Bloat; everyone gets this uncomfortable stomach feeling at some point. Maybe you ate too many beans and franks around the old campfire, or maybe you drank too much beer at the bar on Friday night. Whatever the cause, you either have or will experience bloating at some point. However, you should pay extra close attention to any bloating that really does not seem to have a direct link to something you ate, drank, or did. Here is why.
Bloat Could Be a Disease
No joke; bloating is a symptom of a number of more serious diseases. Celiac disease, which is directly tied to gluten from flour, has some of the most painful bloat symptoms you would ever hope never to feel. IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, develops an untold buildup of gases in the bowel while it creates diarrhea and/or constipation and more swollen bloat than a circus balloon. People with lactose intolerance cannot consume milk or dairy because of the painful bloating and cramps that accompany this condition. Bloat can accompany problems with uterine and ovarian medical conditions as well. Sometimes even problems in the interstitial tissues of the gut clamp off escaped gases that create bloat, and with no means of escaping, it can be life-threatening.
Bloat Could BeTreatable
Even though the information above lists a number of serious medical causes for bloat, you should know that all of them can be addressed with medication and/or dietary changes. For example, people with celiac disease have to consume a completely gluten-free diet for the rest of their lives if they want to avoid painful bloating. IBS sufferers can take medications and make small changes in their diets to avoid foods that create a lot of gas. Lactose intolerance can be tolerated with either no dairy ever, consumption of lactose-free foods, and/or taking a pill before eating any dairy products. Gynecological issues may require surgery, and possibly cancer treatment, but then the pain and swelling will go away. Exercise in most cases can alleviate a lot of gut swelling and painful distension.
Get to a Doctor and Get Things Checked Out
Since you really have no idea of what is going on with your belly, see a doctor. He or she will perform a series of tests to narrow down the possibilities and rule out the more serious diseases. Then you can begin bloating treatment for what the doctor says you have and you can begin to feel a lot better.