Posted 12 May 2009 - 06:58 PM
For the last four or five weeks, I've noticed that my upper abdomen is larger (bloated) after my evening meal, even if I don't eat a lot. I feel very full and belch a little, but mainly just pass gas the regular way. The waist on my jeans feels so tight and uncomfortable that I have to change. Just can't stand it. I After an hour or so, I usually get a strong tickling sensation and a cough. I never had the tickly cough until a few weeks ago either. (Occasionally, I'll notice the cough early in the day too...sometimes within an hour or so of taking the Nexium...which makes me even more puzzled....maybe it's not reflux related.) I take one 20 mg. Nexium each morning and once or twice a week will take a Mylanta tablet in the evening if I have any of my regular reflux symptoms (sour taste, fullness in the chest, etc.) By bedtime, the gas has subsided, but sometimes I'll still have the occasional, but very strong tickle and cough. So strange. I'd hoped that Mylanta would help the cough, but it doesn't seem to do much. Oddly, what does seem to help some is a spoonful of raw honey. I have no idea why! And I hope the tickly cough and bloating aren't anything serious. I'm careful with my diet, and the trigger foods in the article recommended by Mark don't seem to cause any of this. I also try to eat slowly, etc. Really puzzled.Maybe the cough is related partly to spring allergies; although I don't have any congestion, just a little post-nasal drip at times, and that wouldn't cause the full feeling and bloated upper stomach. As for enzymes, I bought some papaya tabs and each time I take one I get a stomach ache. Not good. And the pineapple ones I won't try because I've always had painful canker sores from even a little bit of pineapple. There seem to be a great many different kinds of enzymes out there. So when "enzymes" are recommended, it's hard to know what kind are meant. Mark: I'm still afraid to try the one you recommend, since even grapes bother me some. (Sorry...I know how much it has helped you. ) I'd really like to be able to be comfortable in my clothes again in the evening.