Tummy noises, also called borborygmus, is a normal situation and is most often indicative of hunger, since due to the increase in the amount of hormones responsible for the feeling of hunger, there is contraction of the intestine and stomach, resulting in noises. In addition to hunger, noises can also be a consequence of the digestive process or the presence […]
Tummy noises, also called borborygmus, is a normal situation and is most often indicative of hunger, since due to the increase in the amount of hormones responsible for the feeling of hunger, there is contraction of the intestine and stomach, resulting in noises.
In addition to hunger, noises can also be a consequence of the digestive process or the presence of gas. However, when the noises are accompanied by other symptoms such as pain and swelling of the abdomen, for example, it can be indicative of infections, inflammation or intestinal obstruction, it is important to go to the doctor for tests to be performed to identify the cause and start treatment adequate.
What can it be
Tummy noises are normal especially after a meal, as the intestinal walls contract to facilitate the passage of food and favor digestion. These noises can appear while the person is awake or even during sleep, in addition to being heard or not.
For the noises to exist, the walls of the intestine need to contract and there must be liquid and/or gas in the intestine. Thus, the main causes of stomach noises are:
Hunger is one of the main causes of belly noise, because when we feel hungry there is an increase in the concentration of some substances in the brain that guarantee the feeling of hunger and that send signals to the intestine and stomach, inducing the contraction of these organs and leading to emergence of noises.
What to do: When hunger is the cause of stomach flutters, the best thing to do is to eat, giving preference to healthy foods rich in fiber to favor bowel movement and digestion.
The presence of a greater amount of gas in relation to the amount of liquid that passes through the digestive system also leads to the appearance of noise.
What to do: In these cases, it is important to have a diet poor in foods that cause gas, such as beans and cabbage, for example, as they ferment a lot during the digestive process and increase the amount of gases produced in the body, which results in noise .
See what to do to get rid of gas in the video below:
- Gastrointestinal Infections and Inflammations
The noises can also happen due to infections and intestinal inflammation, especially in the case of Crohn’s disease. In these cases, in addition to borborygmus, other symptoms usually appear, such as abdominal pain and discomfort, malaise, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
What to do: As soon as these symptoms appear, it is important to go to the emergency room or hospital to avoid dehydration, nutritional deficiencies or other complications. In addition, it is important to rest, have a healthy diet and use medication only if indicated by the doctor.
- Bowel obstruction
Intestinal obstruction can also lead to belly noises, because due to the difficulty in passing liquids and gases through the intestinal tract, the intestine itself increases the amount of peristaltic movements to facilitate the passage of these liquids and gases, also leading to increased noises.
Intestinal obstruction can have several causes, such as the presence of worms, intestinal endometriosis, inflammatory diseases and the presence of hernias, for example, with not only belly noises but also other symptoms, such as abdominal pain, severe colic, decreased appetite and nausea, for example. Learn about bowel obstruction.
What to do: The treatment for intestinal obstruction varies according to the cause, and it is important that it be done in the hospital to avoid complications.
A hernia is a condition characterized by the exit of a part of the intestine out of the body, which can result in intestinal obstruction and, consequently, in belly noises. In addition, other symptoms may appear, such as pain, swelling, local redness, nausea and vomiting.
What to do: It is recommended that the person immediately go to a surgeon so that the severity of the hernia can be evaluated and that surgery is considered to avoid complications, such as strangulation of an organ in the abdominal region, which leads to reduced blood circulation to the site and, consequently, necrosis. See how the treatment for abdominal hernia should be done.
when to go to the doctor
It is recommended to go to the doctor when, in addition to intestinal noises, other symptoms arise, such as:
Augmentation of the abdomen
Frequent diarrhea or constipation
Presence of blood in the stools
Fast weight loss and no apparent cause
The general practitioner or gastroenterologist, according to the symptoms described by the person, may indicate the performance of some tests, such as computed tomography, endoscopy and blood tests so that the cause of the symptoms can be identified and the most appropriate treatment can be started.