Abdominal Pain and Bloating
Bloating is a gaseous sensation in the digestive tract that is associated eating large meals or rich foods. In some extreme cases, bloating can become severe enough that the abdomen is noticeably swollen. Eating meals too quickly can increase the likelihood that a person will experience bloating.
Occasional bloating is common for most people, and poses no significant health risk besides temporary discomfort. However, bloating can be associated with other medical conditions, and you should talk to your doctor if any of the following symptoms are also present:
- Severe pain in the abdomen
- Bloody stool
- Unexpected weight loss
- Intense heartburn
Bloating is caused by large amounts of gas in the digestive tract, and can have several different causes. As bacteria break down certain foods in the intestines, they produce gas as a byproduct. Chewing gum, drinking carbonated beverages, and drinking through a straw can increase the amount of air that is swallowed, and can contribute to a patient’s bloating.
Other sources of bloating can be linked to serious medical conditions, such as physical obstructions in the digestive tract. Muscle conditions are sometimes responsible for failing to properly move digested food through the intestines, and can cause gas to develop into uncomfortable bloating. Consistent bloating, even after dietary changes, can be a sign that something else is wrong.
Reducing the types of food that cause bloating in your diet can help relieve pressure and prevent reoccurrence. For immediate relief, over-the-counter medications might help. Call GastroCare LI at (516) 265-7049 to talk with a doctor about what may be causing your symptoms, and discuss ways you can reduce bloating to live a more comfortable life.