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MAG102886
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:09 PM (GMT -6)   
So ever since my last resection on sept 19th my BMs have been worse then ever, wonderful I know.  But the last couple days I have been having the worst gas pains ever.  I feel like theres a million little bubbles popping constantly in my stomach, its loud and painful, and I have a lot of pressure on my stomach.  I get urges where I have to run to the bathroom because I think I have to go, but all that comes out is gas (I know the one time I dont run to the bathroom and just let one loose I'll probably crap myelf haha) Never trust a fart ;).   I feel almost like Im constipated but I'm not because Im having BMs like 10+ times a day, they are very small, always liquid and bright yellow, and I know that means that food is going through my body too fast....but what the heck is causing this gas and the pain, Ive never experienced this before. Im not sure if I should try something like GasX or Beano, or if those types of things are bad for us Crohnies, any advice?  Im going to see my surgeon for my follow up tomorrow, but Im not sure if he could answer my questions or not, Im hoping that I can snag my GI while Im there and ask him really quick because they all work in the same office.  Blahhh Im so sick of this!
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 10mg Pred (tapering), Nexium, B12 injections.
 

Rider Fan
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Melissa. I feel your pain, doesn't seem like there are many treatments for gas, besides just treating the disease. I've used Gas-x which does help some. Neither Gasx or Beano should cause problems. If you eat dairy also consider taking lactaids first.
Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: 25mg Methotrexate. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion).


Betaine, digestive enzymes, Candicin (oil of oregano capsules), Beta Sitosterol.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


pb4
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   Posted 11/12/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
On very rare occassions I'll get a little gassier than usual (since taking fibre supplements daily for the last 5 yrs, my gas is pretty minimal and my bloating gone) but there is the odd time I get a little extra gassy and I tried Gas-X with no aid but those chewable Rolaids (extra strength) sure do the trick for me.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


Roni
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you tried going on a probiotic blend yet? It can help quite a bit with the issues you describe.

BTW, bright yellow stool can also indicate a bacterial infection.

Best wishes!

MAG102886
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   Posted 11/12/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I think Im going to try something like Beano if I cant get an answer or help tomorrow.   I havent tried a probiotic yet, I'll have to look into it.  Im a little worried though because while I was in the hospital I did develop a C Diff infection, but I was on antibiotics for that and tested negative for it a few weeks later, but for some reason in the back of my head I always thought I still had it because my stools have been bright yellow and liquid ever since I got the infection...hmm

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 10mg Pred (tapering), Nexium, B12 injections.
 

78SilvAnniv
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   Posted 11/12/2008 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   

MAG, you are at the same time frame after your surgery that I was when I developed horrible gas.  I felt like each fart could fill a balloon!  I could have made a balloon boquet every day.  I was having numerous trips to the bathroom, mostly because I couldn't trust if it was only going to BE gas.  Better safe than sorry and less laundry to do.

I used the maximum stength Gas-X and I took one every 8 hours.  When I would try to back off, the gas would come back.  Around that time I also decided to use a probiotic and I do not know if that affected positively or negatively with the gas, but I knew it was good for my body.  I would say I used the Gas-X for about 5 weeks or so before being able to taper off and be gas-x free.  I still have gas, but it is manageable.

I felt the surgery (I had about 6" of my descending colon removed) upset the balance of digestive flora bacteria and it took almost two months for them to organize the revolt fought with gas.  The Gas-X kept it under control until my body had a handle on taking care of its' business.

Best of luck,

Heidi


I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.


malb
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   Posted 11/12/2008 11:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Just a wee note to say that frequent bowel movements can indeed indicate a blockage... in that only liquid can get out. I, early on, thought I was constipated because I was having only frequent but liquid bowel movements. Discovered that I was nearly completely blockedwith scar tissue (after 2 years of trying to get a diagnosis.) Once I had that first resection surgery, and endured several of the sometimes nasty side effects.... fistula, post op infection, diverticulosis, etc etc etc... Life was pretty good for a while. Then the disease came back and the rest is a very long story!
As for gas, man that's my worst enemy. I try never to fart as I could veryeasily end up shi**ing myself at any time.
Watch out for that C-Diff infection as it can be deceptively like active Crohn's! Good luck!
Michael

mom1978
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   Posted 11/13/2008 12:11 AM (GMT -6)   
I too have lots of gas, with lots of bloating, and feeling like im constipated but only to find out when i go to the bathroom i either cant go yet, or it comes out just like water, or pasty, i went to emerg one time because it was really bad, and the doctor said that there was no way that I could be impacted because he could feel the gas in my tummy, running through, but i have often felt like there may be a blockage of some sort because of having to push out diarrhea, im so inflamed it feels like, and my stomach hurts so bad sometimes, that if i go to the bathroom it may release some, but come to find that again I cant go, or its just diarrhea, but tons and tons of pressure, sometimes its hard to pee,
Thanks Michael for your response in my post as well, i do plan on seeing if i can get a gi in the new city I am moving to,
kelly
30 year old female, currently being diagnosed with a possible crohns, or celiacs disease. Have lost 40 pounds, cant eat very much, distended abdomen, low b12, constant diarrhea, diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 2006, also have PTSD, and have suffered from depression and bipolar episodes since being a teen.
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pb4
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   Posted 11/13/2008 1:15 AM (GMT -6)   
The yellow liquid may be an indication that something might be up with your gallbladder as well...I'd get on a probiotic (a good one) as soon as possible, and whenever you're on antibiotics be sure to take your probiotics at least 2 hours after you're fininshed taking your antibiotics for the day or the antis will just kill off the pros.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)


MAG102886
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Date Joined Jul 2008
Total Posts : 674
   Posted 11/13/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I ordered a good probiotic online last night, and today I went to see my surgeon and he said my abcess is healing up super fast and he took me off my wound vac thank god!!! Im free! haha.  He also put me on an antibiotic because he thinks my D is caused from the C Diff I had in the hospital, so we will see if that works out.  I have to take them 4 times a day, so I guess I'll just take my probiotic before I go to bed

Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed.
Current Meds: Humira (bi-weekly), 10mg Pred (tapering), Nexium, B12 injections.
 

bektold
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Total Posts : 456
   Posted 11/13/2008 5:38 PM (GMT -6)   

Florastor is supposed to be helpful when you have c diff.  And, it's a beneficial yeast, not bacteria, so you can take it whenever.  The antibiotic won't kill it off.  I've been on it for about a week and a half now, and it seems to be helping with The Thrush That Will Not Die.  Not as fast acting as nystain or diflucan (anti-fungals), but I can stay on this indefinitely, unlike the meds.

I've been taking samples I picked up at a CCFA conference, so I have no idea how expensive it is.  I guess I'll find out next week when it's time to buy some more.


bektold
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Total Posts : 456
   Posted 11/13/2008 5:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, and by the way, I quite literally feel your pain with the gas thing.  It's a shame we don't do more with methane energy in this country, because some days I swear I could power most of Houston all by myself!

78SilvAnniv
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Date Joined Apr 2008
Total Posts : 289
   Posted 11/13/2008 7:10 PM (GMT -6)   
bektold said...
It's a shame we don't do more with methane energy in this country, because some days I swear I could power most of Houston all by myself!
I know I've managed to achieve liftoff by myself. smilewinkgrin
I have the ability of single-minded determination and accurate project focu....Hey, look, a cat!
 
Crohn's and UC are pretty darn crappy, but if you can't laugh at yourself, you'll cry. 
I'd much rather laugh.
2001 Dx'd with UC.  No remission.  5/2008 surgery, removal of 6" of left side colon.  Dx changed to Crohn's.  Remission for 8-9wks after surgery, symptoms returning after resuming 6MP.

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