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shesintheloo
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   Posted 2/9/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
    Hello everyone, I'm so glad to finally have some sort of an outlet for my IBS w/ C. I'm tired of explaining myself to family and friends and having them think I'm being paranid or dramatic. My big problem right now is having gas at work. I guess the even bigger problem is not being able to control it. Is there something else wrong w/ me? I'm 30 and should be able to control that, right? I feel like I let them go w/out realizing it?  what do you guys think? 
     This is killing my social life! I haven't had a long-term boyfriend in over 5 years! I feel like I meet a potential and then have an episode (usually at work) and poof that's it- they're no longer interested. PLEASE ANY SUGGESTIONS??

pb4
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   Posted 2/9/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Fibre supplements daily for the rest of your life, it's what my GI told me to take and it was the best advice as it helps with my IBS and crohns disease...probiotics daily for the rest of your life are also beneficial in many ways, including gas/bloating.

:)
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ME!
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   Posted 2/9/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -7)   
You also need to look at what you're eating.

Chicken and fish don't give me gas, but things like diary, nuts, and breads do.

I know exactly what you're talking about. I had my colon removed a few months ago and DH has to leave the room sometimes or light a candle...seriously. It's so embarrassing.

Have you tried taking extra strength Gas-X? If I'm going out to dinner I take that before I leave.

I would hate to be single and dealing with this. I've thought about that too. If I wasn't already married what would I do!?

I'm so sorry you're dealing with this. I hope you find a solution that works for you.

((HUGS))
Kim

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/9/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Supposedly it is undigested food that causes bacteria if it is mostly lower gas. Perhaps you could try a probiotic and see if that would help. The Gas-x helps me with gas but mine is usually upper gas and bloating.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 2/9/2008 11:07 PM (GMT -7)   

I would steer clear of fiber supplements and high fiber foods as they definately cause gas. Try and keep yourself as regular as possible, having bm's everyday.  Constipation will cause more gas. 

Probiotics will help minimize gas but you may experience a temporary increase when you first start taking them.  In addition, with C they can sometimes slow down the system too much and cause even more trouble.

For me, the best way to keep gas at bay is to avoid getting constipated.  If that means taking a laxative once a week just to "clean out", then that's what I do.  I don't ever have a problem with gas "accidentally" slipping out.  I struggle with the "trapped" gas that usually requires effort to break up and pass. 


shesintheloo
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   Posted 2/10/2008 1:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys, xoxoxo. Oh and what are probiotics? And as for Gas-X it's almost like a tic tac for me, plus it just makes it all come out, not stop it in it's tracks. I hav a doc appt. in 2 weeks. I'm going to ask for a referral to a GI so they can more accurately prescribe any meds or anxiety pills. I've tried so many and its always trial and error. Wish me luck!

xyz
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   Posted 2/10/2008 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS-C also and have been able to keep the gas under control by staying away from dairy products.  You might try avoiding all dairy products for at least a couple of weeks and see if that helps.

pb4
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   Posted 2/10/2008 1:21 PM (GMT -7)   
gutastrophe :)

Initially fibre supplements and fibreous foods can cause extra gas and bloating BUT, this is only temporary until your system adjusts then all the bloating goes away and gas is cut down to a very minimal amount, not to mention the many other benefits of taking enough fibre everyday...cut out my mucus, gave me formed stools and even cut back frequency...fibre is actually highly recommended for IBSers along with probiotics (friendly bacteria) as IBSers tend to have bacterial overgrowth which exacerbates symptoms.

Fibre also helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria so it works very well in conjunction with probiotics.

Fibre should be started in a small amount and taken with plenty of water and only increased slowly if necessary....it's done wonders for my crohns and IBS.

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


Mom2sophia
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   Posted 2/10/2008 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
I think fiber is wonderful for chron's...as I have heard this from others...but for those of us who have constipation...watch out...I ended up in the ER with colon spasms so bad that I thought I was having a gallbladder attach...went off probiotics and cut my fiber back and I feel MUCH better!!!

pb4
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   Posted 2/10/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, you do have to be careful, but remember fibre aids with both constiaption and D....the purpose of fibre is to help keep you regular.

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


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/10/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Probiotics are good bacteria that you put back in your system. Many of us take them regularly, some occasionally. Some names are Acidophalous, Bifudus and they can be bought most anywhere. Everyone seems to have their favorite. YOu can also get some of this from Yogurt with live cultures. I have to second the idea about dairy. My gas smells really bad if I eat dairy and I get so much more of it. I have enough trouble with gas from acid production and air swallowing but at least that is not as noxious when it comes out the other way.

spasman
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   Posted 2/10/2008 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
ME!,

Did you had less gas with your colon in?

I'm really curious about that,i tough it was the colon creating gas.
-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


gutastrophe
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   Posted 2/10/2008 11:18 PM (GMT -7)   
pb4 said...
gutastrophe :)

Initially fibre supplements and fibreous foods can cause extra gas and bloating BUT, this is only temporary until your system adjusts then all the bloating goes away and gas is cut down to a very minimal amount, not to mention the many other benefits of taking enough fibre everyday...cut out my mucus, gave me formed stools and even cut back frequency...fibre is actually highly recommended for IBSers along with probiotics (friendly bacteria) as IBSers tend to have bacterial overgrowth which exacerbates symptoms.

Fibre also helps sweep the bowels clean of bacteria so it works very well in conjunction with probiotics.

Fibre should be started in a small amount and taken with plenty of water and only increased slowly if necessary....it's done wonders for my crohns and IBS.

:)

That has not been my experience for the last 30 years dealing with IBS C.  I understand that there is a seeminly universal rule of thumb regarding fiber supplements, but it does not always work for those of us with chronic C, regardless of the length of time one takes it.  I took fiber supplements religiously for 15 years and always suffered with painful gas.  In addition, I ended up with a full colon impaction as a result of fiber being poured into a slow moving colon.
It is possible to get the necessary soluble fiber through food, which is what I do now.  It is also important to tailor fiber intake to each person's specific issues.  I think we can all agree there is no one thing that works for everyone! :-)

pb4
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   Posted 2/11/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes....we are actually agreeing because the bottom line is that getting enough fibre in daily is key...reason why I'm big on the supplement form is because it seems too many that suffer with IBS and/or IBD have so many fibreous foods they cannot eat so supplementing is at least an option (for most)....a reminder, plenty of water is very necessary as well.

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


ME!
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   Posted 2/11/2008 8:21 PM (GMT -7)   
spasman said...
ME!,

Did you had less gas with your colon in?

I'm really curious about that,i tough it was the colon creating gas.



No even if you have your colon taken out you'll still have gas. It'll just smell worse.

I had gas before except it was worse b/c it was with constipation so it wouldn't come out. Now I can eat and be able to go to the bathroom.

I don't work outside the home and I haven't had any problems with gas when I've gone out.

spasman
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   Posted 2/12/2008 9:22 AM (GMT -7)   
That's really interesting that gas does not necessarly comes from the colon.
Perhpaps it's start in the stomack or duodenum or small intestine.

I'm so happy for you ME,it must be a relief to evacuate gas easily!
-IBS induced by NSAID
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-
 


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 2/12/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Excellent explanation on gas and exactly what my Dr. told me. Dang, he was right again.

http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/DG/00014.html

twrtwn
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   Posted 3/10/2008 4:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I had very much the same thing for a long time - uncontrolable gas and c on/off.  The smell of the gas was horrible too.  I was just dx'd with SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth).  They found it with the hydrogen breath test.  You should have good and bad bacteria but if the bad takes over, you can take all the probiotics you want and it won't take care of the problem.  Need antibiotics.  So if it gets worse or doesn't go away, check into the breath test.  Good luck.  I feel your pain!

Dyingslowly
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   Posted 5/1/2008 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello All,
 
Though we're not cured at all it sure helps to know that someone else feels my pain and understands.  This disease of not being able to control ones gas just occured one year ago AT THE MOVIES!!!!!  Yeah I wanted to jump of a building. Well the dieting helps to minimise the strong odor level but doesn't stop the gas from passing.  My doctor could care less about this so my next stop is the GI.  Just one question for you all..or maybe a few but please tell me if we at least have some things in common outside of this horrible disease. 
 
Were any of you big drinkers?  I was until this happend.
 
Did any of you smoke Mary Jane often?  I did but not anymore.
 
Did any of you live active(meaning sports etc.)lifestyles and this just pop up from nowhere? 
 
Is this something that is possibly hereditary? 
 
Have we decided yet on which day to have an IBS sufferers reunion where we go and eat our brains out(meaning whatever food we desire that we can't have regularly do to our condition) and talk crap or shoot the breeze on the mild rememdies that have worked for us individually?  Its something we should think about.  The money we save not eating our favorite items can go to us meeting and eating and ......shooting the breeze.  We should also consider having a GI specialist come and speak along with a nutritionist.
 
Just a thought friends.
 
FL
 
 

Dyingslowly
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   Posted 5/1/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Also, what in the world are we supposed to eat if everything contains sugar or a carb of some sort???!!! HELP!!

Lasty, has anyone tried hypnosis(sp.)?

FL

In_need_of_help08
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   Posted 7/8/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been suffering with IBS for a number of years with having abdominal pain in my left side around lower back and left rib cage mainly. I have tried many herbal remedies and been to the doctors so many times I just forget how many it is now! I was loosing hope and thought there was no cure for IBS sufferers. I really find it hard to also stick to a particular diet aswell. I seem to also have very bad gas which is extremly embarrassing, especially when I am in a meeting at work or I have to visit the dentist or something.

Has anyone heard that activated carbon works to help prevent offensive flatulence?
I recently came across some form of Activated carbon in underwear! I was so shocked when I saw what they did and how they worked on my local East Midlands news. I thought that is was a big mystery and I was intrigued to find out what they did so I bought some. They really do work! I can't believe how much my life has changed in a short space of time due to wearing this underwear. I hope that all sufferers in my situation are able to come across this amazing invention! I got them off the internet- where I do most of my research for my IBS problem. They are called Shreddies. They truely are the best rememedy I have come across by far!

Although these pants are amazing for that aspect of my problem and have helped me to get my confidence back, I am still suffering with abdominal pains. Does anyone know of any rememdies for this without having to necessarily rely on a certain diet?

Thanks

Here4you
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   Posted 7/9/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
 
I would suggest you to try oregano oil or simply garlic for a few days. I was in your shoes for 2 years. A weeks ago I was really blessed to discover (eventually!!!) that it was Yeast causing these completely anti-social symptoms. By the way usual medical test might not reveal this problem.
 
Good luck!!

toottoot
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   Posted 8/12/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all, new to this board but I know exactly what the poster is talking about.

Its not so much the gas but its the fact that the gas appears out of nowhere, without warning and without any kind of control.

I have this problem also. Makes it so I don't go to movies or any kind of social event where i am in close quarters with people. It seems to be worse when stressing out about it.

I have had this problem on and off for over 10 years. Sometimes it goes away for many months at a time but always manages to come back. I have tried pretty much everything. I am losing hope that it will ever be cured and I just make sure I try to keep out of situations where the gas will be noticed. Not always easy, especially since I work in an office.

Denjski
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   Posted 8/17/2008 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello toottoot....a nice name...what is the word for words that sound like what they mean?

anyway...I know about the gas..and, I thought it was just me; about when the farting occurs. there is no warning, and ONLY when there is someone else around!! I work in a public library and there are times when I am at the front desk I have to get up and move quickly hoping I create a draft and the smell follows me.

I try to go to the bathroom and fart my brains out, hoping I got it all out of me....it usually does not smell too bad, except for eggs...eggs very very bad.

I take simethicone and cimeditine{sp ?}....they usually help...and I drink Coca Cola...that helps too. they used to, and I think still do, proscribe coke syrup for stomach problems...

name's Dennis...I live in CNY
It seemed like a good idea at the time


Marsky
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   Posted 8/17/2008 10:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there Dennis - many here will tell you carbonated beverages, especially ones with caffeine and colas in particular will create more problems for IBSers, than help relieve gas, bloating, etc. I do know that doctors used to recommend Coca Cola to settle upset stomaches because I worked for ENT and plastic surgeons years ago, after they removed nasal packing patients often felt quessy. We would pour them a cup of Coca Cola. Doctors orders (this was 1975-85). Personally speaking, I've suffered from headaches and sometimes migraines for over 30 years now. I find that a Pepsi and pretzels combined with Motrin or Aspirin take care of them. So on one hand, a cola can help but on the other, it can create more problems (added gas as it goes thru your system).

I work for in a school cafeteria now and our boss drinks about 2 to 4 Coca Colas a day. She's had lots of dental work done because of this habit too. She's in her 40s and all this sugar has eaten away at her tooth enamel. She has many crowns (I actually do too! I'm 53).....but she seems to be in a different category. I have never consumed that many colas per day, in my life. More like 4 or 5 at the most, on a given week.

I guess what I'm trying to say is, go easy on colas. I am addicted to Pepsi myself, but I limit myself to 1 can, every other day and even then, I pour it into a glass, waiting for some of the carbonation to dissipate.
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