Distended Abdomen & Bloating – Knowing The Difference Could Save Your Life
Symptoms Of Distended Abdomen
In most cases it will be gas, however the following symptoms can also occur;
- feelings of fullness
- abdominal bloating
- flatulence and belching
- irregular periods
The occasional gas and flatulence on its own isn’t serious and doesn’t warrant a visit to the doctor, but if you experience recurring abdominal pains or notice blood in the stool, then yes, visit the doctor and have yourself checked out.
Identifying The Cause
Treatment depends on the diagnosis. Your physician can conduct a number of tests to determine the cause of the problem.
If your stomach distension is only intermittent, a physical examination and answers to a medical history questionnaire is probably enough to determine the cause.
If your symptoms are continuous further testing may be required and this can involve a stool examination, x-rays, MRI scans and possibly a colonoscopy.
Treatment For Distension
If your intermittent distension is caused by excessive gas or constipation then treatment is the simple matter of changing your diet and eating habits.
To banish your excessive gas and constipation consider these;
- Eat more raw natural foods including fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts.
- Gradually increase intake of fiber to 35 grams per day.
- Drink 8 glasses of fresh clean water per day.
- Steam food and avoid frying or grilling.
- Avoid high fat and processed packaged foods.
- Cut down or minimize your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
- Drink ginger tea.
- Cut down on diary products
- Eat lactose free foods if you have lactose intolerance
Avoid the temptation to make drastic changes otherwise your symptoms could worsen. The best way is to do it gradually – this gives your body time to adapt.