UNGODLY monthly bloat for 3 days - not normal
I'm 49 and as a kid into my 30s I got REALLY bad cramps at the onset of my period. When I was 34, I found out I had/have endometrosis, and had a few laparoscopies. BTW, we never had kids, but not due to this.
I don't get the cramping any more, but I do get a horrible feeling just under my ribcage into my stomach of what feels like a MAJOR gas build up. It's been going on for many years but gets worse each month. I feel it coming on like someone is pumping air into me until no more air can fit. It gets so bad it hurts to have anything on my waist and I can't function at all.
I've has a few tests done and they found nothing, though no tests were done when this is happening (unpredicable period at this age to get in spontaneously to get more tests). This only happens for 2-3 day of my period, and the feeling begins hours after I get my period to the next day (periods last 3-4 days total). I've tried taking GasX which does not relieve it (GasX always works when I'm not dealing with this). Matter of fact, the gas doesn't come out either end during this time....it just seems to subside eventually, until the next month.
This is not ordinary bloating and those who've seen my belly full of it, are shocked. I don't have a big stomach normally, but when this happens, it looks like I'm 6 months pregant, and it's as hard as a rock, and hurts like hell. I usually take Ibuprofen and use a heat pad which helps very slightly.
I've told my GYN about this and she's the one who sent me to specialists for tests. I suppose I need to see her when it happens but getting in there on the spur of the moment will be almost impossible due to them always being so busy. I wonder what an ultra sound might reveal during this time?
Had anyone else experienced this kind of UNGODLY bloating at that time of month? Any have any thoughts on this? I'm desperate.