When an individual has an excessive amount of gas and bloating, this may signal a medical condition requiring diagnosis.
Gas & Bloating Symptoms
- Abdomen feels full and tight
- Abnormal/frequent gas
- Abdomen is tender/painful
- Constipation, diarrhea or both
- Excessive belching
- Nausea or vomiting
As these symptoms may be part of a variety of gastrointestinal conditions, your doctor will need to take a history and possibly perform tests prior to a diagnosis.
What Causes Gas & Bloating?
While bloating is often due to excess gas, it can be caused by carbonated beverages, large meals, menstruation, constipation, or gas. When excessive intestinal gas occurs, it may be due to excessive air swallowing or some part of the food breakdown process. Many patients respond favorably to lifestyle and dietary changes; others may require medication or medical treatments.