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Severe Abdominal distention...pain...any help?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 29, 2007
  • 06:00 AM

Hello- I am a 29-yr old male who has been pretty athetic my whole life. About 10 yrs ago, in college, I had pancreatitis, as well as severe abdominal pains to the point I lost a great deal of weight and was nauseated contantly.
Now, at 29, I have severe distention. I honestly look pregnant and my stomache is hard as a rock. I have gained over 50 lbs. in the past 6-7 months and have not changed my diet. If anything I am eating healthier/less often. I had a CT-scan which was "OK." I am scheduled for a colonoscopy but the Doctor doesn't know if that will show anything. I have severe heart0burn and shortness of breath. It's as if I am carrying a 50 weight strapped to my stomache. Aside from the embarrassment, it is uncomfortable, even to sit-down. It pushes into my ribs or else, my lower abdomen/crotch. Like I said, I hope someone out there would at least be able to relate. I have not gained weight anywhere else accept my stomache.
I also should mention that I sweat and get hot-flashes. I mainly sweat from my forehead which has seemed to "stump" my Doctors. If anyone can relate to these symptoms or give advice, it'd be much appretiated. The earliest colonoscopy I get is in 1 MONTH! It is something that is bothering me daily and I thought I'd give this a shot!
Thank you for reading this....and in advance, thank you if you have some ideas/advice to help me
Thank you!!!

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  • 50 lbs in 6 months? What did the CT show? By OK, you mean no pathology found? IS the 50 lbs attributable to excess body fat? THe CT will show this beautifully. Start there. Examine why you've gained so much weight - increased appetite? COmbined with constipation? COuld it be hypothyroidism, which is a common western cause of those symptoms? IS the pancreatitis you had in college autoimmune, or alcohol related? If autoimmune, something to consider. Also, excess weight gain leads to inability to dissipate heat well (hot flashes, sweats) and often raises intraabdominal pressure --> reflux esophagitis, bad heartburn. Everything may be related. Find out what your CT showed first. THen figure out why you've gained weight - examine diet, lifestyle, thyroid. Start there. Good luck!
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 05:55 AM
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  • "Also, excess weight gain leads to inability to dissipate heat well (hot flashes, sweats) and often raises intraabdominal pressure --> reflux esophagitis, bad heartburn. Everything may be related." This paragraph is exact. I have potentially a "slight" increase in appetite. Not much though. I eat Cheerios for breakfast and one other meal. That't it. I snack ocassionally. I have rare bowel move-ments, once or even twice weekly. I have only gained the weight in my stomache mainly! A slight gain elsewhere, but like I said, from the back, I look like the athlete I used to be!? The CT-scan showed nothing they said. I am now having a colonoscopy and some blood tests. Any other suggestions/advice? Thank you for responding, I greatly appreciate it!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 1, 2007
    • 11:07 PM
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