I'm 24 years old and have been experiencing constant bloating and frequent gas (including stomach gurgling) for the past few months. When I eat in the morning, I have instant diarrhea and when I eat at other times in the day, I feel incredibly bloated no matter what or how much I eat--followed by hiccups that won't go away. I've been very lethargic since all of this has started and am beginning to notice dizziness when I lay down or am doing strenuous activities (such as exercise). I considered the idea that I may be pregnant, but I would be four months along at this point and I haven't gained any weight plus I have had absolutely normal and on-time periods. I'm really not sure how to approach this or what route I should go in to get my body back to normal.
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Stomach or intestinal gas is a byproduct generated during the process of digestion. It is generally expelled from the body, either through the mouth (called belching or burping) or through the rectum (flatulence or flatus). Excessive production of gas that causes bloating could be due to indigestion or reduced quantity of good bacteria in the gut.
In addition to dietary and lifestyle changes, OTC medications such as activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used for intestinal or stomach gas relief. Activated charcoal tablets have the best effect in relieving your symptoms.
Other important aspects of disease management include dietary and lifestyle modification, physical exercise, weight loss, maintaining adequate hydration.
Adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will help in relieving the symptoms.
You might consider consulting your general physician or a gastroenterologist who after a physical examination may determine to get additional tests to derive a definitive diagnosis to your problem.
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