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Springster
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Hi all, wonder if anyone can help??

A client of mine suffers badly with trapped wind. The unusual thing is she gets trapped wind constantlyall over her body especially the shoulders, head and neck, lower back and knees. It starts off as a burning sensation where the wind is trapped then turns into sharp pain. The tissues in the area also feel tight and areslightly swollen. When its really bad she feels "red raw" inside. The wind is always bad in her head and causes her to have difficuly in remembering things and raising her head. She discribes it as having a "foggy" head and complains it gets behind her eyes.She is in pain with the trapped windall the time.
When I massage her my client starts burping and releases some of the trapped wind. This happens constantly during the treatment. Massage seems to temporarily give relief and makes her feel instantly better. Her GP doesn't have an explanation and therefore can't treat it. My client is also very sensitive to most medications.
Does anyone suffer from this or has anybody come across it before?? Could this condition be connected with irritable bowel?

Would love to get to the bottom of this or at least know more about it.

Springster

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pjay
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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

Hello,
This sounds like a bit of a strange one. Is it actually possible to get trapped wind inyour shoulders? I dont not believe you, its just something you dont hear of everyday.
The only thing i could suggest is drinking a s**t load of peppermint tea after meals and before meals, it really does do wonders for the wind situation. What is your clients diet like, i know you wil of been through many suggestions like this with the G.P and so on but there are many people on here that know alot of insightfull tips when it comes to nutrition, maybe post the client dail intake of food and see if there is anything in it.
This may not be much help but im sure somebody might have an idea.
P

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Lynora
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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

What about getting her to see a TCM doctor - couldit be a food intolerance? Very odd!

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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

Hello Springster,

How does she know she has trapped wind around her body??? It does sound very odd. Again, as someone has previously said, I don't not believe it but I can't physically work out how the air would get trapped in those places. Is it physically possible?

My 'rough' guess would be that she may well suffer from trapped wind but this could be due to her being very tense or uptight & the other symptoms are actually muscle tension. It is perfectly normal when we relax that we release wind, it happens to my clients even if I'm not working on their tummy's. It'sa sign that she is relaxing. She seems to keep all of her tensions in her tummy & bowel area. This could indeed indicate Irritable bowel but if she doesn't have any other symptoms I would guess it's more a psychological condition & more connected to stress.

On a practical level, I would definately go with the advice of peppermint tea. Tummy massage could really help & if that fails she can buy a tablet called 'Motililium 10' It is fab for expelling 'wind' without embarrassment or pain.

Hope I've been of some help, I would love to know how she gets on or if anyone knows if you can get trapped wind elsewhere in your body??????

Love & Light

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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

Hi Springster,

Not sure I can help to solve the problem but when I have suffered from bad wind (nothing diagnosed with the doctor but I suspect it is food related), I roll about on one of the really big gym balls. It really gets to the right place to relieve the pain.

My son is only 5 and when he gets wind, he runs for his space hopper and does the same thing, it works for us!!

I've now given up pasta, rice and bread (except for home made pizza once a week) to loose stubborn weight, funnily enough I haven't had much stomach pain either.

Peppermint ๐Ÿ™‚

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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

In answer to some of the questions about whether wind can be trapped in other parts of the body, the answer is no it cant. BUT pain from wind trapped in the tummy can be felt in other areas of the body - for example after a laparoscopic operation on the abdomen, where the abdomen is inflated with gas so the surgeon can see clearly, one of the after effects can be pain in the shoulder(s) until the gas is absorbed or expelled.

Hope this helps

Claire

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Springster
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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

Hi All!

Thanks for your advice. I've been down the peppermint route but had no luck. Even used Peppemintin her massage oil. Her diet isreally good so I don't think its that.Just can't get my head around it. Been thinking could it perhaps be acid?? Its so strange I can't work it out either, as you say it just can't be possible. I will give her some of your ideas, also i've written to her GP so hopefully he will refer her for further tests.

Springster

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RE: Trapped Wind? can anyone help

Hi there am new to this so hope all goes well, in relation to trapped wind i suffered terribly from it and found if i chewed some fresh mint leaves it didn't half help, they don't taste too good and you have to chew for ages but it does work, hope this helps, good luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I suffer from identical symptoms and apart from my mum who suffers the same nobody else takes it seriously. Mum says a doctor told her years ago that trapped wind can make you feel very ill and it certainly does. The foggy head (although i always say i've got a ****ty head) the pain that is behind the eyes, in shoulders, back of head and sometimes I think my browbone feels swollen. It seems to move about alot. I say sometimes it feels like someone has been playing marbles with my eyes and other times i say it feels like I've been hit across the back of the head with a plank. I can't really concentrate and usually have to lie down with my eyes closed as soon as I get in from work.Sometimes it can last two days or more. I just know it is wind and you have to go through it to believe it. What a relief to read of someone who knows exactly what I mean.

fellow sufferer

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blondelady
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me too

i suffer the odd bit of trapped wind:mad:. but i mostly get it on my back, so what could that be? now sometimes i do eat quickly and a bad posture when am in a hurry but is that not trapped wind? even though you can only get wind in your tummy.

help !! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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Trapped wind has to be one of the most painful things ever, I had it after an operation for an ectopic pregnancy & have to say that when I eventually got home the effects of being filled with gas honestly made me think I had something else seriously wrong with me.:)

Anyway, I occasionally still get it now & one of the best things I have found is ginger tea, rather than peppermint. and also aloe vera tablets have worked brilliantly for me..although better if you take them regularly. massage is also great!

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i used to suffer from extremely bad wind too - I used to blow up like a balloon. What was worse still though was the pain. After a while it got rather silly and also rather unpleasant smelling. The doctor just said it was IBS - I couldn't believe this as it came on after 30 years of being "normal". I took high dose probiotics for approx a year (by high dose, I mean 48 billion a day) - although this helped, it just masked the situation.

I recently started taking Aloe Vera Gel which has cleared up the problem altogether. I was so impressed that I took up a Forever Living Products distributorship.

Don't know if this will work for everyone, but if you can find someone in your area, it just might work for you. Good luck.

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Hi there, hand reflexology works well in the digestive areas and also if I get trapped wind I lay on my front for a few minutes and this usually relieves the symptoms almost instantly.

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Christine Fadley7
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Trapped wind that causes pain in other areas of the body - well I agree with the person above who said that the pains of trapped wind may be felt anywhere. It could be through the nervous system or through the meridian system. I know that when I treat a particular client with acupuncture she burps like mad!

Trapped wind is another symptom of a possible yeast problem in the gut area. This is something that can be diagnosed by a good kinesiologist, who should also recommend a course of internal cleansing to eradicate the problem.

Good luck with it

xx christine

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Lobellia
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Hi all, wonder if anyone can help??

A client of mine suffers badly with trapped wind....Massage seems to temporarily give relief and makes her feel instantly better. Her GP doesn't have an explanation and therefore can't treat it. My client is also very sensitive to most medications.
Does anyone suffer from this or has anybody come across it before?? Could this condition be connected with irritable bowel?

Would love to get to the bottom of this or at least know more about it.

Springster

Hi Springster,

Maybe I can help you understand better your client:
This lady is in too much control.
Might be someone very tense if not said stressed, and totally unable to relax by herself.
Maybe simply the idea of relaxing require form her a huge effor.t..and of course relaxation doesn't happen when you have to force yourself into it.
Every thing (stress and whatever it can be) is trapped and blokked inside...so are the wind.

When you give her some massage it give some relaxation (shewont be able to afford to herself without your help) so she open a bit to let it go...but only a tiny tiny bit.
So that is not enough at all to ease the symptom which is the proof of a long going unbalance with the let it go ability.
She is in need of deep let it go solution if I can call it this way.

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Hi
I suffer from trapped wind, and like someone else said, sometimes it is one of the worst things ever. Usually I get it just under the ribcage on the right....at least that's where it starts, so I guess thats where it is actually trapped. It always travels up my gullet, into my right shoulder, up my neck and into my jaw. That's when I have to start rocking to relieve it.

After my hip replacement I got it on the left, actually in my stomach, that's what it felt like, and the spasms in my stomach could actually be seen. That was awful, and I was crying and screaming with it so much my partner panicked. I tried the usual antacids etc, but the one thing that relieved it was to sip plain hot water, as hot as I could take it. It seemed to calm the spasms down.

One theory I have for the pain travelling, apart from it being to do with the nervous system, is something I learned from when my son ruptured his spleen. As the pressure increased on his diaphragm from the bleeding, so he experienced pain in the shoulder. Now if wind caused pressure on the diaphragm, surely the pain would be similar? I'm not a medic though, it's just my understanding of it.

One question I have though. All the people I have spoken to about this, and again reading this thread, those that have suffered trapped wind seem to have started to suffer it after an operation. Is there something in that do you think?

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janewriting
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she could try a magnesium supplement and see if that helps.

Jane

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Hi Morning Dew,

re trapped wind after an op.

My dad had excrutiating pain after a key hole op- he described it as severe trapped wind going up into his shoulder. The nurse explained that during the op, air is pumped inside the incision to open up the area. Apparently it is very common for this type of discomfort afterwards. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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:eek::eek::eek:

Surely they wouldn't have to do that for a hip replacement? Would they?:(

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In keyhole they actually pump air inside the incision.
After a major op it would be impossible to remove all the air from within the area so I suppose a certain amount will be absorbed and distributed around the body.

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Ah! Now since you put it like that, it does make sense. Thanks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hi, I have had the same problem with wind especially in the head, it feels like my head is blocked from the front, the pressure is constantly there, when i pass wind it eases somewhat. I have recently been diagnosed with HIATUS HERNIA and an inflammed stomach, i take omeprazole to stop acid in the stomach, but Rennie Double action tablets seem to help, but only slightly,
the problem is worst when i get up in the morning. the pressure in the head coincided with discomfort and pain in the lower abdomen.
thanks
raz
Recently i have noticed that if i press my stomach in between the rib cages the pressure in the head eases slightly.

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Serafimangel
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Thank you very much for this thread, I was starting to get worried when my back ached everytime I got trapped wind and I just couldnt get rid of it. I am trying peppermint tea right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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If you have peppermint oil - add ONE drop to water and mix thoroughly and sip - I find it best with cold water but some prefer hot. You can also buy peppermint capsules/ tablets - there are some posh branded ones but Holland and Barrett's ones are fine.

Hope that helps..

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Hi all, wonder if anyone can help??

A client of mine suffers badly with trapped wind. The unusual thing is she gets trapped wind constantlyall over her body especially the shoulders, head and neck, lower back and knees. It starts off as a burning sensation where the wind is trapped then turns into sharp pain. The tissues in the area also feel tight and areslightly swollen. When its really bad she feels "red raw" inside. The wind is always bad in her head and causes her to have difficuly in remembering things and raising her head. She discribes it as having a "foggy" head and complains it gets behind her eyes.She is in pain with the trapped windall the time.
When I massage her my client starts burping and releases some of the trapped wind. This happens constantly during the treatment. Massage seems to temporarily give relief and makes her feel instantly better. Her GP doesn't have an explanation and therefore can't treat it. My client is also very sensitive to most medications.
Does anyone suffer from this or has anybody come across it before?? Could this condition be connected with irritable bowel?

Would love to get to the bottom of this or at least know more about it.

Springster

From the description, the situation in terms of acupuncture seems quite
clear.
I can arrange a general acupuncture scheme to work on points around the nails, like in:

This can be connected to some form of IBS as disorder in Dryness in Dryness =colon can cause Heat in Heat = head.

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HBillson
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I have this feeling of pain in various parts of my body that if massaged, result in a burp. Generally I attribute the whole situation to a build-up of 'stress' that has not been sufficiently alleviated through fabulously easily-digestable food, sufficient hydration, exercise, proper breathing, attention to posture and at the bottom of it all - and the reason for all the aforementioned - the attitude I've been indulging in at that time. A great diet has little to no effect if the body is stressed by some other internal / external factor, but an internal / external factor can also be greatly alleviated through a very simple low-stress eating plan with lots of water for a couple of weeks. The body knows what's wrong and if we are really prepared to address why it is complaining rather than be distracted by the search for the solving of the physical complaint, it will go away pretty quickly. My life changed when I was prepared to be responsible for how I was holding my body and neck in my chair at work all day.

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Have lways wonder what this could be, food l eat or something.It nice to know that they are thinks to use to help..

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help: Severe trapped wind

Hi all,
I have read all through his forum and was quite encouraged by all the suggestions but since trying them none have alleviated my problem.

I sometimes get such bad wind (I believe that's what it is) that my torso tightens so much that I can't breathe. I can't sit, I can't stand and end up screaming with the pain. I know that seems extreme but I really do get intense pain. I'd be quite happy to be taken out and shot when it occurs quite honestly. The only thing that relieves it is for my husband to constatnly rub my back, up and down very vigorously without stopping for at least 10 mins (He's wonderful). I would just like to know is it wind, is it something else, has anyone else suiffered in the same way.
My GP won't discuss anything with me until I lose weight as he says that's the root of all my problems. I've gone from a size 14 to 16 in the last year but I do work out with a PT twice a week and am eating pretty healthily. GP says it's because my 'fat' stomach gets cought between my bra and the wasitband of my trousers and I guess he's probably right but that doens't help much until I lose some weight. I can't beleive there's nothing I can do until then. I've just turned 50 and have started the menopause so losing weight won't happen too quickly.Any ideas folks?

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myarka
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Hello ireneb and welcome to Healthypages,

There forms of Hot/Cold stone massage that can help you with your problem. You may need to speak to a few therapists first to find one who is experienced in dealing with the problem. But you will be amazed by the results that can be achieved.

HTH,
Myarka.

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pnemomedassium

There nis a condition called pnemomedassium. It is air in the chest. It feels like a heart attack. You can pretty much get air trapped anywhere in the body, however, it is usually all absorbed by the body quickly. If air is getting to the muscles continuously, there is something wrong with your body, that is allowing air to escape to those extremities. Could be where you least expect it, like the lungs or the thorax. The pain will not be where the problem is.

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