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Bloating: Know When To See Doctor

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Bloating: Know When To See Doctor

Though your bloating might be alleviated, keep an eye on your body condition. If you encounter the following symptoms, go seek medical help. 

1. You have signs of an underlying condition

You should also see a doctor if your pain is so severe that it prevents you from living your life. Or you suffer from these symptoms:

  • Nausea that doesn’t go away
  • Black, tarry stool or bright red bloody streaks
  • Severe diarrhea or constipation
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss

2. Proactively investigate serious symptoms

There are several conditions which can have similar symptoms to gas. This means that if you aren’t sure that your symptoms are just gas, you may want to get checked by a doctor. 

  • Appendicitis
  • Gall stones
  • An obstructed bowel
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Heart disease

3. Get a medical exam

In order to best diagnose you, your doctor will need to examine you physically and talk about your diet.

  • Let your doctor tap your abdomen and listen to whether it sounds hollow. If so, it suggests you have a lot of gas.
  • Your doctor will also listen to your abdomen with a stethoscope. Loud rumbling and gurgling noises may be a sign that the intestines are full of gas.
  • Give your doctor an honest summary of your eating habits.
  • Provide your doctor with your medical records, including a complete list of medications, supplements, and vitamins that you take.

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