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...
Abdominal fullness prematurely after meals
Follow your health care provider's recommendations. A liquid diet may be helpful. A detailed diet log (recording what was eaten, how much, and when) may be needed. Small, frequent meals may be more tolerable than large, less frequent meals. A diet high in fat may worsen the feeling.
Call your health care provider if
Call your doctor if:
The feeling lasts for days to weeks and does not get better
You lose weight without trying
You have dark stools
You have nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, or bloating
You have fever and chills
What to expect at your health care provider's office
The doctor will examine you and ask questions such as:
When did this symptom begin?
How long does each episode last?
What foods, if any, make the symptoms worse?
What other symptoms do you have (for example, vomiting, excessive gas, abdominal pain, ...
Bloating is the feeling of a full, swollen belly area, usually due to gas in the intestines. Some women have bloating before or during their period (menstrual cycle).
See also: Abdominal bloating
Menstrual periods and bloating
If you have bloating associated with your menstrual cycle, exercise to sweat out excess fluids and eat more high-fiber foods to help prevent constipation .
See also: PMS
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