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Bloated upper abdomen, difficulty in breathing. Suggestions?

Over the past month or two I have noticed that my upper abdomen seems bloated all the time and when I eat or even drink water I feel very overly full to a point of being very uncomfortable also at times it seems as though its hard to take a deep breath. What could this be or be caused from? It just seemed to start one day.
Asked On : Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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Emergency Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Your symptoms of a bloated sensation in the upper abdomen are likely to be due to an acid peptic disease or stomach ulcers. This condition commonly causes a bloated sensation, feeling of indigestion and often pain or discomfort over the upper abdomen. Another possible cause could be a gall bladder problem, which can also present with similar symptoms.

You need to have a proper physical examination, and if necessary, some investigations, in order to determine the probable cause. So, I would suggest that you see a doctor for further evaluation and management. I would also advise you to follow dietary and lifestyle modifications, in order to tackle this problem:

1) Avoid foods that cause gastric irritation like spicy foods, coffee, tea, carbonated drinks, etc. Smoking and alcohol are also gastric irritants.
2) Eat at regular intervals and avoid delaying meals.
3) Increase the fibre content in your diet - take more of vegetables and fruits.
4) Avoid eating outside; especially avoid all kinds of junk food and fast foods.
5) Try to have a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise and proper sleep habits.
6) Try to avoid stress and try relaxation methods like deep breathing, meditation, etc.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Sheeba Stephen
Answered: Mon, 31 Dec 2012
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I have the SAME EXACT problem, and it's now two months old. It just simply "started" one day. I've had gall-bladder ultrasound, Colonoscopy, Enoscopy, CT scan for hiatal hernia, blood tests, lung function tests.....all show NOTHING! I've noticed that if I lay flat on the floor and press hard on my upper abdomen, I can sometimes "shift" gas or do something that makes me feel like I can breathe again. I've about had it with doctors putting me on Nexium and anti-anxiety pills. Nexium sucks for me - burning stomach pain and knots. Please find an answer!
Answered: Sun, 30 Dec 2012
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