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Good afternoon, I am Dr Elliot, I am a GP, I am not sure we have any Gastroenterologists today, can I help? Or I can leave the question and hopefully someone may answer you in the next few days
That does indeed sound unusual advice
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Can I ask your age and sex please?
Excellent, thank you. And how long have you had this bloating? and any heartburn symptoms? and have you have any change in your bowels?
Do you have any symptoms other than bloating?
Yes please. Do you refer to bloating as the appearance of your abdomen or how it feels?
Thank you. So this is not bloating as such. This is more likely to be not being overweight, but fat disposition
I can see what your GP is getting at, I think the only way you could address this is more likely through targeted exercise.
Bloating is the sensation of a swollen abdomen, not the appearance of a abdomen
I am afraid so, this is just due to fat distribution
certainly nothing to be concerned about. If you were to have true bloating with altered bowels then you should have a colonoscopy, but I think it would not be necessary at the moment
It would be wise to let your GP examine you though to check your abdomen is soft and that there are no masses, an ultrasound is useful for checking solid organs but of no use assessing the bowel
That appears to be correct, yes, you just need to focus your attention to you abdominal muscles and this would reduce this, but my diagnosis is purely on the assumption you would have a normal abdomen on examination
Does this help with your question? If this doesn't reassure you we can ask for another opinion if you like?
The muscles are holding it in, when you relax the fat moves to a natural position
This is more likely an exercise related issue, we cannot alter our natural fat disposition
I really would not consider liposuction, yes it would target this area, however naturally it will return
You would need to speak with a plastics surgeon to ask their opinion. I would advise you increase your cardiovascular activity by considering HIT style workouts with a focus on core muscles
Aim to do this for 6-8 weeks, take photos before and after, then decide what you want to do, this is certainly the option I would take
I am not sure of a medical term for this, but I am sure plastics would have a terminology for it
Yes, hence why you are thin and in good shape elsewhere
It is a predetermined condition due to your genetics, some people find the same problem affects their thighs or their buttocks instead
By all means have another opinion, but I do not think you have anything to be worried about
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