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Have quit smoking, swollen abdomen, taken probiotics and ginger. Is swelling delusional?

quit smoking a year ago after 10 years of smoking. And after the break today I have swelling in the abdomen as a pregnant woman. All my life I was a skinny guy, and although I got after the break at about 5 pounds, and added a little belly fat. Gentle when I loose my stomach abs swells like a balloon gas. This sultry and oppressive, and after clarification English forums I came across other people reported the same problem most doctors no way to explain. People tried to probiotic pills, drinking ginger eating different teas, and went for tests to doctors who did not really give them answers. I understand creamy and I take probiotic pills that I have nothing to lose. In addition to English forums I found people reported when he returned to smoke once the swelling is down a delusional! I do not want to smoke again! Has this happened to you? Is Medicine has a satisfactory answer except slowdown of the digestive system? I ve already tried all the advice of eating slowly reducing sugars and a variety of tricks. Also I work out every day in the gym and aerobics operation easy, and yet I feel the swelling of the stomach, like, not as fat over the muscle belly. I even did a body fat test (as it is accurate) and have 16% it reasonable height 1.81 weight 80. Have you encountered a similar phenomenon? Do contact your doctor as soon as possible? Thanks in advance!
Asked On : Sat, 1 Sep 2012
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Weight gain, bloating and constipation are common consequences of quitting smoking. Tobacco lowers your appetite and increases the motility of the gut. So when you quit after years of smoking, there is increase in appetite and reduction in gut motility, leading to weight gain, constipation and bloating due to gaseous distension, which makes your belly feel like a balloon, as you mentioned. It usually improves with time, but the time required is variable, depending on many factors like how long and how much have you smoked, how good was your digestive system when you started smoking, your lifestyle etc. The solution is not restarting smoking, but to improve your lifestyle. It is good that you take regular exercise. You can also benefit by taking small frequent meals, rather than two or three heavy meals. Also add fibre to your diet. If possible, take up yoga.

Hope to have been of some help. Best wishes.
Answered: Thu, 27 Jun 2013
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