trigger? maybe its brought up something underlying, and is making the 'usual' problems worse...pffft who knows. :|
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby MichaelXY » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:12 pm

igiveup wrote:thx for the reply,
yeah, had those blood tests yesterday, so waiting on results, and have to go in for an ultrasound too...

just curious as to whether a bout of gastro could have been the trigger? maybe its brought up something underlying, and is making the 'usual' problems worse...pffft who knows. :|


Like I said, a hormonal imbalance can cause a wide range of symptoms, including gastro.
See list below:
I am not an MD so anything I say should be considered unreliable, however getting a blood test and ultrasound is a good start on your part. Your gyno may also want to do a MRI scan to look at your pituitary, as a cyst on your P gland can cause you problems. Don't let this frighten you though. The cyst if any usually spontaniously regress after time.
My wife went through this whole thing. She had a cyst on her pituitary, stopped having periods or was spotty, gained large amount of midline mass. The treating physician perscribed birth control pills, and most of her problems went away. Lost 20 pounds, periods restarted( Which I did not miss) :) For your symptoms I would suggest you seek advice of an MD rather than a alternative med Dr.

• Aching joints and muscles,
• Allergy symptoms,
• Breast tenderness,
• Chronic fatigue,
• Cold or tingling hands and feet,
• Craving sweets, caffeine, carbohydrates,
• Depression, anxiety,
• Dizziness, lightheadedness,
• Dry, thin, or wrinkly skin,
• Endometriosis,
• Facial hair growth,
• Fibrocystic breasts,
• Hair loss, thinning hair,
• Headaches, migraines,
• Heart palpitations,
• Heavy or light periods,
• Hot flashes,
• Incontinence,
• Irregular periods,
• Irritability, inability to handle stress,
• Lack of concentration, foggy, fuzzy thinking,
• Leg cramps,
• Low metabolism,
• Lower sex drive, loss of sex drive,
• Menstrual cramping,
• Morning sluggishness,
• Mood swings,
• Memory lapses,
• Night sweats,
• Osteoporosis,
• PMS,
• Ringing, buzzing in ears,
• Sleep disturbances, insomnia,
• Spotting, light bleeding,
• Symptoms of hypothyroidism with normal T3 and T4,
• Unstable blood sugar,
• Urinary tract infections,
• Uterine fibroids,
• Vaginal dryness,
• Water retention,
• Weight gain, especially in hips, waist and stomach,
• Yeast infections,
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Re: Stomach bloating and weight gain

Postby igiveup » Sat Oct 18, 2008 9:27 pm

Thanx Michael :)

Sometimes its good to hear the opinions of someone (or someone who knows someone) that's gone through similar and come out the other end. Understand ur not a doctor... will see what happens with these tests and go from there...

glad ur wife's all good (yes, including the pms)!
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