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Posted by Bill Conlan on September 08, 2000 at 14:38:19:

In Reply to: Re: abdominal bloatedness posted by bobbi on August 18, 2000 at 00:20:58:

: Does anyone have any ideas what might cause severe abdominal bloatedness? The symptoms include painful swelling of the abdomen (which is worse at the end of the day compared to the start) and an increase in weight. The bloatedness usually seems to peak just before menstruation. Both a wheat-free diet and a regular exercise programme have been followed for several months with no change in symptoms. Is Crohn's disease a possibility? Any help would be much appreciated as depression is becoming quite a problem now.

: I also suffer from abdominal bloatedness. It feels like I am carrying an inflated balloon full of water in my stomach (mostly in upper left quadrant). When I press on my stomach, it makes a terrible noise, kind of like a lot of fluid moving around in my stomach. Nothing passes through very quickly; consequently I suffer from constipation also. Can anyone give me advise on what I should do? My doctor doesn't seem to care.

I also suffer exactly the same features, I have been treated for IBS and almost anything to to do with stomach and bowel problems.

It seems to me that the doctors are just going through the "(motions)" and will just continue to shell out as much medicine as you require to insure you come back and crease their palms. Ok, not all doctors are like this they just see you as being a patient that has had all the medicines that are available and promptly send you to a collegue and hope they can do somehting to fix you, but at the end of the day it`s you who have to suffer and try to maintain as much of a normal existance as possible.

My employer i`m sure thinks that it is all in my head and not in my belly, and quite frankly i dont blame him because in this day and age surely anyone can be as right as rain after a dose of modern antobiotics, that is presuming that the doctor is in the know as to what exactly is going on with your system.

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