DEAR DOCTOR K: I feel bloated and my belly looks larger than normal. Is this due to excess gas? What can I do to feel better?
DEAR READER: That feeling of fullness and tightness in the abdomen is called bloating. Distension is the term for the increased size of your abdomen. Excess gas is probably not to blame for either problem. It makes sense to think that bloating and distension would be due to excess gas. But scientists have measured gas content in those who have bloating and distension, and people with these symptoms do not have more gas than people without symptoms.