You might have IBS
Bloating is one of the most common symptoms of IBS—a disorder that’s characterized by stomach pain and a change in your bowel habits (usually diarrhea, constipation, or both), according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. It affects between 10 and 15 percent of the population. If you notice these symptoms, see your physician—treatments range from lifestyle changes (like avoiding these 10 foods that make IBS worse) to medications. Here are 7 common stomach pains and what they mean.
You could have Crohn’s disease
If you’re dropping weight, feel nauseous, are vomiting, have a fever, and are bloated, doctors may worry about Crohn’s disease, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, says Dr. Burakoff. The condition can be mild or severe—it’s best to check in with your physician if you’re noticing a slew of symptoms in addition to bloating. It’s more likely to be Crohn’s if the symptoms are gradual not acute. Watch out for these other symptoms of Chrohn’s disease you might ignore.
In rare cases, bloating can be a sign of cancer
While bloating is likely related to something completely normal and treatable, when accompanied by symptoms like blood in the stool or weight loss, experts do consider more serious diseases like pancreatic, ovarian, or stomach cancer, says Dr. Sam. (Don’t miss these other silent signs of ovarian cancer.) But before you let your mind wander (and end up in a WebMD panic attack), consider your lifestyle and make a real-life appointment to play things safe. Let a doctor—not a website—make that decision for you. These are 15 cancer symptoms women are likely to ignore.