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Trapped wind is a very common condition, where a buildup of pressure in your stomach or abdomen causes pain or discomfort around the digestive system. This is helped by burping or passing wind, but it can be very uncomfortable, causing extreme pain in some cases. It will pass with time, but can be helped along with certain medications that are usually available over the counter.
Trapped wind can feel like a few different things, and can affect different parts of your digestive system.
Common symptoms of trapped wind include:
Air that is swallowed and not released again as a burp or as flatulence can cause a buildup in your digestive system, causing pain. This air can be swallowed as a result of eating too fast, drinking fizzy drinks or eating when stressed.
Wearing tight clothing around your waist can also make the problem worse, as well as changes in your diet or eating certain foods.
Some foods that can cause trapped wind are:
The active ingredient in most medications to help treat trapped wind is peppermint oil. This is a type of medicine called an antispasmodic, which helps the muscle of the bowel wall to relax. It is commonly used by those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Common side effects for peppermint oil include heartburn and indigestion.
Moving around and walking, or massaging your lower abdomen may also help give relief from trapped wind, as this will help the trapped gas out of your body.