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Swollen full feeling in stomach and shortness of breath.

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swollen full feeling in stomach and shortness of breath .
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


Since when are your symptoms?

Do you have pain in chest or upper abdomen, nausea, vomiting, sweating, cough?

Were any investigations done?

Any significant past medical or surgical history?

Are you diabetic, have high blood pressure, are sedentary, stressed, over weight, smoker, take alcohol?

Is your cholesterol or lipid profile normal?

Dr. Arun

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

smoke and drink beer!!!

Customer: replied 6 years ago.

last friday i got up after sitting outside during a storm and my breathing got hard and my stomach feels swollen thats when i have breathing problems when my stomach is swollen

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


Shortness of breath and full feeling in stomach can be due to many conditions and following causes should be considered;

1) Walking pneumonia

2) Hiatal hernia

3) Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

4) Allergic asthma; with your sitting in storm.

Shortness of breath is always considered as an important symptom and should be investigated by a chest x-ray and blood work. You may consider going to ER for an evaluation. You may need an anti allergic medications and steroid shot.

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

Dr. Arun

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Customer: replied 6 years ago.

stomach has bloated come and gone last two years

Expert:  Dr. Arun Phophalia replied 6 years ago.


A bloating in stomach going would need investigations for following conditions;

1) Gallbladder disease (gallstones); if not removed.

2) Irritable bowel syndrome

3) Diverticulitis

The causes of bloating are;

1) excessive air swallowing.

Anxious people swallow air when they are stressed or anxiety supervenes.

2) increased intraluminal (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 excessive gas.

Following may help you;

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.

3) Investigations by your physician;

a) Ultrasound of abdomen

b) Colonic transit time.

c) CT scan of abdomen

Discontinue the following if you do them;

1) gum chewing,

2) smoking,

3) drinking carbonated beverages, and

4) gulping food and liquids.

It is privilege assisting you.

Dr. Arun

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