Hi there, I'm new here but I hope you can help me with a problem I've been having for many years and one which is getting worse and worse.
I'm a 36-year-old man and, for 15-20 years or so, I have suffered with stomach bloating.
In the past two or three years, this problem has got worse and worse. Some days, I'm so bloated that I look like a pregnant woman. My abodmen swells and feels rock hard to touch. It makes it hard to breathe and even to urinate. My navel has also "popped out" as a result of all this swelling. I am a little overweight but nothing too severe.
I looked around on the web and thought it could be a gluten intollerance (coeliac disease), so went to discuss this with my doctor, who did some blood tests.
These came back negative. The doc said I did not have coeliac disease - but it may be a more mild intollerance to gluten, so suggested I lay off on the bread and pasta for a couple of months, see how I go and then go back for more blood tests.
Now I've been on the web some more and discovered that yeast intollerance can cause these symptoms, along with dairy intollerance. I know it's not the latter because I was a vegan for two years and still had the bloating.
So, I wondered if anyone could make any suggestions that might be able to help me. Any advice would be very welcome.
Also, I see there are several test kits you can buy online. Can anyone recommend any of these, which may show up a gluten/wheat/yeast/anything else intollerance?
Thank you so much for reading this.
All the best,