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Bloating/Distention everyday - really IBS?


Bee227

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I have suffered from IBS-C for at least 15 years. It became even worse after taking a few rounds of antibiotics 10 yrs ago.

About 3 yrs ago I noticed my bra was rather suddenly completely uncomfortable around the band - like compressing my chest. And my waist bands were feeling tighter. I am a small person I weigh 125, eat really well no other issues. 

Realized I was getting bloating /distention in my stomach/abdomen basically everyday. 

Went to see GP they wanted to make sure it was not related to anything ovary related - which it was not so that is good.

So I was put in the ibs category without any other testing.

So tried to manage best I could on low FODMAP diet with minor results. 

I wake up every day with minor bloating in my upper stomach and it gets worse and worse all day until I go to sleep - wake up feel better but start the cycle again. I’ve been tested for celiac and that is negative. No other symptoms (no pain or weight loss etc) 

Fast forward another year of dealing with this and me asking for more help.. and I was prescribed linzess. Ok I am going to try it. I also asked for a referral to a gastroenterologist because it seemed strange there were no other possible things to investigate. (Blood work all came back normal)

My gastroenterologist also said.. try linzess let me know how it goes in 30 days. Did this solve anyone else’s bloating issues?

Does this sound like ibs? Are there other tests I should be asking for? I feel like I need to ask for specific help and tests which seems strange shouldn’t my doctors have more options for me? It is so hard to deal with this bloating every day. I just don’t want it to be something else more serious that no ones even looking for once your label IBS..

(Had colonoscopy 5 yrs ago/ upper endoscopy 9 yrs ago normal) 

Thank you for any help or ideas!!

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On 12/3/2021 at 11:53 PM, Bee227 said:

I have suffered from IBS-C for at least 15 years. It became even worse after taking a few rounds of antibiotics 10 yrs ago.

About 3 yrs ago I noticed my bra was rather suddenly completely uncomfortable around the band - like compressing my chest. And my waist bands were feeling tighter. I am a small person I weigh 125, eat really well no other issues. 

Realized I was getting bloating /distention in my stomach/abdomen basically everyday. 

Went to see GP they wanted to make sure it was not related to anything ovary related - which it was not so that is good.

So I was put in the ibs category without any other testing.

So tried to manage best I could on low FODMAP diet with minor results. 

I wake up every day with minor bloating in my upper stomach and it gets worse and worse all day until I go to sleep - wake up feel better but start the cycle again. I’ve been tested for celiac and that is negative. No other symptoms (no pain or weight loss etc) 

Fast forward another year of dealing with this and me asking for more help.. and I was prescribed linzess. Ok I am going to try it. I also asked for a referral to a gastroenterologist because it seemed strange there were no other possible things to investigate. (Blood work all came back normal)

My gastroenterologist also said.. try linzess let me know how it goes in 30 days. Did this solve anyone else’s bloating issues?

Does this sound like ibs? Are there other tests I should be asking for? I feel like I need to ask for specific help and tests which seems strange shouldn’t my doctors have more options for me? It is so hard to deal with this bloating every day. I just don’t want it to be something else more serious that no ones even looking for once your label IBS..

(Had colonoscopy 5 yrs ago/ upper endoscopy 9 yrs ago normal) 

Thank you for any help or ideas!!

Bee227

oh boy oh boy do I know what you’re talking about. After years of dealing with bloating, I asked my allergist if he could help me and he did. I’m allergic to wheat. Cows eat wheat and produce milk. So I can’t eat red meat or dairy or wheat. I can eat pork because pigs don’t eat wheat. Big difference but oh so hard to let go of the allergic foods they taste so good. Also I eat every bite completely then take my next bite otherwise I consume air then into gas then bloating. Eating slowly helps me know when I’m full otherwise I’m packing in lots of food over and beyond when I am full. I have had emotional eating so being aware of that is important for me. Now carbs. They are not my friend. Proteins fats and some veggies and fruit are what I eat. 
now after 23 years I hardly ever bloat. But I finally succumbed to my new diet. It was not easy cause I wanted my chocolate cake. I have found I can live without chocolate cake and sweets. Hope this gives you a different perspective. I know for me the angry frustration about my bloating only made me mentally and emotionally feel worse. I still have IBS-c and take laxatives. someday I will not allow stress in my life and then I’ll go like a pro.

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I just started taking Linzess and after a month it started helping me have a bowel movement.  I'm not sure about the bloating, it is just there.  Linzess is so expensive and I am now trying to find where I can purchase it at a reasonable price.  Do you or anyone you know have a solution for the price?

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28 minutes ago, MHB said:

I just started taking Linzess and after a month it started helping me have a bowel movement.  I'm not sure about the bloating, it is just there.  Linzess is so expensive and I am now trying to find where I can purchase it at a reasonable price.  Do you or anyone you know have a solution for the price?

Have you ever been tested for SIBO? That may be causing your bloating. I tried Linzess but it didn't work for me. I still have two months worth sitting in my cabinet, which I will most likely never use. ¬¬

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