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Sunday, April 12, 2009 Careyan40, Community Member, asks

Q: swelling and tightness in my abdomen

i have noticed the last week or so that my stomach gets bloated and swells when im eating. I feel full and uncomfortable after only a few bites. It is so uncomfortable and i have a hard time breathing. I am only 110lbs and in relatively good health. I can't figure out what is going on but the tightness and swelling is so uncomfortable! I am a flight attendant and I have to fly this coming weekend and now im worried because i get bloated enough when i'm flying! The bloating reaches all the way up to my rib cages and it takes minutes after my first few bites. I smashed my tailbone a few weeks ago and i am wondering if maybe i bruised it pretty good inside. Would that affect this in anyway?

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Jan Gambino, Health Guide
4/15/09 8:15pm

Hello Careyan,


A sudden onset of symptoms could indicate a illness such as an intestinal virus or something else. I wonder if you have traveled outside of the country recently? You might want to call the doctor and see if there is an over the counter medication to get you through the weekend. Meanwhile, I wonder if you could give your stomach a rest and try some easy to digest liquids such as broth, soup or smoothies.

Jan Gambino

The Reflux Mom

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By Careyan40, Community Member— Last Modified: 11/07/10, First Published: 04/12/09