Understanding Bloating

Understanding Bloating

Bloating is the discomfort felt around the abdominal area. Abdominal bloating associated with distension is a common symptom in patients with functional gastrointestinal disorders. Bloating is reported by 6% to 31% of the general population.

Bloating may feel as a sharp pain or it may be associated with abdominal cramps. These pain and discomfort may occur anywhere in the abdomen and can change locations quickly. Occasionally it may be mistaken for heart pain when it develops in the chest as a consequence of reflux. Pain on the right side of the abdomen may be occasionally confused with problems in the appendix or the gallbladder. Continue reading Understanding Bloating