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Extreme bloating, need help

  • By britneyhayden7

    Hello everyone. I’m hoping that someone can tell me what I may be experiencing and how to help. None of my doctor’s take me seriously. Let me preface by saying I’m a 22 year old female. Two months ago I started experiencing dizziness, chest pain, and bloating. I went to the hospital twice in one week as the bloating continued to get worse and I didn’t get any answers. I got to the point where all I wanted to do was sleep because I was so uncomfortable. I couldn’t eat because it made me feel more full and uncomfortable, and it felt as though I had liquid filling my abdomen. The second ER doctor did a CT scan and said I had a “huge backup of stool” and gave me Miralax and told me to follow up with a GI. I took The Miralax but I was only passing water. The GI nurse told me to do a colonoscopy prep with the Miralax, but still nothing happened. Finally, the GI nurse looked at my CT scan and said that she saw no backup of stool…????? So they requested I get a colonoscopy and an endoscopy. My GI said I had a tiny bit of inflammation in my intestines and a bit of gastritis in my stomach. She diagnosed me with IBS and prescribed Bentyl (which I don’t like taking because of the side effects) and omeprazole. Eventually the symptoms subsided after about 2 weeks but now they are back. The bloating and distended feeling is unbearable, and now my stomach area feels hard and is making gurgling sounds. I also have some slight pain. Has anyone else experienced something like this?

  • By ldonne

    Hi @britneyhayden7,
    I’m actually surprised they would recommend bowel prep + Miralax to use at same time.
    I’ve had a similar ER experience with bowel prep being suggested and given to me as a prescription for 1 time use. And I’ve had ER experience where the doctor has let me see the X-ray image on the monitor and shows a little bit of stool in my system with a lot of air.

    When I was first diagnosed back in 2004, the bloating was unbearable for me. I would probably suggest finding a nutritionist or someone who is educated with helping with diet changes. I have found this helpful. Not 100 percent, but helpful, I’m able to manage better.

    Hope your feeling better.

    • By britneyhayden7

      Thank you for your advice. I will check in to seeing a nutritionist! It’s comforting to know I’m not the only one going through this.