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What is Abdominal Bloatedness?

Abdominal bloating is a condition where the abdomen feels tight, full, and appears to be swollen.

Mr. Abhay Chopada a laparoscopic general and colorectal consultant specialises in the treatment of various gastrointestinal disorders as well as symptoms such as abdominal bloatedness. As one of UK’s Top Surgical Gastroenterologists, is well known for his expertise in this field.

What is Abdominal Bloatedness?

Bloating, passing gas and belching occur naturally in our day-to-day lives, but when these conditions cause pain and affect your daily activities, something may be seriously wrong and requires immediate medical attention.

Abdominal bloating is a condition where the abdomen feels tight, full, and appears to be swollen. It occurs when abdominal gas starts building up in the stomach and fails to pass.

Abdominal bloating commonly occurs due to swallowing large amounts of air or impaired digestion. Indigestion releases gases that fill up the large pockets of the intestine causing the intestine to stretch and result in a bloated feeling. These are caused by:

  • Delayed stomach emptying
  • Sugar substitutes (fructose and sorbitol) and certain medications (acarbose, meds containing lactulose or sorbitol)
  • Some vegetables and fruits (onions, cabbage, apples, peaches, broccoli, Brussels sprouts)
  • Excessive intake of fatty foods
  • Smoking
  • Infection, blockage or disease of the gastrointestinal tract
  • Overweight and over eating
  • Anxiety or stress
  • Constipation

Abdominal bloating may also be a symptom of various conditions which include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lactose intolerance (intolerance to dairy products)
  • Celiac disease (intolerance to wheat gluten)
  • Ascites (fluid in the abdomen due to various diseases)
  • Pancreatic insufficiency (impaired digestion due to insufficient digestive enzymes)
  • Tumours

Abdominal bloating is sometimes associated with distension, where you notice a visible increase in abdominal girth (between hips and chest).

What are the Signs & Symptoms?

Abdominal bloating may be associated with an uncomfortable feeling of fullness and pain. You may feel tight or as if your abdomen has swollen. The abdomen expands in size and may cause mild, dull or sharp pain and discomfort. Pain may be relieved after having a bowel movement or when the gas has passed. Other common symptoms include:

  • Frequent burping
  • Rumbling sound in the abdomen
  • Flatulence or passing of excessive gas

You should consult your doctor if you experience the following along with bloating:

  • Weight loss
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Dark or tarry stools with blood
  • Worsened heartburn
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