Stomach Problems

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I have been having stomach problems for years. My stomach feels uncomfortable and bloated. If I am trying to get to sleep I have to keep changing my position, when I change positions the feeling briefly goes away and I try to quickly fall asleep before it comes back. The best way I can describe the feeling is that my stomach feels like it needs to rumble but it won't. When my stomach is rumbling I feel better, I find myself so relieved to feel rumbling. I've tried eating different things, and different foods don't seem to correlate with the uncomfortable feeling. I've also tried lying on my left side and this had been the most successful treatment I have found, occasionally making my stomach rumble and taking the uncomfortable feeling away. I have seen a gastro-intestinal specialist for 2 years. I have had 3 colonoscopies and an MRI, nothing was found. He suggested gluten free diet, I tried this and found no change. He now wants to do another colonoscopy and I don't want to do another, the preparations are terrible and they haven't solved anything during the previous 3. I have tried all sorts of medications including antacids, anti gas medicine, and anti-inflammatories. I used to smoke cannabis and it helped, possibly because I was too high to notice the pain lol. I now get drug tested for work so this isn't an option. I am so sick of this feeling. Sometimes I can't play with my daughter because my stomach hurts. Sometimes I am up most of the night tossing and turning or constantly twitching my foot to avoid the pain. I hope someone has some advice.

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    I'm not sure what an fourth colonoscopy would tell you when three previous ones showed nothing. Maybe you need an endoscopy to examine your stomach instead. It could be that your problem is stomach related rather than something to do with your bowel. Do you have stomach pain or bowel habit change? Tell your GI your concerns about the colonoscopy prep.

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      They have done a gastroscopy to examine my stomach each time the colonoscopy was done. I wouldn't really describe it as pain per-say, more like extreme discomfort to the point where I need to move/shift position. If I am moving around I feel fine, when I sit or lay down the discomforts begins immediately. My concerns with the prep are mostly the inconvience of it without seeing results. I have to drink a substantial amount of this liquid that purges my bowels in order to clear them of any discolouration so they can see clearly during the colonoscopy.

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      Do you cook from fresh or do you eat processed food? If you do eat processed meals, switch to home prepared foods. Ready meals contain chemicals that can upset the gut. Eat little but often and don't eat late at night.

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      We try to eat very healthy in our house. Organic fruits and vegetables and fresh meat (we are rural folk so get most of our meat from local farmers.) I usually don't eat at all before bed.

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      You said in your post that your stomach was hurting and were having to twitch your foot to avoid the pain. This would suggest that the discomfort you are experiencing is pain. Try painkillers again or an anti spasmodic like Buscopan which is designed for IBS. Since you haven't tried an antispasmodic, this might be your next option. Ask your doctor about this. Do you experience bouts of constipation? With IBS, you can get constipation or diarrhoea only or a mixture of both.

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      Sometimes certain vegetables can cause gas such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage. Even if they are organic, they can still be hard to digest for some people. Have you tried avoiding these foods?

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      I never get constipated or have diarrhoea. I'm not big on painkillers, I would much rather get to the source of the pain rather than put chemical into my body. That being said, I have never tried a antispasmodic. I also get a feeling of discomfort/pain in my legs when I lay down and have to constantly move them or twitch my feet to get to sleep sometimes, I wonder if a antispasmodic would help that?

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      I considered this quite a bit since my favourite vegetable dish is broccoli smothered in melted cheese. I did my own little "study" by staying away from it for a couple of weeks, then eating it more often than I usually do for a couple of weeks. I actually felt slightly better while eating it. Not much better, but I ruled out the correlation. I do backpacking trips every year and the food I eat while on the trail is processed, dehydrated food that I rehydrate at meal times, usually not very healthy at all because I just want calories in those situations. I feel very little discomfort, if any, while backpacking. I chalk it up to the fact that I am walking 10+ miles per day usually gaining elevation so I am usually exhausted by the time I set up camp for the night.

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      Sometimes getting to the source of pain does require a painkiller especially if the pain is bad. If I have a bad flare up of IBS or my bad back, nothing but a painkiller will do . An antispasmodic tends to be for abdominal spasms but you could check with your doctor if they would work for your type of pain.

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      Sometimes you don't get food problems with IBS and some don't get bowel habit change but experience other symptoms instead. Stress causes my IBS to flare up but food doesn't.

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    Instead of seeing the same doctor who wants to give you so many colonoscopies why don't you get other opinions or go to a hospital emergency room where they have equipment that independent doctors do not have for a proper diagnosis and treatment?

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      I saw multiple doctors before getting a referal to the specialist. I spent 6 months on a waiting list to see the specialist. I have tried getting a referal to a different specialist and have been turned down because I am already the patient of this specialist.

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      I'm not sure how this would help. I can drive to the city and wait hours in the ER but for what? The specialist has access to all medical equipment the ER does, and then some.

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