Family Practitioner Questions Bloating

What could be the reason for my stomach bloating?

I am having a lot of stomach bloating with slight pain on the right side. My stomach feels tender to the touch as well. What could be the reason for this?

4 Answers

You need to be examined by your doctor and get some tests to have a diagnosis first. Do not ignore your symptoms if they persist.
There are may causes. On the right side there is the liver, appendix, and gallbladder. Irritation, infection, or blockage in any of these can cause pain. You should seek immediate help to rule out any of these problems.
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Most benign bloating that happens daily and chronically after eating a meal is due to carbohydrate malabsorption. Lowering carbs in the diet usually helps. If you have tenderness, then it could be something else and an exam by your primary care doctor or a GI doctor would be advised.
There are many causes for stomach bloating. Some things to consider include what your diet contains. Many patients become lactose intolerant as they get older. Therefore, eating dairy products including cheese, milk, and creamy sauces can result in bloating. Other dietary items that can cause bloating include consuming a diet high in fructose or non-digestible sugars that are often found in diet foods. Following a low FODMAP diet for a short period of time, such as one month can also improve your symptoms. If there are signs of blood in the stool, weight loss, or severe abdominal pain, you should contact your physician immediately.