It is normal to feel full after eating a large meal. However, if someone’s stomach feels full and tight regularly or for no clear reason, it could signal an underlying condition.
Stress, eating habits, and lifestyle factors can all cause a tight, full stomach. Conditions affecting digestion and hormones can also cause this sensation.
In this article, we look at some possible causes for a full stomach, treatments, home remedies, and when to see a doctor.
If someone’s stomach feels full, it may feel as though they have eaten too much food. The stomach itself may feel tight, stretched, or uncomfortably heavy.
Depending on the cause, this symptom may occur alongside others, such as:
- a bloated or distended stomach
- abdominal discomfort or pressure
- stomach ache or cramps
- feeling full quickly while eating
- belching or gas
- changes in bowel movement
Home remedies will not treat conditions such as stomach ulcers or gastroparesis. For these, a person will need medical treatment. People with conditions such as IBS may also need help from a dietitian to understand how to manage their condition.
However, some remedies and lifestyle changes may help someone get short term relief from feeling uncomfortably full, such as;
- reducing stress and anxiety
- exercising more frequently
- avoiding spicy, greasy, or other trigger foods
- eating smaller meals more regularly
- wearing loose clothing
- avoiding lying down for 3 hours after eating