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I feel bloated and hungry at the same time. is this normal?

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Dr. Sidney Vinson
Gastroenterology 27 years experience
No: Not necessarily normal but common. Bloating is a very non-specific symptom associated with everything from irritable bowel to ovarian cancer. It is usually a benign symptom but you should discuss it with your doctor.
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine 61 years experience
Unusual: Bloating is usually caused by excessive gas production or by inability of normal amounts of gas to descend into the intestines for eventual passage. Frequently people try to belch and all they accomplish is swallowing more air and adding to the bloat. When you're hungry you may also swallow air inadvertently. Alternatively your stomach may not empty normal gas when you're very hungry.

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Last updated Apr 21, 2021

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