Why Does it Hurt

by Linda Couch
(Cleveland Virginia)


Why does my stomach bloat and swell everytime I eat? It does not matter what I eat, it still swells and I have intestinal gas.I have took over the counter medications, but no releif.I can not eat fruits, milk products or fruit juices.Does anyone know what is causing my pain?

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by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Thank you for your question.
I'm sorry to read that you are suffering.

There are a few conditions that cause bloating and gas and it may well be Crohn's disease. You should go to your doctor to undergo tests to confirm this diagnosis however. Be aware that it can take a while for doctors to confirm so the more you can tell them, the quicker the diagnosis hopefully.

I would keep a food diary in the meanwhile and note down every symptom, reaction or feeling, along with the type of food eaten. This will help your doctor to determine what it is exactly.

I would eliminate spicy foods, smoking, alcohol and dairy products in the first instance. Spicy foods, smoking and alcohol are well-known triggers and if you are lactose intolerant, the dairy may be causing the bloating and gas.

If it is Crohn's, your diet will have to be very simple. You can try soups, stews, mashed potatoes, in fact, anything that is easy to digest. Puree your foods if necessary. It might not be fun to eat a bland diet but it will take the pressure from your digestive tract.

You also need to try to live a more natural and relaxed life if possible. Stess is a huge trigger and ones that you should avoid. Sort problems out as they arise and this should also help.

I wish you the best of luck,

Annette


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