Abdominal Bloating After Ulcerative Colitis Remission

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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 women are signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. A pelvic examination as well as a pelvic ultrasound should be obtained.