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How long can I wait with bloating to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

How long can I wait with bloating to see if it goes away without seeing a doctor?

2-3 weeks: Many people experience bloating that comes and goes depending on what you eat, changes in activity, or hormone changes. If you cannot explain the bloating, and it persists for 2 to 3 weeks, it's time to see your doctor. Either the bowels or the ovaries could be a problem. ...Read more

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I've had this problem for 5 days with abdominal pain, diarrhea some, gas, and bloating. Do I go to ER or wait to see my family doctor?

I've had this problem for 5 days with abdominal pain, diarrhea some, gas, and bloating. Do I go to ER or wait to see my family doctor?

Symptoms are not ER: -worthy, unless your diarrhea is resulting in dehydration. Are your mouth and lips dry? Are you peeing less? Do you feel your heart racing? If not, you're less likely to be dehydrated. 5 days of diarrhea, pain, gas, and bloating sounds like a problem your family doctor should be able to take care of. ...Read more

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I have had watery diarrehea for over 24 hours. Stomach cramps/bloating, dry mouth.No fever or vomiting. Got any ideas? I am almost never sick, so this bothers me some what. Should i see a doctor or wait it out

I have had watery diarrehea for over 24 hours. Stomach cramps/bloating, dry mouth.No fever or vomiting. Got any ideas? I am almost never sick, so this bothers me some what.  Should i see a doctor or wait it out

Gastroenteritis: This may result from toxins or direct infections produced by a variety of bacteria (staph aureus, clostridium perfringens, bacillus cereus, etc.), viruses (norovirus, rotavirus, sapovirus, etc.) and a variety of parasites. Most of these are self-limiting conditions and should resolve without therapy. If they persist beyond 5-7 days you should be seen by a doctor and evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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What type of a doctor should I see about extreme bloating?

What type of a doctor should I see about extreme bloating?

GI doctor: Most bloating is related to problems with the GI tract. Start there although a family doctor is generally an excellent option for this symptom. ...Read more

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Are any special tests needed, or can a regular doctor see me for my bloating?

Regular doc: Most causes of bloating can be evaluated by your primary care physician. They can determine need for testing and referral, if necessary. It may take multiple visits to treat if has been chronic problem since there are many causes. If you suspect something immediately life-threatening, go to er. ...Read more

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Should I see a specialist for bloating, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

Regular physician: Seeing your primary care provider can help narrow down the cause and direct you to the proper specialist if it is needed - your primary care doctor is your first and best starting point for most problems. ...Read more

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I've been feeling more tired and have some bloating. When should I see the doctor?

See your "PCP": While your symptoms do not sound worrisome, there probably is a good explanation for this; there is no one better to get to the bottom of this than your primary care physician. We are at our best professionally when we have established long-term relationships with our patients and can intervene very early in the course of one's illness. Ultimately, our goals are the same: to get you feeling better. ...Read more

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Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my bloating until I can see a doctor?

Is there anything I can get from the grocery store or drug store for my bloating until I can see a doctor?

Yes: Bloating is often related to specific foods. Avoiding those will help, but there are a number of over the counter medications available for bloating due to gas. Almost all contain simethicone. If you have avoided gassy foods and your symptoms persist you should see you doctor for evaluation to rule out bowel disease or other causes for your symptoms. ...Read more

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