Since all this started, my swollen stomach was the first main symptom (along with shooting/stabbing pains) that I had and knew instantly something was wrong. Since then, my stomach has never gone down to what it was before. Granted some days its not as bad, but its never flat or ‘normal’. I’ve forgotten what normal looks or feels like. I’m fed up of wearing the same clothes all the time because half of my wardrobe doesn’t fit around my stomach. The last week my stomach has been at an all time high. Huge. I weighed this morning. An extra 7 pounds have been added instantly due to my swelling. Half a stone. It hurt. A lot. I cried. Partly due to my emotions lately, mostly due to frustration. Frustrated that I cant control the swelling. I’m all researched out on ‘how to reduce a swollen stomach’. Drink plenty of water, don’t drink too much water, take water retention tablets, dandelion herbal tablets. I’ve tried it. I try to convince myself some days that yes, its working, my stomach is looking better. The next day, whoosh! Huge again, back to the black cardigan.
I think even Google is fed up of me now thinking ‘oh here she is again..’ ‘what does she want this time?!’ I know what I want. I want my swollen stomach to go. I want to be able to wear nice clothes that a 24 year old should be wearing, without having to restrict my wardrobe to loose fitting items, that cover my stomach. That’s what I want. I think that would be half the battle in me feeling better, physically and emotionally. That’s what I want. But how do I get it? I have absolutely no idea. And that’s really getting me down…x
** Please see The Battle Of The Swollen Stomach - Part 2 **