What Causes Flatulence?
Flatulence can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' 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 flatulence, 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 "flatulence" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Lactose Intolerance
- Ovarian Cancer
- Stomach Acid Deficiency
- Low Digestive Enzymes
- Poor Digestion
- Bacterial Dysbiosis
- Food Allergies
- Candida / Yeast
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:
bags under eyes
PPI antacid use
craving specific foods
cigarette smoke sensitivity
above average sneezing frequency
past pain/burning behind breastbone
difficulty falling asleep
craving and eating wheat
bloating caused by many foods
discomfort caused by mold/mustiness
... and more than 100 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of flatulence:
|Low Digestive Enzymes
|Candida / Yeast
|Stomach Acid Deficiency
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Do you suffer from excess lower bowel gas (flatulence)?
→ No / 'average' / don't know
→ Somewhat more than most people
→ Very much more than most people
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate general flatulence, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
|"Lactose malabsorption and lactase deficiency are chronic organic pathologic conditions characterized by abdominal pain and distention, flatulence, and the passage of loose, watery stools. Once correct diagnosis is established, introduction of a lactose-free dietary regime relieves symptoms in most patients... who remain largely unaware of the relationship between food intake and symptoms." [Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, 1999 Apr, 28:3]|