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Topic: Gas, Bloating, Belching

  1. Fact Sheet: Why Does Milk Bother Me?

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    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    Lactose intolerance means that you cannot digest foods with lactose in them. Lactose is the sugar found in milk and foods made with milk. This sheet reviews what you need to know about lactose intolerance.

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  2. Fact Sheet: A Noisy Tummy: What Does it Mean?

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    While seldom of medical importance, for some people a rumbling, growling stomach can be a source of profound embarrassment. Picturesquely dubbed “borborygmi,” bowel sounds seem loudest to the owner, who is sometimes mistakenly convinced they are obvious to all. This article explains the causes of bowel sounds, discusses when the sounds become a cause for medical concern, and offers some tips that may help reduce bowel noises.

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  3. Fact Sheet: Is Constipation and Bloating Related to Menstrual Periods?

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    By: Peter J. Whorwell, MD

    This Clinical Corner article discusses how constipation and bloating are affected by menstruation, especially in women with IBS, and offers some tips for controlling the bowel symptoms and the pain.

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  4. Fact Sheet: Understanding Bloating and Distension

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    By: Max Schmulson, M.D.

    Bloating can be described as the feeling that there is an inflated balloon in the abdomen. It is a commonly reported symptom and is sometimes associated with distension, or the visible increase in the width of the area between your hips and chest (abdominal girth). Both bloating and distension cause discomfort, and sometimes pain, and have a negative impact on the quality of life for some individuals.

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  5. Fact Sheet: Talking To Your Doctor About Incontinence

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    By: William F. Norton, Communications Director, IFFGD

    Most people feel uneasy talking about their stool, intestinal gas, or bowel movements. But doctors understand that these are very normal and necessary processes in all of us. Doctors and other therapists are there to help when bodily processes go wrong. So the first very important step is to talk plainly about the problems you are experiencing.

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  6. Fact Sheet: Belching: Is it Normal?

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    Belching can be a serious and difficult matter for some people; they are plagued by sudden attacks of belching which is both intrusive and embarrassing. Causes and treatments for belching is discussed. Reviewed and updated 2009.

     

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  7. Fact Sheet: Antacids

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    Antacids seem to help many of those with bloating or nonulcer dyspepsia, as well as heartburn. A discussion of various antacids. 

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  8. Fact Sheet: Confusing or Ambiguous Upper Gut Symptoms

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    By: W. Grant Thompson, MD, FRCPC

    By choosing the appropriate test, a doctor can make a precise diagnosis of a structural upper gut disorder, such as esophagitis or peptic ulcer, by recognizing the diseased area through testing. The patient's history provides the information that permits the doctor to choose the right test. In the case of the disorders of gastrointestinal function, such as dyspepsia or non-cardiac chest pain, there is no structural abnormality and no diagnostic test. Hence diagnosis of these disorders depends even more upon how the patient describes his or her symptoms. But many people use words to describe symptoms that are vague or misliading to a doctor. Examples are explained – such as indigestion, gas, nausea, chest pain, or vomiting.

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  9. Fact Sheet: Indigestion

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    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    Indigestion, also known as upset stomach or dyspepsia, is discomfort or a burning feeling in the upper abdomen. It is often accompanied by nausea, abdominal bloating, belching, and sometimes vomiting. Revised and updated 2009.

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  10. Fact Sheet: Gastritis

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    By: Information Adapted from the National Diseases Information Clearinghouse NIH

    Gastritis is not a single disease, but several different conditions that all have inflammation of the stomach lining. Symptoms, tests, and treatments are described.

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