Diagnosing Intestinal Gas
The process of diagnosing intestinal gas involves a throrough review of your eating habits and symptoms. Your doctor will first rule out any serious disorders before making a diagnosis. As part of the diagnostic process, you may be asked to keep track of the number of times you pass gas during the day.
An Overview of Diagnosing Intestinal Gas
In diagnosing intestinal gas, the doctor will usually begin with a review of your dietary habits and symptoms. You may be asked to keep a diary of the foods and beverages you consume for a specific period of time.
Because gas symptoms may be caused by a serious disorder, those causes should be ruled out first. If lactase deficiency is the suspected cause of gas, the doctor may suggest avoiding milk products for a period of time. A blood or breath test may be used to diagnose lactose intolerance.
In addition, to determine whether you produce too much gas in the colon or whether you are unusually sensitive to the passage of normal gas volumes, the doctor may ask you to write down the number of times you pass gas during the day.
A careful review of your diet and the amount of gas you pass may help relate specific foods to your symptoms and determine the severity of the problem.
Because the symptoms that people may have are so variable, the doctor may order other types of diagnostic tests in addition to a physical exam, depending on your symptoms and other factors.
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