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Hoping some of you out there might be able to put my mind at ease concerning the effects extreme bloating can have on our bodies.
A couple of weeks ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, and alongside my FM I have been diagnosed with IBS. With my IBS I believe I have a really severe bloating problem, but I get these other symptoms that do not strike me as being connected with the bloating. I am currently just under 11 1/2 stone (72kgs) in weight, yet my upper and lower abdomen is almost always making me look pregnant, and it is really quite hard when pressed, this makes me believe I have a really bad bloating problem. I do experience lots of burping and flatulence as well, but the bloating never goes.
Thing is, I hardly seem to get any of the typical abdominal pain associated with bloating, and if it wasn't for my abdomen looking so swollen, I wouldn't know I was bloated as I don't get the feelings of being bloated. Instead I get other symptoms, that I am putting down to the bloating, but can't be sure. These symptoms are pressure feelings in chest and neck, chest pains, feeling like I'm struggling to breath, dizziness, feeling faint or like I'm going to pass out, heart palpitations, slight nausea, lump in my throat, upper back pain, feeling 'out of it' or 'not with it' (if that makes sense) and generally feeling very odd, ill and like something really bad will happen. To me these symptoms seem quite extreme just for bloating, so I'm hoping some of you out there can confirm that these symptoms could be very much normal with extreme bloating.
I will add that due to being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, my health has been extensively tested which include: numerous blood tests, urine tests, faecal elastase stool test, 24 hour 5-HIAA urine test, upper abdominal ultrasound, back and chest x-rays, head MRI, 20 minute ECG, colonoscopy and endoscopy (probably missed something out). I've also seen a Gastroenterologist, Neurologist and Rheumatologist and there seems to be nothing out of the ordinary that is causing all my symptoms.
If anyone has and information or experiences they have had concerning extreme bloating, or whether they have any views on whether these symptoms I get are more than likely down to bloating or some other cause, then I would be very grateful to hear them.
Many thanks in advance.
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