Abdominal Pain

Abdominal Pain

Many people will have abdominal bloating pain at some point in their lives. This may be caused by normal gas, which is eliminated from the body approximately 14 times a day, or even by digestion, overeating, or menstrual cramps. When one’s bloating becomes unbearable and frequent, it is important to seek medical advice. Abdominal pain and bloating might be a symptom of a serious health issue and should not be overlooked.

Symtoms of abdominal issues include flatulence, pain or bloating in the abdomen, and excessive belching. These may be symptoms of normal gas, or of more serious problems. The degree and frequency of the symptoms is what one should generally pay attention to. Some abdominal pain and bloating is normal for all people, but having pain after every meal or over the course of several days is not.

Lower abdominal bloating causes may be as simple as the food one consumes. Foods that are known to cause an excessive amount of gas include beans, cabbage, brussels sprouts, broccoli, asparagus, milk, cheese, ice-cream, bread, cereal, salad dressing, onions, artichokes, pears, wheat, soft drinks, fruits, sugar-free candies, potatoes, pasta, and a wide array of others. One might try limiting or stopping the intake of these foods to see if that is one of the lower abdominal bloating causes. Both lower and upper abdominal bloating pain may be the cause of a serious condition such as peptic ulcer disease, gastroesophageal reflux disease, delayed gastric emptying, Crohn’s disease, or even colon cancer. If the gas and bloating becomes an almost constant presence or just causes extreme discomfort, one should see a doctor immediatley.

Doctors, through the tracking of dietary habits and the tracking of the amount of gas passed, are generally able to figure out if anything the patient is doing is causing the gas and bloating. Doctors will also look for symptoms or signs of any of the above mentioned conditions or any other complications that may be causing the gas and bloating.

Once the cause of the bloating has been determined, methods of treatment may also be determined. One may be instructed to simply stop eating the foods that are causing the gas problem, or have an over-the-counter gas medication recommended. Examples of these might include digestive enzymes that help with the digestion of carbohydrates, enzyme lactase that helps with lactose digestion, or even Beano. If a more serious issue, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome, is the problem, a prescription medication or other course of treatment may be prescriped. If at anytime abdominal bloating pain persists, one should see a doctor as soon as possible.

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