My stomach is so bloated that I look 6 months pregnant permanently. I've had this problem for years and years.
No pain, cramps or toilet problems, nor is it worse at period time.
There's no medical problem - all been thoroughly checked cos the size of the stomach shocks the doctor too. I have no other symptoms of IBS but have tried some IBS medications from docs.
No food intolerance - blood test done.
One of these vega tests said I had mild wheat intolerance so cut out wheat for 3 months which made a difference to my weight but not my stomach.
Score very low for candida so even the nutritionist wasn't keen for me to do diet but did and that's not the answer either. Doc had suggested that too and had given me a yeast killing mixture some months before but neither diet nor medication affect it.
I would not say that food was the problem anyway. If anything, it tends to be vegetables are a bit of a problem.
Have tried colonic irrigation.
When I lie down the problem disappears. It isn't flat in the mornings either, although it is better. Can eat toast even white toast without it getting noticeably worse.
Would think the problem is wind therefore.
Any suggestions for remedies for this? Do charcoal tablets work - are there different strengths or is there something on the market better.
My only other thought is fluid retention but how do you know if that is the problem?
Many thanks. I'm sure I'm not the only one with this problem!
Hi, I really sympathize, went through a similar thing over 10 years ago. GP said it was IBS, then cealiacs disease (sorry can't spell it). I had several colonic therapy apts and the therapist said she could see quite a bit of fermentation - hence the bloating. I also had cyclical thrush which was hideous. I saw a naturopath and homeopath - didn't work. I put myself on a strict anti-candida diet for 9 months, which helped, then plateaued. During the course of the diet I went to see a kiniesiologist (rather by accident), she tested me for candida and it was like you, a very low indicator! But I persisted with the diet (my therapist didn't tell me too but she did say, there are many other fungi/organisms that can overgrow in the gut and I guess they also can be affected by same foods as candida and it seemed to have had some impact so i continued) plus she gave me all manner of dietry supplements and treatments including reiki and accupressure. I have no idea if it was one thing that worked or the combination but after a few months with her my symptoms decreased and finally went. I could have kissed the ground she walked on!! I don't know if its having an impact on your general health (apart from feeling miserable which is huge) but I began to lose weight (and I'm pretty slender anyway so not really desirable) because I could only eat a few mouthfuls of food and then i'd feel like I'd eaten a breeze block. Don't know if thats your experience but I was becoming very ill with it. Keep positive, try other therapies, you can come out the other side. I wish you the best of luck. Samantha
I have never been ill with it and I never feel as though I can only eat a few mouthfuls of things with it and I don't think it impacts my health at all apart from the fact that it looks awful which is depressing and means I need size 14 clothes and size 12!
I very occasionally get wind pains and that is the only thing. I massage my stomach following the shape of the intestine which helps but really want to reduce at least the bloating.
Hi, I am new here and whilst doing the google thing found this site and I am about to get real personal!
I am a 32 year old male. During the past 6 years, my stomach has ballooned. Where did it all begin? I was under a bit of stress at the time when I started bleeding from rear (I am heterosexual and have never deviated) and I went for a check up and was diagnosed with "Esophagitis" after an camera exploration via my throat (which they didnt give me enough anaesthetic for and I woke up briefly!). I was given 'Zoton' tablets which I took for about 3 months, in which time I saw another doctor who diagnosed the bleeding due to 'piles'! Anyhow, since this episode my stomach has swelled and has remained so ever since which I find embarrassing. I can only describe it as similar to the unfortunate pictures we have all seen of those subject to famine, in Africa in particular. I cant say that it feels uncomfortable generally, only when I stoop down to put on shoes I guess. I just feel like there is some form of blockage in my stomach that once freed all will be ok. If I tense my stomach I see and feel a six pack. Its just bizarre.
Admittedly I am heavier (14st) than I was 6 years ago (12st) but my body is totally in proportion apart from my stomach which sticks out markedly. I have seen my GP, but they palm me off with the fat settling in one place old chestnut. I am quite athletic having done plenty of running in my glory days, so my legs, arms and chest are a dream but my stomach is forever swollen and tight.
My diet is average, but has improved over time. I eat plenty of meats (chicken , yum!) and have increased my salad and veg intake markedly. Daily, I eat porridge in morning, sandwich at lunch and meat based dinner with veg/salads. I have a Reebok step, that although gathers dust regularly, I use from time to time and I do about 20 sit ups a day. I am not convinced exercise would reduce my stomach in any event.
Despite being sceptical, I have tried colonic irrigation too. The consultant mentioned that my ‘sample’ was full of gas and was told at £75 a shot, 12 session would sort me out. $$ 'ching ching' $$! I had 4 ‘uncomfortable’ sessions which did not reduce my stomach or improve my feeling of bloatedness.
I am at the stage where I would pay a good amount of money if it was guaranteed to sort my stomach out.
My gut feeling (pardon the pun) is that it is wind based, as I play plenty of that kind of music . I know next to nothing about remedies or doctors who specialise in this type of thing and would appreciate any assistance or advice, and I guess other members on this post would also benefit . . .
Looks like Google is redirecting all of us to the same place. I am not sure how to react after reading the experiences of you all. I always used to think the bloated feeling which prevails in me is something unique but now I see a lot of others are dealing with the same too. I do have problems of acidity though and even medications prescribed by the doctors to be taken on empty stomach and prior to meals have not helped much. Reading about the experiences of you all looks to me it will be many more days when this condition is going to stay with me.
I am new to this forum and I am just finding my way around.
I have a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.It has been chronic andI have had surgery.The good news is I have found amazing results with the following
Go and get a food intolerance test
Eliminate alchohol for a least 1 month
Take alovera gel
I changed my life 3 years ago and although I still have bloating sometimes,and I have a chronic illness it is totally managed!I am counting my blessings!
I posted on the womens health section earlier this week thinking my 3 months of abdo twinges were gyno related but know Ive switched to this thread as I keep getting very bloated too so Im now thinking it is digestive related . Ive had blood tests, all clear and ive now been referred for an Ultrasound.
I feel as though Im bunged up but I have no irregular toilet/period problems. The twinges have varied from the left of my belly button to above my pubic bone (left side) again and also last night the odd twinge on my left & right higher up waist level.
Can anyone recommend what I can do in the meantime as Im flying longhaul this week and want to be able to enjoy my holiday without feeling bloated/full after 2 forkfulls of food.
Someone recommended Aloe Vera juice?
Please help - ive had a very stressful time of late and this holiday was supposed to give me a break.
I am new here, having googled appropriately. I was very sick from a long diagnosed thyroid problem. I had lost 50 lbs, and most of my fat. My body was sunken in all over. My abdomen also was sunken, with my loose skin--I was 53. The T4 med started to kick in mid-January 2007, and then my bowels went nuts. In Feb, on advice from an ibs website, I ate all soluble fiber food such as white rice, white flour products, sweet potatoes, etc, and avoided my typical healthy diet-- fresh produce, organic, etc, for "just a few days" to "relax the gut". Then "a few more days". After a week of eating this way, around Feb 20, a day that will live in infamy in my life. My stomach bloated withing no more than 48 hrs.
Did I feed candida? What happened. Here, over a year later, I haven't solved the problem. I used to think it was gluey stuff stuck to my colon, but after a lot of colon irrigation treatments and bowel cleanses, I ruled that out. One thing I want to mention, by the by, the irrigation treatments, for me, were a waste of money pretty much, in that it was not addressing this bloated stomach problem--maybe it would have eventually, but I'm not made of money. I did confirm my body was full of mucous - I saw it in the toilet all the time. The best thing I did (a few months ago) was a liquid bowel cleanse from www.blessedherbs.com. It's a five day cleanse with a 3-day precleanse. I skipped the precleanse and did a six day cleanse. It was a turning point in the way I felt, I dumped an unbelievable amount of mucous--huge gelatinous pieces. After that, my bm's (sorry everyone) were dark brown for the first time in over a year, and there was been no more mucous. Also, believe it or not, my antithyroid antibodies dropped from 1325 (peroxidase) to 820, I am not kidding. The bowels are the seat of candida, if that is the problem. Anyway, I waited a month, then did the cleanse again, 6 days, and lost a lot of "rubber" this time, and for two days more after I was done. I loved that cleanse and not messing with having to eat. My stomach looked flatter but was not by any means appreciably flatter.
So, I'm still struggling. My husband thinks I may have a bloated liver - completely different animal, and an energy machine - MSAS - meridian stress assessment system - shows my kidneys and liver pretty shot. However, I don't think it's that.
If anyone has a clue, I'm listening. I, like some of you, am sick at having to deal with a huge stomach/abdomen. It's psychologically discouraging besides indicating poor health. I've basically spent all my money on doctors etc, and have had to be my own doctor. Short of identifying the exact bug - that is what I truly believe it is, I will just have to take a stab at it. I definitely have yeast, that's for sure, but another bug could be the culprit. Read Hulda Clark--I am going to target the Shigella etc she mentions, just in case.
I'm pretty fed up. Someone at work does acupuncture and 'thinks' a few sessions may help.
I can go up several centimetres over the course of a day and down again. I've just started some charcoal tablets but they only help if feeling really distended and uncomfortable but much of the time I feel ok. Also, don't think they are good to take for too long as apparently they leech away vitamins and minerals.
I've heard mention of a bug before - anyone able to provide details so that I could ask GP aobut it. Have also seen mention of something called helicobacter pylori but again I don't know what it is and am going to google it.
It seems to be a problem for a lot of us, i also have at times looked six months pregnant. I know i have put weight on over 10 years, i put it down to age and that time in my life.
But i do find if i eat a lot of bread, carbs i find i do look more bloated than if i am eating proteins.
I know you have to have a balance.
I also do some sit ups each day, and this has helped to.
I have been watching my diet, i eat healthy anyway, lots of fruit, fish, veggies. But i do like the odd meal out, again i go for something healthy if i can, but i do eat chips, not that many, but i think the exercise has crtainly helped me, and although i havent seen any weight loss at all, my shape is changing very slowly, and my posture is better. I have tried a few yoga poses too.
if you take a look at the syndrome x diet books, they list a set of problems that we all suffer with but never put it down to anything, weight around that area is one of them, we often see older people with this shape, and put it down to age, but a lot of problems are liver based.
My OH followed the diet last year, and lost about 18lbs.
But it is an interesting read.
I feel for you as this is really a big problem. i have'nt so much knowledge about it but i want to suggest you not to take any medicine just listening from anyone. prior going for any medicine or treatment consult your doctor. and don't make experiments with your body.
If it is candida then you can go on an anti-candida diet. It's a tough one as you get to eat rice, fish and veggies but not much fruit and not a lot else! There's a book by Erica White called 'Beat candida cookbook' which takes you through the whole plan. Some of the recipes are actually OK.
Have followed link and read info but how do you know if you have Syndrome X
Im not sure that you do 'know' you can only go on what it describes, i think most of us 'older' people have the rounded tummy at times, bloating and excess fat, they describe that as a symptom.
I can only say that i have tried the diet and felt better on it, i am doing it at the moment, as i have put more weight on, i put this down to my age and the onset of menopause, so i thought it may be an idea to try it again, loose the weight and stop the bloating, i too have had the 'pregnant' tummy.
I have been on it 12 days now, i have lost 4 3/4 lbs, and i dont feel so bloated. I believe that bread and pastries cause me bloating, i havent had bread for 12 days and feel 'lighter'.
Obviously eating the 'right' foods will help you loose weight and feel fitter, i think if you look at most diets they reflect the same thing.
In this one she used spices and herbs, apparently spices help in many ways and speed up weight loss.
I will continue with it, im in the 'two weeks' mode at the moment, but will introduce more things as i follow through, if i can loose two lbs a week i will be happy.
Carrying this weight around is hard work, and makes me feel tired, and lethargic more often than not.
I have let myself get fatter with each year that goes by and i can only blame myself. I do love my food, but love my health better.
I have reached a stage where i am in a 'good mind set' and i am determined to loose this weight.