Jump to content

Anyone had similar?

  • Please log in to reply
10 replies to this topic

#1 hungryhippo

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:35 AM

I am not looking for advice, just wondering if anyone has had anything similar. I have seen a doctor!

So, since the start of the year, every time I wake up I an congested, I also sneeze about 15 times a day and my nose will go through being congested and not a few times a day. There is no pattern to it and anything can set it off. It happens at home, at work (office) and while I'm out so I can't pinpoint one thing that's causing it.

I've also been really bloated and gassy for I think a few months and I don't know what's causing it. I have a flat stomach and if I am not sucking it in, it can look like I am pregnant. I wake up bloated and it doesn't go away at all.

I put off seeing a doctor until today. I thought they'd both go away so decided to wait it out and of course nothing has changed.

I saw a doctor this morning, she felt my stomach and said it feels ok and said 'maybe you swallow too much air when you eat and drink'..um Ok? I don't think I am suddenly inhaling air when I eat and drink.

I also asked why I am constantly congested and she said 'oh you may have allergies'..well I have never had them before so if I do now, I'd like to know what from!

She also said to drink tea with mint in it and if that doesn't work come back for a blood test.

To me, it seemed as though she was trying to get me in and out. I came out more confused than when I went in.

So my question is, has anyone else experienced this before? Sudden onset of bloat and congestion that doesn't go away? I think I will see my old doctor who is more thorough, but I can't get in until next week because of the long weekend.

#2 Madnesscraves

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:45 AM

No advice sorry. But agree with you see another dr. That one sounds like no helpful advice at all.

Can't hurt to try the tea with mint and see what it does then tell your other doctor what it did.

#3 Alvarywinters

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:50 AM

It does sound like some sort of allergy or intolerance.
Prob no help, but I had similar with the bloat and gas when I started to become lactose intolerant. Small amounts of dairy throughout the day just kept it going.
My DH also slowly developed a reaction to dust mites...he would randomly get sneezy. wheezy and stuffy...took us months to work out what it was.

Allergies and intolerance can come on out of nowhere and it's not uncommon to get a couple pop up at once. Keep pushing your doc, you'll get to the bottom of it.

Oh and with the sneezing etc, you could try an antihistamine like telfast to see if it makes the symptoms go away, confirming an allergy. Ask your doc first tho, it might have side effects, I'm no expert lol

#4 PrincessPeach

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:58 AM

It can be caused through a food intollerance. Particularly wheat or dairy.

The way it was explained to me (by a naturopath) is that an intollerance is caused by your body no longer processing that food group as effectively as it should & by removing this food group from your diet for a period of time (as little as 6 weeks & up to 7 years) it kind of re-sets your body's processing mechanisms.

Definatly seek a second opinion though & if you are still not satisfied, maybe seek out a reputable natural therapist. Which is where i found more help.

#5 ~A Poetic Winter~

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:59 AM

My first thoughts were dairy/lactose intolerance. Not necessarily that you are allergic as such, but just not tolerating it now.

Maybe before you see your Dr again, do a food diary, look for any patterns.

#6 MintyBiscuit

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:05 AM

I haven't had the bloating side, but do get the congestion - I have a massive dust mite allergy. It took FOREVER and a number of different doctors to finally find one who sent me to an ENT to get fully checked out rather than just blaming it on my asthma. When I got there, he checked everything out, got me tested and we found the allergy. It's an unavoidable one unfortunately, but I can do things to lessen the impact and just knowing what it is helps a lot.

I would definitely be seeking a second opinion - swallowing air?!? That sounds ridiculous to me (although I'm not a doctor, so maybe it's legit). Good luck OP - feeling like crap and not knowing why really sucks

#7 niggles

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:28 AM

My husband gets similar issues and puts it down to hayfever. Antihistamines do offer some relief.

I can't quite believe your GP told you to stop swallowing air and have a cup of mint tea. Of course. If only you'd thought of that earlier! wink.gif

#8 hungryhippo

Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:54 AM

Thanks for the replies everyone, I appreciate it.

Haha, yes I couldn't believe she said to swallow less air.. Perhaps I shouldn't breathe when eating???

Anyway, I think I will go back to my old doctor (I went to a new one as it's closer) and see if she can help. She is usually very thorough so hopefully I'll get some answers.

I've never had any allergies, hay fever or food intolerances before, so this is all new to me.

#9 LittleBear

Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:16 PM

I'm with the group who suggest food allergy/intolerance also.  Last year I went wheat/dairy/soy/caffeine free for four months.  I had loads of energy (after the first few weeks of general crapiness), was able to stay up longer at night, no 3pm sluggishness and had less phlegm/mucous.  My tummy was less pudgy looking too.  I should have stayed on the diet... but it is hard, especially when you go out with kids and you can't eat anything other than hot chips because if something doesn't have wheat then it has dairy or soy.  Clearing dairy and soy reduced my headaches by 50% though, so that should give me motivation to get back into it after Easter.   Last year I did it in the four months before New year.


#10 hungryhippo

Posted 13 April 2012 - 01:51 PM

Thanks for your reply Amanda. (Sorry for my delayed reply!)

I am considering going on a similar diet. It doesn't leave much left you can eat though does it. I am off to another doctor tomorrow and I will see what they suggest. I think whatever it is, contributes to the bags under my eyes and my general level of energy.

I went to bed at 10pm last night and woke at 6:40am and it is 1:50pm now and I am exhausted. I don't have kids and have a desk job so it's not like I've been running around. I seriously feel like if I laid down right now, I would have a sleep!

#11 mumto3princesses

Posted 14 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

I agree, definately try another Dr. Sounds crazy to suggest you are swallowing too much air while eating or drinking!

I agree, it could be a food allergy/intolerance. But with the low energy levels and dark eyes, definately get your iron checked.

I recomend to start keeping a food diary now as it might help pinpoint what the problem or problems are. It wouldn't hurt anyway while you are trying to sort out what it is. Just start writting down what you eat and drink and record how you are feeling and any changes. If it's an intolerance it can sometimes take up to 72 hours before you see a reaction so it's difficult to see what the problem was when it could be something you ate/drank so long ago. It can also build up slowly in your system. So a little bit each day might be ok but then it all becomes too much for your body to handle.

1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users


Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.


What's hot on EB

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Grieving father's letter to Bataclan terrorists: "...this little boy will threaten you by being happy and free"

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

5 challenges of motherhood - and how to see them differently

Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

4 challenges of being a new dad - and how to face them

Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

'I was a complete schmuck': Mike Baird opens up about his wife's postnatal depression

When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

The joy and dread of playdates

To live vicariously through your child is to rediscover anxieties you thought dead and buried.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Adorable toddler's strop foiled by squeaky shoes

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

More sex during World Cup created more baby boys

More sex during South Africa's World Cup meant a disproportionately high number of boys were born nine months later, a new study has found.

Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Do fitness challenges really work?

Fitness challenges aren't new. There's Michelle Bridges 12WBT and a bunch of other programs if you really want to lose weight.

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.



Can't decide?

Check out the Essential Baby Names section for some inspiration

Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.