I Am Really Gassy – What Could It Be?

I Am Really Gassy – What Could It Be?

by Douglas Liantonio (SU)

Does your stomach gurgle and make noises? Are you often gassy and bloated? Do you find yourself belching, burping, or passing gas often? 

Excess gas in the body can cause bloating, discomfort, pain – and embarrassment. If gas is starting to interfere with your daily life, it’s probably time to see a gastroenterologist to help control your excess gas.

Causes of Excess Gas

Let’s take a look at what might be causing your gastrointestinal (GI) issues:

Food 

We’ve all had a meal or eaten a certain food that upsets our digestion, causing bloating and painful gas. Foods are one of the major causes of excessive gas, and different foods affect people differently.

Similarly, some foods cause more gas than other foods. In general, high-fiber food, starchy food, and food with natural sugars have a tendency to cause gas because the body may have difficulty breaking them down.

Some foods that are common culprits of excessive gas are:

  • Beans
  • Dairy products
  • Fruits like apricots, raw apples, prunes, and bananas
  • Onions
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Foods with artificial sweeteners
  • Oat bran
  • Wheat
  • Potatoes
  • Pasta

To find out which foods affect your body negatively, pay attention to what you eat and how your body reacts to it. If you suffer from bad gas after you eat a certain food, then cut back on it to see if that helps.

Swallowing Excess Air

We may not be aware of it, but eating and drinking causes us to ingest a lot of air. There are also certain activities that we do every day that cause us to swallow too much air and can lead to problems with gas, such as:

  • Chewing gum or sucking on candies
  • Eating or drinking too quickly
  • Smoking
  • Drinking with a straw
  • Drinking carbonated beverages, like sodas or beer
  • Excess swallowing (which we tend to do when we’re nervous)
  • Wearing dentures that are too loose

If you’re doing any of these activities, try cutting down on them or eliminating them altogether to see if your symptoms get better.

Health Conditions and Medications

Certain medications that we take to treat various health conditions can cause excessive gas. In fact, excessive gas is listed as one of the side effects of many common medications, such as those used to treat Type-2 diabetes, as well as fiber supplements.

Excessive gas may also be caused or exacerbated by certain health conditions themselves, such as:

·      Crohn’s disease

·      Irritable bowel syndrome

·      Acid reflux or GERD

·      Peptic ulcers

·      Lactose intolerance

·      Gluten intolerance

Treating Gassiness

If excessive gas is causing you pain and discomfort and is interfering with your life, it’s time to get help. Your gastroenterologist can help diagnose the cause of your gas symptoms and determine appropriate treatment.

Be sure to tell the doctor about your symptoms, your dietary habits, and any changes you’ve noticed in your bowel habits. The doctor may order tests on your blood or stool, as well as imaging tests to see whether a gastrointestinal condition is causing your symptoms.

Once the issue is identified, your doctor will work with you to treat your gas issues.

 

Who Can Help Fix My Gas Problems?

 

Don’t let gas and other stomach issues bother you anymore. The board-certified and fellowship-trained gastroenterologists at Anne Arundel Gastroenterology Associates are dedicated to making a positive impact on each of our patients by providing high-quality GI care.

 

Call our office today at (410) 224-2116 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you feel better so you can enjoy life!