I have talked to my doctor about my problems-bloating, very loose stools, discomfort, very much gas. He suggested it could be IBS and prescribed Belladonna/Phenobarb (actually he only gave me a couple of weeks worth to try it out). It has helped somewhat with the discomfort, and sometimes my stools are not so loose, but they still aren't normal. I may have a day or two when I don't feel so bloated, but that third day is pretty bad. I guess what I wanted to ask is, does anyone feel like they have a ball in their abdomen? I usually feel mine on my left side, and have even thought it could be a problem with my ovary, but it's not always there. He said if that medication didn't work, there were several others I could try. I am just tired of feeling this way. I also have little spasms on the left side too (around the same spot as the "ball"). Any info would be appreciated. I'm so glad I found this forum.
I think you need to start taking a water soluble fiber like Metamucil to bulk up your stool. It's safe to take daily.
The bloat can be caused by several things such as intolerance to milk or celiac disease or your intestinal bacteria may be out of balance.
Taking a probiotic supplement may help re-balance your friendly bacteria as well as eating a good brand of yogurt.
Celiac is caused by being intolerant to gluten that is in wheat, oats, barley and rye. I think there is a blood test for it but you can try cutting out those foods for a time and see what happens.
The ball feeling could be trapped gas in that part of your colon??? Does it ever move or feel bigger at times?
Truthfully, I hate yogurt, and my doctor suggested Metamucil wafers. I bought some of those and could barly get them down. I could try both again.
I did give up milk for 2 days (I'm addicted to milk...lol) and the first day wasn't bad, but the second day, I bloated right up again.
Thanks for the reply. I'll see what I can do about the yogurt and the Metamucil.