Hello hackers. I have been experiencing huge stomach (under left ribs) bloating and distention for about 3 weeks now. It started ever since I reduced salt intake. I know that the stomach needs sodium and chloride to produce adequate stomach acid for proper digestion of foods so im using salt again. I especially get bloated when I eat fruits like mangos and bananas. When I drink a glass of cold water, my stomach gets uncomfortably full like there is a stone in it and it stays that way for about 2 hours. I also have been craving sour and salty foods like canned fish, oranges, grapefruit and limes and lemons, apple cider vinegar. Sound like low stomach acid, or could it be a hiatal hernia? Sometimes I can't get a deep full breathe because my abdomen feels so tight I feel like im gonna burst. Please help me guys. I've tried lemon/lime water, ACV, vinegar and Betaine HCL capsules. Give me more suggestions, remedies, and other advise that might help my situation? I dont want to go to a Gastroenterologist because I don't have health insurance.
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on June 29, 2013
at 09:54 PM
I had roughly similar symptoms and got relief with HCL tablets. But I discontinued this when I developed a duodenal ulcer. I then went to a GI specialist and got diagnosed with H. pylori. Within a couple of months after treatment (10 days of taking two antibiotics) everything normalized. And so my advice: see a GI specialist and get tested for H. pylori. This is better than endless tweaking your diet and trying all sorts of supplements. Left untreated, H. pylori can eventually cause ulcers and stomach cancer.
on June 29, 2013
at 07:32 PM
I have experienced similar things before, and the most important thing, I think, is to ultimately relax. When I get all bloated and worried about my digestion, it seems to get worse.
I have had h. pylori before, and I did get antibiotics, but what really helped me was just eating slower and smaller meals, drinking hot water while I eat, and making sure I got enough roughage and fat to get everything moving smoothly.
Also, stretching your abdomen helps a lot. Try laying on your back and bringing each knee to your chest one at a time, and holding it for a minute each. Also just rotating your torso around periodically, to keep your intestines stretched so they don't get backed up. Even using your hands to press on your abdomen in a few places to massage and assist with digestion.
Try to drink room temperature or hot water, and avoid ice water, because, at least for me, it feels like really cold water kind of shocks my digestive system and hinders it's processes.
I hope this is helpful!
on May 31, 2013
at 10:46 PM
I'm tempted to say low stomach acid. This sounds awful. I'm sorry you're going through it :(
I'm not a fan of betain HCL; used it for a while, but ultimately didn't work for me. What is a day's worth of food like? Do you eat any starch at all? It will help you digest the rest of your food.
Remember, none of us here are doctors. We can only offer advice/opinions based on personal experience.
You may want to find some liquorice root powder and start taking it a few times a day before meals. It helps to stave off an h. pylori infection from getting worse, and will help with discomfort.