Excess gas and bloating are uncomfortable and embarrassing. While often due to the food you eat, your gas could also indicate another health problem. The doctors at Digestive Disease Care diagnose the cause of gas and bloating and offer personalized treatments at their New York offices in Lake Success, East Setauket, Mineola, and Hicksville in Long Island, and Forest Hills and Jamaica in Queens. For expert gastrointestinal medicine, call Digestive Disease Care or book an appointment online today.
Your digestive system naturally creates some gas while breaking down food and extracting nutrients. In many cases, the food you eat can trigger excess gas production. For example, foods like fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are known to create gas. If you have a food intolerance, like lactose intolerance, you could also develop uncomfortable gas if you eat dairy products.
If you have chronic gas and painful bloating, your symptoms could be due to a medical condition. Some gastrointestinal conditions that cause gas and bloating include:
Additionally, constipation can make it difficult to pass gas, which can lead to uncomfortable bloating and cramping.
Passing gas is normal. Most people burp or pass gas up to 20 times a day. However, if you have persistent gas pains accompanied by other symptoms, you should make an appointment at Digestive Disease Care for diagnosis and treatment.
Some of the warning signs of a more serious gastrointestinal condition include:
Rapid changes in your bowel movements accompanied by pain are often a sign of a problem. If your symptoms persist for more than a few days, call Digestive Disease Care.
The doctors at Digestive Disease Care provide extensive testing to identify the cause of your painful gas and bloating. They begin with a consultation to review your symptoms, lifestyle, and medical history. This information helps them select the most appropriate tests.
Digestive Disease Care offers a wide range of gastrointestinal tests, including:
They also use blood tests, urinalysis, and stool tests to assess your gastrointestinal health and diagnose conditions that cause gas and bloating.
Treatment for gas and bloating depends on the condition causing it. You might need to adjust your diet, and your doctor might also recommend over-the-counter medicines to reduce gas.
However, if a more severe digestive problem is the root cause of your gas, your doctor explains your treatment options and answers your questions to help you make an informed choice.
If you’re troubled by excessive or painful gas or bloating, call Digestive Disease Care or make an appointment online today.