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stomach problems
Posted by: Shirley
Date: June 1, 2000 1:10 PM

I have trouble with gas in my stomach that I can't release. Days, even weeks pass, everything I eat comes right back up because of the gas in my stomach, even water. Weeks go by without a bowel movement. I get bloating and pain. Years ago a doctor told me that I had GERD but the medicine he gave me didn't help much. Once I was in the hospital and an old doctor put a scope down my throat and released all that gas and I felt wonderful after that. I have learned over time what I can and cannot eat and I try to avoid eating items which make me bloated. Sometimes even when I avoid these foods I still get the gas and pain plus I get constipated. I always drink lots of water but when my body is going through this nothing seems to help. I have taken lots of different aids to help me have a bowel movement but it usually takes days before it starts to work and then it still doesn't relieve the gas and bloating symptons. I have been going through this for about 15 yrs. and its getting worse.



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RE: stomach problems
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: June 5, 2000 12:32 AM

The nature of your intestinal bacterial flora must be understood as this is almost surely at the source of your problem. Excess gas is produced by bacteria, usually those which ferment sugar: fungus, yeast, etc. But don't go off and treat yourself until you get a reliable diagnosis. First the right doctor, then the right lab test (complete stool analysis from Great Smokies Lab), then proper treatment. There is no reason a person should have to live with such a condition as you describe. Most docs are fairly uneducated about investigation of such problems, even some GI specialists. So use the Find A Doc function or come see me. Read this article: [www.med-library.net]



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