Everyone has bloating, which can lead to uncomfortable bloating and even pain. But how do you know if excess gas could be more serious?
There are easy ways to tell if your symptoms are due to bloating or something more serious. Gas is a normal but often uncomfortable part of the digestive process. It’s a by-product of many of the foods we eat. But sometimes the same bloating and pain can be symptoms of a health problem, in which case a trip to the doctor is in order. Usually other signs indicate that bloating is not the cause.
Is it just intestinal gas?
Keep in mind that some people hit the gas more than 20 times a day and this can be considered normal depending on the person. Probably nothing to worry about unless there are underlying problems or alarming symptoms such as blood in the stool, weight loss, abdominal pain, a family malignancy, or difficulty swallowing. So what you consider to be excess gas can be a fairly ordinary amount. Keeping and reviewing a food journal can easily help you identify the source of the problem, which is one of many gas-generating foods.
Here are some easy ways to tell if intestinal gas is causing your bloating and discomfort:
You feel the need to pass gas or burp. Bloating and pain are relieved when you have gas. Your pain and bloating do not last or get worse. Excessive gas and bloating will go away if you make certain changes to your diet, such as: B. avoiding dairy products, reducing fiber or limiting high-fat foods Pain and gas improve when you swallow less air, which is caused by chewing gum or eating too quickly, for example.
What else could it be?
Although it’s not usually a sign of a serious illness, excess gas can be a warning sign of an underlying medical problem. Excess gas can be a sign of an abnormality in the digestive system, such as gastroparesis. Also, what you think of as bloating can actually be one of many health issues.
Here are some possible causes of abdominal pain and bloating:
– Lactose intolerance or other food intolerance or allergy
-Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or indigestion
-Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
-Kidney stones, gallstones or inflammation of the gallbladder
-Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis (inflammatory bowel disease)
– An ulcer in the digestive tract
-An obstruction in the intestine
– A tumor in the abdomen
In most of these cases, you will notice symptoms other than gas and bloating. For example, in the case of appendicitis, you are most likely to experience changes in your abdomen, including stiffness and extreme tenderness. Bloating does not make your stomach sensitive to pressure. So if you experience extreme pain, always consult a doctor.
If your pain, bloating, and excess bloating are persistent, take action to find the cause.
Diagnose the problem
A physical exam and diagnostic tests may be done to rule out other, more serious medical conditions that could mimic excessive gas pain. If you suspect lactose intolerance, your doctor can perform a breath test. Depending on possible causes, other tests may be done, including blood tests, imaging tests such as X-rays or computed tomography, and endoscopies. If your doctor suspects an imbalance of gut bacteria in the small intestine, probiotics may help.
If you have persistent excess gas, abdominal pain, or bloating and aren’t getting relief, it’s a good idea to see your doctor. If the problem is due to bloating, he can recommend ways to alleviate it. And if the problem is more serious, you can quickly diagnose it and start treatment.
* Presse Santé strives to convey health knowledge in a language accessible to all. In NO CASE can the information given replace the advice of a doctor.
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