Symptoms – Bloating and Abdominal Discomfort
During their lives, many women experience some type of bloating and abdominal discomfort. At times, the abdomen may even noticeably swell and distend, increasing the uncomfortable feelings. Though bloating and abdominal discomfort could be normal in some cases, they can also be a signs of various gynecologic issues or medical disorders.
You could have several symptoms with bloating and abdominal discomfort. Besides obvious bloating, you could experience excessive gas that leads to fluctuation, burping, or belching, all of which can be embarrassing. You may find you are unable to wear certain clothes as they accentuate your swollen abdomen or feel tight and uncomfortable. You could also experience pelvic pain and pressure.
There are several non-gynecologic reasons for bloating and abdominal discomfort, the most common being diet issues: eating too fast, overindulging, or meals high in fat or sodium. Other reasons include liver disease, diverticulitis, Crohn’s disease, and pancreatic, colon, or stomach cancers.
There are also several gynecologic reasons for bloating and abdominal discomfort:
- Menstrual cycle
- Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
- Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian cysts
- Ovarian cancer
- Uterine Cancer
If you experience extensive and frequent bloating or abdominal discomfort, schedule an appointment to talk to your doctor. If you use a symptom diary to keep track of your symptoms and related issues, share the information with your doctor. Your symptom diary can be essential for helping your doctor better diagnosis and treatment you since there are so many reasons for abdominal discomfort and bloating issues.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support. Read this article here: Symptoms and Diagnosis – Bloating and Abdominal Discomfort.