If you suffer from stomach bloating, you probably know that it often indicates certain not so serious malfunctions in the stomach, such as lactose intolerance or overeating. However, it may also be a sign of something more dangerous, such as cancer. But, you should learn when you should worry about other health issues, and when it is a case of some less dangerous health problem.
This article explains several cases in which you should check if the stomach bloating is linked to some other more serious health issue.
Vaginal bleeding or blood in your stool – Bloating can be associated to irregular bleeding in women, which occurs between periods or after the menopause. Even though in most cases this does not indicate some more serious health issue, it may show the presence of some illness or health disorder, including irregular menstrual cycle, hemorrhoids, fibroids or endometrial atrophy.
Fever – If you experience stomach bloating and fever at the same time, it is probably a sign of inflammation or infection. Namely, you probably suffer from pelvic, urinary or gastrointestinal infection, if the number of white blood cells got bigger.
Ascites – It happens due to an abnormal amount of liquid which is secreted in your abdomen. It is a condition in which you suddenly gain more weight and your waistline expands.
In this case, you can feel so bloated and women can even think that they are pregnant. In most cases, this indicates a liver disease. It can also be a sign of hepatitis, and bloating in combination with jaundice, turns the skin and the eyes yellow, which is a definite sign of cancer spread to the liver.
Weight loss – If there is no specific reason, if you haven’t changed your diet or the regular physical activities, especially if you lose 10 percent of your general body weight, it is a clear indication of a disease. You could have a tumor which secrets some liquids which suppress your appetite.On the other hand, it can also be a sign of potential cancer in the intestines, which presses the stomach, and you consequently feel full even after a small amount of food.
Moreover, sudden and severe pain in the abdominal area, accompanied with bloating, nausea and vomiting can also indicate an obstruction made from scar tissue or even bowel tumor.
You should immediately consult your doctor, in order to avoid bowel perforation for it may have fatal consequences. The bowels are full with food and juices and as they try to push all of that through the obstruction, so you feel acute pains that come in waves.
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