Bloated Stomach

Bloated Stomach or Flatulence is a digestive disorder in which the patient feels his stomach is uncomfortable because it feels full, tight and gassy. In addition, the stomach can also look enlarged. These complaints generally occur not only in adults but also in children.This condition can interfere with work activities and socialization of sufferers. When compared with people with normal stomach conditions, people with bloating will get sick more frequently, visit doctors often, and consume more drugs.Some of the symptoms commonly felt by people with flatulence are:
  • Full sensation, tightness, or swelling of the abdomen.
  • Pain and full of gas in the abdomen.
  • Pain that appears can cause stomach cramps.
  • The frequency of burping becomes more frequent.
  • The stomach feels turbulent.
  • Exhaust wind excessively.
Flatulence can be caused by many things, namely:
  • Swallow air, both at meals and when drinking water.
  • Constipation.
  • Smoke.
  • Eat too fast.
  • Weight increases.
  • Growth of bacteria too quickly in the small intestine.
  • Ups and downs of hormones, especially in women who are experiencing pre menstrual syndrome.
  • Certain medical conditions such as giardiasis (intestinal parasites).
The doctor will perform several ways to diagnose the cause of abdominal bloating in patients, namely evaluating patients' medical records, assessing the patient's diet, and performing physical examination. When performing a physical examination, the doctor will tap the patient's stomach with his finger while listening to his voice. If the sound of the stomach when knocked louder, generally a sign of gas in the abdominal cavity. The doctor will perform follow-up examination of the patient if deemed necessary to rule out other medical conditionsThere are several risk factors that can cause a person more susceptible to bloating, namely:
  • Intolerance (can not digest) to lactose or gluten.
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables, grains, beans.
  • Eating soft drinks.
  • Have chronic bowel disorders, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (bowel function disorder characterized by abdominal pain, changes in bowel habits, and flatulence), or inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis or Crohn's).
The condition of flatulence can also be a symptom of some serious ailments such as:
  • Fluid in the abdominal cavity called ascites, can occur due to cancer, liver disease, kidney failure or congestive heart failure.
  • Celiac disease
  • Ovarian cancer.
  • Impaired function of the pancreas.

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