Abdominal swelling symptoms or bloating is common, particularly in IBS or the Irritable Bowel Syndrome. You know the feeling, that excessive wind or intestinal gas resulting in the tightness or discomfort in and around your abdomen.
You've tried everything, but nothing seems to work. You notice certain foods that cause gas symptoms, but things won't settle.
Your clothing usually feels tight and this just makes things worse. Sometimes you experience a burning pain is which you think is indigestion and likely to be so - a common symptom associated with wind that just makes things 100 times worse, right?
So, those trapped wind symptoms can vary in intensity from one sufferer to another, your worried as the symptoms appear alarming and you worry about going out or seeing friends as the fear of flatulence makes you embarrassed and makes things worse.
That excessive wind can make you look and feel as if they have put on excessive weight or even pregnant, people may comment about it. This furthers your embarrassment and you just want to hide yourself away.
So what is the cause of gas you are experiencing? Well, this can vary from IBS or the Irritable Bowel Syndrome, to constipation, to excessive intestinal gas, to menstruation or period symptoms.
It can be due to air swallowing (if belching is evident then this is usually the cause for the wind), to food intolerances or concurrent bowel conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Celiac disease or adhesions.
There can be excessive fermentation of foods in your gut by bad bacteria that then produce gas and bloating symptoms you experience.
There really are so many potential causes for your symptoms and I am going to show you what to do and how to help improve the problem. So to start with, let's take a look at your diet......
Most people these days have a rather poor diet for their bowel. Fast foods, refined foods, ready meals, meals on the go are packed full of the wrong nutrients. Too many carbs and not enough fiber.
Foods that cause gas symptoms are mainly high in carbohydrate. These promote bloating as the bowel finds them more difficult to handle and bacteria likes fermenting them.
So, you need a diet similar to an Irritable Bowel Syndrome diet, an important way to relieve symptoms. You can read more about this kind of diet by going to the diet section on the navbar.
Maintaining a low carb or carbohydrate diet (the complex sugars are liked by gut bacteria which ferment them) and keeping up a high fiber diet will help to improve gut function, bulk up your stools and reduce wind.
If this form of diet fails, you need to try a low fiber diet and take a laxative if this doesn't help on its own.
Please take in a good fluid intake which can be helpful. Avoid foods such as cakes, biscuits, bread, milk, dairy products (particularly if you suffer frome lactose intolerance), wheat, nuts, pulses, dried fruits, vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli - all of these can make your wind symptoms worse.
Don't totally avoid them as this will result in hunger, which and this in turn can increase bloating in some people.
Reducing your caffeine intake (tea, coffee, some carbonated drinks) and fat in your diet can help with wind and flatulence A low fiber diet incorporating meat, eggs, fish, white bread, pasta, rice, corn and rice cakes should be taken in your diet.
Fruits are okay, but try to eat fruits without the skins (the skin has the high fiber in usually). You can read more about this topic in the diet section of the website.
Sometimes taking probiotics in your diet can help. These can be taken as oral supplements or in probiotic yoghurts. However, remember yogurt is a dairy product and actually make things worse if you are lactose intolerant, so be careful.
You may find medications effective. Drugs such as the anti-spasm drugs like Hyoscine, Mebeverine and Peppermint Oil can help with the discomfort experienced and also Fybogel as a stool bulking agent particularly if your symptoms are associated with constipation. You can read all about these medications in the IBS treatment section on the navbar.
PPI's or proton pump drugs such as Omeprazole, Esomeprazole, Lansoprazole and many more can help with acid indigestion and you can read all about this by looking in the indigestion section.
As mentioned, reducing your caffeine intake (tea, coffee, some carbonated drinks) and fat in the diet can also help some sufferers.
Taking regular exercise, reducing stress and maintaining a healthy diet as advised above are all important factors. Charcoal biscuits have also been around for many years and are a treatment for constant stomach bloating. They are usually flavoured with peppermint, can be somewhat unpalatable, but might just help you. Bragg's charcoal biscuits are a common brand.
So, these are a few things you can try for your tapped wind symptoms. Give them a go, but if they don't settle do consult a doctor for further advice. Don't let your symptoms fester without further investigations as there can be other causes for your symptoms. You can read more about these in the stomach bloating section. Good luck!
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