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    Bloating Has Wreaked Havoc On Me

    I want to tell you about something that has undermined my ability to look lean my whole life.

    I had the misfortune of being born with a health disorder that causes my face and body to bloat intermittently throughout the day. This means that I can appear very lean and attractive one moment, but hideous the next.

    Sometimes, this inflammation gets so severe that it makes me look as if I've gained 30 pounds almost instantly, causing my facial features to get subtly distorted to the point that I look like there's something wrong with me. One friend described it as looking like I was "stung by a bee". It sounds crazy, but I can clearly see this myself in the mirror.

    This swelling can occur at any time, without warning. It's very unpredictable. When it strikes, I often notice that people treat me differently.

    I've tried several diets and countless exercise programs over the years, mistakenly assuming that I was harboring excess fat. I've even resorted to fasting, and was shocked to find out that I can swell up, despite having an empty stomach! I soon realized that bloating was the culprit, which is far more insidious and harder to eliminate than fat. In fact, bloating can rear its ugly head, even when I'm quite slender.

    At one point, I gave up on eliminating my bodily bloating, and decided to concentrate on alleviating it on my face. I figured this would make the most impact on improving my appearance, unless I'm at the beach. So, I tried various creams, which contained diuretics, such as caffeine, that you rub on your face. But these all proved to be impractical for daily use for various reasons.

    So, about 4 years ago, I visited a gastroenterologist, when it finally became apparent that I had a medical condition, which was likely coming from my stomach, or intestines.

    The doctor performed several tests, and diagnosed me with a "cow's milk allergy". He advised me to avoid all dairy for 2 weeks, and see how it goes.

    After a 2-week abstinence from dairy, I did notice some improvement, but the bloating still appeared from time to time throughout the day, albeit not as severe as before. Clearly, something besides dairy was wreaking havoc on my system.

    So, I started doing some online research on my condition, and found that virtually all the articles that came up were written for women. Moreover, they implied that bloating only affects the belly, which is not the case with me at all. In fact, my face, neck and head become extremely swollen, along with my entire body.

    So, here I am on this forum. This is my last resort. Hope you guys can shed some light on what's ailing me.

    Thanks
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    My face sometimes turns pink for days at a time. Fortunately it has been years since the last time. I don't know the cause. Diet? Sun? Soap?


    Well, at least you found cow's milk contributes a bit. Maybe cut out more animal products and try plant protein powder. Though the milk thing might just be lactose.


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    You must be allergic to something. When I get a reaction to something I eat, it always starts in my face and works its way down.

    For me, it was a shaker of dried spices. I don't know which one set me off, but it scared me enough to call 911 before anaphylaxis sets in.

    The more times you eat stuff you are allergic to, the worse it will get each time. Could kill you next time.
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    Could be a stinging jinx.
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    Bloat usually comes from water retention and it's not something that happens in minutes.

    Sounds like an allergic reaction or something. Got any pics? I want to see this.
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    Originally Posted by FatBallz View Post
    Bloat usually comes from water retention and it's not something that happens in minutes.

    Sounds like an allergic reaction or something. Got any pics? I want to see this.
    I don't want to dox myself with pics, but good point. It must be an allergic reaction for it to come on so suddenly.
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    Originally Posted by Darkius View Post
    Well, at least you found cow's milk contributes a bit. Maybe cut out more animal products and try plant protein powder. Though the milk thing might just be lactose.
    Yeah, I'm happy the doctor's visit wasn't a total waste. He did stress, however, that I have a cow's milk (all animal milk, actually) allergy, not just a garden variety lactose intolerance.
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    Originally Posted by Joer1212 View Post
    Yeah, I'm happy the doctor's visit wasn't a total waste. He did stress, however, that I have a cow's milk (all animal milk, actually) allergy, not just a garden variety lactose intolerance.
    Were you not breast fed as a baby?
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Were you not breast fed as a baby?
    I think, though I'm not sure, that I was fed baby formula.
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    Originally Posted by Joer1212 View Post
    I think, though I'm not sure, that I was fed baby formula.
    Ah, that's good then. Otherwise you would've unsuspectedly scared the crap out of people going "coochie coochie coo" to you.

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    I can appear very lean and attractive one moment, but hideous the next.
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