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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes stomach bloating?

Other than losing weight, drinking water, and exercising, what can be done to counteract my bloating? I've been told my kidney is functioning only at 39%, but my doctor is watching it. Whenever I drink a cup of water, my abdomen swells immediately by 2 inches. I've been told I have a slight twist in my intestine on the left side. What is happening? How can I correct this?
Mon, 16 Mar 2015
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General & Family Physician 's  Response

Thank you for the query.

Excessive bloating is called aerophagia. Due to air swallowing, you get this symptom. Air swallowing can be caused by chewing gum, smoking, eating too fast, loose dentures, drinking carbonated drinks.
In rare cases belching can be a sign of some stomach, esophagus or other abdominal organs issues.
I suggest you to try to eliminate mentioned factors first. If this wont help, you should consult your doctor and have some diagnostics. Abdominal ultrasound and endoscopy should be done.

Hope this will help. Feel free to ask further questions.
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