Why does waiting too long to eat make me bloated?
May 3, 2014 5:06 PM Subscribe
So, I've had this issue as long as I can remember where if I wait too long between meals my stomach becomes painfully bloated. I've got some techniques for dealing with this when it happens, but what I want to know--and Dr. Google cannot tell me-is: why exactly is the lack
of food is causing this?
posted by fozzie_bear to Health & Fitness (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I get this pins and needles feeling in my esophagus (I guess from gas) followed soon by my stomach bloating up. This will happen if I wait for more than about 5 hours between meals and before I have any actual hunger pains. If I eat something at the very first sign it will keep it from getting worse. Also helpful are Altoids and chewable antacids.
I've found message boards and such where there are people complaining of the same thing, but none of them seem to know what causes it. The relative effectiveness of the antacids makes me think it could be a stomach acid issue.
Possibly related: I have never belched in my life (yes, really, not even as a baby according to my mom) and CANNOT. I sometimes have air coming up my esophagus and I can feel it stick in my throat and make a clicking noise. Eventually it goes back down but I get stuck in this loop where it goes back up and down and up and down. However, this stuck air feeling is not the same as the pins and needles feeling in my esophagus that precedes the bloating.
Does anyone have any insights? Thanks!