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Abdominal bloating, pain, and hardening

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I have been having these symptoms for the last couple of years and have yet to find an answer as to what is wrong. I am a 22 year old overall healthy female. I have an active life and eat fairly healthy...lots of fruits and veggies etc. There are times when my stomach becomes bloated and very hard. It hurts to touch and to move. There is no pattern to when it comes on. I tried keeping a food diary to see if there was some sort of pattern as to what I was putting in my body and when these symptoms occur, but I found no connections. Many people have said it may be constipation. No, it is not constipation. It can happen at anytime of the day. Some mornings I wake up and my stomach feels fine, and is flat but by the middle of the day, my stomach has blown up and is as hard as a rock. If anyone can let me know what is causing this, it would be quite helpful!! Has anyone ever heard of this happening or know of someone who has experienced these symptoms? Like I said, I have been dealing with this for about 5 years is extremely uncomfortable, lasts for about two days at a time and happens about once a week. Any info would be appreciated.
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replied September 8th, 2010

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out. The bloating sensation that you are having can be due to acid reflux in GERD(gastroesophageal reflux disease) or gall bladder disease.Try raising the head end of your bed by at least two blocks and take your meals 2 hrs prior to bedtime.Also avoid taking two or three heavy meals.Instead,take regular frequent small meals.Avoid taking tea or coffe prior to bedtime and concentrate more on a healthy diet.

If the symptoms persist then an examination by a physician is desirable to confirm the severity of GERD or gall bladder disease.Treatment will follow the diagnosis.

I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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