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ANARIE Posts: 13,205
4/2/13 1:37 P

If you're not having any discomfort, then it's almost certainly not IBS. Fat doesn't "migrate," and especially not that suddenly. Check your calendar to see what time of month it is, and check your nutrition tracker to see if you ate an unusual amount of sodium or fiber, and think about whether the weather has suddenly changed. (Hotter weather causes swelling for a lot of people.) But if it lasts more than a few days, get to a doctor quickly-- your gynecologist would be the best bet. This is probably just sodium or the weather, but abdominal swelling without pain can also be a sign of uterine or ovarian cysts or even cancer. It's almost certainly NOT anything serious, but be sure to get that ruled out quickly.

And we're not overlooking the obvious, are we? Is there any chance you could be pregnant? I'm assuming you would have thought of that, but sometimes it just doesn't click until somebody asks!

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4/2/13 1:12 P

It could be a food/drink that your body is reacting to, that you are unaware of (like an allergy). Or it could be sodium (hidden in all kinds of foods). I know I get that bloat also...I think mine is due to stress though.

SBURDEN Posts: 11,375
4/2/13 9:40 A

I aggree that it sounds like something you ate is not agreeing with you and it may be a symptom of IBS. I would try some of the suggestions by others and then maybe speak with your doctor as well.

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4/2/13 9:31 A

Go to the health food store and buy some probiotics in the refrigerator section. Try to buy one that says 80 million and take it every day for a week or two and see how you feel. I get bloated when the bacteria in my gut gets low. Remember to keep your probiotics in the refrigerator. Hope this helps........

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,309
4/2/13 9:22 A

I don't reckon fat has suddenly migrated to your tummy. Sounds more like something you ate-- could be either the food itself (some types of cheese don't agree with me. I had some smoked cheddar last night... big mistake) or the ingredients (sugar alcohols in some "low carb" products bloat me up).

Or the ever popular, TOM.

You may want to track every single thing you put in your mouth, including every little bit of everything, plus sugarless gum and anthing besides water that's zero calorie-- think back over the past couple three or four days when this started, and look for something different you ate or drank. If it doesn't clear up and/or you can't figure out what triggered it-- see your doctor for a referral to a gastroenterologist. Just because we've started eating healthy, doesn't mean a problem like IBS or something, can't come up. Having a printout of everything you've eaten/drank, would be really helpful.

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4/2/13 6:56 A

All posts provide excellent advice but I find that certain water based vegetables can cause bloat and also double check your sodium intake. If it continues -- double check with your doctor but I would track a weeks worth of symptoms so you have some type of data for the doc to work from

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4/1/13 6:11 P

I get the same kind of thing, but usually it goes away after a few hours. Sometimes when it happens I'll feel nauseated or like I have acid reflux. Sometimes I won't feel sick at all, but my stomach sticks out almost like a balloon was inflated in there. I thought maybe it was caused by the vitamins I take, so I started taking them through out the day instead of all at once. That seemed to help, but sometimes it still happens. The only thing I think is maybe I eat something my body doesn't agree with. It could even be a minor allergic reaction.
So I guess I would suggest to pay attention to what you eat when it occurs. If you find it's caused by a certain food, for example citrus fruits, then you know what you need to avoid.
Hope this helps.

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4/1/13 6:10 P

Sounds like symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome. I have IBS and I get super bloated after I eat certain foods. When I was younger, I thought I was slightly overweight because my belly stuck out so very far.

You should see a gastroenterologist or have your general physician refer you to one.

I hope you feel better.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
4/1/13 5:59 P

If it is a concern, I would definitely make an appointment with your doctor. :( I'm sorry I don't have any better answer for you.

ROBYNLM24 SparkPoints: (2,352)
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4/1/13 5:56 P

So, since December, I have lost around 15 pounds. And I am continuing to work out and eat healthy, but I have become more lax about it. But my whole life, my weight has been pretty evenly distributed throughout my body. Just in the past two days, my stomach as been sticking out, almost as if bloated, but I am not having any other symptoms, like constipation, gas, or pain. But it is sticking out pretty far and almost looks like I am four or five months pregnant. (I am definitely not.) So I don't know if just all my fat is being directed there, it doesn't really feel like fat. Or if it's bloating? Or maybe it is just that I have been slacking on my diet and exercise? Any ideas?

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