Jonathan S Pourmorady, MD
Gastroenterology & Hepatology located in Los Angeles, CA & Garden Grove, CA
When your abdomen is bloated, it can cause discomfort and may be a sign of poor digestion. Jonathan Pourmorady, MD, of Gastro90210 offers a holistic approach for your bloating at his offices in the Century City neighborhood of Los Angeles and Garden Grove, California. For effective relief from your bloating, call Gastro90210 or schedule an appointment today.
Bloating Q & A
What is bloating?
Bloating is the sensation of your belly being full or having a full stomach. Bloating causes abdominal distension, which can be visible to others and quite uncomfortable at times. You can often find relief from bloating by passing gas, belching, or having a bowel movement.
Bloating is typically not a sign of anything serious but could indicate digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), an infection, or fluid retention. You should seek a medical assessment of your bloating if you have other symptoms, such as:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Bloody stools
- Excessive belching
- Excessive flatulence
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Severe abdominal pain
- Chest discomfort
- Poor appetite or feeling full quickly
- Unintended weight loss
If you have persistent bloating, Dr. Pourmorady assesses your symptoms and recommends a holistic treatment plan based on the potential underlying causes.
What causes bloating?
There are a few possible underlying causes for bloating. For most, bloating is a result of eating too much or too quickly. In this case, bloating happens after you eat, doesn't get worse with time, and goes away within a couple of days.
Other causes include:
- Excessive gas
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth
- Food intolerances
- Gynecological issues
- Chronic disorders, such as Crohn's disease
- Gastroparesis, ineffective stomach digestion
- Colon cancer
With a thorough assessment and diagnostic testing, Dr. Pourmorady and the team at Gastro90210 can help uncover the underlying causes for your bloating and determine the best course of treatment.
What are the treatments for bloating?
The team at Gastro90210 uses an integrated approach when treating your bloating and other associated symptoms. They utilize both natural methods and trusted medical interventions to treat the root cause of your bloating and help you find relief.
Your plan of care may include:
- Digestive enzymes
- Dietary changes or restrictions
- Herbal supplements
- Prescription medications
- Colon cancer screening
If your bloating persists despite these noninvasive methods, Dr. Pourmorady may recommend an endoscopy or other advanced diagnostic testing. The team at Gastro90210 understands that bloating can impact how you feel overall, and they’re committed to helping you feel your best.
To be evaluated for your bloating, call one of the Gastro90210 offices or schedule an appointment online today.