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Abnormal bowel habits, extreme bloating after eating, fatigue, flatus, constipation, bubbles in stools with stringy mucus, normal ultrasound. Cause?

I ve noticed that for over 2 months now my bowel habits have been abnormal. I ve become extremely bloated after eating, very fatigued, gassy, and constipated. Also accompanying these symptoms is that my stool seems to always have many bubbles coming from it as well at a lot of stringy mucus coming from it. This isn t so much painful as causing extreme discomfort to me on a daily basis. I ve been to a physician and my cmp, tsh and t4 test have all come back normal as well as my abdominal ultrasound . I know I don t feel right but I m having a hard time figuring out why.
Asked On : Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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Hello, t_magill_00,
I am not sure how old you are or your gender.
Be that as it may, the symptoms that you describe
gives me the impression that it is related to your diet.
There are a few conditions we have to rule out. Extreme
bloating after eating can suggest that you may have deficiency
in digestive enzymes. Especially if the starch is not being
digested you can have more gas and bloating.
There is a condition called "Giardiasis" caused by an organism
Giardia Lamblia which comes from drinking certain well waters
or eating some sea food that might have been contaminated.
Mostly this is spread through stool contamination. These
Giardia cysts can be found in the stool. Eventhough there is
usually diarrhea associated with this , initial symptoms could
very well be what you are experiencing.
Lactose Intolerance is very common. If you get these symptoms after
eating dairy products such as cheese or after drinking milk, you
should think about this. There is a simple breath test to detect this.
Otherwise you can avoid all dairy products and all lactose containing
products fir one week and see if the symptoms improve significantly.
That would give you the answer. Other thing people have is sensitivity
to gluten which is present in wheat,Rye or Barley. Celiac disease can
be diagnosed with specific blood tests. You can talk to your doctor about this.
These are some of the possibilities. Problems with the pancreas causes
the deficiency of digestive enzymes. This is caused by repeated attacks
of inflammation of the pancreas called "Chronic Pancreatitis". This can
be caused by excess alcohol or gallstone disease or some auto-immune
Hope this gives you some guidance.
Wish you well.
Answered: Tue, 2 Oct 2012
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