20828280 tn?1526071218

What causes abdominal pain that is relieved on liquid diet?

I am a 22 year old female. For the past 8 months, I've had abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, and nausea without vomiting. It came on suddenly. I've also had some sensations of trouble swallowing and a lot of burping (I used to rarely burp and now I burp constantly). I had an endoscopy done that checked for ulcers and H Pylori at a community hospital, but they found nothing except mild gastritis. I've tried H2 blockers and PPI's without any effect. I was then referred to a larger research hospital for more testing.

The new doctors have just done another endoscopy and a colonoscopy. I am waiting for biopsies of the esophagus, stomach, and small intestine to come back, but they didn't see anything obvious during the scopes.

I did notice something interesting during the prep for the colonoscopy, though. As you likely know, the colonoscopy requires a clear liquid diet the day before and a lot of laxatives to clean out the digestive tract. I found that shortly after going on the liquid diet, my symptoms began to improve. By the morning of the procedure, I was virtually symptom free, something I haven't experienced in almost a year. But once I started eating again after the procedure, all my symptoms came back just like before.

Has anyone experienced anything like this? Could it point to some kind of motility issue? I am very confused, I did not expect this to happen at all.

Thank you for your help!
0 Responses
Sort by: Helpful Oldest Newest
Have an Answer?

You are reading content posted in the Gastroenterology Community

Didn't find the answer you were looking for?
Ask a question
Popular Resources
Learn which OTC medications can help relieve your digestive troubles.
Is a gluten-free diet right for you?
Discover common causes of and remedies for heartburn.
This common yet mysterious bowel condition plagues millions of Americans
Don't get burned again. Banish nighttime heartburn with these quick tips
Get answers to your top questions about this pervasive digestive problem