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Hi all. I stumbled across this site and I am relieved that I am not going crazy .. there are others out there suffering like me. I have been suffering with upper abdomen and lower abdomen bloat for near 3 years now. Been to doctor after doctor who initially fought I just had gas. This doctor stopped me from seeing any doctor for a further 9 months then I got the courage to go again. I look as if I am 9 months pregnant. The last few months have been agonising.. no relief now where as 12 months ago at least I got some relief at night but I am distended all the time now and the pain is worse - enough to be on panadeine forte. I had an initial CT scan last year which bought up minor cysts on the left ovary and a diagnosis of mesentric panniculitis (which my doctor said infection in the lining of the stomach and small bowel with stomach nodules that needed to be monitored). I was referred to a specialist but I never went back due to pressures of work and financial stress. As problem didn't go away and was getting worse I went back to doctor and had second CT scan which bought up cysts on the ovary and an unknown mass in the uterus was seen. I am having a vagninal ultrasound next week to investigate further. All this is now making sense. I have back pain, pressure in the bladder all the time. My stomach looks exactly like when I was heavily pregnant. I have had a lot of fluid in the legs which I am not sure if is related to this problem as the fluid started when the stomach bloating started. I feel like an old woman and my quality of life is diminished considerably. I work for myself and am in employment and I am struggling as I get tired and the look of me is embarrassing to say the least. Clothes won't fit and I have never been this heavy in my life. The doctor put me on fluid pills and I have lost weight since being on them. Thank you all for your stories. It gives me hope. I must keep going.
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