What Does Trapped Wind Feel Like?

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Trapped wind is a common condition that may cause heartburn, bloating, flatulence and stomach aches. Find out exactly what trapped wind feels like here.

We have all had that uncomfortable bloating feeling in our stomachs and not understood what it is. From stomach cramps and indigestion, to bloating and flatulence, they may not be the most glamorous of issues, but they are, unfortunately a common occurrence for many people.

If you aren’t sure what the cause of your stomach discomfort is, then you have come to the right place. In this article we will be delving into what trapped wind feels like, so that you know what to look out for the next time trapped wind strikes.woman holding stomach

What is trapped wind?

Trapped wind occurs as a result of swallowing air whilst eating. Because of this, the air gets trapped in the digestive tract, and builds up causing the following symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Flatulence
  • Cramping
  • Gurgling noises from the stomach.

What does trapped wind feel like?

There are a few tell tale signs that you could be suffering from trapped wind. Don’t be concerned if you do start to feel any of the symptoms outlined in this article, as trapped wind is a common condition. But, if you feel as though your symptoms are more severe than the ones outlined below, it is always a good idea to seek medical advice from your doctor.

Common signs of trapped wind are:

  • Stomach cramps
  • A rumbling or gurgling sound in your belly
  • Flatulence or burping
  • Feeling uncomfortably full after eating
  • Bloating.

Why do I keep suffering from trapped wind?

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There are a number of reasons why you may be suffering from trapped wind, but that doesn’t mean it should be a cause for concern. There are three main reasons for your trapped wind, and albeit

an uncomfortable and awkward feeling, it is very common in a lot of people.

You are eating too quickly

When you eat too fast, you end up not only swallowing your food, but end up swallowing lots of air too. You will feel the collection of air in the upper part of your stomach, which can result in burping or the feeling of being overwhelmingly full.

Food intolerances

If you suffer from a food intolerance, you will feel a bloating or cramp-like feeling in your lower stomach. This is because the good bacteria in your gut struggles to break down and process the food that you are intolerant to during the digestion process. This produces gas which can result in trapped wind.

Too much artificial sugars

Fizzy drinks, chewing gum and other artificial sugars can be tricky for our stomach to digest, and some, such as sorbitol, cannot be digested, which can cause trapped wind. They cause trapped wind because, due to them being hard to digest, they move through the digestive system without being broken down, and as the bacteria in digestive system comes into contact with these sugars, it causes gas.

How long will my trapped wind last?woman suffering from stomach pain

There is no real time frame for trapped wind and how long it will last, but most symptoms will go away within a day or so. However, if you are struggling with long term symptoms of trapped wind and feel as though your symptoms are getting worse, and have already tried a few dietary changes, then seek advice from your doctor.

Trapped wind is usually harmless, and is nothing to be too concerned about, as it is just a natural part of the digestion process. But, if you are worried and are struggling with day-to-day activities due to cramps or discomfort, then seek medical advice before trying any at home remedies, supplements or medications.

Now that you are all clued up on what does trapped wind feel like, why not check out our article on top 5 easy to digest foods, next?

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