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Were any investigations done for this bloating?
Do you have gas, indigestion, belching?
Any significant past medical illness or surgery?
I have not had any investigations as suche, a few months ago I used to get constipated quite regulary and went the the doctor, I now drink more throughout the day and do not suffer with this as much as I used to.
I have more gas than normal, belching is normal for me and occasionally I have indigestion pains.
I have no past medical ilnesses and have not undergone any surgery's
Following causes should be looked for your symptoms;
1) Gallbladder disease (gallstones)
2) Irritable bowel syndrome
The reasons for bloating can be;
1) excessive air swallowing.
Anxious people swallow air when they are stressed or anxiety supervenes.
2) increased intraluminal gas (inside the intestine) production from mal absorbed (improperly absorbed) nutrients,
3) decreased gas absorption due to some pathological condition of intestines like diverticulitis
4) expansion of intestinal gas due to changes in atmospheric pressure
A solitary reason or combination can be responsible for the bloating.
Following may help you;
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.
3) Investigations by your physician;
a) Ultrasound and CT scan of abdomen
b) Colonic transit time.
Discontinue the following if you do them;
1) gum chewing,
3) drinking carbonated beverages, and
4) gulping food and liquids.
Please feel free for your follow up questions.
Thanks, the foods you said to avoid, I do not eat any of these, apart from cheese which is very occasionally, as regarding foods that aggravate symptoms, everything seems to make be feel bloated. The points you mentioned to discontinue, I do not do/ eat either.
Would excercise help? as I am cautious not the excercise on a bloated stomach, but lately this is always
You are welcome.
Brisk walking may help you. Since food is not the aggravating factor, you would need investigations to look for the causes we had discussed (gall stones, IBS, diverticulitis).
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