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Extreme abdominal distention in 21 year old female. Normal MRI, colonoscopy, endoscopy. HELP.

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • August 1, 2014
  • 03:45 AM

I am 21 years old and have been suffering for 8 months. I have extreme visible abdominal distention where my normal 27 inch waist distends to about 33 inches. I do not feel pain other than the severe pressure from the distention, which is extremely uncomfortable. I have had a normal CT scan, upper endoscopy, and colonoscopy. I had normal antibody tests for Celiac Sprue, but my distention gets significantly worse with the ingestion of both gluten and dairy. The distention is centered around the navel, but larger right beneath the navel. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimotos Thyroid Disease. As they searched for the problem with my abdomen, they stumbled upon the antibodies for that disease. I taken thyroid medication, My doctors (primary, gastroenterologist, and endocrinologist) seem at a loss. Can anyone please help me? My quality of life is near to nothing, and the severe pressure in my abdomen has caused a hernia. Also, I've included a picture. I look pregnant, but I assure you that I am not.

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  • I can't even get over how much your abdomen looks like mine. Like you I don't get any pain but it's the pressure sensation that is so debilitating. I haven't had quite as much testing as you but I was also told I had a hiatal hernia but it was classed small. I have now been suffering for 5 years and I can't see an answer popping up anytime soon for this matter. Why is this so bloody hard to diagnose? It's something the doctors can even see with their own eyes!

    Keep in touch,
    PraxxtorCruel 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • I work for a very large GI group. Your GI should be able to give you an idea or not stop until they do. I know the group I work for would. If I were you. I would get my records and see another GI for a second opinion. There are so many GI issues that can cause this. You should also make an appointment with an OBGYN and be examined there as well. As women we are very complex. Good luck to you.
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