Can bloating be caused by other illnesses?

Bloating can be caused by other illnesses. If bloating occurs on its own (for example, if there has been no consumption of gassy foods), it may be caused by food intolerance. Other causes include swallowing air, constipation, or acid reflux. However, bloating may also mean the person has a more serious underlying issue. Sometimes there are no other symptoms; for example, ovarian cancer may have no other symptom but bloating for some time. Other digestive symptoms to watch for are changes in bowels, abdominal or rectal pain, nausea, or vomiting. These may indicate other illnesses that can cause bloating such as celiac disease, gallbladder disease, tumors, gastrointestinal blockage, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), disease of the pancreas, or, as mentioned, ovarian cancer. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing bloating along with other symptoms, or if bloating is persistent and bothersome.

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