In my earlier post, I’ve talked about the causes of gastric problems. In continuation to the earlier article, I’m going to talk about the symptoms of gastric problems.
There are certain silent killers like heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, pancreatic cancer, Hepatitis B or C infection which do not show any symptoms and result in sudden death.
Luckily, intestinal gas is not a life-threatening disease and you can easily recover from it by changing dietary habits.
According to the National Institute of Health, humans produce anywhere between 1-3 pints of gas every day and can release gas 14 times a day. But flatulence can be uncomfortable and embarrassing.
Common Symptoms of Gastric Problems
- Excessive Gas
- Acid Indigestion
Excessive gas is a mild gastric problem which doesn’t cause too much discomfort but only embarrassment. The normal gases ( which we have mentioned in the earlier post) are almost odorless and do not produce any smell.
But sometimes, methane becomes part of the mixture and can cause odor. And some other times, the gas passes through the rectum and the bacteria present there, add their infamous gases like sulphur which causes really bad smell.
If you’re experiencing some symptoms of gastric problems, it may be due to the second category of symptoms. Indigestion is basically caused due to wrong diet and eating too much mouthful.
Eating too quickly and too much can cause indigestion. Physical or Mental stress can cause indigestion. Certain drugs and alcohol can cause indigestion. One of the best home remedies for this kind of symptom is to use baking soda in water to overcome the problem.
The third category symptoms of gastric problems produces too much acid while digesting food. This can cause acid indigestion. This causes lot of pain and discomfort. Antacids bought at the common medical stores generally relieve us from this pain.
Heartburn is the fourth category of symptoms. This is mainly caused by stomach acid and when it comes into the esophagus (oesophagus), a human gets heartburn. The common symptoms associated with this symptom are burning sensation in the throat and sometimes swallowing might become difficult. Sometimes this can lead to further complications like heart-attack and other such nuisances. So it’s better to consult the doctor and get the right medicine.
Bloating is a feeling of increased pressure in the abdomen. It is observed that more women suffer from this symptom than men. People who suffer from IBS or constipation also have a high chance of suffering bloating.
Distension is different from bloating and you can observe the increase in size of the stomach. This more pronounced after a meal and this can worsen as you go through the day.
As a bottom line, excessive gas, indigestion, heartburn, bloating and distension are the common symptoms of gastric problems. Once you observe these symptoms its better to consult a gastroenterologist to get cure from your problems.