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tall girl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
One of my worst symptoms is an extreme amount of gas in my intestines that seems to be stuck. I do not have chronic diareha in fact I have cronic constipation. The gas build up hurts alot! It doesn't go away after a bm. Is there anything I can do or take (besides diet changes) that will help with the gas? I have tried OTC gas releivers with no results. I asume it's b/c they only work on gas in the stomach. Please help!!
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


MikeB
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I have never used it, but the over thr counter product Beano is supposed to be pretty effective for counteracting gas buildup from starch digestion in the bowel. You can also tinker with diet to see what foods tend to cause the most gas for you and avoid them. And rice is said to be a no-gas food. As for relief, walking and similar activity will help get trapped gas moving so you can emit it in the traditional, though sometimes noisy, way.

itainteasy
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Are you taking anything for the constipation, like Myralax?

pb4
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I had severe gas and bloating issues, my GI told me to take firbre supplements daily and indefinitely to aid with the gas, bloating and give me formed stools, it was great advice and to this day I still take one fibre supplement...initially though the fibre supplement increased my already excessive gas and bloating (this is normal and happens to healthy people as well) but once my system adjusted to it, no more bloating, very little gas and for the most part totally formed stools and way less mucus too.  It also aids with D or C.

:)


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tall girl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:13 AM (GMT -7)   
No matter what I eat it happens. Even when I fast it is still present. I exercise 6 days a week and it doesn't help the gas. I will try beano. When you say no gas food you mean that it doesn't produce gas, not that it cures it right?

I am not taking anything other than stool softners and the occasional laxative (which I only take when I absolutly have to) The laxatives sometimes make it worst. Extra gas still no bm. What is Myrelax? OTC or prescription?
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


tall girl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks PB4. My doc has taken my off of fiber al together
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


itainteasy
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Myralax is now over the counter. My daughter uses it. It is a natural laxative that is made up of Polyethylene Glycol 3350. It is supposed to be gentler and nonaddictive.

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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like you have some narrowing going on inside. That is exactly how I felt when I had my stricture. Nowadays, I usually use GASX and that helps, but it sounds like you have tried that without any luck. When my stomach hurts alot from gas pains, I use a heating pad on my stomach, that seems to help. Sorry I couldn't be of more help.

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tall girl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I will try myrelax and beano. Thanks so much to you all. Today is only day 3 for me on this forum and it is really helping me to have a large group of people to talk to who know what I'm going through.
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


tall girl
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
Waht exactly is a stricture?
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


MikeB
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Stricture is a not uncommon result of longstanding Crohns disease and can be of two kinds -- either from inflammation, which can be addressed with medication tha induces remission, or from scarring and thickening of the bowel wall, which eventually usually requires either surgery to remove that section or, in some cases, a scope that expands and stretches the area to re-open it. I structure is like the narrowing you get in a drainpipe that allows hair to clog and stops up the sink. Hence an obstruction, which usually lands one in the ER and sometimes in surgery. A stricture in the colon can be seen on scope; inn the small bowel, which is much narrower and often more prone to stricturing for that reason, it is seen with a small bowel folow through barium Xray series. People can live with a moderate to mild strictrue, which may only slow the bowel passage down (and can result in intermittent pain, gas and constipation) but a more serious one almost always leads to obstruction eventually and surgery. Often GIs will recommend preventive surgery to snip out the strictured area if it seems to be approaching obstruction.

janicea
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   Posted 4/22/2009 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I am similar to you. constipation etc.

here is what helps me (and my doc says I should do)
make sure you go every day. I use milk of magnesia and in more difficult times 3/4 a bottle of magnesium citrate. Use whatever works for you.

excess gas can be a symptom of small bowel bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), if you are not into going to your doc to deal with it (I used xifaxan), try taking enteric coated peppermint capsules every day (on in my case, night).

best of luck to you.

EMom
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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Probiotics and digestive enzymes. These had an immediate effect for my son. Beano is simply one specific natural digestive enzyme. It may help, but imho you'll get more dramatic results if you use a digestive enzyme blend. The digestive enzymes and probiotics will help digest and move out the food that's stuck in there fermenting, thus causing the bad results. Probiotics help with a myriad of things including overgrowth of bad bacteria, as janicea mentioned.
Mom to 17 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium, vit. D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.


itainteasy
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   Posted 4/22/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Emom, what probiotic and enzyme do you have your son on?

melissam24
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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
I have the same problem now, constipation, and I take Vsl#3 (very strong probiotic, go to vsl3.com), colace, and for the gas I take Citrucel fiber supplements, it actually does help and it's the kind of fiber that makes stool softer and easier to pass without fermenting and causing gas like other fiber supplements (do NOT try metamucil!). Also charcoal capsules you can get at the natural food store and possibly the drug store, they can help absorb excess gas too. Over the counter gas-x stuff has never done anything for my intestinal gas either, but if I take Maalox Advanced that has 3 ingredients, the aluminum, magnesium and simethicone (which is the active ingredient in gas-x) it seems to help altogether since it's in liquid form. Hope some of this helps!

Kittikatt
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   Posted 4/22/2009 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   

pb4, what kind of fiber supplement do you use and how much of it do you take?

 


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EMom
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   Posted 4/22/2009 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
itainteasy said...
Emom, what probiotic and enzyme do you have your son on?


He takes Theralac, a probiotic I order online. You can google it and read about it, or you can buy a good one at your local health food store! The brand of digestive enzymes we use is Ultra-Zyme by Nature's Plus. I purchase those at my local health food store. Good probiotics and digestive enzymes are not cheap, but they are worth every penny in my book! Go for potency (probiotics--several strains and at least 15 billion cfu) and check your label for unnecessary additives. Good luck! :-)

pb4
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   Posted 4/22/2009 6:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Kittikatt said...

pb4, what kind of fiber supplement do you use and how much of it do you take?

 

I use one called Prodiem (similar to metamucil) and I only take one tab/day with lots of water as directed.  Generally it's only stricturing CDers that should do low fibre but in general we all need some fibre in our diet (reason why supplement form comes in handy for CDers).  Fibre is necessary to help bind stool, for those that don't have any fibre will continue to have issues with D or even C...since fibre does aid with both C and D.
 
You'd have to have quite severe strictures/narrowing for a doc to tell you not to take in any fibre at all (otherwise it's not common advice for a doc to tell a patient to avoid fibre completely).
 
:)


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

Post Edited (pb4) : 4/22/2009 7:27:45 PM (GMT-6)


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   Posted 4/23/2009 6:18 AM (GMT -7)   
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Rider Fan
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Slow moving, painful gas is a big problem for me too, but I've never found much that helps. Gas-x, or T3's if the pain is really bad is how I manage. I'd love to try Rifaximin but they don't sell it in Canada.


32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 15mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

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


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


tall girl
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   Posted 4/23/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Rider Fan- What are T3's?
25/ Female DXed Crohn's 1/09
Many diet restictions
Entecort, Pentasa, Zantac, Fish Oil
Still confused and sometimes angry/frustrated
However I am learning to laugh at all this more often


melissam24
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I think RiderFan is talking about Tylenol with Codeine. We all need fiber in our diet, but the trick is between soluble and insoluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is usually very irritating because it doesn't break down in the intestines (i.e. raw fruits and veggies, skins, nuts, corn, etc.) whereas soluble fiber can help BOTH diarrhea and constipation. It helps diarrhea by absorbing extra water and it helps constipation by softening the stool and adding bulk.

Rider Fan
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   Posted 4/23/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry, yes I mean tylenol with codeine.  I will take 1 at bedtime if the pain is so bad that I can't sleep.
32 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. 15mg prednisone. Udo's Choice Probiotics (30 billion). Can't tolerate any iron supplements or infusions.

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


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


itainteasy
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   Posted 4/23/2009 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks EMom. I found a store that carries some ultra-enzymes and I will try that for my daughter. They also carry some refrigerated probiotics and she is willing to order any I would like.
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