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severe abdominal distention
My distention started on Sept.12, 2008.  Look 7 months pregnant.   Was told by 1 dr. that I was just fat. And the pain was just from being overweight.  Had lap surgery on Sept 24.  Dr thought it was scar tissue from a hysterectomy since I had to have this procedure 2 years ago.  Not the problem.  Have had a CT. upper GI, SBFT, ultrasound and xrays.  All tests including bloodwork was negative.  Did find acid reflux and a small hiatal hernia.  Am not having any luck with doctors taking this seriously.


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The first concern is ovarian cancer.  You said you had a hysterectomy, but not whether you also had bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy.   If you did, then you could rule out ovarian cancer.  Another possibility is ascites from a liver problem.  You said ultrasound was negative, as well as blood work, so it sounds like they have ruled out a liver problem.  But did they see ascites on the CT scan?  I would get the CT scan report and look it over.  Are you constipated?  That would be another cause of abdominal distention.  The prep from a colonoscopy would temporarily cure that, but you didn't say you had one.  
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Yes indeed I did have ovarys removed.  Have not been constipated.  Had a colonoscopy 2 years ago and everything was fine.  The doctor has not mentioned another one.  Another thing I didnot mention.  My distention increases with movement.  Even buying groceries will increase my abdomin another inch or so. My abdomin has increased 8-10 inches since this started,.  Sometimes it goes away for 30 min or so then right back up.  The doctors are in no hurry to see me as my next apt is Jan 26.  I do have an appointment at UAB in March.
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Also no fluid or gas present.
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