Gas and BloatingThere are many common GI symptoms people experience. The occasional gas, bloating, nausea, and abdominal pain is quite normal and nothing to be concerned about. It is important to understand these symptoms as they can sometimes be indicative of a more serious underlying condition.
  • Gas: Gas is a very normal condition when excess air is in the large or small intestines. For the majority of people, gas is not a serious condition. People typically pass gas a few times every day. Burps and flatulence are the body’s way of ridding the body of gas. Burps are often the way the body releases swallowed air and flatulence is the typical release of the gas that is created during digestion. When one experiences excessive gas, it is often a symptom of another condition. There are many, many things that can cause gas – cruciferous vegetables, lactose intolerance, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, beans, carbonated drinks, chewing gum, and artificial sweeteners. The treatment for gas depends on the underlying cause of the gas. Many times, gas can be reduced through diet and lifestyle changes including eliminating artificial sweeteners, beans, dairy and carbonated beverages. If one experiences excessive gas that is painful and you are experiencing other symptoms, it could be due to a serious underlying condition.
  • Bloating: Bloating is the unpleasant feeling of excess air in the abdomen. Swallowing air, air moving the wrong way towards the stomach, the gasses released by bacteria in the gut, medications, constipation, and certain foods and beverages, can cause bloating.If you find that your gas or bloating is becoming very painful, occurring often, and you have other symptoms including blood in stools, weight loss, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, it is time to see a doctor as it can be a symptom of a underlying condition.
  • Indigestion: Indigestion is a very common condition where a person has an uncomfortable, full feeling one may have after a meal. Many people also feel pain or burning with the feeling of fullness. Indigestion is often a symptom of an underlying GI condition including acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, Gastroparesis, ulcers, or gallbladder disease.
  • Abdominal pain: Abdominal pain is never a normal state. When the body is in pain, it is signaling that something is not quite right. Abdominal pain is a symptom of many different GI conditions – gas, constipation, appendicitis, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, colon cancer, or peptic ulcers.
  • Nausea: Nausea is a state where a person feels queasy and sick to the stomach. Nausea is often the symptom experienced before one vomits, but not everyone vomits when feeling nauseous. The causes of nausea include emotional stress, pregnancy, motion sickness, stomach flu, cancer, medications, brain injuries, gall stones, appendicitis, or an intestinal blockage.
  • Vomiting: Vomiting is the elimination of the contents of the stomach through the mouth. One can vomit involunatrily or voluntarily. Normally, the causes of vomiting are pregnancy, emotional stress, motion sickness, stomach flu, food poisoning and can go away on their own. However, vomiting is also a sign of more serious conditions such as a gall stones, concussion or a brain injury, cancer, appendicitis, or an intestinal blockage.
If you or a loved one has been experiencing the mentioned symptoms and are severe, it is important to contact us. Dr. Nowain has a variety of diagnostic tools available to diagnose and treat GI conditions, including H. pylori and hydrogen breath testing.