I have had this problem for a year and a half now. I get a distended abdomen every time I eat or drink anything. That contents of the food/drink don't matter it is purely volume. I can say this as I have tried various elimination diets, etc and the bloating happen when just drinking any type of water.
Any idea what could cause my abdomen to extend so much from small amounts of food? Any medical condition? Any tips?
The distension is specifically in the middle left of the abdomen. I also have various other problems that I think are caused by this such as really bad lethargy/fatigue, dizziness, etc. I have been to the docs and had all kinds of tests but they were no help.
Any help appreciated guys.
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What about low stomach acid? Do a search on the web about it. There's a homemade test with asking soda you can try that may give you the answer or better yet talk to your doctor about it and possible he could test you.
It sounds very similar to IBS to me as well. Do you have a fairly high level of stress? I notice my distension when I am going through a really stressful day/period. I agree with the previous answer, there may be some foods that you will have to avoid. Some things that really helped me were stress relaxing techniques, exercise, and the paleo diet. Hope you find your answer soon!
Unfortunately you may just have IBS... and... There really isn't much of a cure for it. I have IBS and I have been to trillions of doctors who basically wind up telling me that I am SOL. I take a lot of probiotics, digestive enzymes, HCL and I even take stool softener since I do have problems in that department as well, but... I still get bloated (I am sure I would be even more so if I didn't take these preventative measures). Some ingredients that encourage bloating: xanthan gum, coffee, splenda, aspartame, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, tofu, all fruits..... Ingredients such as those, you should definitely try to avoid if you don't already.