Stomach bloating has become so common; it has got an epidemic dimension. Numerous factors can contribute to stomach bloating, such as unhealthy diet, different medications, stress, pollution from the environment etc. bloating is visible because the stomach is full and gaseous, and there is burping and murmuring in the stomach area. In most of the cases, the stomach bloating is caused by overeating, acid reflux and heartburn, swallowing extra air, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), hormonal imbalance, thyroid dysfunction, intolerance to some foods, consuming too much carbonated drinks, or bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.
Nevertheless, if the bloating is chronic, it can indicate to some serious health issue, and that is why you should know all the warnings and symptoms of these issues.
Serious bloating – signs and symptoms
Bloating, along with gasses, distension and some other symptoms can be a sign of some gastrointestinal disorders such as celiac disease, ulcerative colitis or IBS. 93 percent of the people suffering from IBS, 50 percent of people suffering from dyspepsia and 56 percent of people suffering from chronic constipation deal with bloating.
Fluid retention (Edema or Ascites)
Quite often, fluids can accumulate in some body part like the pelvic area or the abdomen, and this causes extra weight and too much bloating. This can be a result of a liver disease, and in some cases, even though rarely, of cancer. Investigate the rest of the symptoms of some liver failures or hepatitis, jaundice, alternations in the eye color or pain in the abdominal area.
Liver disease or cirrhosis can also be the cause of the bloating in the abdominal area. This can be the result of hepatitis, or maybe of alcohol or drug abuse or liver cancer. Other symptoms of liver disease can be changes in the color of the eyes and the skin, which start taking on yellowish color.
If the bloating of your stomach is severe and if it is accompanied by vomiting, nausea and constipation, it can be a result of a bowel obstruction caused by tumors or scar tissues. When these start growing, they press on the bowels and obstruct them, and thus hold in the fluids and the stool. This can be pretty painful and unpleasant problem and will cause you to have irregular bowel movement.
If you start losing weight pretty suddenly, without changing your diet or without exercising, and this loss exceeds 10 percent of your total body weight, it might be a sign of intestinal tumor. This happens because the tumors press on the bowels, make you feel full only after you have eaten a small amount of food and your appetite is suppressed by the tumor.
This is a conditions caused by an inflammation of the diverticulum in the colon, and it is associated by bloating, pain in the abdomen, fever and diarrhea or constipation. In this case, you will need to increase the intake of fibers in your diet after the inflammation is over, and make sure that the fecal matter flows in the bowels and prevent future problems.
The Chron’s disease is an autoimmune disease of the small intestine or the colon. One of its first symptoms is bloating. The Chron’s disease can trigger bowel obstruction, which can lead to severe bloating, vomiting, nausea and weight loss. If the problem is positioned in the colon, the symptoms are going to include bloody diarrhea.
Pelvic inflammatory disease
Some STD like Chlamydia or Gonorrhea can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, an issue when the female reproductive organs get infected. The usual symptoms are fever, bloating, tendonitis and pain in the pelvic area. One of the key symptoms is also the vaginal discharge, and if left untreated, this condition can cause infertility.
Bloating is a colon cancer symptom as well, since it appears because of the blockage of the inside of the colon by the colon cancer. It is one of the earliest symptoms that appear in the early phases of this disease, and when the cancer advances, the bloating goes along with bleeding and constipation.
Bloating, together with jaundice, can be a symptom of pancreatic cancer. This cancer type is one of the most fatal ones, and the signs and the symptoms of it are weight loss, appetite loss, pain in the upper part of the abdominal area that reaches even to the back, and so forth.
This type of cancer is very difficult to be diagnosed, because in its early stages it does not have almost any indications. When in its advanced stages, this type of cancer causes weight loss, indigestion, flatulence, vomiting and nausea. Some of the greatest risk factors that contribute to this cancer are the bacterium H. Pylori and the nitrates and nitrites from the processed food, especially the meats.
This type of cancer manifests itself with vaginal discharge, vaginal bleeding, and pain during or after sex and pelvic pain. It is most frequently caused by lack of progesterone, tamoxifen, genetics, radiation therapy and so forth.
Some of the ovarian cancer symptoms are bloating, pain in the pelvic area and feeling of fullness more quickly than before. The most critical group and the target of this disease are usually women above 50. Other risk factors that also contribute to developing ovarian cancer are genetics, obesity, giving birth at an older age etc.
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