Stomach Gurgle

Does Your Stomach Gurgle And Rumble? What It Could Be Trying To Tell You

As you know, a stomach gurgle can be embarrassing, although it is usually not indicative of a major health problem.  In most instances, there is no pain with the rumbling, but the feeling of lack of control over your own body can be disturbing.

The cause of a stomach gurgle can be narrowed down by when it occurs, as well as symptoms that accompany the noises. If it is directly after eating or drinking it could indicate one has eaten too quickly for the food or liquid to move through the esophagus, or that one has swallowed some air during mealtime. Eating slowly can alleviate the stomach noises; be sure that each bite of food is completely chewed before swallowing.  Drinking with meals can cause you to swallow air, which causes stomach gurgling. Some doctors recommend you should not drink at mealtime.

One of the following common conditions could be the reason for a stomach gurgle or rumbling:

  1. Irritable bowl syndrome (IBS)
  2. Acid reflux, also called GERD
  3. Bladder infection
  4. Diarrhea – the gurgle could happen just before an episode of diarrhea
  5. Allergic reaction to certain foods
  6. Hunger – The sounds you hear when you’ve gone to long without eating are your body’s way of saying, “feed me”. This is a sign of good health.
  7. Gulping down water or other liquids
  8. Lactose intolerance
  9. Eating a lot of high fiber foods, all at one sitting
  10. Stomach contractions that happen as food moves through your system – these are a normal and healthy part of digestion
  11. Flatulence – gas formed in the intestine due to food not being completely digested

Your primary care physician or a gastroenterologist should diagnose some other potential causes. He or she will help you to interpret the “message” your stomach keeps sending you.

The following conditions are of concern, and medical treatment is necessary:

  1. Twisting or blockage in the colon
  2. Acute or chronic appendicitis – an infection of the appendix
  3. Crohn's disease - One type of inflammatory bowel disease that affects the small intestine and other parts of the digestive system
  4. Diverticular disease – a protrusion or inflammation of the colon
  5. Bleeding of the digestive tract
  6. Blockage in the intestines
  7. If stomach churning and noises are accompanied by a continual or intermittent urge to have a bowel movement, it could be due to an infected colon, a tumor or colorectal cancer, or inflammatory bowel disease.
  8. Celiac disease – this is experienced in relation to intolerance for wheat and gluten. A gluten free diet is the best approach.           

If you think you may have one of these conditions of concern be sure to seek professional medical help. If you have wheezing or facial flushing along with stomach gurgle or other noises, it could be serious and should be checked by a doctor. Stomach gurgle and churching accompanied by multiple episodes of diarrhea, pain with urination (possible bladder infection), GERD or IBS should be investigated with your health care provider.  They may or may not be of a serious nature.

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