Can Bloating Cause Stomach Pain?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I get stomach pain, above the navel, that is like burning or gnawing an hour or so after I eat. Sometimes the pain is excrutiating. I also am having bloating of my intestines. This swelling is very uncomfortable. Every couple of days, I get diarrhea. Mylanta helps but is not enough. The bloating is terrible!

Doctor's response

Although abdominal pain after meals often is caused by stomach acid-related diseases, for example, ulcers, it is not possible to diagnose the cause of abdominal pain solely on the basis of symptoms. Thus, pain after meals also can be due to obstruction of the intestine. Diagnosis becomes more complex when there are several symptoms, such as you have. We suggest that you visit your physician or a gastroenterologist so that appropriate testing can be done and an accurate diagnosis can be made.

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018