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I am a 52 year old female with ulcerative colitis and have been in remission for a few years. Of late, I have been experiencing abdominal bloating, weight gain and some difficulty moving my bowels. I had a colonoscopy a few months ago and everything was normal. Any suggestions on what I can take or what might be causing my symptoms?
There are most definitely a few conditions that need to be considered. First off, if you have not had lab work in awhile, it should be done. Hypothyroidism can cause constipation and weight gain and must be ruled out. Additionally, hypercalcemia should be considered as well.
Your physician should take a look at all of your medications, as there are many that can cause constipation and bloating including calcium channel blockers, anti-depressants and diuretics. I would however recommend that you see your gynecologist to be screened for ovarian cancer. While your symptoms are non-specific, abdominal bloating, constipation and weight gain in w...
Alternative Names Nerve damage - diabetic Symptoms Symptoms often develop slowly over several years. They can vary depending on the nerves that are affected. People with diabetes may have trouble digesting food. These problems can make your diabetes harder to control. Symptoms of this problem are: Feeling full after eating only a small amount of food Heartburn and bloating Nausea, constipation, or diarrhea Swallowing problems
Throwing up food you have eaten a few hours after a meal Tingling or burning in the arms and legs may be an early sign of nerve damage. These feelings often start in your toes and feet. You may have deep pain, often in the feet and legs. Nerve damage may cause you to lose feeling in your arms and legs. Because of this you may: Not notice when you step on something sharp Not know that you have a blister or small cut Not notice when you touch something that is too hot or cold Damage to nervves in your heart and blood vessels may cause you to: Feel light-headed when you stand up (...
Many people with diabetes may also find that they have the additional issue of acid reflux. For some of these patients the reflux may be easily treated with dietary changes and PPI medications. Unfortunately there are some patients for which the standard treatment does not provide relief from the constant burning. The mechanisms for this hard to treat acid reflux are directly related to the diabetes. If diabetes has gone uncontrolled for a long period of time the resulting high blood sugars can cause nerve damage to many parts of the body including the vagus nerve that controls the stomach and intestines. When the vagus nerve is damaged or not working the muscles of the GI tract will not move food through efficiently and it will “back up” digestion and slow stomach emptying. This condition is called gastroparesis. Some of the additional symptoms of gastroparesis include: nausea, vomiting, feeling full quickly, bloating, weight loss, loss of appe...
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