It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Message Board

Worried about the bloating?

Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-07-2006, 07:04 AM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 14
Libs HB User
Worried about the bloating?

Hi all,

About 5 years ago i was diagnosed with IBS on symptoms alone. I have lived on and off with it until now and i get various symptoms. I have always suffered from bad bloating from time to time with the IBS and it usually disappears after a few days or even after a couple of weeks.

Recently for about the last 2 months I have had really bad bloating. I have a perfectly flat stomach in the morning and feel comfortable about myself. Sadly by the end of the day I often look pregnant. I have mentioned it to family and the boyfriend and they tell me its in my head and everyone bloats. But in my mind no one ever looks like i do and i constantly feel uncomfortable. I feel like when im walking i have to really hold in my belly. My partner says everyone does this but i cant believe everyone bloats like I do.

Im naturally very slim but the stomach looks awful when bloated. Because the bloating has been around for so long Im beginning to worry it could be ovarian cancer. It sounds extreme but I know it shares the same symptoms. Im only 23 and am wondering if anyone knows if it is possible to get this at this age or if I would have other symptoms. I dont have any other symptoms right now only a slight alternation between normal bowel movements and diarrhoea. I am just wondering if anyone suffers from the same thing. I am under a bit of stress at the mo and worrying about this which is prob making the bloating worse.

Any advice pls help put my mind at rest its nothing sinister? Thanks for everyones words.

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 08-07-2006, 09:32 AM   #2
Senior Veteran
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 1,772
elmhar HB Userelmhar HB User
Re: Worried about the bloating?

Hi Libs,

If you're worried about OC, esp. if there is family history, see your OBGYN & get checked. Tho' in my mind, if this is a come & go problem as you suggest, it's more likely to be gut-related.

When that checks out, if you want to pursue the bloating, there are several different things to try:

1) Consume a probiotic regularly for several weeks & see if that helps. Sometimes bloating is caused by "bad bugs" displacing the good guys in the gut. A few weeks of yogurt w/active cultures, or of a probiotic supplement, can reduce or eliminate the problem if simple gut dysbiosis is to blame.

2) Get a referral to a GI doc (gastroenterologist) for further eval.

3) Consider the possibility that food intolerances or allergies are playing a role. Bloating is very common in lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance,and disaccharide intolerance. There are various forms of testing, some accepted by conventional MDs, others not, but LOTS of people who've found help by getting on top of their intolerances.

Best wishes.

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Are these common symptoms for Acid Reflux? I feel worried. Tricia2007 Acid Reflux / GERD 15 07-12-2011 10:34 AM
Worried son....please advise mmce Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 0 10-26-2009 11:16 AM
Should I be worried? bella67 Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 10 02-20-2008 07:49 PM
Ovarian cancer--should I be worried? dannysmom Cancer: Cervical & Ovarian 6 06-29-2007 06:06 AM
worried, abdominal pain, bloating etc. I need an answer plz!! foreverxangel Sexual Health - Teens 2 03-03-2007 06:59 AM
Exercise and Gerd? KPK1 Acid Reflux / GERD 0 08-26-2006 11:34 AM
please scared and worried...lump in rectum SLC822 Cancer: Colon 7 04-27-2004 06:01 AM
26 yr. old and worried~ scott2121 Cancer 0 11-12-2003 04:37 PM
Thin stool... Cancer? Worried kurta11 Bowel Disorders 2 11-25-2002 05:28 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 11:55 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!