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Causes of abdominal bloating and when to see our GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol

GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol

In general it is normal to feel bloated when we are full, but for many women, bloating is linked to a chronic underlying condition. If you feel bloated often, you may have an underlying condition and should have it checked with a doctor. In here we talk about the causes of abdominal bloating and when you should see our GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol.


Causes of abdominal bloating


Most people don't really know how constipated they are. Although getting less bowel movements than you usually do is a sign of constipation, even though you have frequent bowel movements, you may still be constipated.

Constipation may lead to bloating and abdominal pain. The longer the feces remains in the intestine, the longer it takes for bacteria to digest what's in there. You'll be gassier, and you'll feel a lot more bloated.

Symptoms of constipation include: 

  • Stressing to initiate or finish an intestine movement
  • Stool which looks like rocks and pebbles
  • Not feeling empty after an intestinal movement


Gut sensitivity

People with IBS can be particularly susceptible to gas, which may contribute to pain, cramping and diarrhea.


Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)

Most healthy individuals have very few small-intestinal bacteria. Those who have undergone abdominal operationsand/or diarrhoeal IBS are most likely to have SIBO, which may induce bloating.



This disease triggers delayed emptying of the stomach and can contribute to bloating, nausea and even blockage of the intestine. Women are four times more likely to have gastroparesis than men, and as many as 40% of diabetics will have it as well. Scientists are researching this disease to clarify how an inflammatory or autoimmune cause may be involved in it.


Gynecological conditions

Issues with the ovaries or uterus may also induce bloating. Ensure you do not skip your annual pelvic examination.

When to see our GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol

You probably don’t need to see our GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol for occasional bloating or gas. Some conditions, however, can be very serious and even life-threatening. That’s why it’s so important to consult with our GP service for bloating in Costa del Sol if:

  • OTC remedies or changes in eating habits don’t help
  • you have unexplained weight loss
  • you have no appetite
  • you have chronic or frequent constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting
  • you have persistent bloating, gas, or heartburn
  • your stools contain blood or mucus
  • there have been major changes to your bowel movements
  • your symptoms are making it difficult to function

Seek immediate medical attention if:

  • abdominal pain is severe
  • diarrhea is severe
  • you have chest pain
  • you have a high fever

Our GP will possibly begin with a detailed medical background and physical test. Be sure to mention all the symptoms you experience and how long you have had them. The symptoms will provide valuable information and help to drive diagnostic research.

Once you have a diagnosis, you can start taking action to control your symptoms and boost the quality of life overall.