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Constant discomfort in left abdomen, gaseous, bloating. Diagnosed as IBS. Suggestions?

I have had continuous discomfort on the left side of abdomen .I have alot of gas, bloating and is just generally unconfortable. This has been going on for nearly a year. I have been to the GP who initially diagnosed Heli bacter pelori which I took 2 weeks antibiotics for. I Still continued to have the symtoms after treatment so went back to GP and have done on several occassion. GP continues to now say it is IBS . I Have taken lanzoprazole and peppermint capsules which dont provide any releif. I have voiced my concerns but they continue to reassure me that there is nothing serious to worry about. I would like to add that my bowel habits are regular (once a day) usually solid but have days where it is very mushy (not diaorrehoa), just very soft and little bits. I have looked and it does not appear to be blood in my stools colour is generally yellowy/brown. Like I said I am getting a little worried as I thaught IBS symptoms come and go and my symptoms are continuous and daily. I am not any any pain just uncomfortable and I just want it to go. There is no previous history of cancer that Im aware of in the family. Thank you.
Asked On : Sun, 17 Mar 2013
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Hello Good Evening,

You are suffered from bloating, which may cause constipation due to decreased bowel movements and constipation may also caused bloating.

There are many causes of bloating, including: diet, irritable bowel syndrome, lactose intolerance, re flux, and constipation and some more.

Gas and bloating is a sign that food is not being digested correctly by the body. An inadequate intake of water will cause excessive stomach bloating.

Water benefits the body by aiding with digestion because it supports a majority of the body's daily functions.

Fatty foods cause a formation of fat cells to develop throughout the body and contribute to bloating as well. A build up of fat cells slows down the body's ability to empty the stomach.

Dairy products also contribute to excessive cramps, gas, and bloating.
Persons who are intolerant to lactose products experience this effect more than others.

Following steps should follows to lessen the bloating:

-Walk after eating a meal.
-Avoid coffee and chocolates.
-Avoid Meals that are high in fat.
-Avoid extremely hot or cold food.
-Avoid bubble gum or bubbly beverages.

If needed then medication should be included antacids, PPI, domperidone, Levosulpiride (prokinetic), digestive enzymes and some laxatives.


Dr. Naresh Jain.
Answered: Thu, 25 Jul 2013
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