Gas, Bloating, and Burping - Preparing For Your Appointment To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
You can help your
doctor diagnose and treat your condition by being prepared to
answer the following questions:
What is your main symptom? How long have you had
this symptom? How long do symptoms last when they
occur? What do you think is causing your symptoms? Have
you tried any home treatment? If so, what measures have you tried? Have they
helped? Have you been treated for this problem in the past? What
was the treatment? Did it help? Do you think your symptoms are
caused by what or how you eat?
Do symptoms seem to begin after you have
certain foods or drinks? If so, which ones? Do you chew gum, eat
rapidly, drink carbonated beverages, or drink through a straw? Do you wear dentures? Do they fit
properly? Do you smoke or use other tobacco
products? Do you drink alcohol? If so, how much? Do any
other symptoms occur along with burping, gas, or bloating, such as a change in
your bowel habits, heartburn, vomiting, or abdominal pain? Have you
had any recent illness or changes in your health? Have you lost or
gained more than a few pounds in the past month? Did you drink lake
or stream water or untreated well water? Have you recently visited
a foreign country or taken a ship cruise? Does anyone in your
inflammatory bowel disease, or
intolerance to lactose or other food
products? Do you have any
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
November 14, 2014
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