having gas----needs suggestions please

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Angela N
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   Posted 4/13/2010 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
Okay I have had Crohns for about 20 years...I have never had much of a problem with having gas...The past couple of months I have had it so bad....It usually starts in the afternoon.....what can I do to help this?? It's very embarressing.....I never knew anyone could have gas as much as I have had...I don't even eat that much....any suggestions
Diagnosed with Crohns 15 years ago...After my sugery 15 years ago I havn't had any flare ups until now...I am currently taking Pentasa and the Cimzia shot..I am 43 years old..

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   Posted 4/13/2010 10:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I also have the same issue - especially in the afternoon and evenings. I really don't have any good advice other than you might want to try digestive enzymes at mealtime. I just started taking one pill with each meal and I've definitely noticed marked improvement in the gas department. Good luck. I know this whole thing stinks (literally!)
38 y.o. F. Diagnosed with Crohn's in 2009.
Never had symptoms until after my daughter was born in 2006.
Currently taking probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Entocort on standby in the event of a flare.

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   Posted 4/13/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Please talk to your doctor about a possible bacterial overgrowth. I was having so many gas pains especially after I ate. It would make my sides hurt from being so full of air. Did 10 days of Cipro and started taking a better probiotic and things are a million times better now. Good luck!
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Angela N
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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info...I will call my doctor today.....Have a great day..
Diagnosed with Crohns 15 years ago...After my sugery 15 years ago I havn't had any flare ups until now...I am currently taking Pentasa and the Cimzia shot..I am 43 years old..

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   Posted 4/13/2010 11:38 AM (GMT -6)   
Aside from the bacterial overgrowth, you can try probiotics. I was having a ton of trouble all of a sudden with gas and pain, especially late afternoon and evening. By morning, I would be feeling fine and my belly would be back to normal (flatish). My doctor suggested probiotics, but I had tried many in the past and they had all made things worse, D, pain, cramping..... so I just thought they weren't for me. Turns out that I just hadn't found the RIGHT one for me. There are many on the market that are good. Do a search of the forum and you will find a good starting point of brands to try, but don't give up if it doesn't work for you. You do have to give each one a fair shot. Probably a good 3 weeks or so, and you get what you pay for, the cheap brands are not worth the time or money. The right one made a world of difference for me. Every so often I have to increase my dose and once in a while I change brands for a few weeks because my body seems to get used to the strains of probiotics and I need to shake things up. But it has helped a lot.

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....

artist guy
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   Posted 4/13/2010 2:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't mind the gas as long as Iam getting rid of it, when I don't get rid of it, then can cause real time pain. I really don't mind my gas as long as it doesn't stink up like everthing, everywhere, but i eat papaya's fresh so my gas and stool have no odor, also no meat,

artist guy

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   Posted 4/13/2010 2:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Agree Artist Guy,
A good fart is a healthy thing, not farting is painful. When I got my ostomy reversed I had horrid gas for about a year, but it did calm down.

I use probiotics too, and suggest that when trying any new supplement, start on as small a dose as you can for the first few days and then gradually increase to the recommended.
CD 24 years. Multiple surgeries in past 10 yrs. 4 year Illeostomy. Mesh rejection. Too close to death, twice. Large inscisional hernia. Perpetually underweight. Short bowel syndrom. Have used a variety of complementary medical therapies. Highly recommend Bowen Therapy as the best body work. Take me vites. Started Low Dose Naltrexone March 27, 2010. Got married for the only time 2008. Survive because of the love of good friends, and because I can. Happy to be alive. IBD needs more awareness and more voices willing to speak up. BE well.

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   Posted 4/13/2010 5:35 PM (GMT -6)   
When I'm feeling gassy, I tend to take Phazyme. It has simethicone in it which is pretty safe, they even give it to infants for colic which is how I discovered that it worked so well. I told my doc about it and he didn't seem concerned.
Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 14. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal. 
Dr. wants to try Humira...STILL waiting on that! Not sure what is taking so long...
Currently just take a probiotic, a multivitamin, calcium, magnesium, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are here we might as well dance!

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   Posted 4/13/2010 8:44 PM (GMT -6)   
Too much probiotics sometimes causes my gas.

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   Posted 4/14/2010 5:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I also had that problem for the last year and two drs agreed that I needed to STOP my probiotics...I was a huge advocate for years on them.  Their thinking was that they were colonizing in my small intestine due to shrinkage/scaring, and causing bloating and gas.  I don't have the bloating anymore and I take digestive enzymes which has tremendously helped with the gas. 
diagnosed 13 days following an MMR vaccination at the age of 44
tried Colazal, Pentasa, Immuran, Remicade, Prednisone, Cipro, Flagyl, LDN, Osiris clinical study,  accupuncture, began Cimzia 5/2009

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