I hope someone out there can help please...
A couple of years ago I lived out of the UK for a month, during that time I was very busy and I ate when I could. The week before I returned to the UK I got constipated and as a result, bloated.
When I got back my period was about two months late and in the months after and for about 10 months my skin (face) was horrendous, I had huge red inflamed spots all over my cheeks. The bloating was better in the mornings and after emptying my bowels when my stomach went back to normal. I have never had pain with it but the bloating was terrible.
The Gastroenterologist is still trying to figure out what is the cause of my bloating. I have had numerous tests done: endoscopy, colonoscopy, blood test, scan, ultrasound, MRI with contrast, lactose and gluten intolerance test, slow transit test, SIBO, I was prescribe with Metronidazole in case it was a bacteria/parasite. All tests came back negative. I have done the FODMAP diet and elimination diet without any luck, we have not been able to find a trigger.
In regards to the constipation, he said that I shouldn't be waiting too long and if I wasn't going to the toilet after 3 days that I should take Sodium picosulfate (which he prescribed).
For the last 6 months I am not able to go to the toilet naturally, is not that the stools are hard (they never are actually) it seems that things are just not happening, so I am having to relay on this medicine to empty my bowels.
The bloating has gotten worst over time. I am constantly bloated, even first thing in the morning and even after emptying my bowels completely. So in the mornings I look about 5/6 months pregnant and at the end of the day 8 months pregnant, every day now!!! Sometimes in the morning it feels as if I have trapped wind.
My skin is fine now, my periods are always regular too, my weight is consistent.
I have tried so many different things: probiotics, prebiotic, digestive enzymes, aloe vera juice, prune juice, drink lots of water, Weetabix, inulin, apple cider vinegar, different types of teas (including peppermint tea), buscapan, wind settlers, oats, kiwi, lemon and ginger with hot water first thing in the morning, kefir, peppermint oil tablets.
I had to stop most of the things above as my bloating got even worst.
I am 8 stones and luckily I always had a flat stomach, even after having children. I eat healthy (apart from having a glass of wine or a couple of beers every night) I exercise 4 times per week, I also do yoga, pilates and have started having stomach massages.
This bloating is driving me crazy, it changes my mood, it really brings me down, I cant wear my normal tops because I look constantly pregnant!
Nothing I do seems to help and is getting worst and worst, I feel so frustrated and worried as my body isn’t behaving normally and I don’t know why.
Have you got any suggestions please?
Many thanks in advance!!!