Tying to stop stomach rumbling

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Castorp
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   Posted 3/18/2010 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Hallo all

I’ve had a relatively mild case of Crohn’s for about 6 years now. I take probiotics and calcium, which seem to keep it under control for the most part (and, rarely, Entocort if I have flare-ups). Recently I even began to take enzymes and charcoal, which help prevent diarrhea.  For the most part I’m doing well, but one symptom I don’t seem to be able to shake is stomach rumbling. It is not painful, but extremely loud and embarrassing in public as you can imagine. Business meetings are the worst: just the anxiety that it might happen can make me appear uncalm. I often conclude meetings or 1:1 talks quickly just to avoid prolonged exposure to this “risk” and I’m sure there are people who think I am rude. 

Any remedies or supplements you are aware of that might help? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Castorp


Nanners
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   Posted 3/18/2010 11:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Could you possibly have a stricture or narrow area going on? Sometimes when you do, you will get loud gurgles as the food passes thru the narrowed area.
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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PinkFlipFlops
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   Posted 3/18/2010 12:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Castorp, I am experiencing the same exact thing! It just started this week. Every time I eat, I have to listen to that grumbling gurgling sound for about a half hour. Sometimes it's uncomfortable, but most of the time it's just loud. I'm nervous that it could be indicative of a problem, but my fingers are crossed that it's not. I also take Probi's for now and Entocort when I flare. I wonder if I should start taking the Entocort....
 
Nanners, how would one know if they had a stricture and what does one do about it?
 
 

Diagnosed with Crohn's this year at age 38.


medchrt1
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   Posted 3/18/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
possible narrowing. stress in job and probably not eating. advice: designate the job or do a different job, relax more on the job ...i doubt productivity is measured by your communication but if so there is always time in the day to follow up with a phone call. reduce the stress in the atmosphere by making the meeting less formal.
supplement: more food and experiment with injesting a small amount of salt (might make the gas pass the churn point)

Nanners
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   Posted 3/18/2010 12:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well for me whenever I have had strictures in the past, my big symptoms were 1) My diet started getting really limited, and certain things would make me cramp and get nauseous really quickly after I ate, 2) Also, I had alot of nausea develop.  This last time I thought I had a stomach ulcer or something as after I ate anything, my stomach would just be in toil and turmoil, really upset.  I didn't even think it had anything to do with my Crohns, until I went to the doctor and he told me what he thought was going on and did a Small Bowel Follow Thru that confirmed it.
 
 
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
*Every tomorrow has two handles.  We can take hold of it by the handle of anxiety, or by the handle of faith"*

cherchezlafemme
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   Posted 9/9/2010 2:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I get the same thing and for me, it's directly related to my colitis. When I'm in remission, I don't get these crazy noises that, frankly, sound like long, LOUD internal farts. There's a distinct difference b/w normal tummy rumbling when I'm hungry and whatever is going on in my colon. I've been sort of mildly flaring for a bit now and late last night (midnight-ish) started on pentasa suppositories. This morning I woke up with a headache (the usual for me when taking mesalamine) and loads of gas and the signature colon noise. Wonder if it's the mesalamine causing the noises (which would make sense since mesalamine is known to cause gas)...?

yohimbe
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   Posted 9/9/2010 9:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have massive rumbling, on the Jejunum side its like a bathtub draining, on the ileum its a drip-drip rumbling (bad news). In top of that I get upper esophagus air that manifest in small burps or non-stop hiccups.

A lot of the rumbling occurs when the bowel is trying to move this air and settle it, so I do two things:

1) Before the meeting (at least 30 minutes) I drink broth or Ensure heated, this makes it down and displaces the rumbling in 15 minutes. If the rumbling is lower on the ileum or cecum then you will need to do it at least 60-90 minutes before the meeting. Obviously if you have several meetings a day this gets very complicated. So instead, have the broth or Ensure every two hours, I find that by the afternoon the intestines have settled with all this activity and there is less rumbling.

2) On the ileum, when I feel heavy distention, I apply my palm very gently to the bulge and move it in the direction that the gas wants to go, this neutralizes the rumbling, but oftentimes it comes back in 10 minutes and have to do it again.

Dogs get very confused when the high pitched rumblings occur: I swear it begins to sound like a Picolo Pete from the 4th of July !

The probiotics that I take: Live acidopholous yoghurt, bifidus pills and Yaklut L Casei Shirota.

In my case it always starts 2-3 hours after meals and late evenings, the intestines try to kickstart themselves but since they are narrowed and kinked you get these gurglings and displacements.

Post Edited (yohimbe) : 9/9/2010 1:45:39 PM (GMT-6)


jrg478
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   Posted 9/9/2010 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
What probiotics are you taking

Sniper
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   Posted 9/10/2010 6:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had the rumble in the middle for years and nothing helps, sooo, I just sing back at it ...
If we would read the secret history of our enemies,we would find in each mans life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.

tooth
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   Posted 9/10/2010 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My stomach rumbles all the time while it's digesting. Mine's due to strictures (scar tissue) and worse in the mid-morning through late afternoon. On weekends, I can lay down on the couch and let the food pass through...that's when I notice that I don't get too many stomach rumbles. I also find that chewing sugarfree tends to help sometimes if you can handle the aspertame.

Though I completely agree with you that it's embarrassing. I'm a dentist and the WORST thing that can happen is when I have a patient in the chair and my stomach decides it wants to start talking. Usually if it says "rahhhhhhh...", I just laugh and tell my patient that I'm hungry. Making a joke out of it usually helps lighten the situation....
Diagnosed 2002 at 18. Remission for about 7 years. Getting back into the swing of things at 26.

100mg Imuran, 750mg Balsalazide 3x day, Flagyl (death pills. yuck)

Flaring...

Had to abandon SCD...for now.

Nick73
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   Posted 9/10/2010 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
I have had the loud stomach noises for years now.  It seems to be bad mid-morning and then after eating lunch.  My job requires me to be in meetings, interviews and other quiet settings when the rumbles seem to be at their loudest.  I have tried supplements, probiotics, enzymes, fish oil and other with no luck.  I start Remicade next week and am hoping that in the long run it will somehow quiet the noises. 

Diagnosed with Crohn's in August 2009 at age 35.
Tried Pentasa and Prednisone. Just started Remicade.
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