Meteorism describes the accumulation of gas in the abdomen or in the intestines, accompanied by distention. It is normally not a serious problem. Sometimes, over-the-counter medication is enough to relieve the symptoms. But if meteorism is caused by certain diseases, one should consult a doctor.
Meteorism, called also tympanites, is a condition where the abdomen feels full and tight. In this situation, the abdomen may look swollen and distended. Meteorism is caused by the increase in the quantity of intestinal gas, applying more pressure than usual inside the digestive system and generating various discomforts. Particularly there usually is a rather intense flatulence and pain caused by the elimination process of the gas. Simple dietary changes are usually enough to make the annoying symptoms disappear. Sometimes, doctors can recommend the use of certain drugs.
Causes of meteorism include 1) swallowing air, 2) constipation, 3) gastro-esophageal reflux (GERD), 4) irritable bowel syndrome, 5) lactose intolerance or problems with digestion, 6) overeating, 7) small bowel bacterial overgrowth, 8) weight gain and 9) weak abdominal muscles. Certain diseases may also cause meteorism. These include ascites and tumors, celiac diseases, dumping syndrome, intestinal obstruction and when the pancreas does not produce enough digestive enzyme.
To relieve the symptom of the feeling of distention in the abdomen, there are multiple over-the-counter drugs. One can avoid meteorism by following some advice: 1) avoid carbonated drinks and food with high levels of fructose or sorbitol, 2) avoid food that can produce gas such as beans, cabbages and the like, 3) do not eat too quickly, 4) stop smoking and 5) work out. If meteorism is caused by an underlying disease, then one should visit a specialist to treat the disease first.
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Proceed as follows to enter your current symptoms.
Click on the appropriate body part on the picture. Select one/multiple symptoms corresponding to your complaint.
You can also add symptoms by typing your medical complaint in the search box and selecting the best matching suggestion.
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Once you have selected all applicable symptoms, click the “analyze disease pattern”-button.
Accordingly, you will get a list of possible diseases and matching doctor categories who can further help you.
You can inform yourself about the possible diseases by reading the related information. But you can also return to the previous step and add more symptoms or delete already added ones to further narrow down your disease pattern.
Click on the desired doctor category to find a doctor who can help you.
If you are logged in with your profile, you will be displayed the appropriate doctors in your area. Otherwise you can enter an address in the “address” field and you will be displayed a doctor’s list around that specified address.
You will receive further information about the displayed doctors when you press on “details”.
Online bookable doctors in your area will be indicated with the notation “Book appointment” or “Book externally”, additionally they will be displayed on top of the list for your convenience.
Click on “Book appointment” to start the online appointment booking process with the desired doctor.
Please select an available appointment. “Green“ appointments are booked directly. “Red“ appointments need to be confirmed by the doctor.
Enter your general personal and health information.
Enter your present medical symptoms.
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