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Does anyone out there know what could be causing my severe abdominal bloat?

I have no health problems and I am a very health-oriented person. I eat only healthy foods, and take supplements and exercise regularly. I do not know if my condition is edema, since I am not experiencing water retention any where except for my stomach. I have begun taking sodium chloride to help my body rid itself of unwanted sodium, but I am not certain whether or not sodium is to blame since I watch my salt intake very closely. If any one can help direct me toward what could be causing this problem I would greatly appreciate it.
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683231 tn?1467323017
Sodium chloride is salt

You have asked your question in the hepatitis C community do you have hepatitis C?

You should ask your doctor for proper diagnosis and any for any treatment advice.
683231 tn?1467323017
Found this

“ Why do you feel bloated?

Gas and air

Gas is the most common cause of bloating, especially after eating. Gas builds up in the digestive tract when undigested food gets broken down or when you swallow air. Everyone swallows air when they eat or drink. But some people can swallow more than others, especially if they are:

eating or drinking too fast
chewing gum
smoking
wearing loose dentures
Burping and flatulence are two ways swallowed air leaves the body. Delayed emptying of the stomach (slow gas transport) in addition to gas accumulation can also cause bloating and abdominal distension.

Medical causes

Other causes of bloating may be due to medical conditions. These include:

irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
inflammatory bowel disease, such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease
other functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs)
heartburn
food intolerance
weight gain
hormonal flux (especially for women)
giardiasis (intestinal parasite infection)
eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa
mental health factors such as stress, anxiety, depression, and more
some medications
These conditions cause factors that contribute to gas and bloating, such as:

overgrowth or deficiency of bacteria within the GI tract
gas accumulation
altered gut motility
impaired gas transit
abnormal abdominal reflexes
visceral hypersensitivity (feeling of bloating in small or even normal body changes)
food and carbohydrate malabsorption
constipation
Serious causes

Abdominal bloating can also be a symptom of several serious conditions, including:

pathologic fluid accumulation in the abdominal cavity (ascites) as a result of cancer (e.g., ovarian cancer), liver disease, kidney failure, or congestive heart failure
celiac disease, or gluten intolerance
pancreatic insufficiency, which is impaired digestion because the pancreas cannot produce enough digestive enzymes
perforation of the GI tract with escape of gas, normal GI tract bacteria, and other contents into the abdominal cavity”
363281 tn?1590104173
I agree with the above poster, I would ask your doctor, and watch your salt intake.

Also, you could be having a build up of gas, as the info that the above poster pasted, it is very common, I get it often, usually when eating when stressed, or not doing proper breathing techniques.
5720485 tn?1373563055
My gut/bloating issues:

I used to have bloating and gut (constipation/diarrhoea) issues.  Very uncomfortable.  Anyway I was scheduled for tests to see what it was (or wasn’t) and in the mean time I tried a gluten free diet for other reasons.  Within 2 weeks my gut issues cleared up.  Since then I also gave up dairy and that helped immensely with my arthritis symptoms.  

Now if I accidentally ingest either gluten or dairy my symptoms return. So I know for sure my issues are food related.  

I not saying don’t go see your doctor, I think you should.  Just saying that food is a good place to start.  
Nothing came up on my tests BTW.  

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