Warm, smelly gas + diarrhea

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caterpie
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello,

I love this site and I'm happy to finally be a part of it!

I've read through the threads regarding gas and diarrhea, but I didn't read anything quite like I'm experiencing. I wanted to create a new thread to explain my specific issues. I have STINKY gas all day. For the past few nights, I wake up every time I feel gas coming. When it exits, it feels very warm. I'm nervous to fart because it usually feels like there's something behind the gas making it so warm. So far, I haven't had any accidents. I do notice, however, that my diarrhea has come back with this gas, and there have been a few days when I've been scared to leave my toilet. I have D about twice a day, but I always feel like there's more on the way. It is sometimes accompanied by cramps. When I do get cramps, they are occasionally where I've been told my appendix is. But no regular pain.


To my knowledge, I don't have any conditions that could affect this, but I am an out-of-state student and my insurance company would NEVER approve for me to see a doctor here, so I can't be sure of this. I am also unaware of any food allergies. I've been -overall- eating healthy, but I haven't noticed a change with my gas/D. I'm looking at these forums and it seems everything I'm eating to try to fix this, such as whole grains, milk, soymilk, fruits, yogurt, etc could be a cause.

I also think I should say that a couple weeks ago my gas smelled just like rotting eggs. It might be coming back? I don't have any real issues with heartburn, constipation, burping, etc.

While I don't expect a diagnosis of my problems I could sure use some advice! Thank you so much!

caterpie
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm not sure if this is necessary, but I feel I should add that I smoke. I also drink water all day, every day. I don;t know if these would make a difference.

Keriamon
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   Posted 3/27/2009 7:28 AM (GMT -7)   

A really simple thing you can try right now is probiotics.  Probiotics are good bacteria which populate your gut and help you break down food.  Certain illnesses, bad water, antibiotics, etc. can upset the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria in your guts.  If you get too much bad bacteria, your guts don't function properly and diarrhea, cramping and stinky gas are all symptoms.  (In fact, stinky gas is almost always caused by a bacteria problem.) 

I would suggest getting Culturelle.  You can find it with the other bowel products in any chain drug store.  It's what I've been using to straighten out my guts since I got into, I think, bad water last week.  My GI's nurse practitioner suggested it and said she had used it while in Mexico to avoid Montezuma's revenge (she was the only one in her group who didn't get it, so I would say it worked!).  I feel like it's stronger than the Digestive Advantage (which I can't take because it has sugar alcohols in it, which give me even wose D and cramps). 

In addition, you can also eat yogurt and/or drink milk with acidophilus in it.  Both have small amounts of probiotics and are good for daily maintenance (however, to start with, be sure and take the pills, because it sounds like you need a strong dose).  If the Culturelle gives you more gas (probiotics can do that until you get used to them, just like fiber), take it at night, before bed.  That's what I've done in the past and so I end up sleeping through most of the gas. 

If you take antibiotics in the future, be sure and take some probiotics with them to avoid this same sort of situation.  I never take antibiotics without probitoics anymore, because the probiotics keep me from having diarrhea as a side-effect of the antibiotics. 

If you don't notice any improvement at all in two weeks (it may take a month to get totally corrected), then you're going to have to see a doctor.  You should be going home for the summer in a couple of months, right?  See one then.  Be sure and see a GI doctor.  Even if the probiotics don't work, it doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have a bad bacteria (or bacterial overgrowth) problem; some bad bacterias are just so rooted in your guts that it takes antibiotics to wipe them out and then you have to start over again with the probiotics.  A GI doctor can prescribe a test that measures the gases that you exhale; if you exhale gases which are not a part of a normal human's respiration, then they know you've got bad bactiera in there, creating unnatural gasses.  If it's not a bacteria problem, a GI doctor can at least prescribe an anti-spasmodic, which should take care of the cramping and hopefully reduce or even eliminate the diarrhea. 

caterpie
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   Posted 3/27/2009 9:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you (for your advice AND your fast response!!!!) I will see if I can buy some today.

pb4
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   Posted 3/27/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree about the probiotics but I would also start taking a fibre supplement daily and indefinitely (as with the probiotics) as well because my GI told me to take a fibre supplement daily and indefinitely about 5 yrs ago which I've been doing so everyday and it's helped my crohn's and my IBS quite a bit, no more bloating, very minimal gas, formed stools, less frequceny as well, both probiotics and a fibre supplement daily has definitely given me improvements with both my conditions.

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Keriamon
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   Posted 3/30/2009 7:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I need to add a correction. Digestive Advantage now comes in capsules that have no sugar alcohol in them. I found some at the grocery store when I was looking for Culturelle.

Anduncan
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   Posted 1/9/2013 8:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you ever been tested for Celiac disease/gluten sensitivity. I have the exact same symptoms you described, and was told over and over it was just IBS and to manage stress. My stool/GI tract gas tons of yeast in it, because it lives on gluten, but the GI doctor said it didn't mean anything. I finally went to a LLMD who tested me for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and it turns out I am super sensitive. So I was told to go gluten free. I definitely suggest getting checked out by a GI doctor, but mention gluten sensitivity, or they won't even think of it.
Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Chronic Daily Headache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, GERD, Interstitial Cystitis, Migraines, Epilepsy, Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Chrissy688
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   Posted 2/28/2014 4:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Are you female? Sounds exactly like ovarian cysts
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