Hi all. I have been having a lot of gastric problems for over 2 years now with swelling/bloating and pain. At around the same time I noticed my legs swelling, with no weight gain. In my mind I felt that it was somehow conected but the doctor's said no it wasn't. Firstly I was told that the symptoms were in my head and some were so patronising and made me feel that I was possibly imagining everything. So have been being treated for 2 different things. Anyway, after many different tests and pestering the doctor's for a referral to a Gastroenterologist and yet more test, I've finally been told that I have an agressive form of Bacteria in my gut which is what is causing the swelling around my middle. I was also told that (apparently) this bacteria may also be the cause of my Lymphoedema because it can attack the Lymphatic System. I am so angry that this could have been diagnosed ages ago but I kept being dismissed. Is this medical negligent or what????????????? Sorry for the long post by I am so angry.