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dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:03 AM (GMT -7)   
I tend to suffer from this alot as I am sure many of us do.  I cannot link the gas with most of the stuff I eat yes certain things are a definite no eat just from the gas pains it causes i.e beans love em but they dont love me...
 
I was wondering if anyone has any helpful ideas for when you get gas pains.  I tend to use a headting pad sometimes Gas-ex and hot tea but this doesnt always work anyone else have helpful remedies?

crohnielass
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I was advised by the hospital when I had gas pains to try drinking peppermint cordial mixed with a small amount of warm water  and sip.  It works for me everytime. Hopefully some others will have some more tips for you. Bev x wink

Nanners
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Sounds like all the symptoms you are describing as you possibly having a small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO). My GI said that alot of us who have had multiple resections are more prone to getting SIBO. I did a quick 10 day course of antibiotics along with a stronger probiotic and it really helped alot.

My symptoms were alot of gas and bloating especially right after a meal. I would get soooo bloated that even my sides hurt and the gas, oh my gosh, I just couldn't get relief. I believe you have an appt soon with your GI, you might discuss your symptoms with him and the possibility of a SIBO. I thought for sure I was flaring and it turned out to be bacterial overgrowth.

As for relief for the gas, your tricks are basically my tricks. I have heard that charcoal capsules help, but all they did was give me bad constipation. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
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"*

dragonfly137927
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   Posted 9/7/2010 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I was able to call the GI office today and moved up my colonoscopy to next Tuesday instead of the 21st. I do take 2 acidopholis pills a fday I have tried many though align and a few others I cannot remember the name of that my old GI had me try out and didnt notice much of a difference. Hopefully when he goes in there with his camera and "tools" for the biopsies they can fix me
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987
 
 
 

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:13 PM (GMT -7)   
i had gas with everything i ate or didnt eat for years. i tried anything and everything to no avail. finally my naturopath suggested betaine HCL (go on amazon.com and look for metagest). this works. seriously. i started with one per meal, increasing it one pill per meal until i started to feel a slight burning type sensation in my chest, similar to heartburn. that is a signal you can start reducing at your next meal. that is when you can begin to find the sweet spot, or how many you need to take with each meal. for me right now it seems to be 3-4. unfortunately it is a lot more pills to take and can get expensive as you go through them quickly. but it totally works for me. if i take 2 or less, regardless of meal size or type of food, i get gassy. hopefully my body adjusts and i can begin taking less. so the trick with this is either you are making too little HCL right now or the pH of the acid is not low enough thus you have improper digestion which results in bloating and gas.

i brought this up to my acupuncturist and she was not surprised as she too takes betain HCL with each meal to aid digestion and she has no digestive disorder.

Pmkrier
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Dragonfly I was going to ask the same exact thing! My stomach/intestines just will not settle down. Painful gas and bloating has been a problem ever since after my surgery 2 1/2 weeks ago. I'm laying in bed and I can't get comfortable. I have a heating pad on which just makes me feel more comfortable but doesn't necessarily help. Gas-x does nothing for this gas. Then I read Nanners comment and I'm starting to wonder if that's what I'm experiencing. How do they know if it's bacterial overgrowth or not?

I have a follow up appointment with the nurse pract. on Thursday and def. am going to bring this up. I feel like this surgery hasn't help at all and these gas pains are just another added problem...

Lots of luck to you and your gas problems! It stinks ;-)
Crohn's Disease. Diagnosed in 1997 at the age of 10.
Currently on: Monthly B-12 injections, 6MP, Calcium, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Prilosec, Humira. Folic Acid, Entocort
Surgery scheduled: August 19 2010 - small bowel resection in TI

mlatida
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   Posted 9/7/2010 9:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I've heard that fennel (either added to food or used as a tea) is suppose to help relieve gas. My doctor told me I could use Gas-X, but nothing really seems to work. Hopefully you find some relief!
26 years old. Diagnosed with Crohn's disease March 2008. Battled a C. diff infection from Summer 2009-Spring 2010. Have been dealing with a severe flare for the past several weeks.

tsitodawg
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   Posted 9/8/2010 12:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Typically when you are having gas buildup it is a sign that your bowels are not moving fast enough.(I know that am stating the obvious but there is a point here)I have the same problem as you and despite contantly having to go to the bathroom, I am typically having small bowel movements. This means that I am not moving the bowels much despite going alot. What I have found to help move the waste is to add fiber to my diet which clears the bowel before the food can stagnate enough to build more gas. Some people like to drink medimucil but I am more a fan of fiber one bars when I am having problems. They taste good and after a couple you will be clearing everything. My wife who is normal can't handle a full bar because it makes her feel like she is passing more than she is eating. I know that this sounds like a commercial but it really is the best source of fiber that I have found. I also like to eat yogurt with granola and fruit but I know that many here can't handle that. I recommend the peanut butter and chocolate chip fiber one bars. The apple cinnamon ones are also really good.

Nanners
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   Posted 9/8/2010 7:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Dragonfly I take probiotics daily too, but I still get bacterial overgrowth all the time. I have never had a test for it, my doc just goes off my symptoms. Although there is a breath test you can do. When you have had multiple resections it is my understanding is that you no longer digest the same and this causes a build up of bad bacteria. jmho
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
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"*

artist guy
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   Posted 9/8/2010 8:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I get gas as soon as I put my stomach to work, and it doesn't matter at all, anything and everything, now when I try to stop it either gas-x or beano what ever it is. It is the worst for me i ahve to have that gas move thru, not try to contane it, my key is to not have be offensive odor, also when I do have large gas bubble fart whatever you call it I have to force it out and it is usally LOUD, the embarrassment doesn't stop with the odor(in public), I avoid public unfortunatly, for after so much gas comes out usually followed by bile or mucus, again reason to avoid public, once again unfortunatly. I have had body altered because of all the surgery, like this morning for instance, I'm trying to gain weight and when I try to eat a decent amount, the next day is brutal, I've already gone to br lost count at 7 times, it's just bile and more bile until mucus comes out, now I have to take a couple of vicodin just to slow it down, but vicodin doesn't stop the gas so that is what I use. not recommened to everyone to be sure,

Golden Bear
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   Posted 11/30/2011 2:26 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I have crohn's and I too get horrible gas pains whenever I eat nuts. In addition to the pain, my stomach bloats out tremendously and is tender to the touch.  Very uncomfortable and painful. Whenever the pains start I take a gas x and drink pepperming tea.  Sometimes it helps sometimes it doesn't.  One thing I did just today which worked wonderfully, is a yoga twist that is supposed to help with indigestion and massage your internal organs.  You sit on the floor with your legs in front of you.  Bend one leg at the knee (u can either keep the other leg straight or curl it around you)  and use your opposite hand to pull your knee in towards you and then turn in the direction of your bent leg and take five or six deep breaths, in thru your nose and out thru your nose.  Try to sit up very straight.  Each time you exhale, you can twist a little bit further.  Then do this on the opposite side.  Then go lay down for about 20-30 minutes and you should notice a huge relief of the pain and gas subsiding.  Note:  It may be uncomfortable when you are doing the twists cuz you are very bloated and in pain, and in may still hurt right after you are done but after resting for the 20-30 minutes hopefully you will notice a huge difference as I did.  I know it sounds crazy but I did it today for the first time and couldn't believe how well it worked. 

gumby44
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   Posted 11/30/2011 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I sometimes get horrible gas pains in my back. I have not found tea, Gas-X or any product that helps. For me, the yoga twist as described above, or even sit-ups, a brisk walk, or vigorous exercise sometimes help move things through. When I am having bad symptoms I have to completely stop eating for several hours until the symptoms subside or it gets even worse.
52 yr. old female, diagnosed with Crohn's in small intestine and terminal ileum Sept-Oct. 2007. Also have IBS, and had Salmonella Dec. '07
In a new flare since 9/11_ taking Pentasa- 6 500mg pills per day, Entocort 9mg, Omeprazole, Metamucil and colace for constipation, Senokot, probiotics

Calypso185
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   Posted 11/30/2011 7:24 PM (GMT -7)   
At my local Crohn's support group, a wonderful elderly woman in her late 70's (had three surgeries as well) was recommended to try Bitters by her GI. It is an alcoholic liquid for mixed drinks. They recommended she take a small amount with meals (she couldn't remember the exact amount he said, but she had a 1ml tuberculin syringe and said she has been trying 0.2ml to 0.3ml per meal). This was supposed to settle the gas/gas pain. Her insurance stopped covering the expensive medication she previously was on, so this is what the doc said.

I went out and bought some ($5 at the local wine and spirits shop for a small bottle that would probably last forever). I tried it one day and it was the same day my mother had major back surgery, and I felt sick all day. I was probably sick all day from my nerves/stress of her surgery, but I associated the sick feeling/diarrhea with the Bitters. :(
Diagnosed with Crohn's disease March 2011
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Currently taking: Entocort 9mg daily, Asacol 800mg 3t 3x daily, Culturelle, Klor-Con 20meq (Potassium supplement), Multi-vitamin, Omega 3 Fish Oil Capsules x2 daily, Loperamide 2mg daily
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Attempting diet modification: chicken, rice, fish, bananas, white rice, water, no processed foods

FunGuy
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   Posted 11/30/2011 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Holding in gas seems to increase the pain for me. It almost seems to move up in my abdomen so that I can't get "rid" of it. Try to let it "out" whenever it is possible or get up and walk away from people so that you can do it. Hope I am not saying something really dumb here but it has never stopped me before now has it?

artist guy
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   Posted 11/30/2011 8:10 PM (GMT -7)   
you guys know this is old post, but if you don't remember, I eat papaya's with oatmeal every morning, it's natural digestive enzyme, but I agree with fun guy, do not hold that gas back, for me I go into cramps if I do, so I will walk away from people if I have to cut the cheese. but the papayas kill the odor, so my gas has know odor nor do my BM's so that was huge hurdle for me, it really make me feel like a free man, no worries cut em loose in public, as long as nobody hears, they won't smell it. I eat at least one large pap. every week, cost me about $40 a month, the best forty I ever spent

AG

old post, same old ****

Roni
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   Posted 12/1/2011 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
I second AG.
I use digestive enzymes almost daily. They are quite helpful.
Co-Moderator for Crohn's Disease and Epilepsy forums.
Crohn's Disease since the 1990s.
Close family member has had epilepsy for more than 45 years.
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