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Can holding in your stomach cause intestinal distress?

Commented on December 11, 2014
Created June 08, 2012 at 6:34 PM

I noticed the other day that I automatically hold my stomach in because years of drinking before paleo has left meskinny fat and with a bit of a bulge on the belly

I just noticed that the part that I hold it in is just where there is discomfort

I find it hard to just let the bulge stick out, even though it's really not that big, so could this be a factor in my intestinal distress or am I clutching at straws?

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34439ab16318922fc36efed3ee5fdcc9

on December 11, 2014
at 04:41 AM

Hi guys, im 19 and ive been holding in my stomach since I was a fat little ptimary kid. Ive always been self concious of my body so I decided im going to fix it. I dropped from 115 to 78 kilos but when I let my stomach out I still had that annoying belly. Its causing me low level anxiety, stomach pains, shoulder pains when im lifting weights or doing sport. My bones are fucked and out of shape from constantly holding my stomach in. 

 

I dont know what to do to fix it. I cant bare to walk around with it just hanging there. I tried laxatives but it didnt work. Can someone give me a solution??

 

34439ab16318922fc36efed3ee5fdcc9

on December 11, 2014
at 04:41 AM

Hi guys, im 19 and ive been holding in my stomach since I was a fat little ptimary kid. Ive always been self concious of my body so I decided im going to fix it. I dropped from 115 to 78 kilos but when I let my stomach out I still had that annoying belly. Its causing me low level anxiety, stomach pains, shoulder pains when im lifting weights or doing sport. My bones are fucked and out of shape from constantly holding my stomach in. 

 

I dont know what to do to fix it. I cant bare to walk around with it just hanging there. I tried laxatives but it didnt work. Can someone give me a solution??

 

34439ab16318922fc36efed3ee5fdcc9

on December 11, 2014
at 04:41 AM

Hi guys, im 19 and ive been holding in my stomach since I was a fat little ptimary kid. Ive always been self concious of my body so I decided im going to fix it. I dropped from 115 to 78 kilos but when I let my stomach out I still had that annoying belly. Its causing me low level anxiety, stomach pains, shoulder pains when im lifting weights or doing sport. My bones are fucked and out of shape from constantly holding my stomach in. 

 

I dont know what to do to fix it. I cant bare to walk around with it just hanging there. I tried laxatives but it didnt work. Can someone give me a solution??

 

60f4fd075eb2e69cd1d7e084012f108d

on July 16, 2013
at 05:27 AM

I also have a theory that it could possibly effect the urinary tract.

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on June 08, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I'm sorry you felt it was judgmental. Based upon just the information in your OP, I felt it would be safer to ask a doctor about persistent (I assume, since you are asking about it) pain of an unknown source. If all you are doing is holding your abdominals under tension (all day) I would expect some fatigue, but not pain/discomfort. If you have talked it over with your doctor, than obviously ignore my advice. If you have not discussed it with one, I fail to see how it could cause you any harm.

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(1208)

on June 08, 2012
at 07:40 PM

+1 for that second part; made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the chuckle

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(4176)

on June 08, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes it's a slight beer gut, I doubt very much it's a tumor, I've been to the doctors and they think I have depression/anxiety and that is causing my gut problems. I don't have a massive beer gut, I just have a slight pouch from drinking and having a good time. I just sort of noticed now that I hold it in slightly all the time and wondered if it my affect the gut in any way. I think you're response is a bit judgmental tbh

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on June 08, 2012
at 07:09 PM

I'm really interested in the answers myself as I'm a size 10 (Aust) but with a really fat stomach. I always suck it in so it gives me a better shape. I was always under the belief that it was good for your stomach muscles but I'm not sure about intestines. I'm looking forward to finding out :)

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 08, 2012
at 07:36 PM

well... how does your tummy feel when you don't suck it in!?
Also, I seriously doubt most peoples abs are strong enough to impinge on their intestines.

A3ff262a2686d79789e09a26013901b3

(1208)

on June 08, 2012
at 07:40 PM

+1 for that second part; made me laugh out loud. Thanks for the chuckle

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Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

(32556)

on June 08, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Not a great idea, because you are not allowing your diaphragm to descend fully & so cannot take a full, natural breath.

This can lead to low level anxiety and I wouldn't be surprised if it is affecting your digestion.

Watch babies breathe. Their bellies move up & down, not their chests.

This is a really bad habit, especially for women. Often we have been taught to hold in our bellies & tuck in our pelvis. Fine for a short military display or abdominal exercise (like planks), but really damaging as a long-term habit, since it can lead to pelvic floor prolapse in women.

Here's a good book that may be helpful (written by one of my teachers):

http://www.amazon.com/Conscious-Breathing-Breathwork-Release-Personal/dp/0553374435

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5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on June 08, 2012
at 07:36 PM

I actually think yes. I know doing the same thing for me actually left my core rather weak and gave me a shoulder problem (for the shoulder trying to take the stress the core was not absorbing), so it doesn't seem far fetched to me that it could be contributing. I would work on proper diaphragmatic breathing and see if it helps.

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(1196)

on June 09, 2012
at 04:36 AM

It definitely impacts on my IBS when I wear clothes that are too tight - even if they're soft clothes but I hold my belly in to fit them. Even if I'm not aware of being tense, I get a flare that takes a couple of days to resolve.

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60f4fd075eb2e69cd1d7e084012f108d

on July 16, 2013
at 05:24 AM

I am 19 years old and I have been holding my belly in for several years now as an unconscious habbit to look slimmer and toned. Just recently I had symptoms of ibs and stomach constipation which I believe to have been caused by that habit. I was stressed and depressed at the time and the symptoms would worsen because I would practically stop breathing. To prove it, I spent a day breathing normally and not shallowly. When I tensed my belly again I noticed a stange constricting sensation in my intenstines, bubbling that felt like indigestion and even traces of chest pain. In my opinion, it is very unhealthy to hold your breath in like this for extended amounts of time. Besides the lack of oxygen it also seems to mess with your digestive tract and chest muscles.

You do consume alcohol so it is slightly different but I'm sure that your case is very similar to mine. The alcohol just adds a few other symptoms.

I suggest consciously watching each intake of breath. Maybe looking into meditation? Best of luck!

60f4fd075eb2e69cd1d7e084012f108d

on July 16, 2013
at 05:27 AM

I also have a theory that it could possibly effect the urinary tract.

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193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

on June 08, 2012
at 07:07 PM

I don't clearly understand your post. Are you saying that you have a bit of a beer gut, and so you suck it in all the time, but you are also having internal abdominal pain, and suspect that the pain may be caused by constantly keeping your abdominal muscles under tension? I doubt sucking in your gut is the cause of your pain.

I'd be more worried about these:

  • years of drinking
  • abdominal buldge
  • persistent abdominal pain

You should really get to a doctor and have some tests done. You could have liver issues, a tumor, or some other scary funk going on.

7cf9f5b08a41ecf2a2d2bc0b31ea6fa0

(4176)

on June 08, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Yes it's a slight beer gut, I doubt very much it's a tumor, I've been to the doctors and they think I have depression/anxiety and that is causing my gut problems. I don't have a massive beer gut, I just have a slight pouch from drinking and having a good time. I just sort of noticed now that I hold it in slightly all the time and wondered if it my affect the gut in any way. I think you're response is a bit judgmental tbh

193f00d53ebcb13940c7a55afc78ad17

(1260)

on June 08, 2012
at 08:04 PM

I'm sorry you felt it was judgmental. Based upon just the information in your OP, I felt it would be safer to ask a doctor about persistent (I assume, since you are asking about it) pain of an unknown source. If all you are doing is holding your abdominals under tension (all day) I would expect some fatigue, but not pain/discomfort. If you have talked it over with your doctor, than obviously ignore my advice. If you have not discussed it with one, I fail to see how it could cause you any harm.

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