Ok, so I'm new to the board, Hi, I'm [...].
I am having severe GI upset and gastro problems which started about a year and a half ago and which never really let up. They are driving me into spirals of panic and terror.
My belly bloats up like I'm pregnant (never have been so I look like a mess). I get a hard, tight stomach. I have terrible constipation each and every day and I eat prunes, and have to take Mag Citrate about every 3 months or so. Mira-Lax just bloats me up even worse. I have flatulence and can't eat anymore, due to the terror of food. I am living off applesauce, juices (fresh from veggies and fruits), yogurt, and puddings. I hate to eat solid foods now. I burp and belch like crazy! Constantly belching trying to get the gas out. My intestines will not move food through and it takes me 3-4 days to have a BM. I am so sick of feeling like this. I have changed my diet and I have tried cutting out the sugar and caffeine to no avail. Even eating low-fat, high protein does no good. I have these times when after I eat, I dry-heave and retch after movement. Like I had dinner, sat there watching TV for 20 minutes, then get up to go upstairs, and the coughing and retching starts. I never vomit up solid food, just sometimes water which I drink to try to calm the spasms down. After a few good retches I stop spasaming. The nausea sucks and is terrible on these times. Then I have a window of a few days free and then it's back again, sometimes worse, sometimes better.
Is this the dreaded Benzo Belly? I have 3 sizes of jeans in my closet and I never know which pair I will wear every day. I litterally can't take this anymore.
Last year I had an Upper and Lower GI Barium swallow, everything normals. All blood tests normal for liver, gallbladder, pancreas, and such. I even had a Colonoscopy in April 2010 to check out if I had a spastic colon. I have no problems with diharreah, just constipation from hell.
I have not had the Endoscope test yet for hernia, or the Gastric emptying tests. I don't want to do those tests if they just come back normal and this is all related to the Klonopin and tolerance withdrawals.