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What causes that feeling of being gassy or having a distended stomach after eating?

What causes that feeling of being gassy or having a distended stomach after eating?

Aerophagia versus...: Aerophagia (swallowed air) distends stomach & may result in burping. Also, gassiness/ stomach distension after meals can reflect: 1) partial gastric outlet obstruction due to gastritis/ulcer; 2) pyloric narrowing from scar; 3) gastroparesis due to delayed emptying of stomach (as w/diabetic gut neuropathy); 4) bacterial overgrowth in gut; 5) any malabsorption; 6) pancreatic maldigestion 7) lots more. ...Read more

Distended Stomach (Definition)

A distended stomach results from air in bowel loops. Air in the colon can result in bloat. The passage of gas can relieve this. Air in small bowel is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also ...Read more


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What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

What can cause a constant hard distended stomach?

Lots of things: Distension after meals suggests gastroparesis (a slow stomach) or dysmotility of the small or large intestine. Distension is often reported by irritable bowel syndrome patients who exhibit no structural pathology. Partial or complete obstruction of the bowel can cause distenstion. Accumulation of ascites fluid (benign or malignant causes), pregnancy, organ enlargement, herniation are others. ...Read more

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Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Extreme abdominal distention episodes. No distention on CT (no air, fluid, or distended bowel...Nothing). What could cause this confusing result?

Chameleons vs Static: Humans change status. 2 issues: (1) like most medical tests, only issues present at moment of the test show; not previous or future issues. (2) the range of "normal" (as defined by medical industry: the central 96% of usual) is huge. I have seen many examples of radiologists calling images normal when the issue is quite visible within the images. Get ; examine the images yourself with assistance. ...Read more

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What kind of hernia or condition...Can cause distended stomach, balls lower than usual?

What kind of hernia or condition...Can cause distended stomach, balls lower than usual?

Inguinal hernia: Depending on where your stomach is distended, it sounds as if you may have an inguinal (groin) hernia -- a weakness in the abdominal wall muscles that can allow the guts to push out with upright position, coughing, lifting, or straining. Since an inguinal hernia is closely associated with the cord that goes to the testicle, it can push the testicle lower in the scrotum or enlarge the scrotum. ...Read more

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Distended stomach and discomfort. But no pain?

Distended stomach and discomfort. But no pain?

?gas: Bloating of the abdomen is usually due to gaseous accumulation although fluid build-up or enlarged organs or aortic aneurysm can cause abdominal distension. To relieve gaseous distension drink hot water and apply a hot water bottle to the abdomen which helps break down gas build-up and enables you to pass it. Taking simethicone after meals prevents the gas build-up. See your Physician as needed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: distended stomach?

Bloat: A distended stomach results from air in bowel loops. Air in the colon can result in bloat. The passage of gas can relieve this. Air in small bowel is less common and is indicative of some other process such as obstruction or crohn's. This is more concerning and needs work-up. Motility disorders can also cause bloat such as gastroparesis which also needs to be evaluated. ...Read more

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What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

What would a hard distended stomach under the breast mean?

Symptoms: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes. ...Read more

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Bloated distended stomach, weight gain. I eat ~1100 calories a day so what else can I do?

Bloated distended stomach, weight gain. I eat ~1100 calories a day so what else can I do?

Get a check up: If you are really eating 1100calories a day and gaining weight, you need to consult your doctor and get a thorough physical exam and test for thyroid as it makes no sense that you are gaining weight on 1100 calories. ...Read more

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What causes me to feel bloated and have abdominal distention after eating a lot of pizza?

What causes me to feel bloated and have abdominal distention after eating a lot of pizza?

Grease, lactose: Gas can be caused by foods with a lot of insoluble fiber (roughage), or by lactose intolerance. Also excessively greasy foods can cause gas as well. Rarely, there are abnormal twists (volvulus) of the sigmoid colon which can cause bloating. Lastly, cancerous growths can cause a blockage and bloating of the colon. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Chronic constipation no obstruction or any disease, just an extremely boated and distended stomach. Howcan i clear out all the built up fecal matter?

Chronic constipation no obstruction or any disease, just an extremely boated and distended stomach. Howcan i clear out all the built up fecal matter?

Several options..: Patients with chronic constipation should understand they have a very efficient colon in reabsorbing water and holding on to residue. To have more regular bowel movements will mean providing the colon with daily help (supplement) - a fiber product (metamucil, prunes), stool softener (doss), or osmotic laxative (glycolax, mom). But not a stimulant laxative such as dulcolax or senna herbal products. ...Read more

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How do cachectics avoid a distended stomach from malnutrition?

How do cachectics avoid a distended stomach from malnutrition?

Protien : The reason malnurished pts have distended abdomens is because of fluid accumulation and is called ascites. Protien and Albumin hold fluids in the vessels . Malnurished pts have low levels of these and fluids escape the vesels and accumulate in the abdomen. Supplements rich in protien may help ...Read more

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Distended stomach after hernia repair. How long to get back to normal.

Distended stomach after hernia repair. How long to get back to normal.

Several weeks: This is very common, and usually takes several weeks to return to normal, but don;t worry, because the distension will go down. As always, if you think something is really wrong, contact your surgeon. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

My whole back hurts, I have bad distended stomach and ascites. Is this normal with my condition?

Good question: 1. Change of center of gravity, with swollen abdomen like ascites , other condition like pregnancy, obesity can load the spine to cause back pain. I would discuss with your pcp re:physical therapy. ...Read more

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Prilosec vs Pepcid (famotidine) vs probiotics for distended stomach?

The answer...: ....To what will help with a distended abdomen depends entirely on the cause of the distention. Probiotics are helpful with a lot of digestive issues, if you take them regularly. The two meds you mention reduce stomach acid and are unlikely to help with distention. If this is happening often, look to your diet for a solution. This problem is often diet related. ...Read more

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What can my mom do to address tummy horrible belly cramps and a distended stomach?

What can my mom do to address tummy horrible belly cramps and a distended stomach?

See your doctor: She needs to see her doctor to make sure nothing serious is going on like appendicitis, obstruction, etc. ...Read more

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What are causes of 6 months abdominal distention and sudden onset x1 month leg weakness with getting out of chair or up from squatting , sob minima?

What are causes of 6 months abdominal distention and sudden onset x1 month leg weakness with getting out of chair or up from squatting , sob minima?

Complicated: Abdominal distention of 6 months could be serious and requires evaluation by your physician. There are several potential causes, and the additional symptoms of weakness and shortness of breath make a systemic disease a consideration. You will likely require a scan of your abdomen and blood tests to further assess your condition. ...Read more

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Swollen Abdomen (Definition)

An enlarging abdomen over what is normal for you, can develop over a period of hours to weeks. This excludes obesity, common causes are gas in the intestine, fluid in the abdomen, pregnancy, and rarely cancer. A CAT scan or ultrasound will show what is going on. Would be helpful to know if there are other symptoms, such as pain, ...Read more


Upper Abdomen (Definition)

Draw a transverse line through the umbilicus and the upper abdomen includes every part of the belly above this line and below the ...Read more