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Member Since 05 Dec 2007
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Strange Gut Reactions To Not Being Upright After Eating?

06 April 2010 - 06:17 PM

Looking for anyone with any experience with this problem, as the doctors look at me curiously and respond with a "hmm, I've never heard of that before".

Let us start by saying I am Celiac - gluten free since diagnosis over 3 years now. A never-cheater, living in an entirely gluten free kitchen and home, very careful about food intake and happy to be healthy. On to the weird stuff...

Let's say that you've just finished eating a meal, a big one or a small one, a definitely gluten free one - doesn't matter what the food happened to be aside from it not containing gluten (I've ruled out food triggers of any kind concerning this issue and the time of day is no matter as well). Let's say you finished your meal and were comfortable - so you leaned back in your chair while everyone chatted over their plates. Perhaps your behind was 4 or 5 inches from the back of your seat so you could be said to be "reclining". Five or ten minutes later you get up and go about your business, in an upright position, and your stomach slowly begins to swell. We're talking 7 or 8 months pregnant swelling. Just absolutely full of air, or something, or an alien, who knows. To the point that it is only comfortable to bend at the waist to relieve the pain and pressure, or be laying down curled around a pillow for a couple hours. The eventual 2-3-hr-later result involves a lot of air... escaping... the body.....

This happens when I lay, when I lean (seriously!), when I bend over for more than a minute or two; any time I do not stay completely upright for at least two hours after eating. IF I do lay down after eating I can avoid this giant bloated belly by staying in that horizontal position for 3 hours or so. As you can imagine, this interferes with normal life, with work, with my relationship. This has been going on for at least 10 years.

Does ANYONE have any experience with this? Doctors don't seem concerned. I'd like to plumb the depths of your experience before I demand my doctors refer me to all sorts more tummy-insides-guts specialists. Thanks in advance.



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