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Intestinal gas, deep belching and abdominal pressure... please help!!

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  • Posted By: lisab96
  • August 2, 2010
  • 10:15 PM

I have tried just about everything to help me solve this problem and I feel like i am out of options at this point. Every doctor I talk to about this is bewildered and eventually diagnoses me with one of the common GI disorders (acid reflux, gastritis, dyspepsia, GERD, esophagitis, etc). I had an endoscopy performed that showed an ulcer so I took medication for this for about 4 months with no change. I have also taken prilosec on and off for 4-5 years. If I don't take it, I get heartburn almost immediately.
A bit about my history: I am a 32 year old female with about a 12 year history of an eating disorder. It started out as just restricting my eating but a couple of years later when I "learned" how to make myself throw up, the bingeing & purging began. I never classifed as a bulimic due to the frequency of my purging (it was only on occasion and rarely consistent). I am sure I did some serious damage to my digestive system by doing this over the years so I am not surprised I have all these issues.
BUT, I have not found anyone else (and i have met lots of other people with eating disorders) who suffers from the symptoms I do. The primary one is deep burping and intestinal gas after EVERY meal! It is soooooo uncomfortable and somedays I can barely stand it. It is embarrasing to be around other people because of the sounds my stomach makes. The uncomfortableness of it makes it almost impossible to concentrate on anything of importance. Most of the "burps" aren't your usual kind... they are deep and loud and sometimes sound more like a stomach growling than a burp. Sometimes they release the pressure, sometimes they don't. I often feel this way for 2-3 hours after I eat a meal (i have been tested for food allergies, tried a gluten-free diet, digestive enzymes, etc with no success). It feels like I have swallowed a balloon and there's someone sitting on my chest putting pressure on it.
Is there anybody out there who has experienced anything like this or heard of someone who has??? I'm running out of hope. I can't stand to live this way anymore!
Please help. Thanks.

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