Severe Abdominal Bloating

Question

Asked by Tiffany

Severe Abdominal Bloating

I have been experiencing severe abdominal bloating for about a month now. It just appeared overnight. I have had CT scan, abdominal x-ray, and a colonoscopy, and the only thing we have found is a small ulcer. My doctor even put me on a medicine for the bloating, but it has not helped yet. I go in the morning for a test on my small intestine. I feel like I am going crazy. I ate a fairly big lunch today, and right now I feel as though I could explode almost eight hours later. Can anyone help? I look and feel six months pregnant!

Answer

Hi Tiffany,

Sorry to hear your problems. Feeling bloated is an awful feeling. This can be a typical symptom of IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but your doctor won't diagnose that until all other tests come back negative for something else.

Read through my past Shareposts about keeping a food journal, diet and the elimination diet. Bloating is often a side effect of what you are eating, how much you are eating, and when you are eating it. Eating a large meal can and will make you feel bloated for quite some time. Veggies can cause bloating, whether raw or cooked. Preservatives can cause bloating as well.

Unfortunately, there is no easy answer or magic pill, but with some patience and concerted effort on your part you can figure out which foods are causing the symptom. Common trigger foods include certain vegetables, certain fruits, dairy products, legumes, wheat (you could be gluten-intolerant), and just a generally poor diet made up of fast food, boxed and prepared foods, carbonated beverages, etc.

Start keeping a food journal today. Write down everything you eat and drink and how you feel after you eat it. Note how many bowel movements you have and how you feel with each. After as little as a week you'll start to notice which foods are making you feel bloated. Also, eat smaller portions of food more often throughout the day, as your system can only process so much food at one time.

It will take patience on your part and some work, but you can get this under control.

Best of luck,

Elizabeth

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