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Question: Severe upper stomach bloating
|cflyn39 - Sun Aug 12, 2007 1:43 am||
Hello I'm 41 yrs old, female.
I've been experiencing unusual bloating for many years. It's gradually worsened to the point I really can't take it much longer. I am going to make an appointment Monday and I want some input so I can be prepared.
It started out as an annoyance but has slowly evolved into an embarassing and painful condition. I guess it came on so slow in the beginning I attributed it to standard things like gas or eating too much.
Here's the quick description. When I eat, even small amounts, I immediately bloat to an almost rock hard stomach. It doesn't matter what kind or amount of food. Sometimes now it can happen without eating.
I've had surgery for cyst on my ovaries (15 yrs ago), Bladder tuck (12 yrs ago) Hysterectomy (10 yrs ago).
6 years ago I had a year long ordeal with infected Lymph Nodes (genital area) that was miss-diagnosed for a year until I had to have several removed because if infection.
Within a year the occasional swelling started. Once a month or so I would get some minor swelling. It gradually became more common. Over the last 6 months it has turned into a daily issue.
Writing this I feel embarrassed with the realization it has lasted this long. You would be amazed what you can endure when it becomes a common part of your life.
One more quick note. I eat a healthy diet and exercise. I drink only water and once or twice a week allow a tea. Nothing I eat changes what happens. As I said earlier, Now it happens out of the blue for no apparent reason.
Thank you for any input
|Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue Aug 28, 2007 10:38 pm||
It sounds like you may actually have an allergy to a food or a condition such as lactose intolerance.
Food allergies may not present in the typical anaphylaxis way. Instead they can present with bloating and abdominal pain.
You may also want to be tested for a condition called Celiac disease.
I would recommend you see a GI specialist for further work up and guidance for treatment.
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