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Reasons for flatulence - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   how can i help u?
User :   I have a quick question
User :   My mother is suffering from severe bloating for over 2 weeks now
Doctor :   proceed
User :   what could be the cause of this, and what can we do to releive it
Doctor :   k
User :   we tryed gas-x, tums, rolaids nothign seems to work
Doctor :   pl ex[lain
User :   i am very worried and concered for her as her test is scheduled in one week and after test will take some time for results
User :   she feels no pain, just mostly discomfort
Doctor :   is it coz of more gas?
User :   it is very bloated and pressure in the stomach area
Doctor :   her age
User :   her age is 42
User :   She burps more then usual
Doctor :   Do she have Allergies / Diabetes / Thyroid problem / High Blood pressure/Heart disease/ Asthma etc
User :   nothing
Doctor :   its called flatulence
User :   except thyroid, but nothing serious doctor told us to keep close watch if it gets bigger but had it for over 5 years
User :   flatulence?
Doctor :   is she in to any mediactiion
User :   nothing
User :   we waiting for tests to be done, but im afraid we wait too long might be serious
Doctor :   Flatulence is the presence of excess wind or gas in the digestive tract.
Doctor :   It is natural to pass gas 12-14 times in a day, both as burping (or belching) and as flatus.
User :   so why is gas-x medication not working
Doctor :   there can be many reasons: User :   is there something u can recommend i could let her tryy?
Doctor :   Normal breakdown of certain undigested foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestines.
Doctor :   Air swallowing
Doctor :   Other causes are: Doctor :   # Eating large amounts of non-digestible foods such as fibre.
# Eating foods that are not tolerated, as in lactose intolerance.
# Acute pancreatitis
# Irritable bowel syndrome
Doctor :   Malabsorption or inadequate absorption of nutrients

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