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constantly bloated

Post: #1
10-30-2011, 07:45 PM
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constantly bloated


Does anyone have ideas to relieve constant bloating? I am new to the forum. I was diagnosed almost a year ago. Despite my best efforts to get adequate fiber and to avoid any trigger foods, I am feeling bloated all the time. My belly is sticking out and I have been asked a few times when I am due. It is completely unpleasant and I feel ugly too.

My last attempt with my doctor to reduce the bloating involved taking laxatives. I took them for a few days but all that happened was unwanted weight loss - I am skinny already aside from by belly. I still felt bloated. Any ideas?

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Post: #2
11-01-2011, 01:46 PM
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RE: constantly bloated


Sorry to hear that you are suffering all the time. Are you suffering from constipation at the same time or were the laxatives just to get things moving? I am not familiar with bloating that isn't related to constipation.




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Post: #3
11-03-2011, 12:29 AM
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RE: constantly bloated


I know you are taking steps to be regular. Have you tried keeping a food journal and trying to rule out certain foods to see if anything is causing this? This is often the painstaking process that gets the most results. Also, do you have gas too?




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Post: #4
11-03-2011, 03:10 PM
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RE: constantly bloated


I don't suffer from consipation with the fiber that I am taking. I think the fiber was just to try to move things through. I do get lots of gas but I don't get much relief when I pass it. Does that mean something specific?

A food journal will be very hard because my room mates and I have a rotating schedule for cooking. Is it really worth it?




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Post: #5
11-04-2011, 01:16 PM
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RE: constantly bloated


If you have gas, it often means that you aren't digesting your food very effectively. It can be because of food sensitivities and a bad mix of bacteria in your gut. That is the usual cause.

The food journal is definitely worth it in the long run but it is painful to figure out. As for your dining arrangement, I think that that would be a bit difficult for someone with IBS. Most people have more luck with a more regimented diet plan. Having that control is often very important.




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Post: #6
11-05-2011, 12:40 AM
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We always cook very healthy food. We are all committed to eating well and they have been helpful in making sure my dietary needs are met. If I have to cook my own food, that is going to be difficult with my studies. Thanks for trying to help Sad




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Post: #7
11-06-2011, 02:20 AM
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If you can't really manage to cook the same foods all the time, you could at least try the food journal. You may still find foods that are causing you some problems and could see if avoiding them brings relief.




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Post: #8
02-03-2012, 09:38 AM
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I kept a food journal for a different reason - I was newly diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and in constant pain, and my consultant wanted to identify any possible trigger foods. For a month, I wrote down everything that passed my lips, and recorded how I felt the next day. From that, I was able to identify red wine as a trigger, and also red meat, if I ate it for two days running. I now avoid red wine, and only have red meat occasionally.

It's not so time-consuming as you think to just jot down what you eat and drink - there's no need for portion sizes or weighing, or even the times you eat, if you don't want to bother, although with IBS that could be helpful. It's certainly time well spent, so it's worth making the effort.



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Post: #9
02-06-2012, 12:15 PM
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I find it's a little easier to be on a potty schedule, meal schedule and to try to be as relaxed as I can when it's potty time. I take Metamucil twice a day evening and morning. In the morning after all of my morning routine chores are done, the kiddie is off to school and the hubby is asleep, I go in the bathroom and run the shower water, let the bathroom get steamy like a nice sauna and try to potty. In the evening, after preparing dinner and getting all of my work shift things done. (I have to prepare earlier for work even though I don't work until much later, such as paper work ect.) I go to the potty again.

I've been doing this for a couple of months now and it really helps. There are some days where I just can't "go" but most days now, especially in the morning, I can feel it in my stomach that I am going to go. I have less bloating, gas and pain. I still hurt a little from straining and using a little witchhazel on the outside helps with that.




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Post: #10
02-12-2012, 02:37 PM
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RE: constantly bloated


I understand the feeling, it is not nice at all. I solved my bloating problem by cutting out all grains from my diet. I now eat lots of vegetables, eggs and meat. The problem with grains is our digestive systems have not had enough time to adapt to this 'new' food, for 99% of our evolution we did not eat grains.



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