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Bloating, gas problems. Have IBS. Constipation. Had hepatitis C. Could these be related?

I have been having a lot of bloating and gas no matter what I eat. I gained 5 pounds over night and feel miserable. The bloating feels mostly in my lower bowels. I have IBS with constipation , my gall bladder was tested at 44% efficient and I was found positive for hep C in 97. I have refused treatment for hep and I feel certain I m better off for it. I m a 62 year old female, healthy, try to eat healthy and exercise. With all that going on how can I tell what is causing the bloating?
Asked On : Fri, 25 Jan 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM,

Thank you for your query.

You need to understand that with IBS, there would be both swelling and a slight increase in production of gas in your intestines, which is associated.

The most commonly prescribed medications for IBS, are anti-spasmodics which help in reducing the swelling and thus also help in improvement of consistency of stools.

What I advise we could start of with is to check with your doctor on the status of your IBS, and if anti-spasmodics and antacids would help in relieving you of your symptoms.

The next thing you can do is to discuss the possibility of other conditions relating to bloating. This could be established if you could elaborately explain your condition and also the possibility of other symptoms you might have not considered troubling enough to mention.

Eg. Regurgitation of food
Occasional vomiting
Burning sensation at the center of your chest (heart burn)
Pain immediately or a few hours after a meal

And so on.

Do not worry as this could be something minor and can be resolved with proper management.

I hope I have succeeded in answering your questions, you could write back to us anytime for further clarifications.

Best wishes.
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