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sometimes look like a woman 9 months pregnant, gas?

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I am a 32 year old male.
I do drink alcohol although only over the weekends and will have the occasional cigarette when drinking.
I play football up to 3 times a week and exercise in total 5 days per week.
In the past year I have developed so much stomach (Gas)?? that I sometimes look like a woman that is 9 months pregnant, followed by back, chest and abdominal pains.I take 2 x omeprazole daily but nothing seems to help. Any suggestions please??

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replied April 12th, 2012
Abdominal Pain Answer A33829
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In your case, excess production of gas resulting in your symptoms are probably due to indigestion related issues, Gastric reflux disorder, irregular dietary habits, or ingestion of excess gas while eating.

To relieve your symptoms, you might need to avoid foods that make your symptoms increase. Adopting a healthy dietary practices, weight loss and a good exercise regimen will also improve your intestinal motility.

Some tips to help your symptoms include:-
1. Reducing intake of hot spicy and Fat rich foods, fried foods, is very important.
2. Try eating a little more slowly. When you eat fast, you swallow extra air with your food. Try to not talk while eating. Extra air while eating can lead to belching and gas production.
3. Eating at the same time each day and eating smaller meals more frequently may be beneficial as well.
4. Try to eat a balanced diet. Foods with high fiber may initially increase gas production. However, the this will decrease over time.
5. It is better not to drink fluids with your food. Drinking fluids with meals can increase your air intake and increase gas.
6. Avoid major gas producing foods like -
- Vegetables: Onions, Celery, Carrots, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Cabbage,Cauliflower, Radishes , potatoes and eggplant.
- Beans, peas, Green salads, brown rice and leeks
- Fruits like - Raisins, Bananas, Apricots, Prunes, dried fruit
- Carbohydrates rich foods like - Bagels, Wheat Germ, Pretzels, etc.
7. Taking probiotic supplements and activated charcoal tablets (Charcoal, Charcocaps), will help to absorb the excess gas.

If the symptoms are not helped by the above measures, then you may benefit by a consultation with your doctor for a proper medical examination and proper advice.

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