Gas (Flatulence) and Bloating Caused by Another Medical Problem
Gas and bloating can have many causes, including:
Bowel obstruction. Symptoms may include
abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, gas, and bloating.
Cirrhosis of the liver. Symptoms may include a poor
appetite, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, a bloated (distended) abdomen, and
dull abdominal discomfort.
Colon or rectal cancer. Symptoms may include diarrhea or constipation, narrow stools,
abdominal pain, bloating, gas, weight loss, and decreased
Crohn's disease. Symptoms may include
lower abdominal cramping, diarrhea, weight loss, fever, and bleeding from the
Diabetes. People who have long-standing
diabetes may develop bowel problems that cause bloating and gas.
Diverticulitis. Symptoms may include abdominal
cramping, diarrhea, bloating, and gas.
Symptoms may include pain in the upper right side of the abdomen, chest, upper
back, or right shoulder following a meal of high-fat foods. Additional symptoms
include nausea, vomiting, fever, belching, gas, heartburn, or pale
Ovarian cancer. When symptoms are
present they may be vague, such as weight gain, increased abdominal girth, gas,
and bloating. Ovarian cancer frequently does not cause
Parasitic infections, such as
giardiasis, worms, or
amebiasis. Symptoms may include diarrhea, dehydration,
mucus or blood in the stools, abdominal cramps, fatigue, weight loss, and gas.
Peptic ulcer disease. Symptoms include a burning,
aching, gnawing pain between the belly button and the breastbone that may
extend to the back, loss of appetite, weight loss, bloating, gas, nausea, or
Splenic flexure syndrome. In this chronic condition, gas
becomes trapped at the bends in the colon. Symptoms include bloating, muscle
spasms, and upper abdominal pain.
Since you were recently diagnosed with chronic constipation, ask your doctor these questions at your next visit.
What is chronic constipation?
Is my chronic constipation a sign of a serious disease such as colon cancer?
Can the medications I take be the cause of chronic constipation?
What medical tests can help determine the cause of chronic constipation?
Are psyllium powder mixes or other over-the-counter (OTC) remedies effective for ending constipation?
If I've been taking ...