My bloating problems continue! Ack!
Sorry this is long. Some background here http://windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/sho...d.php?t=401458
and here http://windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/sho...d.php?t=379820
So here I am 10mo later and I'm still dealing with intermittent abdominal distention, bloating, heartburn, and now belching. I've been working with both my ob/gyn and my GP on the issue and no solutions. I had the Mirena removed in June thinking that was the cause (because it started about 2mo after insertion). In the removal process it was discovered that the IUD had caused an ovarian cyst. The cyst has since gone away. I've had an upper GI barium swallow which was normal. My GP has had me on Prilosec for the past month. The heartburn is gone when I'm taking that but it hasn't touched the bloating/distention. Just had my annual gyn exam and all was normal. Had a full physical last Oct and all blood work was normal. I have a follow up with my GP at the end of this month and I'm just not sure what to do/ask next. I'm so completely frustrated that we can't figure this out and of course every time I feel bloated not only am I uncomfortable I become so consumed with trying to figure out what's wrong.
Here's what I know:
The feeling of bloat and the visible upper abdominal distention seems to happen about every week to 2 weeks. Definitely consistently happens 7-9 days prior to ovulation like clockwork. Then it'll happen just prior to and sometimes just after my period. It rarely lasts more than 12-24hrs. I can't track it to any particular food. My diet is pretty consistent so there doesn't seem to be a food item/group that would cause bloating just once a week or once every other week. The feeling is uncomfortable (like eating a huge meal and needing to loosen my pants) but not painful. I am most uncomfortable and most noticeably distended in the area below my rib cage. I don't feel gassy...no gurgling, rumbling and I don't pass gas. I do notice an increase in burping...not big belches but small little burps and sometimes a feeling like a burp is trapped at the base of my throat and that I need a pat on the back. More often than not the bloating/distention happens later in the day (late afternoon or evening). It's not tied to a mealtime. Rarely, like today, it happened shortly after waking up in the morning, before even eating, and continued through lunch but was gone by dinner. Sometimes the more empty my stomach is and hungrier I feel the worse the bloating is. The heartburn was frequent, almost daily, but again that's gone now that I'm on Prilosec, but rebounds if I come off of that. The GP wants me to do a 6wk trial of it to see if that cures the bloating. I'm 4wk in and no change. My ob/gyn just started me on LoSeasonique (continuous BCP) to see if stopping ovulation and constant hormone levels will stop this if it's hormonally related.
I have no other digestive issues. My poop is regular and normal (sorry TMI)...not constipated, no diarrhea. No cramping. No pain of any kind. No nausea (the went away after the IUD was removed). On days when I'm not bloated/distended I feel perfectly fine. The only other thing that I have cyclically is canker sores. I get one sore each month inside my mouth usually on my check or gum.
I just so tired of feeling this way several times a month and not having solutions and kind of feel like my docs are just grabbing at straws and neither have suggested any additional testing.
I think that the upper GI ruled out GERD/reflux and hernia.
Mom to two amazing DDs ('07 & '09) and a fur baby.
Gluten free since Nov '11 after non-celiac gluten sensitive diagnosis. Have had great improvement or total elimination of: migraines, bloating/distention, heartburn, cystic acne, canker sores, bleeding gums, eczema on elbows, dry skin and scalp, muscle cramps, PMS, hair loss, heart palpitations, fatigue. I'm amazed.