Bloating: it’s a not-so-fresh feeling in your gut that makes you wish you hadn’t eaten so much at lunch. Usually bloating is just an uncomfortable sensation that passes in a few hours, but it can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious condition.
10% to 30% of the population suffers from bloating. Indigestion, menstruation, constipation, and food allergies are its most common causes, and it’s usually temporary. However, if it becomes chronic, then it might be a sign of something more sinister.
This article would like to draw your attention to 8 worrisome problems that might be making you feel bloated. If bloating becomes chronic, we advise you to see a doctor and not start any treatment on your own.
Pancreatic cancer tends to be very aggressive with low survival rates. The combination of bloating associated with jaundice (yellowing of the eyes and skin), weight loss, poor appetite, and upper abdominal pain that radiates to the back is a worrisome constellation of symptoms and may indicate pancreatic cancer. Newly onset diabetes, in association with bloating, weight loss, and abdominal pain, may also be a sign of pancreatic cancer.
What to do if you’re concerned about pancreatic cancer:
Fortunately, pancreatic cancer is not a common cause of bloating. But if you do have it, early diagnosis is the key to ensuring a good outcome. Seek immediate medical evaluation if you are experiencing the above constellation of symptoms.
Going gluten-free has been the health craze for at least a decade. Most people don’t need to go gluten free, but there’s a group of about 2 million Americans who do: those with celiac disease. Celiac disease is an intolerance of gluten—found in wheat, barley and rye—that causes the immune system to attack the small intestine. Adults with celiac disease are less likely than children to be affected by bloating, but can develop headaches, fatigue, weak bones, depression, anxiety and infertility. Celiac disease can also prevent the small intestine from absorbing nutrients, leading to malnutrition.