Many of us may experience abdominal bloating from time to time, mainly due to trapped wind. Abdominal bloating is one of the most bothersome GI complaint and can even sometimes be socially disabling.
Bloating occurs when there is an excess of gas formed in the stomach by swallowing air (aerophagia), or due to an excessive gas production in the intestines due to greater ability of some bacteria to produce gas. This may also come from an accumulation of waste and gas due to constipation, food fermentation or overeating.
Bloating is defined as a recurrent subjective sensation that the abdomen is larger than normal. When you are bloated you may have this sensation of swollen & distended abdomen, but also may feel excessive stomach gurgling, or suffer from abdominal cramps. This sensation of in comfort is increasing after eating or in the evening. The typical symptoms are :
- A feeling of abdominal distention
- Abdominal pain
- Trapped wind
- Tightness of clothing
Bloating is often associated with various functional GI disorders such as IBS (Irritable bowel Syndrome), dyspepsia or constipation.