Abdominal bloating is a situation in which there is a general swelling of the abdomen. This leads the area to grow in diameter. Although bloating can be brought on by endometriosis, there are also many other possible medical causes. Therefore, that a woman has the former doesn't necessarily mean that she also has the latter (and of course, in the case of bloating, men can get it as well!). For instance, you may be familiar with this sensation brought on by a gas build up when eating certain foods, such as beans.
Along with the noticed swelling, other symptoms may also occur when a person has abdominal bloating. For instance, the situation may be accompanied by abdominal pain. There may be a sensation of tightness in the abdomen. Borborygmus, the sound of a "growling stomach," can also occur - in this case not due to the hunger with which it is often associated. Flatulence might be let out. Pain can also occur in the area of the chest. There are many other symptoms that can be associated with this condition, and also keep in mind that the ones mentioned on this page need not appear in order for a person to be in this situation.
There are many possible causes of abdominal bloating. Since not nearly all of them are mentioned on this page, that means that having a swollen abdominal area does not indicate one of these must be the medical reason. One possibility is lactose intolerance, in which lactose is not metabolized. Irritable bowel syndrome, popularly known as IBS, can also lead to this condition. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is another possibility. It is frequently called GERD, or acid reflux, and also leads to painful sensations known as heartburn.
The preferred treatment method to be used in a case of abdominal bloating varies based upon the underlying medical reason, as well as potentially other factors. For instance, those with lactose intolerance may want to treat their condition by removing lactose from their diets, whether in part or in whole (as much as they are able to). Some reasons may not be particularly serious, but others can be. Please don't rely on this site as professional information, as it is not. Talk with a doctor or someone else who is qualified for such advice or to try to receive a diagnosis.
Read about other endometriosis symptoms by heading back to the home page.