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Bloating, stomach pain, dry skin, thinning hair, lack of appetite

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 11, 2007
  • 07:41 PM

Hey

I'm a 22 year old slim female - I eat relatively healthily, watching my sugar, salt, caffeine intake etc. I dont smoke or drink. About nine months ago, I suddenly seemed to develop a bloated stomch (at its worst, I can look pregnant!)- I've always had a flat stomach. Granted it'd swell up after a large meal, but it'd always go back to normal again. It's lesser when I wake, but it never entirely goes (even when I first wake up in the morning, and lay flat on my back, it still sticks up). I can assure people that I'm not obsessed with my body image or anything, I just know whats ''normal'' for me. When it swells up a lot it feels like ive got a water-balloon or soemthing in there. When it hurts, it can be anything from a constant ache to a stabbing pain (generally behind my belly-button or slightly above it, but the site of pain can vary). If I press down on the 'sore' feeling areas of my stomach I feel sick. My digestive system also seems to have slowed down.

Although I'm slim, I've always had a really good appetite. I have no issues with food and would often go back for seconds with home-cooked meals. With my current stomach problem, as well as the bloating, my appetite has reduced to about a third of my normal portion - I just feel full, even before starting to eat. If I try and eat what used to be a 'normal' sized portion my stomach hurts for a good day or so afterwards - sometimes to the point I need a hot-water bottle, or its preventing me from sleeping or wakes me up.

I've found that if I dont snack on little things throughout the day, I lose weight (a mere weekend without 'snacking' lead to me losing half a stone in weight, that ive since been unable to put back on). Although I've lost weight I'm still currently within the normal weight range for my height (although now its only just).

I'm far more tired than I used to be, no matter how much I sleep. My skin has recently become far more thin and dry, and seems to be looking more aged even though I'm still young, as well as my hair seeming thinner. Thinking this might be down to dehydration (maybe due to my stomach issue I thought), I've been drinking extra water every day, but there's been no improvement (and this inturn makes my stomach feel worse). I've also got sore eczema-like symptoms on the knuckles of 2 fingers that refuses to shift even after trying strong moisturises/emollient creams and ocassional hydrocortisone cream when it gets really bad. This too has lasted for the last few months.

I went to the doctors when the stomach problem first started (this is the british NHS so ***n useless), but they did nothing but try me on different drugs for excess stomach acid/stomach ulcers/gut ulcers/anti-spasmodics etc (each being accompanied with the usual ''try this for 2 weeks/ a month and come back if it doesnt help" speech). They did nothing.

I had a standard blood test which apparently was normal. I was then referred to a gastroenterologist who was exceedingly patronising, and seemed more concerned with my losing weight than the actual cause of the stomach pain/reduced appetite/bloating etc. My mum accompanied me to the appointment (him even asking her the same questions he asked me when i was out the room as though he thought i wasnt telling the truth!), and we both independently got the impression that he merely saw a slim young female and assumed it must be some kind of eating dissorder (which isnt the case as I love my food!). I had another blood test, but as of yet have not got the results back (them being late I might add). I've also had an ultra-sound scan of my abdomen (checking the organs mainly), but this too was clear.

Given the fact the doctors seem unwilling to actually do sod-all to properly help me, ive tried keeping note of what I eat (with no clear pattern emerging as to when symptoms are worse), as well as eating more pro-biotics etc to try and help things. I've also tried cutting out sugars/caffeine entirely, with no difference, and I'm currently trying a gluten-exclusion diet to see if its a gluten-intolerance given some of the symptoms (planning to try that for two or three weeks, and only about a week into it at the moment). So far there has been no obvious improvement.

I'm on the verge of wanting to scream, or simply cry over this, as its got to the point where I've simply had enough. I just want to be able to feel normal and be able to eat normally again.The different doctors I've spoken to are in the majority patronising, and seem to only be interested in 'quick fix' answers to send me on my way, rather than actually trying to find out what my problem is. If anybody has any suggestions, please help.

Thanks for your time.

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  • gastric outlet obstruction or gastro-paresis?
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 10:11 AM
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  • What kinds of foods do you eat the most? It sounds like you possibly have candida, mucoid plaque built up in your intestinal tract, gallstones, or possibly even parasites. You can't count on doctors these days, theyre like drug dealers. I recommend researching these possibilities on a google search. Go to a homeopathic doctor and a colon hydrotherapist, and look into the raw food diet. Best of luck to you. Hope to hear back from you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 06:22 PM
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  • What are your periods like and are you on any birth control pills or IUD or other? DOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 07:43 PM
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  • What are your periods like and are you on any birth control pills or IUD or other? DOMSeem normal, and no, not on the pill or using an IUD.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 13, 2007
    • 09:09 PM
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  • Seem normal, and no, not on the pill or using an IUD. The reason I am asking is because ovarian cysts can cause extreme bloating that progressively gets worse as the day goes on. I would suggest seeing a good gyno who can recommend a lower abdominal and vaginal ultrasound. I would do this to rule it out... I had a 7cm cyst and my only main symptoms was bloating and rectal/lower abdominal pain. Probiotics are very good, but I would also recommend a good enzyme mix to help your digestion. I also recommend trying a treatment called NAET - you can look on the naet.com website and find a practitioner near you. NAET is noninvasive, and can really help you if you have an underlying nutritional inbalance or food intolerance. I am sorry to hear about your experience with the GI doc - I remember practically being laughed at by a doctor when I had a cyst/lump on my breast at the age of 23:confused: ...Doctors really need to be compassionate - when they aren't I would choose another one quickly! Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 02:10 PM
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  • Did they test you for celiac disease?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 14, 2007
    • 03:13 PM
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  • I suffered bloating, stomach pain, dry skin, thinning hair, lack of appetite and about 70 other symptoms. I was debilitating/deteriorating. Someone in this forum suggested NAET/Bioset, like acuann has recommended. I went. My symptoms are 90% resolved. Seriously. Please consider this as a form of therapy. I have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. All of your symptoms fit one or both of these illnesses. Even if you find a doctor to diagnose you, there is no help other than prescription drugs to "mask" symptoms. You need to get to the root of the problem...not cover it up. VIVA NAET/Bioset!! best regards, mommy cat:) www.naet.com www.bioset.com read the testimonials...I've already written and submitted mine.
    mommy cat 1,654 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 00:17 AM
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  • Why don't you think you have an internal slowing down or blockage? .In addition to nausea and vomiting, gastroparesis often causes:A feeling of fullness after just a few bites (early satiety)Abdominal bloatingHeartburn or gastroesophageal refluxChanges in blood sugar levelsLack of appetiteWeight loss and malnutrition Gastric outlet obstruction and gastroparesis are pretty common. Gastroparesis, a condition in which the muscles in the wall of your stomach don't function normally.Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food on its long and convoluted journey through your digestive tract. But in gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly. This can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and play havoc with blood sugar levels and nutrition.No available treatment can cure gastroparesis. Dietary changes and certain medications sometimes help control symptoms of gastroparesis, but they're not effective in every case. What's more, the few available gastroparesis drugs can cause serious side effects. Researchers are investigating other types of therapies, including a stomach "pacemaker," that eventually may prove more effective than current treatments for gastroparesis.vomiting even if you don't eat. And because different stomach muscles empty solid food and liquids, you may have problems with solids only, with both solids and liquids, or, in rare cases, with liquids alone. .
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 09:05 AM
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  • Why don't you think you have an internal slowing down or blockage? .In addition to nausea and vomiting, gastroparesis often causes:A feeling of fullness after just a few bites (early satiety)Abdominal bloatingHeartburn or gastroesophageal refluxChanges in blood sugar levelsLack of appetiteWeight loss and malnutrition Gastric outlet obstruction and gastroparesis are pretty common. Gastroparesis, a condition in which the muscles in the wall of your stomach don't function normally.Ordinarily, strong muscular contractions propel food on its long and convoluted journey through your digestive tract. But in gastroparesis, the muscles in the wall of your stomach work poorly or not at all, preventing your stomach from emptying properly. This can interfere with digestion, cause nausea and vomiting, and play havoc with blood sugar levels and nutrition.No available treatment can cure gastroparesis. Dietary changes and certain medications sometimes help control symptoms of gastroparesis, but they're not effective in every case. What's more, the few available gastroparesis drugs can cause serious side effects. Researchers are investigating other types of therapies, including a stomach "pacemaker," that eventually may prove more effective than current treatments for gastroparesis.vomiting even if you don't eat. And because different stomach muscles empty solid food and liquids, you may have problems with solids only, with both solids and liquids, or, in rare cases, with liquids alone. . And keep in mind that some medications, as well as food intolerances, can cause gastroparesis. Gastroparesis describes a condition, but it gives us no information as to what has caused this. IMO holistic medicine treats this condition better than Western allopathic meds. Best wishesDOM
    acuann 3,080 Replies
    • September 15, 2007
    • 03:41 PM
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  • And keep in mind that some medications, as well as food intolerances, can cause gastroparesis. Gastroparesis describes a condition, but it gives us no information as to what has caused this. IMO holistic medicine treats this condition better than Western allopathic meds. Best wishesDOMGastric Emptying Study can determine Gastroparesis.Causes:#1 - Diabetes #2 - Viral#3 - Idiopathic #4 - SurgicalVariety of treatments but no "cure".A good site - http://www.digestivedistress.comMany different conditions can mimic gastroparesis -Gluten intolerance (Celiac Disease)H Pylori InfectionGood Luck!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 17, 2007
    • 02:39 PM
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  • HeyI'm a 22 year old slim female - I eat relatively healthily, watching my sugar, salt, caffeine intake etc. I dont smoke or drink. About nine months ago, I suddenly seemed to develop a bloated stomch (at its worst, I can look pregnant!)- I've always had a flat stomach. Granted it'd swell up after a large meal, but it'd always go back to normal again. It's lesser when I wake, but it never entirely goes (even when I first wake up in the morning, and lay flat on my back, it still sticks up). I can assure people that I'm not obsessed with my body image or anything, I just know whats ''normal'' for me. When it swells up a lot it feels like ive got a water-balloon or soemthing in there. When it hurts, it can be anything from a constant ache to a stabbing pain (generally behind my belly-button or slightly above it, but the site of pain can vary). If I press down on the 'sore' feeling areas of my stomach I feel sick. My digestive system also seems to have slowed down.Although I'm slim, I've always had a really good appetite. I have no issues with food and would often go back for seconds with home-cooked meals. With my current stomach problem, as well as the bloating, my appetite has reduced to about a third of my normal portion - I just feel full, even before starting to eat. If I try and eat what used to be a 'normal' sized portion my stomach hurts for a good day or so afterwards - sometimes to the point I need a hot-water bottle, or its preventing me from sleeping or wakes me up. I've found that if I dont snack on little things throughout the day, I lose weight (a mere weekend without 'snacking' lead to me losing half a stone in weight, that ive since been unable to put back on). Although I've lost weight I'm still currently within the normal weight range for my height (although now its only just).I'm far more tired than I used to be, no matter how much I sleep. My skin has recently become far more thin and dry, and seems to be looking more aged even though I'm still young, as well as my hair seeming thinner. Thinking this might be down to dehydration (maybe due to my stomach issue I thought), I've been drinking extra water every day, but there's been no improvement (and this inturn makes my stomach feel worse). I've also got sore eczema-like symptoms on the knuckles of 2 fingers that refuses to shift even after trying strong moisturises/emollient creams and ocassional hydrocortisone cream when it gets really bad. This too has lasted for the last few months. I went to the doctors when the stomach problem first started (this is the british NHS so ***n useless), but they did nothing but try me on different drugs for excess stomach acid/stomach ulcers/gut ulcers/anti-spasmodics etc (each being accompanied with the usual ''try this for 2 weeks/ a month and come back if it doesnt help" speech). They did nothing. I had a standard blood test which apparently was normal. I was then referred to a gastroenterologist who was exceedingly patronising, and seemed more concerned with my losing weight than the actual cause of the stomach pain/reduced appetite/bloating etc. My mum accompanied me to the appointment (him even asking her the same questions he asked me when i was out the room as though he thought i wasnt telling the truth!), and we both independently got the impression that he merely saw a slim young female and assumed it must be some kind of eating dissorder (which isnt the case as I love my food!). I had another blood test, but as of yet have not got the results back (them being late I might add). I've also had an ultra-sound scan of my abdomen (checking the organs mainly), but this too was clear.Given the fact the doctors seem unwilling to actually do sod-all to properly help me, ive tried keeping note of what I eat (with no clear pattern emerging as to when symptoms are worse), as well as eating more pro-biotics etc to try and help things. I've also tried cutting out sugars/caffeine entirely, with no difference, and I'm currently trying a gluten-exclusion diet to see if its a gluten-intolerance given some of the symptoms (planning to try that for two or three weeks, and only about a week into it at the moment). So far there has been no obvious improvement.I'm on the verge of wanting to scream, or simply cry over this, as its got to the point where I've simply had enough. I just want to be able to feel normal and be able to eat normally again.The different doctors I've spoken to are in the majority patronising, and seem to only be interested in 'quick fix' answers to send me on my way, rather than actually trying to find out what my problem is. If anybody has any suggestions, please help.Thanks for your time.Hello,I know your post is pretty old, but for the past four months I have been experiencing the EXACT same symptoms! Did you ever find out what was wrong??? I have been to specialists and have had numerous tests done. I have always been very thin (with a flat stomach) and now my abdomen is distended no matter what I do. It decreases a little over night, but always returns as the day progresses. I also have constipation and occasional stomach pain. Please let me know if you found out what was wrong and how you treated it!!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • September 23, 2009
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  • I had this EXACT same issue all the same symptoms. Couldn't figure out why my hair was so thin looking, didn't feel the need to eat because I never felt hungry or full. I solved it over a period of about 30 minutes. I pushed out my stomach as far as it would go and held it there for awhile. I heard stomach juices for most of the duration. I feel hungry again, I can breathe, my hair thickened right up and it's such a relief.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 17, 2009
    • 07:24 PM
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  • Hello,I know your post is pretty old, but for the past four months I have been experiencing the EXACT same symptoms! Did you ever find out what was wrong??? I have been to specialists and have had numerous tests done. I have always been very thin (with a flat stomach) and now my abdomen is distended no matter what I do. It decreases a little over night, but always returns as the day progresses. I also have constipation and occasional stomach pain. Please let me know if you found out what was wrong and how you treated it!!feel so bad about this becuase i experience the same thing,and i know how discomforting and fustrating it is when ppl keep asking u if u are pregnant while u know u are not,i dont drink i dont smoke no bcp ,24 and am slim too,where you able to find any solution to it please help me.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2009
    • 11:22 PM
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  • Hi, I have had similiar problems. Not only am I a Celiac, but I have developed insulin resistance too. My family doctor noticed some problems and tested me for heavy metals. It came back 96% arsenic poisoning in my body. I tested my water-it was fine. I am not a cabinet maker, therefore he said stay away from foods not organic and from other countries as pesticides used could be arsenic and it is found in their plants. My hair is coming back, skin problems are slowing changing, itching of scalp has improved and my memory is some better too. I also had to read a book by Diana Schwartzbein, MD, called The Schwarzbein Principle to help fix my diet. Eliminates the sugar and some carbohydrates. Balanced meals and some carbohydrates. I have loss the excessive weight, excessive bloating (looking pregnant) and am feeling better over all. Making changes for life is hard, and exercise is important too, but you do not have to kill yourself doing it. I do not want to be a diabetic so I will continue this program. Also, he noticed my B12 was too low and I now give myself a shot every week. Good luck!
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  • It's been about 7 months since I have started experiencing the same symptoms (bloating, lack of appetite, dry skin, I do not have much of stomach pain but losing lots of hair and scalp pain).I wonder if the users who posted earlier here could share their recent experience. Have they managed to heal or at least improve their condition? If not, what else have they tried? Any tips?Please lets help each other!Thanks
    mushlova 1 Replies
    • October 15, 2013
    • 00:03 PM
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  • Hi,The same thing has been happening to me recently. Did you ever figure out what it was? Thank you so much.
    liz05793
    • December 14, 2013
    • 09:37 PM
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