Posted 23 August 2004 - 01:34 AM
Kris:Like you, I eat an extremely healthy diet..and this bloating started fairly recently. I'm freaking out over it too...*sighs*So far, I haven't been prescribed anything. Because my sympothems are fairly new and stress-indyced, my doctor wants me to wait and see if it "goes away" on its own with a change of pace (I'm taking a semester "off" to study aboard, a much easier semester than my normal college load). If this doesn't go away soon, I might resort to some rather drastic measures. I don't recommand them...I haven't had any doctor recommand this (though one herbalist did--I tend to be a bit cautious of alternative medicines). I might try fasting for 2-3 days...that always cuts down on water weight (usually not permanently, because it's only water weight--but in this case, I'm not looking for any fat loss...just for my body to get back to a semi-normal water balance). I'm almost 100% sure that this weight is water retention. I'm told that you can "test" for yourself by gently pressing down on part of your body (wrists, ankles), and seeing if it leaves an indentation/coloration. I'd advise doing some research on this yourself--I'm not sure that this is really accurate. I didn't buy into this at all...but I accidently pressed against a fairly new (and therefore, red) scar on my wrist. Whereas it normally stays red, it now turns white under pressure--and slowly turns red again. I tried this with other parts of my body. It's nowhere as drastic as on the scar, but I get the same results.Added to this, none of my rings fit (even the ones that are usually loose!), and my hands feel huge and clumsly playing the violin (and it shouldn't, after 12 years of playing). Before you try anything as drastic as fasting (even a short fast), I'd advise going through the usual routes: add some soluable fiber to your diet...drink water like a fish (12 ounces a day or more for a few days)...cut down on sodium...try eating a banana or two for a few days (potassium aids electrolyte balance)...cut down on sugar/simple carbs...cut out all carbonated drinks...exercise!(especially sweat-inducing exercise)...etc. I've tried all of the above, and though they've helped to some degree, they haven't helped me enough. I still look pregnant. Marsha:I haven't tried those water tablets yet, but I try not to mess with my body too much. I've tried used anti-gas otc medication and it didn't do a thing. I'd definitely love to hear from you after you get back from the doctor's. I'm visiting mine tomorrow or Tuesday (on campus, it's a short stop). With any luck, they will give me a solid diagnoses, and a perscription for something that works--and hopefully, some answers a well.It's at the point where typing is a bit strange (though not too difficult) because I'm retenting so much water, even in my fingertips. Sometimes, especially when there's a lot fo bloating in my stomach, I struggle to breathe deeply--unusual, since I'm in great cardivascular shape (I'm a runner).