• Is your stomach constantly growling?!?!

    Asked by Rolltidelynne on Saturday, June 7, 2014

    Is your stomach constantly growling?!?!

    It has become increasingly embarrassing the amount of gurgling n growling that comes from my abdominal!!! You can hear it across the room!!! It seems to do it all day long!!! I don't have pain. But I don't understand why it's suddenly doing this so loudly!! Does this sound familiar to any of y'all? If so, what have you done to calm it down or at least tried to muzzle it?!?! HELP please!! If I see people look at me again during church service I think I will lay on the kneeling rail n front of me and hide or never get up again!!!( at least til church is empty!!)

    34 Answers from the Community

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      Yes I have had times when my stomach growled constantly. :-(
      And it can be very embarrassing! It can be a side effect of some medications and treatments, so if I were you I would go over all your current medications and have a chat with your pharmacist or prescribing doctor so that you can nail down the culprit prescription. But also if this is constant you probably should see a specialist, so go to a GI. Because a good GI can probably help you with this problem more than anyone else can. Good luck and best wishes!

      about 7 years ago
    • SDGadgetGirl's Avatar
      SDGadgetGirl

      I was prescribed Pepsid and it really helped.

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      I am seeing my drs in three weeks, I planned on asking them:) thanks for advice!! Just wasn't sure if others were having same delimma...doesn't hurt to check, right?

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I thought my noisy stomach was due to the miralax and senokot I take for the constipation I deal with from the medications I take for MM. It does get embarrassing but I would rather have that than the horrible stomach pain just before I was diagnosed. My oncologist has helped me with all of this so I feel as if a little noise is better than more medication! ;)

      about 7 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar
      Charlieb

      I was ok until my 1 year vaccines. Since then, I have been plagued with stomach and lower abdominal issues. I have tried everything and still have issues, like the growling you talk about. Tomorrow I am having both a lower GI and upper to see if they can figure out what's causing the issues.
      Never did have growling or major problems during chemo or after transplant.
      Charles

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      Charlie, good luck tomorrow :) please let us know how you are n what if anything they find! I'm sure you will be ok though:))

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      Yes, hope it goes well Charlie and let us know what they tell u. Hopefully it's nothing!!

      about 7 years ago
    • KLC's Avatar
      KLC

      If you want to try a natural way to calm it down. . .try lavender tea . . .

      about 7 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar
      Charlieb

      Lavender Tea? I know ginger is suppose to help with digestive issues and I've done teas with ginger. Thought lavender was more for sleeping.
      Thanks all for the thoughts. Didn't mean to detract from llbhurst's post but appreciate everyone's concern. I'll post on my page when I know the results.

      about 7 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar
      cam32505

      Sometimes my stomach gives me grief. I had radiation to the abdominal area. So, it keeps my digestive system working overtime some days.

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      Charlie, you are not "detracting"! Please keep us updated:) we are a community who genuinely care for each other!! I know personally, having this network HELPS me!! Sometimes I feel really invested in y'all's life:)like we were old friends!! Ha ha I guess cuz we share so much now, we lean on each other and ask questions!!! We need yo be there for each other, too!!! So I'm definitely here for anybody who needs to vent, laugh, or add an extra prayer up to heaven:)) look forward to hearing good news for you:)

      about 7 years ago
    • vcollier's Avatar
      vcollier

      Something to look forward to!!! I'm enjoying the subsiding of muscle cramps myself. I was having a horrible time with muscle cramps. Then I picked up a wretched virus that caused me to be unable to even hold down water due to vomiting and diarrhea for 4 days. Of course, I did this over the Memorial Day weekend. I live in a small town so my husband carried me to the emergency room and they gave me so fluid which got me through this nightmare. Since I went through that, however, I have been free of muscle cramps. The human body is so fascinating and we know so little about how it works. I'm just thankful there are people trying to figure out how to handle MM!

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I agree with Libhurst, what next is the one place I don't feel as if I am whining and complaining. Unless you have gone through cancer treatment it's very difficult to understand. I know I sure couldn't empathize although I could sympathize before I was diagnosed, if that makes sense. No one can comprehend the pain I have unless you have been there. I live an hour and a half from any MM support group so I basically use this site as my support group. My kids and friends have been supportive but because my chemo is oral and I don't LOOK sick they sometimes forget that I am!! My back as I keep saying is my worst symptom and no one has a clue how hard it is to live with constant pain. So, although we may never meet or see one another, this site is a life saver and encourager for me. Noisy stomachs is one thing we can all share and let each other know it is part of the whole picture!!

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      Lynniepoo, I just really like you!!:)) but again - exactly!!! We seem to have similar lives and similar feelings towards a lot of stuff !! Ha ha,,I especially ditto the fact that in here , we aren't whining or complaining. We are comparing, venting, and /or just able to be ourselves at any given time without alarming or adding more stress to our families!! I personally don't think any questions or comments are silly or wrong!! If we can't ask each other, ( other than our med team), who can we ask?!?!
      I also like that we share positive stories too- not just our aches, pains, and problems:))
      Vcollier, I had muscle cramps- but I've had trouble maintaining potassium in my body, so I take supplements. But I also had cramps in my hands, a side effect of the revlimed , so they also have me taking over the counter magnesium! That worked!! Whoop whoop!!
      My stomach has calmed down a lot. But I'm still going to ask the drs what they think.?.?
      In the meantime, I hope y'all stay dry today and have a "good one "!!

      about 7 years ago
    • vcollier's Avatar
      vcollier

      I'm going to ask about the magnesium. That's what I love about this group. I learn things that I can ask my doctor about.....like magnesium. My GP told me to start taking a multivitamin because my potassium was a little low. I learned that all multivitamin are definitely not the same. I read a lot of labels (kind of like kissing frogs) until I found one that listed potassium.

      I am also going to ask why I'm not on dexamethasone (sp?) It seems that goes with Revlimid for most people in remission. I'm getting weary of various doctors (GP, cardiologist) asking why I am not taking dexamethasone. I don't know!! I just do what I"m told until I learn something that causes me to ask a question and you guys are going to be the trouble makers that generate the questions! Bless you!

      I also find it difficult to look healthy and be sick. Only the people who helped with my caregiving seem to understand how sick I have been over the past year.....and you guys.

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I have asked my oncologist about the dex with the revlamid and she said no I didn't need to take it. I see my transplant dr on the 23rd and will ask him. I do take one dex with zometa but nothing else. When I was on velcade I took ten pills every day I got velcade. I seem to be doing fine without the dex so we shall see what the other dr says. My other levels are fine so just take a multi vitamin every day.
      I also find it hard to to look ok some days and feel awful especially while I was working. Now I have retired and if I feel bad I just stay home and look as awful as I want. My kids all knew how bad I felt and my two college roommates who came and took care of me after I was released. But even now they seem not to realize how bad I feel some days.
      Somehow with MM I just think it's difficult cuz you never really feel cured as you still take so many meds.

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      I haven't taken dex since before my transplant! I also do zometa monthly:) but a multivitamin isn't strong enough w potassium or magnesium:( I have to actually take the horse pills lol!! People who don't know me well, would never know I have MM - good or bad days. My friends have learned to see when I'm about to hit a wall lol!! They warn me to slow down!!! I take a fist full of meds daily and the meds remind me I'm sick! Lol if I miss a dose of gabapentin- I notice by neurapathy immediately!! I am very good about taking my meds n not missing! But one month there were extra days and I ran short on pain meds so I thought no big deal I will just take less and stretch them!! I didn't realize how much pain I actually still feel without my meds!!! That was a wake up call to never "run" out and stay on top of getting scripts from drs, and filling them!!! My drs are so good at keeping my quality of life going that I forgot I really am still sick! Ha ha

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I know exactly what you mean. I take morphine ER in the AM and PM and then two during the day just to make it thru. I always refill several days in advance as one never knows what could happen since I have to go to the oncologists office to pick up the prescription for those two, no faxing it to the pharmacy. I have tried not taking so much but the pain gets so bad I can hardly walk. Even now with the morphine I am never pain free. I walk with a cane so that is my only out going sign of illness besides the grimacing if it's close to pill time. :) I also take a small dose of Valium before bed to get me thru the night otherwise I wake up and can't get back to sleep. So as you said pills are a constant and I certainly am always on top if how many I have left!!!

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      I am also on the morphine 12 hour 2X daily, and Percocet. Most days 3 percocets will get me through but on really busy days I have to take 4. I've had "so called" friends and one family member steal pills!! That was both heart breaking and very difficult to cope with emotionally and physically!! I still hide my pills even though those people are no longer in my life!!!

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      You have GOT to be kidding, they stole your pills???? OMG I think that is the cruelest thing I have ever heard!!!! I am happy for you these people aren't in your live anymore. I am blessed with people who I don't even think would think of it. I do keep a pretty good count so I would know, but obviously one never knows. My pills are in a cute bag that I keep in my family room or with me when I travel. No one would even think that meds would be in there. My regular morphine is in my purse at all times so I don't forget to take it. No matter what anyone says this whole miserable experience has changed everything about my life. I have been at my daughters on and off for a month since her first baby was born and I can help, but not as much as I did with my first grand child. I can walk around with him but right now am in our favorite position, laying on my back with him on his stomach on my chest. So sorry you had to deal with friends and relatives like that. I really wouldn't know what to say to them!!! Are u still working?

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      No I don't work cuz I wouldn't be able to commit to a 9-5 kind of thing:( I run low on energy after "so many hours",ya know?!?! I'm never positive how the next day will be...:( but I am very active. W my church n community. I participate in a lot of voluntary endeavors such as our mobile food distribution every two months:) I feel too young to be retired, but too tired to be working lol!!! I just do my best to be positive in life and help wherever I can and if I'm energetic enough that day:)
      As for those he stole my pills. I WAS and still am shocked those particular people did steal my pills!! Especially cuz the family member watched me suffer and cry. She kept trying to get me to think it was an even closer member of my family- my husband!! But of course the truth came out!! She moved her entire family overnight once I confronted her!! That was a very difficult time for me!! She was my "go to" person, and she was also suppose to be w me at the hospital for my transplant!! My daughter had to quit her job so I would have someone there w me:( it was such a mess!! That's actually an understatement! I can't really express the situation cuz I think I suppressed a lot of my emotions during that time and then had transplant a week later!!....
      But that's all behind me:) life goes on! I have my children and "real " friends now, and although I'm going through a divorce, I have nothing to really complain about. I'm happy:) I am the type person you don't say "you can't do that." Cuz I will show people I can overcome!! Ha ha
      Y'all have a great day!! I'm going to go paint!!! That's my fun these days:) some people are pushing me to "show" at our local gallery, so I better get busy w some new pieces:))

      about 7 years ago
    • Charlieb's Avatar
      Charlieb

      From what I understand, dexamethasone used with high doses of revlimid normally used prior to transplant. My transplant doctor and ontologist have been discussing this because, technically, at 15mg of revlimid I am on chemo, not maintenance. My transplant doc. says I should be at 25 and on dex while my primary says at 21 days on 7 days of of 15mg revlimid for an undetermined amount of time I should not be. My primary has said when I need to go up to 25mg of revlimid I will go back on dex.
      It's fun to have two great doctors who I know care about me as a person be this active in their debate about treatment. They are more concern about me worrying about their difference's then them having a difference of opinion.

      Charles

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      Well I guess that answered the question at least for those of us on 10mg revlamid. I will still ask tho. It is great your drs are at least conferring!! There will always be differences of opinions, but you just have to do what works for u. So far my dose is working even tho I am not in actual remission. Thank God for the opportunity we a have to live as long as we are as years ago this disease was relatively unknown and I researched. I am amazed every day when I get new posts of people in their 40's coming down with it. When I was diagnosed (only 3 yrs ago) they said elderly and blacks and men were more likely to get it. Wish more GP's and orthopods had more of a clue about it.
      Lynne

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      When I researched I saw the same thing re who mostly contracted this cancer. I guess my body missed the memo lol. I have been in remission for almost 1 1/2 yrs, however now I'm listed as stable. They found a spot in my shins that is suspicious n my white blood cells decreased however the last check had them still low but not still decreasing. There were two X-rays of same area- one showed something, the other didn't!?!?! So now I'm feeling some pain, so we are doing an MRI. Chances are it's backkkk, so I would imagine I start again on active chemo not maintenance any more. I haven't told my kids yet, cuz hasn't been confirmed. So until I know for sure, I'm not going to upset them. I'm grateful everyday for my drs and the gift I've received to be alive, happy, and active.
      Charles, you are blessed w good drs who are keeping a close watch on you:) they will come up w the right protocol for you:))
      Lynne, as always, I enjoy keeping up w you n your status:) I think the 3 of us will always be there for each other!!! Y'all have a great day!! It looks like the rain may have stopped here , so I'm going to enjoy this gorgeous June day!!!

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I have never been in remission and have always been on maintenance. I have my protein levels checked every other month and so far so good. Actually my M spike has gone down now two times in a row!! Sorry you are feeling some new pain. Do u have spinal fractures or lesions? I have both so I never know if I have new pain or it just pops ups again. My daughter thinks I am in remission and I have no heart to burst her bubble until it returns for sure. My sons know but she just had her first baby and we are so close I just couldn't tell her. She knows it will come back tho. On top of my issues their father (my ex) has pancreatic cancer but so far is basically doing ok with a type of maintenance chemo.
      When do u go for the MRI? Am so sorry You have to deal with it and agree with telling your kids later. I hate making them worry!!!!
      Meanwhile I am down here in the midst if a houseful of people coming to go to the USOpen Golf tournament. I live in a development 20 minutes from Pinehurst so I am providing lodging. I see next week both drs so we shall see how I continue to do.
      Best to you both and hope good news for all!!

      about 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      Yes I have lesions:( I have two spots on my spine that they watch closely, the bones are very thin... They've warned me to be especially careful about falling lol. As I think I've shared I have pain meds that work wonderfully unless I'm late taking them...ugh! But I had noticed some new pangs n twinges in my shins. I didn't think anything bout it until the X-rays came back. That's when they saw the new area and asked if I felt pain there... They are scheduling the MRI so haven't gotten the call w the date/time yet. Probably going to wait til next visit which is 2 weeks. I live 3 hours from my doctors. My daughter gave up a year to help me after the diagnosis. She has just gotten settled in and planning her wedding!! I just CANT burst her happiness right now. If there is a way to do treatment without her knowing, I would in a heartbeat!! My chemo never made me too sick to drive except when I was in hospital for transplant. Even then I had the BEST nurse who new me better than I did and stayed ahead w drugs!!! Ha ha I only had 3 days the entire 17 days that I got sick!! The rest of it I slept!!! Lol
      Well don't overdo w your company!!! But enjoy:)) good luck w your next visit!! We will keep each other updated!!!

      about 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      Congrats on you daughters wedding. My daughters was a month after I was diagnosed and after I had started chemo. I was exhausted but had a great time!! Planning her wedding was hard tho as my back pains started right when she got engaged in Jan. of 2011. Had to go forv8 months til I got diagnosed before the wedding My older son was unemployed during my treatment so he took over getting me to drs etc. I worked thru treatment except on "chemo day" every Wed. Once I was in the hospital for the 2 weeks my kids took turns staying with me and at the halfway house for a week. I live 1 1/2 hour from the transplant hospital but am so very lucky that my oncologist and cardiologist are 20 minutes away. I never got sick either until the hospital but on chemo day was exhausted. At that time my 91 year old mother was living with me which was hard as I had to take care of her as well as myself. She fell a while ago and is now in assisted living.
      I hope the MRI goes well and please do let us know!!! Best of luck and hope the wedding plans are going well!!!

      about 7 years ago
    • mlibrarian's Avatar
      mlibrarian

      Not so much so far but have been dealing with very embarrassing gas expulsions due to starting chemo meds since diagnosed with MM, especially when I get up to walk. Is anyone else having that problem? It is so embarrassing and I always apologize but it's also uncontrollable as I have vigilantly tried.lol.

      almost 7 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      Yes I did have that at one point. I started drinking lactose free milk which helped a bit. It is embarrassing but what can you do. I apologize and laugh and most people sympathize as it's the disease and not us being uncouth :)

      almost 7 years ago
    • Rolltidelynne's Avatar
      Rolltidelynne

      Ha ha I have just learned to live w it:) if peeps think I'm being uncouth then ok ha ha. No seriously I think everybody gets it now:) have great day Lynne:)

      almost 7 years ago
    • Godschild's Avatar
      Godschild

      I did notice that when I need the bathroom I have to go NOW or the pain is awful. Constipation is an issue solved by using the generic form of Miralax (cheaper). I do have difficulties with falling asleep or I should say staying asleep.
      I tend to have excruciating pain before a storm whether it is rain/snow or wind. I can predict it, get a load of that one LOL Also, I experience so much joint pain that I never had before due to the Revlimid. Now I feel for those who have arthritis, how they suffer through the bad weather.

      almost 7 years ago
    • mikem120's Avatar
      mikem120

      Well i am in the same bloated boat. Taking Pepcid and a probiotic seems to help the stomach noise. Cutting down on carbonated drinks and fried foods helps in digestion too. Of course I'm 72 so strange noises eminating from my body is not unexpected.....lol.

      over 6 years ago
    • lynniepoo's Avatar
      lynniepoo

      I am so glad most of us can keep our senses of humor,,,love to read these posts.

      over 6 years ago
    • mlibrarian's Avatar
      mlibrarian

      lynniepoo & rolltidelynne:l ove reading your comments and we are sooo on the same page in many ways! So sorry that I haven't been able to be on here as much as I'd like since my sct.
      TMI!-I had the gurgling stomach after having lost so much weight before and after the sct, and getting sick a lot for awhile. Then it turned to-yep, I'm going to go there-XXX, and always when I least expect it. Getting up from momentarily sitting down at my work desk or at home and walking around and working, I don't know when it's going to happen until it does. I always apologize since there's usually at least one co-worker or patron around and the same at home. But at least at home I can blame the dog-LOL-although that's been wearing thin lately too. :) Maybe it comes with age, or from the meds, or what I had for lunch or all of the above.
      Is anyone else experiencing this embarrassing problem?

      about 4 years ago

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