I feel like I'm going to explode!
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|Fri, 01-15-2010 - 2:19pm|
I have had digestive issues for quite some time. I've had every "scopy" you can imagine and nothing was ever found. Most recently (for the last 2-3 years) I go through bouts of EXTREME gas pain & pressure. It presents itself in 2 forms.
First is the "impossible to pass gas". It's so bad, that I actually look pregnant. The pain is so severe, I can hardly move and FORGET walking. I have been known to take upwards of 20 Ultra Strength GasX pills in one day, sometimes 6-8 at a time. Sometimes, it helps, sometimes it doesn't. More times than not, I just have to wait for it to go away on it's own.
Secondly there is the "can't stop passing gas, gas". The symptoms are the same (extreme bloating, pressure, pain, etc.) however in this case, I pass gas NONSTOP. It's loud, it's obnoxious, and needless to say my husband and son make fun of me. I laugh, because it is kind of funny, but in the end (no pun intended) it's a nightmare for me. I have to hold it in at work, but the minute I get out to the parking lot - LORD HAVE MERCY. I feel like a new person! It's instant relief.
With both of these problems (more so with the first type of gas) I also get this bizarre "popcorn popping" sensation along the left side of my stomach/abdomen from like the bottom of my ribs to the top of my hip. It goes on & on for hours sometimes. It doesn't make any noise, but I can really feel it. It doesn't hurt, but it's extremely noticeable and annoying.
I went to see a gastro doc two different times. The first guy insisted on doing an upper endoscopy. I tried to tell him that wasn't the end I was having problems with!!! Of course, the results were normal. The second visit was to a dr. at the same practice and she wanted to do a colonoscopy. She didn't find anything abnormal. I then did some kind of a test where I had to blow into a tube every 15 minutes for 4 hours. Such fun! I sat in the waiting room as people came and left... UGH! I guess the only "good" thing was that after about 90 minutes the blows were scoring off the chart so they new what to treat, so I didn't have to stay for the full 4 hours. It was some kind of bacteria that had gone haywire in my system and they gave me meds for it. Sure enough, the popcorn popping and gas stopped within 3-4 days of taking the meds, and didn't come back for almost a year. The problem started up again, so I called to get more meds, they wouldn't give them to me and told me they wanted to do MORE test. What the heck??? I don't have time for that and I think it's pretty useless.
Do you guys think there could be more to it? Should I go ahead with the other tests? Should I just insist she give me the meds? In the interim, any ideas how to alleviate this horrible gas problem?