That uncomfortable feeling of fullness in your abdomen is bloating. It is a sensation that points to the abdomen being distended and it might also be painful to breathe. Most bloating pains are sharp and cause your stomach to cramp. Pain from bloating on the upper left side can be mistaken for heart pains and if you experience bloating and pain on the right side you might think you are having appendix or gallbladder issues. Bloating is rarely life threatening, but it can be annoying, point to other medical conditions, or lead to a diagnosis of improper food digestion.
Symptoms of Bloating
In addition to tender stomachs, boating can product flatus and burping. Gas is simply the breakdown of food into energy. Gas and burping conditions are embarrassing and bloating is irritating. A simple change of diet can reduce the symptoms. Do note that you may pass gas from six to twenty times per day and burping can be a normal condition after eating. If you pass gas or burp way beyond what is normal you might consider being checked out for ulcers or gallbladder problems. If you live in a culture that applauds burping and passing gas, be thankful and just show appreciation for the meal.
Causes of Bloating
- Causes of bloating include swallowing air. Swallowed air is usually burped up, but if not the air passes through your digestive system and releases as flatus. You may find that excessive air swallowing also causes hiccups.
- Foods and beverages can cause bloating. The amount and type varies from person to person. Culprits may just be carbonated drinks, caffeinated drinks, hot beverages, and foods you cannot easily digest. Fatty foods that delay stomach emptying are causes of bloating. Eating beans and broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage can cause bloating. Lettuce is often an offender and eating apples, peaches and pears may cause you stomach and bloating distress.
- Constipation is a cause of bloating but does not increase either burping or gas symptoms. Constipation can occur when stools are hard and very difficult to pass. Constipation can be painful and your stomach may feel tender to the touch. You might also notice that you feel full and your stomach is somewhat distended.
- Medicines and nutritional supplements can cause bloating and gas. The common perpetrators of bloating are a