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Question DetailsAsked on 8/23/2015

has anyone ever had a colonoscopy, then experienced weight loss with a bloated stomach, (not much on the internet)

bloating has lasted over a month, never goes away

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Sounds to me like six possible alternatives, none of which should you self-diagnose - discuss with your doctor, because you do not know if it might be serious or not - some invasive diagnostic procedure side effects are:

1) intenstinal perforation - though if that were the case in all probability you would be lying with the lillies from peritonitis after a month

2) torn intestinal lining or lesion from the scope, or a biopsy location that failed to heal

3) the cleansing removed all your "Good" gut bacteria, and some less beneficial ones took over. This happened to my elderly father once - normal bacteria did not flourish and were replaced by a different biota, so any dairy products caused severe bloating. The solution is normally they give you a yogurt or pill regimen to provide a culture of "good" bacteria to restock your gut. Sort of along the lines of "priming' a new or fully cleaned septic tank with some sewage to provide starter bacteria for the bio degradation process to get started.

4) you picked up a communicable disease or infection from the procedure due to failure of sanitary procedures and have an infection going in the intestines or stomach

5) the cleansing procedure and not eating kicked up a (probably pre-existing) stomach ulcer

6) the procedure left a piece of equipment in you, broken off the scope or the biopsy attachment

General rule is any medical condition that persists beyond 3 days and is not showing signs of significant improvment - see your doctor.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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