Trapped Wind: Causes, Symptoms & Relief

What does

Common symptoms of trapped wind are:

  • A bloated stomach or abdomen
  • Flatulence or burping
  • Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
  • Rumbling or gurgling noises in your stomach
  • Stomach cramps
  • Nausea
  • Pain when you bend over, lie down or during exercise
  • Pain that moves around the body; behind the ribs or up the back or even in to the shoulder

What causes

When we swallow air when we eat or drink, we release most of it as a burp. Any remaining gas will go in to the large intestine or colon, where bacteria are already working on breaking down undigested food - a process which also produces gas. It all eventually comes out as flatulence.

Wind can be caused by eating too fast, which leads us to gulp down air, or by drinking fizzy drinks or eating when stressed. Wearing tight clothing around the waist can contribute to the problem, as can any change to your diet, for example going abroad.

Not everyone reacts in the same way to the foods or drinks they consume, but these are the most common culprits:

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