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Anyone else swell in their lower abdomen often? I was recently diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I feel like it was basically a nice way of telling me that they don't know what it wrong with my digestive system)...lately I've noticed that my lower abdomen (like from around the belly button down) swells up. Sometimes even from one day to the nextI cannot comfortably button my jeans around the belly! One day the jeans will be fairly lose then the next day they barely button! And it's not from pigging out or anything! What is the deal?! I would understand if they didnt' button because I ate a ton the day before but that's rarely the case. Any idea what could be causing this? Is this a normal IBS thing? How can I make it stop?! The doctor doesn't understand when I tell her my belly keeps swelling that it's very frustrating...of course, it's not her jeans that squeeze the life out of her!

Wed. Nov 1, 10:30am

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Swollen Belly

I have this happen to me too. I have lived most of my life being constipated and bloating goes hand in hand with it. What I have done to correct this problem is eat Activia. I eat the prune one and it tastes pretty good. It also usually works The first time I eat it. Hope this helps!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 10:40 AM

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I was diagnosed w/IBS about 5 years ago. Bloating is very normal, and is often accompanied by moderate to severe gas pains. Often, it is a combination of what you have eaten (you'd be surprised at some of the triggers) and stress. You might find fennel tea or peppermint tea useful to deal with these symptoms. For more information about IBS & how to deal with it, I found the link below extremely helpful.

Since there's no test for IBS, it's usually diagnosed by ruling out other diseases. Make sure you've been tested for all those other diseases first (these tests are easily found in IBS literature). Your best bet is to do as much research about IBS as possible, which will help you if you do or don't have IBS bc if you still disagree with the diagnosis, you can talk about it further w/your md.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006, 10:44 AM

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i have the same problem however it is only fairly new to me. i've never had a problem with bloating but since i went overseas i have had it non stop. i ate a lot of meat over seas, like 3 times a day. i know this was really bad for me, so i assumed it was that. now i've been back for nearly four months and i still have the same problem. my belly will just swell up, even when i havnt eaten alot and most of the time i dont feel bloated nor do i have pain, but my stomach just looks huge. it looks firm and big, almost looks as though im pregnant. i've been to the doctor, and she told me to change my diet and increase my diet. i've done that but its only become worse? anyone know anything?

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 4:35 AM

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I had this problem for years, plus stomach cramping with alternating constipation or diarrhea. First I tried eating plain yogurt and taking acidophilus pills and that helped a little bit. But not enough. When I stopped eating meat and all dairy except an occasional egg or 2, that's when it totally and completely went away. Personally, I think it's a kind of allergic response to a body's inability to digest the animal protein. Not everybody has this problem, but for some reason, my body has the "allergy".

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 9:37 AM

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Try a pro-biotic supplement. It's worth the $20 or so to see if that helps things get moving. It has certainly helped me!
LIke the previous posters are saying... it may be something in your diet that your body doesn't respond well to. You could try to cut out some possible culprits and really listen to your body to see how it responds.
good luck!

Thursday, November 13, 2008, 9:42 AM

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