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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I hve a gastrointestinal question. About 3 weeks ago I started a tremendous amout of flatulence and was only going #2 every two or 3 days. I read that that was generally caused by a bacteria buildup because I wasnt going to the bathroom regularly and probably due to some kind of blockage. Anyway after about 2 weeks of this my regularity went back to normal. Acouple of days later I experienced the most painful gas and bloating that I have ever experienced. Gas X provided enough relief to get back to work however this was Tuesday evening I still feel bloated and pressure. In addition to this my bowel movement have been kind of chalky in nature with an abscence of bile. My diet recently has gone from 10-15 grams of fiber of day to close to 30. Infact the worst day on Tuesday I probably at 40 grams. Could this be causing my problem or more ominous some type of blockage ie tumor, cancer?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query please
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please ?
User :   47 Male
User :   In addition I am morbidly overweight 5'10 430 lbs
Doctor :   any other medical condition ?
User :   I have Afib and sleep apnea otherwise normal BP, cholesterol, and no diabetes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   and you have recently increased the dose of fiber in your diet ?
User :   yes I started eating about 2 servings of mini wheats a day and a couple of 9g fibar bars in addition to my normal diet
Doctor :   ok now thats good
Doctor :   what you have told me are signs of a low fiber diet
Doctor :   constipation and flatulence
Doctor :   are you doing any exercise to lose weight ?
User :   well I wondered because the day I furt the most I had about 2 cups of these mini wheats and 18g of fiber bar and I read that eating too much fiber to quickly could cause stomach distress?
User :   Walking a mile a day
Doctor :   you should eat slow
User :   My biggest concern was the chalky stool I was reading that an abscense of bile mean liver issues or blockage
Doctor :   the stool needs to be tested for it
Doctor :   but i can assure you that its NOT tumor
Doctor :   as it will NEVER present like this
User :   How long should this stomach distress, gas and bloating go on. This is day three
Doctor :   a weeks time
Doctor :   you body needs to adjust to the new diet
User :   I mean the cramps were so bad tuesday nigh I almost went to the emergency room
User :   Yes I read somewhere if liver issue i WOULD SHOW JAUNDICE
Doctor :   yes it can bot not always
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