What is bloating?
Bloating is primarily a feeling of fullness, tightness, or fullness in your stomach. It may or may not be accompanied by a visibly distended (swollen) abdomen. The sensation can range from mild discomfort to severe pain. This usually goes away after a while, but for some people it is a recurring problem. Digestive problems and hormonal fluctuations can cause bloating in cycles. If you do not feel full, seek medical attention to determine the cause.
Why is my stomach bloated?
The most common cause of stomach pain and bloating is excess intestinal gas. If you feel bloated after eating, it could be a digestive problem. It could be as simple as eating too quickly, or you may have food intolerances or other conditions that cause gas and digestive issues. Your menstrual cycle is another common cause of temporary bloating. Sometimes bloating can be a sign of a more serious condition.
How common is bloating?
Between 10% and 25% of healthy people complain of abdominal bloating. 75% describe their symptoms as moderate to severe. About 10 percent say they feel it all the time. Among people diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), this can be as high as 90%. Up to 75% of women experience bloating before or during their period. Only 50% of bloated people report a distended abdomen.