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my upper abdomen (left side) makes strong gurgling sounds (I

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my upper abdomen (left side) makes strong gurgling sounds (I can both hear & feel this) often followed by very loose bowels movements. Is something wrong?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.



This can be diverticulosis. Diverticulum are the blind pouch where food can stagnate and bacteria can grow. This gives the gurgling sound and diarrhea. Another possibility is irritable bowel syndrome. Gall bladder stones may also occasionally be responsible for these symptoms. Having said that, any change in bowel habits or symptoms persisting for some duration, need a CT scan and a colonoscopy (camera exam). Following may help you, meanwhile you are investigated;


1) Avoid


a) Cabbage

b) Beer

c) Legumes

d) Cheese

e) Beans


2) This may help;


a) Bismuth subsalicylate

b) Activated charcoal

c) Simethicone; (Maalox, Mylanta); Simethicone causes gas bubbles to break up.

d) Beano; contains an enzyme (alpha-galactosidase), which helps to breakdown certain complex carbohydrates.


All are available without prescription.


Avoid foods that appear to aggravate symptoms. These may include milk and dairy products, certain fruits or vegetables, whole grains, artificial sweeteners etc. But this is based on the personal observation for the aggravating food.


Discontinue the following if you do them;


1) gum chewing,

2) smoking,

3) drinking carbonated beverages, and

4) gulping food and liquids.


Please feel free for your follow up questions.


Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
OK thanks. I didn't think to mention that this usually happens within 1 hour after breakfast and supper meals. I don't eat alot of the foods mentioned, do not smoke or drink, but i am diabetic. These two meals are the only ones where I have a drink (skim milk) other than water. Could that have any significance?
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.



Yes. Milk or dairy products sometimes suddenly start forming gas, so this may have some correlation. Stopping it, if relieves the symptoms would be the pin pointer. Otherwise as we discussed talk to your primary care physician for investigative work up.


It is pleasure and privilege assisting you.


Dr. Arun

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