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Stomach full easily

Hi,
I have developed a serious problem, doc's cannot figure out.  What is happening is, I get full easily.  When I first wake in the morning, I eat a bowl of soup, or drink small glass of water or orange juice, I can't breathe, sitting or standing, but as soon as I lay down on my stomach, I get 100% relief.  The pressure feeling is worst while I sit.  

My stomach doesn't look bloated at all, it looks perfectly normal, even though I feel I ate several pounds of food.  I have large bowel movements each day.  

I don't get it, cause I eat chicken campbell soup with rice, ham sandwich's & babyfood, mashed potato, popcorn, basically anything soft 2-3 times a day, I cannot eat anything solid, pork chops, steaks, beef patties, etc....  so I have no idea where all the large bowel is coming from.  I can hardly eat anything, cause I always feel full, but at the same time, I feel hungry, sometimes I have hunger pains, cause I'm starving and feel full.  Carbonated drinks are out of the question.      

I have had an upper GI & endoscopy return normal Jan 08, no acid reflux, no hiatal hernia.  Doc did try to treat my symptoms with Nexium, Prilosec, Zantac, Prevacid, with no relief, I have tried Gas X, Fleet enema, Milk of magnesia, Epson salt, which cleans out my system, but still feel severe pressure, as if my stomach and intestines are majorly swollen or about to burst.  

Sometimes my chest gets super tight, as if air is trapped, and I have to burp real bad, but can't, or feel I have to pass major gas, but nothing happens, even after taking Gas X,.  I asked the Gastro doc if it could be IBS, he said it's possible, and to advise me to eat more fiber.  But when I try fiber the feeling gets worse.

Best way to describe how I feel is one glass of water = 6 bottles of hot soda

One thing that did work, was hot green tea, but it gave me bad stomach cramps, then the feeling returned the next day.  

Has anyone experience this sensation and can share any information, or does anyone know a medical condition that causes this problem, so I can discuss with my gastro doc.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  
Thanks

      
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So, your problem is bloating? How old are you, male/female?

1. Did you have breath test for Helycobacter pylori?
2. There's another breath test for small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
3. Malabsorption can cause bloating. Stool test can show excessive fats.

I'd go in this order: 1. 2. 3.
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Hi Boron,
Thanks for responding.  I am a 46 year old male.  Yes, I feel bloated 24-7,  but do not physically look it, I feel bloated first thing in the morning, then eating soft foods or drinking liquids makes it worse, I will not be able to sit and have to lay down for relief.    

1. No

I will ask my doctor about your suggestions on Wendsday.  
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ask your doctor about a gastric emptying scan for gastroparesis.
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My dad has almost that same issue of bloating, however his stomach looks like he is pregnant at times, it is hard as a watermelon.  Doctors have ran several tests but have been unsucessful in finding out the cause.  He has taken several different medicaition such as prilosic, nexium, protonix, various antibotics but nothing seems to work.  The feeling of bloating starts late in the afternoon.  He has been eating yogurts (activia) and nothing real heavy.  Does anyone have any further suggestions? He has had several scans done as well.  Let me know PLEASE..
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hi, you should follow borons advice first then ask about lactose intolerance test, bloating is very much associated with this disorder, your problem i think is in the lower digestive tract, ( small intestine, colon ) one other possibility is gallbladder disorders, good luck.
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Bloating is always from gas. Your father should have tests, as I suggested in my post above.
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Thanks everyone for suggestions.  I'll be talking to my doc on Wendsday, and do an update.  

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Hi Boron,
Is gastroparesis, where a doc tests to see how well the stomach muscles are working ??  I had an appointment last month, for this testing but missed it, now I have to wait another month.  Thanks for any info.  

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They prepare a simple meal which contains a contrast substance. You eat it, and they take some x-ray images in short intervals to see how fast the food is emptying from your stomach.
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How you been feeling now? Any update?
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