Thank you for the query.
Such bloated abdomen can appear due to constipation (quite common when quit smoking
). However it can be also bowels obstruction due to inflammatory bowels disease.
The difference between constipation and obstruction is that when you have constipation, you can excrete gas. If its obstruction, gas can not be passed. Obstruction causes also cramping.
In case of both conditions, ultrasound
wont give much answers.
I suggest you to have abdominal X-ray
done which will rule out obstruction.
To get rid of constipation (if you feel its more it) you should:
- take some stool softeners to get rid of the current stool
- increase fiber rich products and mineral water intake to prevent further constipation
- start probiotic
- it may takes few weeks or even a month for the bowels to get back to normal
Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.