#GastroparesisAwarenessMonth Day 6 is #Bloating & #Distension. Many people experience the feeling of bloating after a large meal. It’s uncomfortable and it seems like your pants don’t fit after. Now with#Gastroparesis this feeling can happen more frequently and on top of feeling bloated, your stomach can actually become distended! Depending on the severity of symptoms and what you may be able to eat can cause your stomach to distend a little or to the point a looking pregnant.
Personally, I have experienced distention to the point of looking 5 months pregnant. Now this may seem odd for not having an actual baby inside of me but with the build up of undigested food, toxins, gas and air; it caused me to distend. I experienced pain, trouble breathing, and severe cramping. Along with all these symptoms my clothes didn’t fit right either. Dealing with a disease that has no cure can be mentally draining. Adding the #discomfort of trying to explain why you look pregnant when you’re actually just sick can make you #selfconscious and take on a whole new level of mental draining.
There’s no one way to fix the distension & bloating. There is simply trial and error once a doctor is willing to take on your case. For a #disease that affects 1 in 25 #Americans, there isn’t much that can be done. We need#awareness, we need a cure. #CureGP.