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Severe bloating, help!


Hi everyone,

So I've been having a really bad IBS attack for the last couple of days. Which means I am constantly bloated. I have a wedding do tomorrow evening and at the moment i look about 6 months pregnant :( Can anyone recommend over the counter meds to get rid of this? I feel like i've tried everything with no positive results.

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The only thing that's helped me - and it's far from always is probiotics which you can buy off the shelf anywhere. Read up on it, they even have probiotics for babies - I don't think there's virtually anyone it can hurt. Good luck, hope your bloating subsides!

Yes I haven't tried the probiotics. Need to make that a priority, thank you! ☺️

Hi, all I can suggest is Magnesium if you're constipated to reduce the build up. Probiotics are a good idea too but won't fix the problem in time. Try to go without wheat in the morning on the day too as wheat is terrible for bloating. Good luck.


That's strange as I take magnesium every morning for hormone stuff, it has calcium and zinc as well in the tablet. So maybe that's why it is not effective at the bloating. 😮

Too much calcium inhibits absorption of magnesium. For constipation you need Magnesium Citrate on its own plus P5P (Vitamin B6 ) in the morning.

Pukka teas from a good health food shop. One called cleanse and one called detox. I'm trying cleanse. It is helping with the bloating. Xxxx

Yes heard good things about them! Woke up this morning and bloating has seen to have subsided but I don't trust it! So a bit worried about eating anything now in case. Off to get supplies after work. Thanks for your advice ☺️ X

Try having a wheat free day (if it isn't too late), and drink decaffeinated drinks or just water. Certain breads, pastry and pizza dough make me huge and bloated like that within minutes of eating them and I find a wheat detox helps. I snack on rice or oat cakes instead and drink green or peppermint tea for a day or two.

Have you tried to take the old fashioned remedy for bloated tummy. My grandmother would give me a drink of hot water from the kettle, and told me to sip it down. I know, it sounds silly, but it did get rid of the excess wind and bloating, or, if you prefer, try IBS for cramps from buscopan. It usually works for me.

You need to take about 800 to 1000mg of magnesium citrate capsules. Take last thing at night on an empty stomach with lots of water. This will clear the extra waste the next morning. I am bloated with constipation and I take this almost every day to keep me regular and stop the boating.

Severe bloating is a sign you have SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). I found out I have it, because I got diahrea, & I'm taking opiods for pain. You need to get to a gastroenterologist. There is a anti-biotic, just affects your intestines, called Xifaxin, which will help. Also there's a breath test, you do at home, which can confirm the diagnosis. You'll need to go on a special diet, the FODMAP diet, which limits foods that let the bacteria grow. Supposedly, 75-80% of people with irritable bowel syndrome, actually have SIBO. THis isn't easy to get rid of. Since my pain is all rectal pain, this is very bad for me, but it must be contributing to my problem. I hope you get help & feel better soon.

Hello, I've got a drawer full of medicines and pro-biotics that I have taken over the years, and do you know what I take now? None of them. After 27 years of suffering with IBS-D I have found that the long term solution that actually works is all about vitamins and fasting and both are equally important. You are effectively the manager of a food processing factory, I know that is obvious, but I have found that IBS is not about medicines, but about changing the way you run the factory.

This is based on some excellent publications, and also just observing how healthy people live. First, go to the doctors and get yourself checked for intestinal infections, and whatever other tests they want to do, you can be a carrier of some bugs and only suffer occasional flare-ups. But, if you are all clear then the first thing to sort out is your vitamins and the timing of your eating (fasting periods). An incident of food poisoning or infection can start you on a cycle that you need to make a really concerted effort to break out of. IBS causes vitamin deficiencies which are very difficult to overcome in most people’s diets, especially because you are probably eating selectively to manage your symptoms. Your vitamin levels affect the health of your guts, and the health of your guts affects your vitamin absorption, so it is a vicious circle that you have to break. Get some really good, expensive, multi-vitamins (ideally constituted for your age) and take them without fail every day before your breakfast. Do not get the ones with high calcium and magnesium initially as certainly in large doses these minerals can mess you up as they consume your stomach acid, and you should get enough of these minerals from your diet. If you are on low FODMAPs, go for all lactose free dairy products to boost your calcium. At the same time, sort out your fasting periods straight away. Your small intestine should be practically sterile, and your stomach acid along with bowel cleaning during fasting (called MMC) will usually do this. You need to fast for this to be effective, and by that I mean, ABSOLUTELY NO eating in between meals, only water, or tea with saccharin. Imagine that you never washed your dinner plates and just kept putting food on them all the time!, they would be filthy. You need to give your small intestine plenty of time free of food for cleaning and maintaining the factory. God didn't design us to have cupboards full of rich foods permanently available day and night. Your stomach will sort itself out when you have got control of your small intestine (although if you've got gastritis you'll need to finish a course of omeprazole first), and then your large intestine will improve later as nutrients are more efficiently absorbed from your small intestine. Eat a good breakfast at say 7am (porridge with 50% lactose free milk) or what suits you and then a good lunch at 12 o'clock - absolutely no food in between. After lunch, no food again for at least 5 hours, and eat well again for your evening meal because it has got to get you through the night. No supper or snacks, no food or milk at all until breakfast the next day. In general, do not eat fried or roasted starches, i.e. crisps, chips, roast veg or fried rice. The high temperature that gives the lovely crispy bits, makes complex polymers that are very difficult to digest, they feed the bacteria and make you ill. Starches should only be boiled, and this is enough. Red meats take a long time to digest, only have them once a day, and just a light salad to go with them, not a load of starchy foods, as they have conflicting digest times. You will feel hunger in the fasting periods, but you must not respond to it - only with water or no-sugar drinks. Importantly, when you are feeling better, do not resort to your old ways, you are still recovering, and you need to make a life-style change to have this level of discipline in your eating and continue with it. Start doing some exercise if you don’t already, as this will really help with your gut motility. Your intestines take time to fully recover, it takes a few weeks at least, and you need to persevere. You then need to maintain a healthy and consistent way of eating and always keep the vitamins topped up all the time to prevent you from relapsing. There is a lot of support for L-glutamine to help with nutrition specifically for your intestinal lining, this means buying 500g of the bodybuilder powder type and having a couple of tea-spoons of this a day, one before breakfast and one just before you go to bed, and you can have this in a light cordial drink. A lot of this was taken from this GENIUS paper below, but it does fit exactly with what I have experienced, and for the first time I really feel in control of something that has been a burden for years, but is not longer. Good luck.

Treatment and Management of SIBO — Taking a Dietary Approach Can Control Intestinal Fermentation and Inflammation

By Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD

Today’s Dietitian

December 2012, Vol. 14 No. 12 P. 16

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