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    • #14887
      Brittany Foster
      Keymaster

      Some of our members, including myself, have experienced pain when they have bloating in their stomach. For me, the bloating can be caused by a number of things. Sometimes, when I consume more salt than I should, when I drink alcohol (on occasion), and when I have too much fluid through the day, my stomach swells at night. I have a small frame and this can become very painful when my stomach stretches to more than what it’s used to. I get a trapped gas feeling under my rib cage and find it difficult to eat and drink anything when this is happening.

      Have you experienced painful stomach bloating? What is the trigger for this symptom for you? What do you do about it?

    • #14951
      Jen Cueva
      Keymaster

      Yes, definitely can relate Brittany!

      I’m not sure what triggers my belly bloat, but certain foods, salt, processed foods, etc, as well as fluid retention all contribute. It’s definitely harder to breathe and I get that full feeling like I can’t eat as it’s so full already.

      I try and get the extra fluid off with my as needed diuretic as well as watch my intake as far as fluids and foods. It’s definitely uncomfortable.

      • #14956
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        For the discomfort I try the hot packs and try to keep my core strong with some no mat core workouts. I can’t do the ones laying down because I can’t breathe but they have some good abs without the crunches workouts on youtube

    • #14962
      Gayle Meagher
      Participant

      oh wow sometimes it doesn’t matter what I have eaten I am stuffed! I eat as clean as possible: wheat and dairy free, almost sugar free. But especially on rainy days and full moons. I wonder if I have parasites. My Dr did say that these meds relax and slow everything down. I can only eat a small amount of food and still I can’t breathe after. I do probiotics and digestive enzymes which do help.

      • #14971
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Gayle,
        This is interesting. I get full very easily too and have a lot of gas pain. I am being worked up for gastroperesis and I will let you know how that goes.

    • #14964
      VK
      Participant

      For those of us who have reduced thoracic capacity due to spinal or ribcage lack of growth, any meal is mathematically going to give us a lot of discomfort.

      I can’t do any core workouts without eventually having severe acid reflux to the point I am spitting out acid and on occasion vomiting. Strangely it’s only after 2-3 weeks of doing the workouts, so I think it is my body saying “f*ck the abs, I need the room that gut gives me!”. I never tried the no mat stuff though, maybe it’s less harsh but I think my body enjoys the ahem… extra space down there.

      Oh yeah, large meals also knock me out (in addition to suffocating me). As in, I cannot have a large meal unless I plan on sleeping in a few hours, and can’t eat too much before having to drive.

      My hint is to eat meals only to the amount you can tolerate. If you are having issues with too much weight loss, more frequent meals might help.

      • #14972
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Thank you for the great feedback VK. I do some ab work too and it can ve a challenge and I feel really restricted sometimes. I’m glad you have found what works for you when eating and what makes you feel more comfortable.

    • #15001
      Jay
      Participant

      I am a caregiver and my mom has PAH. Her biggest issue used to be her stomach was always big but she is very tiny. She wouldn’t eat because it was be painful for her. I started to research on alternate therapies and Ayurvedic medicines are working very well for her. She is able to eat well and doesn’t retain salt and water at all. But it did take some time and once she got settled in it is like a miracle. The medicines she is using it triphala and punarnava. Everyone is different but thought I will share as this has helped her come out of the diuretics as well.

      • #15002
        Kathleen Sheffer
        Participant

        Thank you for sharing your experience, Jay. That’s wonderful that you found alternative therapies that work for your mom. Diuretics are not ideal for sure and can cause numerous other issues. I’m all for more natural remedies. Thanks again for sharing!

      • #15008
        Gayle Meagher
        Participant

        WOW that is awesome. I have done some Ayurvedic in the past but I know to be very careful with herbs. Do you know if this interferes with our meds? I would love to get off water pills. I do see a Naturopath; I could ask her. tks

        • #15011
          Kathleen Sheffer
          Participant

          Definitely ask your PH specialist about any interactions. I’d be interested to hear if there are any. Let us know what you find out!

        • #15033
          Brittany Foster
          Keymaster

          Definitely interested in this too! I am on a lot of antacids for my stomach and a medication so that the gas gets better. I also find that eating smaller meals through the day vs 3 larger meals helps too. I try to avoid the gas producing foods and high fat foods that are harder to digest !

    • #15013
      Jay
      Participant

      If you are taking any blood thinners then you may have interactions but both these were fine to take with her medications which were Revatio and Bumex. Now Bumex is only if she needs it and she hasn’t needed it at all for a more than a year. We were told to take a tea made of
      2 tsp coriander seeds to reduce her discomfort and elimate excess water which she did a for a year when she started on the medications. One of this surely did help her. She is still taking the triphala and Punarnanva.

      • #15034
        Brittany Foster
        Keymaster

        Thank you so much for sharing that Jay! It’s helpful to know of other remedies. There are some teas that help with stomach bloating that you could probably get from a holistic type doctor. When I was going to a holistic specialist, I made sure they were in contact with my doctors too just to make sure that it wouldn’t interact poorly with what I was taking. Thanks again for the info!

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