Please talk to me about dealing with the symptoms of trapped wind (gas). My husband is really suffering and I'm bewildered.
My husband has an ongoing issue with white flour, and last night foolishly ate a piece of toast. Three hours later he was home, doubled over in pain from trapped wind.
He suffers from this periodically, but this has now been going on for more than 24 hours and is more severe than usual. We have tried floor stretches, stair climbing, bicarbonate of soda in water, and OTC tablets with simethicone
. Nothing seems to really be helping.
I never suffer from this so I have no yardstick for normal presentation of symptoms but he's really in serious pain at moments. There are groans, shouts, shreiks and have been some tears. I know that "serious abdominal pain = ER" and I have just given that advice myself, but he's 100% confident this is nothing more serious than trapped wind. He has been through appendicitis with me and he's aware we're mortal, so I still trust his judgement but it is just going on forever and I'm starting to get concerned.
1) Let us assume this is indeed trapped wind. Is this amount and duration of pain within normal parameters? Is there anything else we can do to ease it?
2) Should I force him to see go to our GP tomorrow / an urgent care clinic tonight / A&E right now? I mean, what are the heroic intervention measures for this? Can anyone really do anything for this at any of those places?
3) If I am an idiot and there is a real danger this is something else, what else could it be? There is no fever and no other symptoms so I'm at a loss here.