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Old 03-20-2005, 08:38 AM   #1
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Question Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

Hi,
I'm looking for anyone out there who might be able to help my in diagnosing my problem, so that I can get my old life back. I've been to several gastic specialist but to no avail, and have spent alot of time researching but have not found anyone else with the same symptoms as myself.
My symptoms are the following:
- severe abdominal distention within a couple of minutes of eating or drinking anything.
- there is not constipation, pain (other than the initial stretching and tearing of my abdominal and groin muscles when this started), cramps, or other IBS like symptoms.

It does not matter what I eat or drink my stomach will distend 6 - 7 inches in minutes. I've tried all sorts of diffents allergy tests, celiac test, but the fact is even if I only drink water for days I will still swell up. Anything that goes down my throat causes it. If I can not eat or drink for 24 hours, I go back to almost normal size, but as you can imagine this is not easy to do nor fun.

I'm not sure if it was coincidence or not, but this all seems to start when I was living down in Florida, and came down with some kind of stomach bug that left my throwing up every, at first, every hour, and then ended with every 5 mintues. I finally went to the hospital where they gave me something to keep my stomach down, spent the next three days asleep, and thought I was back to normal. At the time I thought it was just food poisioning but no one else seemed to get it that ate the same meal as I. It wasn't too long after that I started to notice the symptoms above. The came on gradually at first, but soon it was bad enough that if I drank alot or ate regular meals my belly extended so much that it restricted my breathing.

If anyone has any idea of what this could be caused by, or possible treatments I would be forever grateful, as this has taken a very active guy and made life a constant juggle act between getting enough food to keep my energy, but not too much so that I still feel a little life moving. I've had the usual barium enema, GI scope, blood work galore, parasite tests, thyroid, and I forget the name but the test in which you swallow an egg with a little radioactive material in it to see the emptying time of the upper GI.

Thank you to anyone who can help.

 
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Old 03-20-2005, 12:40 PM   #2
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

Hi Jumpie,

Sorry i don't have an answer for you but i got exactly the same problem. No matter what i eat or drink (water too) my belly swells up. I start off with a flat (ish) belly in the morning and end up looking pregnant by night. I'm a diabetic too, i don't know if that's got anything to do with it. But both my younger sisters have the same problem. So it must be a genetic thing.

I've had that test you're talking about, in which i had to eat a radio active pancake and it did show i got a very slow emptying of the upper GI but the med. i got for it didn't do anything. Does your belly go flat again round 5 in the morning too?

Jan.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 01:22 PM   #3
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

I have IBS and also have a flat belly in the morning and by evening it is swollen. I don't know what causses it. I hope that someone out there can shed some light on this.

 
Old 03-20-2005, 05:55 PM   #4
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

Yeah, the longer that I can go without eating or drinking, the flatter my stomach gets. Since I don't do either when i sleep, my stomach is better in the morning. This gets to be a problem in the summer when I play sports in the heat. My body is dying for a drink, but I know that if I do, I won't feel like playing anymore.
Hopefully somebody out there can help people like us. I'll let you know if I find anything else at other boards or sites.

Thanks for replying.

 
Old 03-21-2005, 04:57 PM   #5
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

Jumpie,

I have the same symptoms that you have described above. I was recently diagnosed with H. Pylori it is a bacteria that lives in the mucosa lining of your stomach. Causes stomach ulcers, gastritis or even ... I have been taking PREVPAC two different antibiotics plus antiacid. Things got better in terms of bloating but other symptoms like body aches joint pain or nausea apeared. I am going for an endoscopy soon I would suggest you the same thing, get tested for H. pylori and get an endoscopy. You might be having a chronic gastritis= swelling of stomach lining. Aditionaly you may have an inadequate secretion of acids in your stomach which comes down to indigestion or bloating. By the way this is also caused by H. pylori. This is just a suggestion and I am no specialist to diagnose you so take it with a grain of salt.

I wish you the best,

 
Old 03-25-2005, 08:47 AM   #6
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

Hi Jumpie,

I forgot to say, my mum who's a GP had a patient who has the same problem, her belly is huge by the end of the day aswell and the only time she didn't have this problem was when she was in India for a month. Wonder if it's something that's in the food in the western world....

Let's keep eachother posted!

Jan.

 
Old 04-18-2005, 01:19 PM   #7
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

what about the drinking & cooking water ? ( I live in the US )

 
Old 04-18-2005, 03:25 PM   #8
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

How ironic for me to stumble upon this topic after just getting back from my Dr.s for the same symptom.
The normal stomach in the morning and by evening it feels like it is going to burst. I feel everything I eat or drink just churning all the way down by evening. I have tried almost everything to relieve the fullness but nothing works. It feels like all trapped gas.
I have had mine for almost a week now and decided it was time to see my Dr., luckly he took me in today. After checking all the norms and poking here and there and the finger test which he said was normal and he rubbed whatever was on his finger onto a test paper and poured somthing onto it and said "Oh, its normal" like maybe he thought it wouldn't be. Does anyone know what kind of test that was? I was just glad he said it was normal.
After going over all my medical records with many bowl problems over the yrs., he concluded it was IBS and prescribed Belladonna/Phenobarb tabs 4 times a day and Metamucil. I took one on the way home and made something to eat 1/2 hrs. later, will get one more in by bedtime so hope I can wake up in the morning like a new woman!
It got so bad that I was very weak and it was an effort to even walk, very fatigued, and for the past 2 nights I have woken up after only 2 hrs of sleep.
I hope I could shed some light and to let you know you are not the only one with this problem, as you can see, there are many like you.

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Old 04-18-2005, 03:31 PM   #9
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

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Originally Posted by Toots44
How ironic for me to stumble upon this topic after just getting back from my Dr.s for the same symptom.
The normal stomach in the morning and by evening it feels like it is going to burst. I feel everything I eat or drink just churning all the way down by evening. I have tried almost everything to relieve the fullness but nothing works. It feels like all trapped gas.
I have had mine for almost a week now and decided it was time to see my Dr., luckly he took me in today. After checking all the norms and poking here and there and the finger test which he said was normal and he rubbed whatever was on his finger onto a test paper and poured somthing onto it and said "Oh, its normal" like maybe he thought it wouldn't be. Does anyone know what kind of test that was? I was just glad he said it was normal.
After going over all my medical records with many bowl problems over the yrs., he concluded it was IBS and prescribed Belladonna/Phenobarb tabs 4 times a day and Metamucil. I took one on the way home and made something to eat 1/2 hrs. later, will get one more in by bedtime so hope I can wake up in the morning like a new woman!
It got so bad that I was very weak and it was an effort to even walk, very fatigued, and for the past 2 nights I have woken up after only 2 hrs of sleep.
I hope I could shed some light and to let you know you are not the only one with this problem, as you can see, there are many like you.

 
Old 04-20-2005, 03:52 PM   #10
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Re: Severe abdominal distention even after just drinking water

I talked to someone the other day ... He was born in Vietnam and also had symptoms and he started drinking chrysanthemum tea ( except there was no tea , just dried chrysanthemum flowers in boiling water ) instead of water ; that had relieved his conditions a great deal .
As far as western foods & drinks , ' hydrogenated , hydrogenation ' in most of our processed food products contributed in creating a lot of gas in our digestive systems ? Some immigrants from Asia living in the US for a while also had developed symptoms & ended up going thru many tests and not so successful diagnoses .

The following was from Merriam_Webster :
"any of various composite plants (genus Chrysanthemum) including weeds, ornamentals grown for their brightly colored often double flower heads, and others important as sources of medicinals and insecticides "

 
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