Left side bloating? under ribs?

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Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 05, 2013 at 6:32 PM

For the past 5 weeks I have had massive bloating under my left rib cage. It gets worse when I eat high fiber foods like fruits, veggies, nuts. I have no pain, just constant bloating that does not seem to go away. It's mostly left side bloating. It's really uncomfortable and I can't get full deep breathes of air sometimes. Could I have gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying), H pylori or hiatal hernia? Help.

11204 · June 05, 2013 at 8:28 PM

FODMAPS is the likely culprit.

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704 · June 05, 2013 at 6:55 PM

If you're talking about the area I think you are, it's your colon. Let me see if I can find a graphic for you...

Try this. It's a bit hard to see the skeletal part of the illustration but check it out.

I'm hip to this because I've had gut issues for years (I'm middle aged) and Celiac, amongst other things.

It great that you're not having pain BUT I'd take this as a sign you're got some issues.

I just don't think you need leap to hernia or the like. It's pretty normal (especially if you don't have a layer of compressed fat 'hiding' this occurrence) to be able to feel and see that lump of mass as it's moving along its course.

You can try colon massage for yourself. It's pretty normal although most Westerners don't think about it.

Again, since you're not experiencing pain or blood in stool or any of that, I'm fairly certain that I know exactly what you're talking about and it's fine.

That said, you may want to look at FODMAPS (google) and while you're eating so clean, wheedle out some of those. Your gut may not have an easy time with these foods that commonly bother folks. If you keep them out for 30 days or so, add one in and see how it goes. If you notice excessive bloating, it may clue you into some foods to avoid.

Oh, and one more thing which may sound crazy: Chew your food really well. I'm a gulper, to be honest. Since I have a gut that doesn't like to digest, it's really important to CHEW WELL to help that gut out.

11204 · June 05, 2013 at 8:28 PM

FODMAPS is the likely culprit.

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