Apr 13, 2000
I am having problems with a bloated stomach, however, when I burp,pass gas, or have a bowel movement, the bloating goes down, only temporarily though. I am currently taking Mycobutin, Biaxin, Viracept, Combivir and Ziagen. I don't believe, however, that the medication is the reason for the bloating. It feels like there is air trapped in my stomach. I don't have pain, only pressure, and gas and burping a few times daily. No food aggravates this condition ( I have changed my diet many times, does not help ). No problems with gall bladder, pancreas, liver, no AIDS-related infections, CD4 is 250, Viral Load is 50,000. No fat gain around stomach, just the bloating, no loose stools nor constipation. Nothing, nothing seems to work. I am seeing my doctor on Wednesday, I will suggest he send me to the hospital for tests.....I can't take it anymore.
| Response from Dr. Henry
Several of the meds you are on commonly cause bloating (such as Biaxin and Viracept). You need a good evaluation for other medical causes (lactose intolerance, H Pylori infection, hiatal hernia, etc). A good place to start for background reading might be a self-help book like Healing HIV by Jon Kaiser which has a good section on bowel health. Bloating is a big issue so prepare for your next doc visit with some notes to help get things rolling. Keith Henry, M.D.
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