The Surprising Reasons You Might Be Bloated

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Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) struggle with intestinal issues. There is evidence of the link between gut health and MS. 

Bloating is a common result of these issues. It’s super annoying and always happens at the worst time, such as when you’re out and about or wearing something fitted to an event. It’s important to remember that it’s common in everyone, not just in people with MS, and there may be some surprising reasons why we feel bloated. 

Bloating causes the stomach or abdomen to feel swollen. It is usually harmless, and there could be a number of causes. The most common reason for bloating is excessive gas, which typically leaves the body through flatulence or burping. 

After feeling bloated for a long time, I researched possible causes. I learned that dehydration can cause bloating. I never knew that. It suddenly made sense why I’ve felt so bloated during the hot weather we’ve had in the U.K. Maybe I was dehydrated.

When you’re dehydrated, you tend to get constipated, causing the body to hang on to fluids and bloat. However, when you drink plenty of water and hydrate, your body lets go of the fluid it doesn’t need, reducing your bloating.

Bloating for any amount of time probably makes you think, “Will this bloating ever go away?” There are a lot of reasons we may feel bloated. Let’s explore a few. 

  • Chewing gum and swallowing air. That makes sense: Swallowed air gets trapped, resulting in bloating. 
  • Eating too fast. Similar to chewing gum, eating quickly introduces more air, which builds up in your gastrointestinal tract. 
  • Eating foods that create gas in your system, such as high fiber foods, beans, and some vegetables, such as cauliflower, broccoli, kale, and Brussels sprouts.
  • Some fruits can also cause bloating, such as pears, apples, apricots, and prunes. 
  • Food intolerances, such as to gluten or lactose, or allergies, such as to eggs. 
  • Drinking a lot of soda. Soda is full of carbonated air, which builds up in our gastrointestinal tract, causing our stomachs to feel swollen. 
  • Menstrual cycle.
  • Indigestion. 
  • Constipation.
  • Some medications. 

If you’re feeling bloated right now, could anything I just mentioned be the culprit? 

Remember: It is common for people with MS to have some kind of digestion issue

Some people find it helps to keep a record of what they eat so they can track any patterns surrounding a particular food. 

My ENabled Warrior Symptom Tracker book contains a food and hydration tracker (as well as a bunch of other trackers) so you can easily see patterns in what you’re eating and discover what is causing your digestion issues.


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Janey Pouard avatar

Janey Pouard

NOT HELPFUL! I was asking if bloating by taking something could it be removed!! ?

Jessie Ace avatar

Jessie Ace

Hi Janey, really sorry you didn't find this article helpful. If you used the search function on the site it may have suggested this because it was the closest to your question. I was interested to learn the different reasons why I may have been bloated and changed my actions accordingly following this article. Thanks so much. - Jessie

Jen avatar


I found it helpful but as a person trying to work I find it hard finding the right balance of fluid intake.

Sophie Wilde avatar

Sophie Wilde

I get a bit of relief by making ginger root tea..Just get a 2 inch fat piece of root ginger & peel it ,bruise it ( stick it in a plastic bag & stand on it works well ) lol and put it into a mug if boiling water with a teaspoon of honey..make a jug up & even drink it cold.Its good for calmi ng sickness caused tbrough medication like Oxycontin as well ,also menstrual bloating..peppermint tea helps t oo.

Wanda sauerland avatar

Wanda sauerland

Hi, I was thankful to read your comments. Other medical sites suggest the findings you stated, as well. My issue is partly the clothing issue, as well as looking 20 pounds heavier. Any Doc would think the 20 pounds is fat, no doubt in his mind. May they suffer a similar fate (rough I know, but they earned it). .. Simethicone is truly a good aid. Better than G
as X. Same product but greater strength. I use more than suggested. Not a recommendation.

Also, my bloating, constipation and pain is most likely a result of lesions, as well as the horrid partial clonic/nonclonic seizures. Painful indeed. If you have medical sites to refer to, please do. It helps to show my Neurologist. Thanx.

Adelaida Montez avatar

Adelaida Montez

I feel a little better after reading this article. I have MS and have been bloating like crazy for a little over 6 years. I literally get bloated to the point I look 7 months pregnant and I find myself breathing hard. Lets not talk about the clothes. I hate this :( Thank you though for the information, I feel a little relieved that there are other people dealing with the same issues.


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