Bloating after meals can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'troubling' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose bloating after meals, we could:
|Low Digestive Enzymes||98%||Confirm|
|Immune System Imbalance||17%||Unlikely|
|Irritable Bowel Syndrome||3%||Ruled out|
|Diverticular Disease||3%||Ruled out|
|Multiple Chemical Sensitivity||0%||Ruled out|
|Delayed Gastric Emptying||0%||Ruled out|
Does your belly feel full and tight ("bloated") after eating a normal-sized meal?
Possible responses:→ No / rarely / only if I eat too much / don't know
→ Bloating is (also) present before meals
→ Occasionally - several times a year
→ Regularly - at least once a month
→ Frequently - after most or all meals
"An estimated 50 million Americans experience intestinal discomfort after consuming dairy products. Symptoms include bloating, stomach pain, cramps, gas, or diarrhea." [Postgraduate Medicine 1994;95(1)]
Gastrointestinal symptoms, such as gas, indigestion, nausea, or changes in bowel movements, are sometimes early warning signs.