Bloating occurs when the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is filled with air or gas, resulting in your abdomen feeling full or tight. Sometimes your abdomen may be swollen (distended), hard, and painful due to bloating. Along with being bloated, you may also experience the following symptoms:
- Excessive gas
- Frequent burping
- Abdominal rumbling or gurgles
What Causes Bloating?
Bloating can be caused by a wide range of factors. For some, bloating can be caused from eating or drinking too fast, chewing gum, smoking, consuming certain foods, or food intolerances (lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, or soy intolerance).
However, these are other causes of bloating, which are caused by medical conditions, including but not limited to:
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory bowel disease (colitis or Crohn’s disease)
- Functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGS)
- Food intolerance
- Weight gain
- Hormonal flux
- Certain medications
- Gut parasites
- Overgrowth of certain bacteria
If you are experiencing bloating and you are unsure of the reason why, it is best to consult with a gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks. Our doctor can help determine the cause of your bloating, as well as treat your bloating and the underlying cause. Our team is highly experienced in providing our patients with optimal, lasting results. Contact our team today at The Office of Dr. Sharam Daneshgar, MD to schedule an appointment!
When to See a Doctor For Bloating
If you are experiencing bloating, along with these other symptoms, then it is best to see a gastroenterologist in Thousand Oaks as soon as possible:
- Severe or prolonged abdominal pain
- Blood in stools
- Dark, tarry looking stools
- Sudden or unexplained weight loss
Contact a Bloating Specialist in Thousand Oaks
If you’re tired of feeling bloated and want to know the cause of it all, it is best to consult with an expert. Our Thousand Oaks gastroenterologist will be able to provide you with a comprehensive exam to determine diagnosis and treatment. Call The Office of Dr. Sharam Daneshgar, MD to schedule an appointment!