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holley213
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   Posted 2/5/2008 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
hi everyone! i was diagnosed with crohns about 3 years ago and a couple of months ago my stomach started making loud noises. it happens mostly after i eat.  it gets embarrassing when i'm at work in a meeting and it happens...everyone just looks at me and i'll get comments about how i must be hungry.  that gets old after a while :-)
 
what causes the noises and is there anything i can do to make it stop?   

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   Posted 2/5/2008 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   

Hey there, you asked about the bowel sounds but did not mention any pain or other problems so I will give you the normal answer........

Loud rumbling or gurgling from within the abdomen (“stomach growling”)  may reflect the normal actions of the stomach and intestines to propel food through the digestive tract (called peristalsis). Interestingly, the exact source of bowel sounds is uncertain, but they are thought to occur as gas moves about with or without the muscular contractions of the intestinal walls. The stomach and intestines move food along from top to bottom by the process of peristalsis: The tube-like small intestine or large intestine squeeze in an organized, sequential fashion  to allow digestion to occur and to keep the intestinal contents moving along. Often air and liquid are mixed up and rearranged in this process, causing odd noises to be audible. Reference: Understanding Medical/Surgical Nursing, Williams and Hopper

Hope this helps answer you question.  Take care and keep posting.


 
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holley213
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   Posted 2/5/2008 9:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much !! I'm not experienceing any pain or discomfort.
I mentioned it to my dr and he didn't seem concerned at all. he just said that it's my stomach digesting food. it makes sense but it's just embarrassing at times. i don't hear anyone elses stomachs doing this - he he

Illini
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
My stomach makes noise too, before I eat or after. Posture seems to make a difference for me--it is especially loud if I am laying down or leaning back.
 


kimberlayn
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:39 AM (GMT -7)   
My stomach made horrific noises when my ileum was narrowed and then mostly obstructed. My doctor, hearing the noises at an appointment, said it was from my system trying to find a way past the blockage. After a resection the noises went away completely. I just stopped taking entocort after a flare, and my belly is talking to me again. I'm having a scope done in April and this is making me consider moving it up. My boss hates the noises in our weekly meeting, so I have found that sipping hot tea throughout the 2 hours (that's alot of tea!) helps quiet things down, don't know why.
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07, healing well and feeling well. Entocort 9mg.


rootsmith
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   Posted 2/5/2008 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
My gut makes a variety of noises. Sometimes it is a creaking sound, like a boat tied up to a dock. Sometimes its a loud gurgle like a toilet flushing. Other times it feels like liquid is being squirted full speed out of my ileum into my large intestine. All of this and also the vibrations. Like someone said- it's like you swallowed a cell phone on vibrator mode. I wish it would do it at an appt.
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yogaprof
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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:45 PM (GMT -7)   
for what it's worth, my healthy husband's gut makes all sorts of noises, so it is not limited to those of us with intestine problems :)
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. December '06 had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now taking Glycolax, Ultra Fiber Plus, Florastor, and DHEA. Have become gluten-free diet per naturopath's tests.


bentwistle
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   Posted 2/5/2008 5:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm trying to write something sensible but I can't concentrate over the noise in my gut!

timmysang
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   Posted 2/5/2008 6:16 PM (GMT -7)   
My stomach and small intestine also made terrible noises. Very embarrassing especially at meetings or church. Found out that I had several strictures causing blockages. Seems like the noises were really bad several hours after I ate when things were trying to make it through the obstructions. I had a resection in Oct of last year and all seems to be good.

potatoqwn
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   Posted 2/5/2008 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
My stomach is extremely loud too. It is very embarrassing, especially during meetings. Mine kind of sound like either growling or farting, the latter of which is totally not what I hope people think I am doing. I usually just say that I am hungry. It always comes from the same place (left side) and I often do wonder if it could mean narrowing. I sure hope not.

njmom
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   Posted 2/5/2008 10:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Rumbling could signal a stricture...yogurt helped bring my daughter's rumbles down from a roar.
 
Then Entocort put her in near-remission and they stopped completely.

Post Edited (njmom) : 8/28/2010 7:36:32 AM (GMT-6)


Margie11
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   Posted 8/30/2008 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I never had any gut symptoms through 12-14 yrs. of unspecified autoimmune disorder(LOL), so I would not have thought the diag was right when they told me it was Crohn's, except as a 1st-2nd grader the noises always came about 40 min. after eating. I remember thinking my schoolmates must think I was poor/starving, because it was always just after lunch recess ended. Now I just thank God this was the only symptom I had before I turned 30.

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Post Edited (Margie11) : 8/30/2008 10:28:29 PM (GMT-6)


sjs0018
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   Posted 8/31/2008 11:26 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same thing. I hate the sounds. A person at work actually brought me food one day, she thought I was not eating. I was so embarrassed. I found out that taking a 10 minute walk after I eat helps or just moving around helps. When I just sit there it gets worse.

kcgh03
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   Posted 8/31/2008 3:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Shortly after I was Diagnosed with Crohn's I noticed the rumbling. My rumblings would literally keep me awake at night...it was so freaking loud! I dont notice it quite as often now that I am on meds but it did happen a couple of weeks ago during church....my almost 2 yr old daughter heard it and yelled "EWWWWW, TOOT" during the quietest time of course! LOL

Hope it gets better for you!

Sarita
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   Posted 8/31/2008 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
The medical term for this is "borborygmi." I just like to say it. It's part of the digestive process, but sometimes louder in people with digestive issues.
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29Lancelot
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   Posted 8/31/2008 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
As a couple of others have noted it sounds very much like a lead in to an obstruction because of strictures or adhesions. I had the same just prior to requiring a re-section because of adhesions and scar tissue from previous flares. It is like a bath tub being drained!

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  • Manifestations of fissures, fistula, scleritis, polyarthralgia and erythema nodosum.
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kcgh03
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   Posted 9/1/2008 6:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Lancelot, you are exactly right.....it does sound like a bath tub being drained!!!!!!

d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/2/2008 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a bad stricture and mine is so loud my parrot mimics the osund (LOL)!! It laways happens in church, or when I am behind the counter waiting on someone. I told my husband I want a Winnie the Pooh T-Shirt that say I've got a rumbly in my tumbly!!
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mj8dokken
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   Posted 9/2/2008 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
rootsmith said...
My gut makes a variety of noises. Sometimes it is a creaking sound, like a boat tied up to a dock. Sometimes its a loud gurgle like a toilet flushing. Other times it feels like liquid is being squirted full speed out of my ileum into my large intestine. All of this and also the vibrations. Like someone said- it's like you swallowed a cell phone on vibrator mode. I wish it would do it at an appt.

Ha! It's like taking your car to a mechanic. Of course once you're there it won't do it. smilewinkgrin
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AussieGirl
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Before I was officially diagnosed, I went to see an Iridiologist (diagnosis via the eyes). Interestingly he said I had a 'leaky gut', meaning I made noises after I ate as it was due to me not absorbing nutrients properly and that I 'pass food through that can be identifiable'. :-)
 
I just make jokes about my stomach if it goes off too much after lunch. Most males around me seem to be impressed that my stomach can make such high level decibles smilewinkgrin I tell them they should hear me belch !!!!
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 9/12/2008 8:11 AM (GMT -7)   
My stomach noises kept me up last night. They weren't painful but very loud and I could feel the whatever moving around my gut.

It was extremely frustrating. Does anyone have any tips on how to quiet these down at night?
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 75 mg 6MP. 3mg prednisone (trying to taper). Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


d2parrotperson
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   Posted 9/12/2008 11:28 AM (GMT -7)   
If you find any, please tell me!
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Crohn's, Fibromyalgia, Several bulging discs, Bone spurs, Osteoarthritis, Osteopenia, Reflux, Stenosis, Strictures, Dengenerating facet joints
2 resections
 
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dustspeck
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   Posted 9/13/2008 7:43 AM (GMT -7)   
i fully agree with creaky boat sound! i had long before my diagnosis. and actually, they seem to be subsiding with treatment :)
.: stephanie :.
33 y/o female diagnosed 8/8/7 with crohn's of the terminal ileum w/ stricture/scarring
meddies: 6mp, percocet, trazodone, ativan, iron, calcium, folic acid & some other vits


Nick73
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   Posted 7/26/2010 6:18 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with Crohn's one year ago.  However, my GI feels that I have probably had it for the past 5-10yrs.  My flares are rather mild compared to the some posts that I have read, but I do have bloody stools and have terrible, LOUD stomach noise.  Has anyone had sucess with Remicade and has it quieted the noises from below?

Becoming undone
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   Posted 7/26/2010 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, I was just going to ask about this myself...today my body has started making noises that I haven't ever heard before...sound like a cat or some sort of crying animal...oh, and my mouth was closed...I could FEEL the rumble...it was so weird...yeah, my stomach has ALWAYS made noises, I sound like some sort of coffee pot...but this was just weird...I swear I was the guy from Austin Powers(yoiu know Fat B______) and had just swallowed a baby and it was still crying!
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