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Hi everyone!

I just now discovered this website/forum and I'm really pleased, see if someone can help me..please.

For a while now I've been suffering from really bad bloating every single day along a very loud stomach noises which are extremely embarrasing.

This scenario happens everyday:

1. I wake up in the morning (8AM) with growling noises, I eat breakfast (porridge with soya milk or toast) that immediately cause even more noises and bloating (feel like I've got loads of trapped gas and my belly feels like it going to explode)

2. Just before 1PM my stomach starts complaining again with loud growling noises as if I starved it for few days... completely overreacting.

3. Eating lunch at 1PM (often couscous salad with veg or similar), then not long after the stomach starts again, this time even more aggressive, feeling heavily bloated.

4. Evening time, after dinner, it's the same thing...bloating, cramps, extreme loud growling noises.

things to mention: I'm young woman in my 30s, normally very healthy, eat healthy, not hypochondriac at all, I have a very normal bowel movement; no diarea, no vomiting, no constipation.

What I've done so far:

1. I checked online and came across what I thought I might have: LOW STOMACH ACID (when there isn't enough stomach acid to help digesting the food in the stomach); So I got Apple cider vinegar that helped relieving my stomach cramps and bloatiness but it didn't seem to solve the problem.

2. Then I went further and got Betaine HCL with pepsin capsules (said to aid digestion). however after taking some capsules I read it shouldn't be taken in case of stomach ulcers. When I read about the symptoms of stomach ulcer I began to think I might have it instead (as some symptoms are the same).

As you can see...the more I read the more I get confused so I decided to finally consult a doctor.

3. Went to the doctor (today) that said I might have IBS (She didn't even know what Low Stomach Acid was), she prescribed SPASMOMEN Otilonium bromide 40mg to take 3 times a day and booked a blood test. she said I can see a specialist if I want to but it will take a while to get an appointment and she wanted me to try the Spasmomen first.

I'm really confused now, after all I read and the research I've been doing I never thought I had IBS and I'm not entirely convinced by the doctor as she hardly examined me, just prescribed medications.

I'm completely confused; do I have Low stomach acid? do I have stomach ulcer? Do I have IBS?

Would you have any suggestion or you might have similar symptoms and know how to treat this condition? I will really appreciate your help.

From the very confused one...
 

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I'm just going to share my progression. I've been on Spasmomen now for about two weeks and I must say it does seem to help a lot. I feel less bloated and haven't had major pain attacks after eating. But the thing is it's not common to take them for a long time and they are quite expensive, especially when I need to take them 3 times a day. Today I had a blood check. I hope to get the results soon so I could finally get to see a specialist and see what is going in my poor stomach.
 

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hi maide---i'm glad the spasmomen is helping. that's good although sorry they take a long time to work and are expensive. some people here have had good relief from spams from drinking peppermint tea or taking peppermint pills but maybe you've already tried that.

i don't really know much about low stomach acid etc or ulcers either so sorry couldn't answer your questions in your first post. i do hope you can get to see a specialist soon who will get it all figured out for you.

have you been tested for SIBO--small intestinal bacterial overgrowth? that can cause bloting and gurgling. i don't know about spams, though. here is a good website with info about SIBO and there's more SIBO info here on the board and elsewhere online:

http://www.siboinfo.com/

please do keep us posted. wishing you all the best. take care.
 

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Hi maide - to be honest IBS is described as a 'dustbin diagnosis'. I think this is quite accurate, basically it means that when you go to the Dr they are looking to check whether you have any of the major gut issues/diseases that they recognise/treat, such as Chron's, celiac, IBD, stomach ulcer etc. If you don't have any of the diseases that they recognise then they tend to say you have IBS. In reality I think 'IBS' includes all kinds of problems, such as low stomach acid, dysbiosis, SIBO, candida overgrowth, chronic constipation, chronic diarrhea, unexplained gut pain etc, things that the medical profession doesn't yet recognise or know how to treat.

The second 'problem' with the medical profession is that they just treat symptoms and not necessarily causes. So they treat ill health, rather than helping you to regain your health.

But the Dr does usually recognise stomach ulcers as a 'real' disease, so if you think you might have then you could tell them about your symptoms and they would tell you if it's possible and run some tests.

Like Annie7 said, SIBO is a good thing to explore if you have a lot of bloating and low stomach acid is also a good possibility to explore.

Good luck.
 
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