Re: adbominal distention?
Oh! That's terrible. That happens to me too, though not quite the same. Sometimes I bloat, sometimes I don't. I've noticed that I bloat more when I eat processed food. Water helps me to be able to belch it out and that's about the only thing that does. I take gas-x and that helps some, thought it takes a long time. I can't belch it out then. It has to work it's way through my intestines, and though it takes a while, it's worth it in the end.
I have acid reflux too, so I take antacids. Imediatly after I do that I can no longer belch AT ALL and I have to take a gas-x.
When I do belch I have to force it out. Bending over and squeezing my stomach muscles. Then it just sort of gurgles up my esophagus(sp?) and often most of it goes right back down.
It's terrible and I don't really know why it happens. Durring my period I bloat so badly that I can't stand up straight without terrible pressure on my organs.
And for whatever reason, like you, I seem to deflate in the night. I've sort of presumed it's because I'm completely relaxed.
I've learned, for obvious reasons, not to drink soda or anything carbonated. The one time I tried alka-seltzer to ease the bloating it was a disaster. I thought my fate would be like that of a seagull.
So other than that little bit, I have no real advice to offer, only commiseration. Good luck.