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How to Relieve Severe Gas Pain and Bloating Without Medication

By Edited Sep 13, 2015 2 11


Face it, pain and bloating from gas happens to all of us. Sometimes it's severe. There are many reasons for gas buildup. After my third c-section, a nurse gave me the following tip to relieve post surgery gas buildup. I thought it sounded ridiculous but she was one of those nurses that patients fear, so I did as she suggested (ordered). Since then, I have used this technique when needed. 


Bloated belly

Things You Will Need

stable surface to lay on

Step 1

Lay down somewhere comfortable where movement won't be restricted. Place your legs flat on the surface below you. Expose your belly and abdominal area for easy access.

Step 2

Take your right hand and cross it over to your left side, about a hand width above your belly button. With your palm, slowly but firmly pull your hand across your body to your right side. Without removing your hand, push back to the left side. You will need to angle downwards with each pass until you reach the area right above your pubic bone. Repeat this process a few times. Our bodies have a process called peristalsis. It is essentially the movement of the intestines that pushes waste and gas along the path it should be taking. This rubbing stimulates peristalsis, as does movement of any kind. Hence, movement creates movement.

Step 3

After a few passes over your belly and abdominal area, slowly roll over onto your left side. Then roll to your right side. Repeat this at least 5 times.

Step 4

Next you will return to being flat on your back. Bend your knees and with your feet firmly on the surface you are on, slowly lift your hips towards the ceiling.

Step 5

Repeat steps 2 through 4 as needed.

Tips & Warnings

Do not try this if there is a chance you will harm yourself.

If you absolutely can't find relief from gas pain, seek medical attention to rule out serious underlying health issues.



Aug 24, 2010 9:45am
Very informative, thank you.
Aug 24, 2010 10:27am
very nice and useful info thanks
Aug 30, 2010 1:13am
Thanks. This was very helpful. It helped me right away. I was crying because the pain was so harsh!
Dec 8, 2010 12:33am
Thank you sooo much, I was minutes from heading to the ER. It really helped me, and without taking any medications.
Jun 24, 2011 9:40pm
Wow. This really really worked. My 12 year old was writhing in pain. I had tried every thing I knew to do for gas pain. He was almost completely immobile and couldn't get his breath. After completing the full sequence, he suddenly breathed a sigh of relief--the agony was over. He is now comfortably getting some exercise outside. This is one happy mom.
Jul 21, 2011 1:24am
THANK YOU!!! I have been thinking I was going to have to wake my husband up and get the kids out of bed to go to the local ER but I decided to do one last search! I had been trying everything to put my symptoms in on webmd and when it suggested gas pains (instead of the heart attack I thought I was having without the arm issue) I looked up "how to relieve gas pains" on google and your page showed up. It worked so well that I felt compelled to sign up for an infobarrel account just to thank you!! I will be letting everyone know and obviously using this every time I need to.
Jul 25, 2011 5:19am
Wow this really does work. Thanks you saved me trip to er. Anyone know how gas can make you feel like you having an heart attack? Please help. Thanks!
Jan 20, 2012 9:27pm
Great tips to get rid of bloating and painful gas. Will definitely give this a go. Thanks for the great information.
Feb 11, 2012 6:29am
I'm happy so many have found this helpful.
Sep 19, 2012 9:48pm
I have never written on a message board ever but I had to because this is AMAZING! I have been in agony all day and I knew it was gas but I tried gas-x and it didn't do anything and it seemed to be getting worse and worse so that I couldn't sleep and I was just about to wake my husband up so that he could take me to the ER when I found this. I thought, there is no way this works, but it is easy and it's better than medication for the body, and IT WORKED! I am shocked and so happy that I had to write this comment. I thought, oh all these comments must be friends of the writer who is just saying nice things but I was blown over by how instantly this worked! I AM SO GRATEFUL!!! Thank you thank you thank you.
Dec 22, 2013 4:28am
I cannot thank you enough for this article! The described technique brought some much needed and desperate relief from the gas pain I was experiencing. Honestly, I was completely shocked that it worked. This was immediately followed by an immense sense of gratitude.

The first time it happened I ended up in the emergency room. After a follow-up visit with a gastroenterology specialist it was discovered that I have a fiber sensitivity issue that causes excessive gas build up from fiber. My belly will swell from the bottom of my breast bone all the way to my pelvic area. The pain is very intense along with shooting pains radiating into my chest making it difficult to breathe. You feel as if you are having a heart attack.

Had I not known what was happening, I would have called an ambulance. The pain was so bad I was in tears. Took some Pepto-Bismal and decided to do an internet search to try and find some additional relief while waiting for it to kick in. I came across this article and immediately tried the technique. I repeated it several times and within only a few minutes the gas pain started to subside.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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