Bloating After Eating Certain Foods

What Causes Bloating After Eating Certain Foods?

Bloating after eating certain foods can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'needs attention'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose bloating after eating certain foods, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bloating after eating certain foods" as a symptom.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Poor Small Intestine Health
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Increased Intestinal Permeability
  • Food Allergies

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
abdominal pain reduced by eating
history of adolescent acne
very frequent stools
meal-induced pain for over a month
afternoon headaches
frequent stools
regular painful urge to defecate
infrequent meal-induced pain
pain medication use
weak appetite
mild left iliac pain after meals
frequent colds/flus
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bloating after eating certain foods:
Cause Probability Status
Lactose Intolerance 97% Confirm
Irritable Bowel Syndrome 19% Unlikely
Increased Intestinal Permeability 5% Ruled out
Food Allergies 3% Ruled out
Poor Small Intestine Health 3% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate occasional problems caused by eating, regular problems caused by eating or frequent problems caused by eating, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
If you ever feel bloated after eating a meal, do you find that only certain foods cause bloating?
Possible responses:
→ I don't experience bloating / don't know
→ Many foods cause bloating
→ Yes, specific foods cause bloating
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either bloating caused by many foods or bloating caused by specific foods, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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