Re: Just Wondering ????
Have you ever been tested for Celiac Disease? Some of the symptoms of celiac are very similiar to lyme---most people think celiac is just a bunch of diarrhea stuff the same as lyme is just a bullseye rash that is cured by a quick dose of anitbiotics. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that is treated by not eating GLUTEN or anything containing gluten---namely wheat, barely or rye, I believe. That sounds simple until you consider all of the things that contain this. Cakes, cookies, breadings, spaghetti, bread, cereal, flour tortillas...lots of stuff. And then, the real problem is that gluten is a 'hidden' ingredient in many sauces, salad dressings, etc so it involves quite a bit of label checking to truly avoid it. Try to see if this bloating happens after eating gluten products or try cutting it out of your diet for awhile and see if anything improves (i've heard this could take up to a few weeks.) Doctors could run blood tests for this by checking for gliadin, endomysial, total tissue transglutamase (TTG) antibodies, I think. Like lyme, I think the celiac people are picky about the blood test and recommend a certain lab in Texas...Enterolab or something. Maybe go over to a celiac message board and ask them about it to get really good info. If you don't think it is gluten, I would try dairy products as the nexts possible culprit. Also, how is your gallbladder? Might also be worth looking into.
I'm not sure if this is acceptable on this message board or not but I copied a list of celiac symptoms from mayoclinic.com (in bold) and posted below. Notice that celiac even involves a rash amongst other things that are similiar to lyme.
Signs and symptoms
There are no typical signs and symptoms of celiac disease. Most people with the disease have general complaints, such as intermittent diarrhea, abdominal pain and bloating. Sometimes people with celiac disease may have no gastrointestinal symptoms at all. Celiac disease symptoms can also mimic those of other conditions, such as irritable bowel syndrome, gastric ulcers, Crohn's disease, parasite infections, anemia, skin disorders or a nervous condition.
Celiac disease may also present itself in less obvious ways, including irritability or depression, anemia, stomach upset, joint pain, muscle cramps, skin rash, mouth sores, dental and bone disorders (such as osteoporosis), and tingling in the legs and feet (neuropathy).
Some indications of malabsorption that may result from celiac disease include:
Abdominal cramps, gas and bloating
Foul-smelling or grayish stools that may be fatty or oily
Stunted growth (in children)
Dermatitis herpetiformis is an itchy, blistering skin disease that also stems from gluten intolerance. The rash usually occurs on the elbows, knees and buttocks. Dermatitis herpetiformis can cause significant intestinal damage identical to that of celiac disease. However, it may not produce noticeable digestive symptoms. This disease is treated with a gluten-free diet, in addition to medication to control the rash.