Abdominal pain from gas
Flatulence is that uncontrolled expulsion of intestinal gases from the rectum. This is called in medical terminology flatulence designated. Can also be a Accumulation of intestinal gases lead to a painful bloated stomach in the abdomen. In this case Meteorism spoken. Usually this leads to air accumulation cramping abdominal pain.
The causes of flatulence are very diverse and often depend on the ingested food together. On the one hand, the Food composition or scattered foods lead to an increased formation of gas in the intestine and thus to unpleasant flatulence, but the Eating habits produce this symptom yourself.
Kick the gas more often on or related to certain foodsso should go to a Food intolerance or functional gastrointestinal problems continue to be considered.
Flatulence can also without disease value occur. This occurs especially after large meals and is harmless as long as the person concerned does not feel any pain.
Abdominal pain from flatulence can manifest itself in a variety of forms. For one, it can become a generalized bloating which sometimes come from nausea is accompanied. Additionally can Stomach and intestinal cramps occur. Often the belly bulges far forward in the sense of a flat stomach.
The causes of a bloated stomach and the associated abdominal pain can be roughly divided into two groups. On the one hand, there may be an increased intake of air, which means that there is also more air in the intestine, which is discharged again through flatulence. This can happen, for example, due to fast food intake, in which more air is swallowed and, in addition, often insufficient chewing of the food takes place.
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On the other hand, there can be increased gas formation in the intestine itself. There are many reasons for this. In general, a diet rich in fiber results in delayed and difficult digestion. However, spoiled foods, food intolerances such as lactose intolerance or celiac disease can also lead to flatulence. In this case, due to the lack of certain enzymes, the food cannot be absorbed, so that the intestinal bacteria break it down and form gas.
Both psychological factors, infections and inflammatory bowel disease, such as Crohn's disease, as well as the side effects of some medications, can lead to flatulence and associated abdominal pain and should therefore be examined by a doctor if symptoms persist.
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Treatment / What to do
Before treating the flatulence and the resulting abdominal pain, the trigger searched for and treated if possible. If it is only a single occurrence of abdominal pain in the context of food intake, then the abdominal pain and the associated flatulence can be avoided medicinal get a grip. An anticonvulsant drug such as Buscopan®. By Dimeticon The flatulence in particular can be relieved by the drug dissolving the gas accumulations in the intestine. Also can Teas, slight movement and preventively also taking smaller meals help avoid the gas.
However, if the symptoms occur more frequently, a doctor should be consulted. This can, for example, via certain Testing or by imposing Diets test specifically whether it is a food intolerance. There is also the option of having a specialist in internal medicine perform a gastric and colonoscopy, for example to rule out inflammatory bowel diseases.
Pregnancy leads to various changes in the organism that can also affect the balance in the gastrointestinal tract. The most significant changes are those Shifts in hormone levels a pregnant woman. The increase in the hormone progesterone during pregnancy is significant for the intestines. It actually has the task of maintaining the pregnancy by, among other things, preparing the muscles of the uterus for the increase in size of the embryo. However, progesterone not only acts on the female reproductive organs, it takes care of them Relaxation of various organs, including the intestines. This leads to a better food utilization, but also to one increased gas formation the intestinal bacteria, which can lead to unpleasant gas and stomach pain.
This effect is reinforced by the increase in size of the embryo in the mother's abdomen, and the intestine becomes wider and wider constricted. This can lead to an increase in flatulence during pregnancy. If the expectant mother has severe symptoms, the flatulence can also be treated with certain medications that are compatible with the pregnancy. This is for example suitable Dimeticon.
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In the case of one-sided abdominal pain, special care is required, because these can have a variety of psychological causes as well organic ailments indicate. First of all, a distinction should be made between moderate pain and severe pain in the abdomen. At moderate pain in the right or left lower abdomen, which is accompanied by flatulence, it is often one Malnutrition. If so, however, symptoms should improve quickly and a drug pain relief should have an effect.
If this is not the case, further reasons for the one-sided abdominal pain should urgently be clarified.
In the case of the strongest abdominal pain on the right side, it can be, among other things, a acute appendicitis, one inflammatory bowel disease, a Stone suffering in the ureter or in Bile duct or especially for girls and women Menstrual cramps or Inflammation of the fallopian tubes act. An inflammatory process in the uterus can also initially manifest itself as unilateral pain.
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In the case of left-sided abdominal pain, in addition to the above-mentioned reasons for moderate discomfort and flatulence, the so-called Diverticulitis be thought. This is an intestinal disease in which the intestinal wall protrudes. This causes so-called diverticula to form, which can become inflamed, for example due to the accumulation of stool. So it comes next to the left-hand lower abdominal pain also to flatulence and discomfort with bowel movements.
In addition, to rule out a heart attack, which can manifest itself as a left-sided abdominal pain, a Cardiac examination respectively. For this purpose, an EKG should be carried out, because especially in women, a heart attack often does not show itself through classic symptoms.
The left-biased lower abdominal pain associated with flatulence can also be caused by a inflammatory bowel disease to be triggered. Here is the disease in particular Ulcerative colitis to mention, in which there are inflammatory processes and changes in the intestinal mucosa. In addition to the stomach ache and the gas, above all in bursts occur frequently, it comes to Diarrhea, the Blood may contain. Often these are still through fever accompanied.
A doctor should be consulted in order to rule out significant organic diseases in the case of one-sided, persistent or frequently recurring severe abdominal pain. This has many diagnostic options to get to the bottom of the symptoms. For example, he can be a Blood test, one imaging examination by means of Ultrasonic or CT make and one Gastroscopy or colonoscopy carry out.
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