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Suffering from Gas, bloating, distention and cramps?

There are million of us that suffer from the discomfort, sometimes pain, of gas, bloating, cramps and constipation or diarrhea. The nastiest part is, as we become older often it worsens. You may have heard that us seniors are the richest people in the world – we have silver in our hair, gold in our teeth, and gas in our tummies. It’s not necessarily funny and it doesn’t always occur with only older people, anyone can suffer.

What is gas?

We are all energy and the energy we consume gets turned in to various by-products, some of which are carbon dioxide, oxygen, nitrogen, hydrogen and sometime, methane. Bacteria causes the aroma that is often associated with gas. Unreleased gas is the main cause for the pain and bloating. These same bacteria are the cause of the gas.

What is Bloating?

Bloating is the uncomfortable feeling that the stomach feels fuller than it ought to be. It is caused by having built-up gas in your digestive system. Finding the cause can be tricky and frustrating but it usually centers around your digestion. Here are some of the challenges that may be causing your discomfort:

1.       Digestive disorders

2.      Fluid retention

3.      Dehydration

4.      Constipation

5.      Food allergies

6.      Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth

7.      Infection

8.      Bowel obstruction

9.      Hormonal changes

10.     Cancer

What is Distention?

Distention is caused by one of three things; increased in air, fluid. Or tissue in the abdomen. Furthermore, there are two types of distention; continuous and intermittent. Continuous distention is caused by obesity, fluid in the peritoneal cavity, tumours, an enlargement of an organ in the stomach. Intermittent distention is a collection of gas or fluid build up in the belly.


What can you do to help yourself?

1.       Don’t be a martyr and see you Doctor.

2.      Eat a high fibre diet

3.      Make sure you ingest good sources of Probiotics

4.      Try raw dairy

5.      Water rich fruits and vegetables

6.       Herbs, spices and teas that have ginger, dandelion, aloe vera, and fennel are excellent.

Foods to avoid:

1.       Sugar

2.      Most dairy products

3.      Refined grains, gluten is particularly bad

4.      Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onion and even garlic

5.      Beans and legume

6.      Carbonated drinks

7.      Chewing gum

8.       Artificial sweeteners of any kind.

Finally, exercise always helps. Moving the gases around, distributing more oxygen into your system and being more upright relieves the pain and discomfort.

Did you know that there are over 68 reasons that can cause the symptoms and probiotics is not always the answer.
Here are most of them with links to WebMD to learn more about them.

Irritable bowel syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common condition that causes painful spasms and cramping in the large intestine.

Gas pains

Belching or passing gas clears gas from the digestive tract, but when gas is stuck it causes abdominal pain.

Constipation (child)

Constipation is having less than three bowel movements a week, causing hard stools, abdominal pain and more.

Constipation (adult)

Constipation is having less than three bowel movements a week, causing hard stools, abdominal pain and more.


Giardiasis is an infection of the small intestine causing diarrhea, gas, bloating, nausea and stomach cramps.


Gastroenteritis is inflammation of the stomach and intestine that causes diarrhea and vomiting.

Lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance, or the inability to digest lactose, leads to gas, bloating, and other symptoms.

Panic attack

When someone has a panic attack, that person feels a sudden, intense fear that can't be controlled.

Urinary tract infection (UTI)

Urinary tract infection symptoms include pain during urination, an intense urge to urinate, and more.

Food poisoning

Food poisoning can cause abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever, chills, and weakness.

Muscle strain

Muscle strain occurs when muscles are stressed, overworked, or injured due to physical activity or labor.


Perimenopause is a transitional stage before menopause, causing irregular periods, hot flashes, and more.

Intestinal ischemia

Symptoms of intestinal ischemia include pain, bloody bowel movements, abdominal swelling, vomiting, and more.

Kidney stones

A kidney stone, a hard mass of excess waste in the kidney, causes pain of the lower back and urinary issues.

Interstitial cystitis

Interstitial cystitis is a condition that causes pain in the bladder or pelvic area, and frequent urination.

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

Polymyalgia rheumatica causes pain and stiffness in the hips, shoulders, arms, and upper legs.


Proctitis is pain and inflammation of the rectal lining caused by infection.

Vesicoureteral reflux

When urine flows from the bladder, through the ureters, up to your kidneys it's called vesicoureteral reflux.

Ulcerative colitis

Ulcerative colitis causes swelling in the large intestine and can lead to cramping, diarrhea, and more.

Depression (Child and Adolescent)

Depression is a painful sadness that interferes with a child's schoolwork, family life, and social activities.

Diabetic ketoacidosis

Symptoms of diabetic ketoacidosis include dry mouth, excessive thirst and urination, and more.


Diverticulosis is a condition of the colon and causes pain, cramping, infection, bleeding, and other symptoms.

Drug overdose

A drug overdose can be fatal and causes sleepiness, confusion, coma, vomiting, and other symptoms.

Intestinal obstruction

Intestinal obstruction is when the intestine is blocked and causes pain, swelling, nausea, diarrhea, and more.


Intussusception is an intestinal condition and causes severe pain, bloody stools, diarrhea, fever, and more.

Kidney infection (pyelonephritis)

Kidney infection, caused by bacteria, is marked by sudden chills and fever, pain, nausea and urinary issues.


A gallstone attack occurs when a stone blocks the bile duct, causes right upper abdominal pain and cramping.


Appendicitis is an infection of the appendix causing abdominal pain that begins near the belly button.

Bladder stones

Bladder stones are small stones that form in the bladder and cause painful and difficult urination and more.

Celiac disease

Celiac disease, which is an intestinal reaction to gluten, can cause gas, diarrhea, bloating, and weight loss.

Colon cancer

Colon cancer is often asymptomatic, but it can cause constipation, bowel obstruction, bloody stool and more.

Colon polyps

Colon polyps are growths that form in the lining of the colon, and can cause constipation, diarrhea and more.

Crohn's disease

Crohn's disease is a digestive condition that causes swelling, cramping, diarrhea, and nutritional problems.

Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that causes the body to produce abnormally thick and sticky mucus.


Dermatomyositis is a condition that causes muscle swelling and weakness, and a rash on the face and joints.


Diverticulitis is a condition of the colon and causes pain, cramping, infection, bleeding, and other symptoms.

Ascaris worms

Ascarisis is an infection by a roundworm, and can cause visible worms in the stool and respiratory symptoms.


Thalassemia is a rare group of genetic blood disorders effecting red blood cells and leading to anemia.

Intestinal Ileus

Intestinal ileus is a condition of the intestinal muscles causing cramps and bloating, vomiting, gas, and more.

Polycystic kidney disease

Polycystic kidney disease can cause abdominal pain, headaches, and pain in the sides and back.


Porphyria is a condition that can affect the nerves and skin, making the skin extremely sensitive to sunlight.


Anemia, a lack of red blood cells, can cause fatigue, pale skin, weakness, dizziness, headache and more.

Rectal cancer

Rectal cancer appears in the rectum and causes bloody stool and constipation.

Drug allergy

A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a medication and can cause a rapid heartbeat and difficulty breathing.

Narcotic abuse

Narcotic abuse can cause fatigue, shallow breathing, anxiety, euphoria, vomiting, confusion, and constipation.

Gastrointestinal bleeding

The symptoms of gastrointestinal bleeding include black or bloody stool or vomit, dizziness, and cramping.

Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus)

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease marked by swollen painful joints, a rash, swollen lymph nodes, and more.

Helicobacter pylori infection

Helicobacter, bacteria in the digestive tract, causes peptic ulcers and their associated pain and burning.


Hydronephrosis is a condition of the kidneys and causes aching or pain, urinary symptoms, fever, and nausea.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease causes swelling and symptoms such as cramping, chronic diarrhea, and bleeding.

Iron poisoning

Iron poisoning causes abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and dehydration.

Allergic reaction

Allergic reaction causes sneezing, runny nose and hives and can lead to anaphylaxis, a whole body reaction.

Aortic aneurysm (abdomen)

An abdominal aortic aneurysm is swelling of the main abdominal artery and can cause sudden chest pain.

Tick bite

A tick-related illness may cause a rash that expands out from the site of the bite, fever, chills, and more.

Small intestine cancer

Small intestine cancer is rare and often has no symptoms, but can cause symptoms in its advanced stages.

Lead poisoning

Lead poisoning causes sudden pain on either side of the lower back, urinary issues, nausea, fever, and chills.

Ricin poisoning

Ricin is a dangerous poison in castor beans, and causes trouble breathing, nausea, fever and sweating.

Radiation sickness

Radiation sickness is caused by a high dose of radiation, and causes vomiting, diarrhea, hair loss, and more.

Toxic shock syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a serious bacterial infection and causes fever, low blood pressure, a rash, and more.

Chagas disease

Chagas disease is caused by a tropical parasite and can cause fever, ill feeling, and swelling around the eye.


Pseudohypoparathyroidism is a rare inherited condition that can lead to cramps, muscle spasms, and more.

Henoch-schonlein purpura

Henoch-Schonlein purpura is a condition that causes a purple bruise-like rash on the legs and buttocks.

Typhoid fever

Typhoid fever is a life-threatening illness and causes fever, general aches and pains, headache, and weakness.

Aortic dissection (abdomen)

An abdominal aortic dissection is a medical emergency and causes sudden abdominal or back pain.

Mesenteric lymphadenitis

Mesenteric lymphadenitis is an inflammation of abdominal lymph nodes causing pain, diarrhea, fever, and more.

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles is a painful, blistering, skin rash typically found on the back and sides of the chest.

Abdominal migraine

Abdominal migraine is recurring stomach pain and vomiting that typically shows up in children between the ages of 3 and 10, although it can also occur in adults.

Budd-Chiari syndrome

Budd-Chiari syndrome is a rare liver condition, symptoms include pain, swelling, and vomiting blood.

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