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Posted 07 September 2006 - 01:52 AM

It is so nice to find this message board. I have had the same problems for about 8 or 9 months now. In the beginning, it was just weight gain. I gained about 15 pounds in a 4 month period despite exercising more and eating less. Then, I started feeling (and looking) bloated everyday after eating lunch. I have also noticed that I frequently feel very fatigued or exhausted and that my face (around the jawline) will get puffy/swollen. I have had my thyroid checked and although my T4 count (the actual hormone produced by the thyroid) is very low-normal, I don't have hypothyroidism. I almost feel that my issue seems to be hormonal. I feel badly all month until I start my period. During my period, I feel fine. No bloating, more energy, my face doesn't get puffy. Has anyone on the board had their hormone levels checked? I have read about estrogen and/or cortisol imblances causing similar symptoms. I've kept a thorough food diary for the past 6 months, but haven't noticed any patterns. I can eat something one day and do okay and eat identically the next day and feel horrible and bloated after lunch. However, I have noticed that not eating lunch or dinner (I get very hungry!) will frequently prevent any bloating. But, I don't think that starvation is the solution.I recently started taking supplements that are supposed to balance my estrogen and cortisol levels. So, we'll see if that makes a difference.

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Posted 07 September 2006 - 08:18 PM

yeh, luminari, i had my thyroid levels checked and a zillion other tests and they are all fine. i swear i've got a cyst on right ovary but mybe my looooopy bowel is obstructing it somehow. i've kept a food diary since april and nothing seems to aggravate it or make it better. so i understand.

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 06:22 PM

I'm so sorry that all of us are suffering with this, but I'm so glad to see people are still posting here. I continue to see doctors. This bloating thing has been going on for two months now for me. I thought one doctor was on the right track when he put me on prevacid, but its not working. Now I'm seeing a naturopath and he says that although I tested negative on a celiac panel, I should avoid gluten completely. I'm going to give it a try. I'm already vegan, so I can read some labels a little harder. I promise to post here if I even come close to finding an answer. I hope we all do. Surely no one thing will work for us all, but we must try and share. I got tested for H. Pylori; that wasn't it, but maybe if some of you haven't been yet, that can be a big one. To go thru the list of possible causes that have been ruled out for me, but may help some of you - allergies, celiac, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids. (I have both a cyst and a fibroid but the gynecologist says they're too small to be causing my symptoms.) Going in for another ultrasound on Monday; the techs at the ER found a gall stone two months ago, also said it was too small to be a problem. My doctor wants to make sure it hasn't grown. Best of luck to you all.

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Posted 15 September 2006 - 07:33 PM

I completely understand. Every afternoon my LG gets worse along with bloating. I feel like I am going to explode everyday at work. The comments are endless, but there is nothing that I can do. I have gone to specialists tried fiber, anitdepressants, antispasmatics, and everything else. The only thing left for me to do is to pray. Good luck to everyone here!

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Posted 16 September 2006 - 11:00 AM

went to gi dr yesterday and made him look at pics i took of myself. he said wow you sure do get bloated. while i did test neg for h pylori, he prescribed xifaxan for sibo.he wants to try that for 10 days and see how that works. maybe i have bacteria in small intestine and then i would need to take a course of antibiotics every so often. also go in for 2nd transvag ultrasound on the 21st. will post.

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 11:56 AM

I was also tested for H pylori and didn't have it. My sister who also has the bloating problem was put on the xifaxan antibiotic combo with no luck either. I've been trying the T-tapp organs in place method another user suggested. It seems to relieve the bloating at least for a while after I do it. Also I ordered her workout because I saw it was featured in the IBS for Dummies book.....I'll let everyone know if it seems to work at all. Good luck everyone, I know this is miserable. Maybe if we all keep trying new things somebody will find the cure!

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Posted 19 September 2006 - 08:53 PM

end of day 2 on xifaxan. slighly more bloated at bed time if that is possible. excessive belching and flatulance and stools & gas VERY odorifous!

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Posted 20 September 2006 - 05:00 PM

i'm a new member and it's the first time i've met others who have the same symptoms i've been experiencing for over 5 years now with it getting worse each year. I've seen doctors, nutritionalist, done special diets, cleanses, etc..and they only bring temporary relief. I am constantly bloated, in pain and suffer from weight gain as well. Just like many of you posted, i too look PG by the days end- although sometimes i even wake up in the morning still bloated. I also am a long distance runner and eat a very low fat diet, so i can't figure out why i would be battling with weight control and keeping my pants size. I can't understand how one can put on 3,4, 5 ibs in one day? I mean, is this medically even possible? i wonder if it's actual fat gain or is the bloating causing you to feel heavier..but how is that possible with gas? DOes anyone know if the body retains liquids during IBS and this causes the weight gain feeling- or perhaps the body is retaining fat out of fear that the body is not getting sufficient due to malabsorbtion and digestion. Anyone know the answer to these questions?also, i rigidly tried the SPecific Carb Diet for a month and it did nothing for my bloating/pain proble, so i stopped it. Have others tried it longer as perhaps it does have an effect after several months??

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:08 PM

I've recently (a little under 2 weeks back) greatly restricted my diet. I eat only fish, nuts & seeds, lots of vegetables, very little non-gluten grains and very little beans. So far, I've felt pretty good. I still get a little bloating after the grains and beans, but it doesn't last very long since the quantities are small. Also, even though my weight will still fluctuate by about 3 pounds/day, I think I've lost about 3 pounds (probably water weight from all the bloating!). This is basically the anti-candida diet (a strict version). I think I'm going to go ahead and try the cleansing supplements since I'm already on the diet. I figure it can't hurt!

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:42 PM

as i posted on the SIBO forum, i am on day 5 of xifaxan but only 200mg 3 x day. (the norm is 400 mg 3 x day) (my doctor's weird) i see no difference, but a worsening of the bloating and very foul gas, plus i am constipated even tho i take benefiber twice a day and miralx once AND amitiza!! i was thinking of a food elimination diet for 10 days if this fails...

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 05:44 PM

oh yeah transvag ultrasound shows no ovarian cysts...a good thing but frustrating, ya know?

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 01:16 PM

the process of ruling things out, either by diet or medical tests/procedures is like a roller coaster ride. very frustrating. my last ultrasound showed "several" gall stones - I'm going for a HIDA scan tomorrow morning, where they will find out if my gall bladder is sick. i'm worried that it will be, and we may still not know the reason for all the pain and bloating. my pain isn't sharp usually, just lingering and dull, not the kind of pain usually associated with gall bladder problems. i do wonder, however, that my diet may be keeping the sharp pains at bay. i've now gone gluten-free and i tend to eat low-fat anyway, so it could be that i'm just not triggering the sharp attack-like pains of a sick gall bladder with meats and dairy and fatty foods. this whole gall stone thing is weird. the symptoms are vague. my first ultrasound showed one gall stone and now two months later i have so many more. fasting and sudden weight loss can cause their formation, so maybe my way of handling the bloating and pain made the gall stones worse? which would lead me to believe even surgury wouldn't fix the problem, which frustrates me. i ordered a book from amazon called "the f.a.t. book" i'll post if its helpful and also will post the results of my scan. best to you all.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:18 PM

anniladyI just read Mark Pimntel's book on sibo. A new IBS solution.He suggests not adding fiber supplements. He has a few dietary rules which make sense to and I am a registered dietitian. If you haven't read his book you may want to pick it up. He also suggests allowing 3 to 5 hours between meals, drinking only water in between, no dairy other than lactaid, no soy, limit fruit to twice a day. There were a few others that are very reasonable. It's part of his "protocol" for treating sibo by starving the bacteria of fuel to further proliferate.Did you have the breath test? That's the next thing on my list to try. If I can't manage to get it I'm just going to ask my GI doc for the antibiotic and figure it out for myself.After reading the entire book this weekend I am really hopeful this will be an answer. I noted this book was published in 2006 so it may just be new very new research that many GI docs aren't addressing. I'm always hopeful for anything and I've tried just about everything!UrbanUrbane,Had my gallbladder out almost a year to the date this week. Made no difference really with the ibs, now I still get intermitten sharp pains at the site where they took out my gallbladder. Now in addition to the ibs I may have either residual stones left in the bile duct or sphincter of oddi dysfunction. No way to tell for sure unless they do a procedure called ERCP which will likely cause me to have pancreatitis - pass. So I just live with that. Honestly I could just live with that if I could just get rid of the ibs, in particular the bloating!! I hate that.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:28 PM

no i did not have the breath test. my doc just keeps trying all these different things, i swear, because he's sick of me whining about how horrible i feel and look. i am calling tomorrow to see if he will double the antibiotic. and then try a maintenance dose of 200 mg a day. if it works, i will buy pimental's book.

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Posted 26 September 2006 - 02:13 PM

I was wondering if anyone out there has tried hypnosis? I've read about it and am thinking of trying it. Also, the t-tapp basic workout seems to be helping a little....if I do it in the AM I seem a little less bloated in the later part of the day.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 05:18 PM

I have made an appointment for hypnosis! I'll post the results after the first session next week. Posted Image The therapist said he has helped many IBS patients, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 06:13 PM

let us know CAgirl, how it turns out!! how did you come across this hypnotist? and if you don't mind, what's it gonna set you back?thanks.

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Posted 27 September 2006 - 08:20 PM

anniladyI was wondering how the antiobiotic treatment is going. I'm also wondering if you would get optimal results if you followed some other suggestions of Dr. Pimental. The dietary suggestions he has recommended is to halt the reoccurance of the bacteria coming back after the antibiotic treatment is done. I also did some further research in which I found that neomycin is the antiobiotic that better treats ibs-c and rifaxamin helps with d. So if it doesn't work well and your c type than maybe ask your doc to try neomycin. That's what I'm going to ask for but my doc seems a bit conservative and I don't know his opion on this treatment. I figure what have I got to lose?

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 02:18 PM

Hi Annilady....I found the hypnotherapist online, he came up when I googled Hypnosis IBS.(I'm in San Diego). Its $125 for the initial session and $95 for follow-ups, but he had some good testimonials and I figure its not that much compared to everything else I've spent trying to find a cure for this. He also said it wont be more than 5 sessions. If nobody ever asks me if Im prego again it will be worth it!! I swear thats the worst part.

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Posted 28 September 2006 - 04:30 PM

i'm in the same boat as the rest of you. i'm also a long distance runner, eat a low fat meal because of my IBS, and try to stay very healthy...but i'm constantly gaining weight..or so it feels like it. I wake up slim and seem to just pile on the pounds throughout the day somehow. The question i always ask myself is whether it's medically possible to gain that much weight in one day? i mean, could it just be gas or water retention that makes us feel heavier and be twice as large around the mid-section? Do any of you know??





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