Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice
Integrative Medicine Specialists & Holistic Medicine Specialists located in Norwalk, CT
Bloating can cause you to feel full, swollen, and uncomfortable. If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your abdomen, Giovanni A. Nelson, ND, and Pamela Santapaola, ND at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice in Norwalk, Connecticut, help patients uncover the underlying cause of their condition and the best treatment for safe and effective relief. To speak with the team about your condition, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Bloating Q & A
What is bloating?
Bloating occurs when gas begins to build up in the stomach and intestines. Occasional cases of mild bloating can occur from overeating, eating too fast, or overconsumption of fatty foods. If you experience persistent bloat, you’re likely suffering from an underlying medical condition. Speaking with a doctor can help you determine the cause of your condition and the best treatment option for relieving symptoms.
What conditions cause bloating?
Bloat is more of a symptom than it is an illness on its own. A number of conditions can cause you to feel bloated. These include:
- Stomach infection
- Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Celiac disease
- Hormonal changes
Bloating can be caused by obstructions or impairments to your gastrointestinal tract. If you’re experiencing persistent bloating, the team at Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice provides advanced diagnostic testing to help you get to the root of your condition.
How is bloating diagnosed?
There are a number of tests used to determine the cause of bloating. They include:
- Blood tests
- Physical exam
- Food allergy testing
- Stool testing
- SIBO test
To diagnose your condition, you and your doctor discuss your symptoms, medical history, and diet. Once diagnosed, your doctor provides effective treatment for your underlying condition, relieving your bloating in the process.
What is a SIBO test?
A small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) test is used to check for signs of excess bacteria in the small intestine. During the test, you breathe into a series of tubes that detect the presence of hydrogen and methane in your breath. These gases are released when too much bacteria is present in the small intestine. Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth can cause bloating, cramps, and constipation.
How is bloating treated?
Treatment depends on the cause of your abdominal bloating. Gastrointestinal issues like stomach infections and SIBO may need antibiotics, while dietary modifications can address constipation, IBS, and Celiac disease. Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice specializes in advanced diagnostic testing and all-natural treatment modalities, allowing your doctor to tailor treatment to your specific needs.
To speak with a naturopathic specialist about effective ways to treat chronic bloating, call Healing Duo Integrative Family Medical Practice or book an appointment online today.
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