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Trapped Wind & The Symptoms
Trapped Wind Symptoms are caused by trapped intestinal gases which may cause mild abdominal discomforts like belching, bloating, nausea, severe abdominal pain, passing of gas to the point of excessive amounts that lead to social embarrassment, and maybe even vomiting. The outcome of Trapped Wind Symptoms differs from person to person. Trapped wind is in itself not a life threatening problem, but it is best to keep this problem in check as some symptoms of trapped wind may also be the first of other potentially life threatening illnesses. These include bowel obstruction, celiac disease, mal-absorption syndrome, and also the common condition of lactose intolerance. Because of this, it is important to differentiate between Trapped Wind Symptoms or other potentially serious conditions.
Trapped wind is a common condition that causes pain or discomfort, usually as a result of pressure in your stomach or abdomen which makes you feel bloated and wanting to pass wind.
What can cause trapped wind?
Trapped wind is formed from food breaking down in your gut. The process is completely natural and normally has no symptoms of concern. However if the internal balance of gas production in your gut becomes unbalanced then there is most likely to be a build up of gas in your digestive tract.
There are three main gas producers/causers:
- Certain foods and drinks break down to produce much larger volumes of gas – beans, onions, broccoli, sprouts, carbonated drinks etc
- An imbalance in the populations of bacteria in the gut which can slow digestive transit causing an increase in gas production from over exertion.
- Rushing meals and drinks causing excess air to be consumed.
Symptoms Of Trapped Wind
How to avoid Trapped Wind:
Most trapped wind is caused by the food you have eaten, try to avoid gassy episodes by:
- Avoiding food and drink that gives you gas.
- Eat a varied diet to help the bacteria populations in your gut maintain a healthy balance.
- Eat slowly and chew your food.
When to seek medical advice:
There is usually no need to seek medical advice if you find you have trapped wind. But if an episode is prolonged and/or very painful then you should see your Dr.