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NightWish
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   Posted 6/27/2009 1:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,

I'm wondering what kind of test I might need to do to find out if I have IBS, lack of digestive enzyme, food allergy or something more serious. For several years now, I have had constant gas whenever I eat just about anything. I told a doctor about this recently and she thinks it's just because I eat lots of healthy foods (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, etc). But it's really an annoying and embarrassing problem, as I experience it all day every day. I don't think I am constipated because I do have a bowel movement every day. I don't have any abdominal pain. Does this sound like IBS?

Thanks.

Marsky
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   Posted 6/27/2009 4:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Your gas problem could be something as simple as using straws, chewing gum, consuming carbonated beverages each day and/or not chewing your food well and swallowing it too quickly. Also, exercises help dispel pent up gas.

Before looking closely at vegetables, fruit and whole grains, do you do any of the above that I listed? On a daily basis? If so, skip straws and chewing gum. If you drink soda or beer, try pouring the beverage into a glass and waiting for some of the carbonation to escape before you drink it. Try exercise. My surgeon said I should choose one of the 4 and do it daily: 1. swimming laps (the best one), 2. brisk walking, 3. jogging or running and 4. riding a bike (stationary or on the trail/road). I decided brisk walking is the best one for me. We eventually bought a treadmill for this reason.

A daily food journal/diary might be useful to start as well. Record all foods, drinks, meds you took that day, any treats you ate (candy, ice cream), if you were sick with a cold, etc. Rate each day at the end and after a while you will begin to see a pattern form. On the days you experienced less gas and felt better, look carefully at what you ate and drank that day. These are the foods that agree with you the most. The days you feel your worse? Flip side - these are the foods, etc. that you might want to avoid or eliminate.

I wish you well.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


NightWish
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 6/27/2009 9:16 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your help and quick reply, Marsky. I used to chew a lot of gum, so I totally cut that out about a month ago, but I'm still having the same amount of gas. I don't use straws or drink soda or beer, and I exercise every day (swimming, running, aerobics). But I do think I eat rather quickly. So I will try to slow down and chew my food better to see if that helps. I'll also start a food journal. I've noticed that Beano seems to help quite a bit, but it can be expensive and annoying to take right before every meal, especially when I'm out socializing.
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. -Tori Amos


Marsky
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 6/27/2009 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
You're welcome!

I thought of something else, I wish I could back this up with data, but somewhere on these boards I've read that we that struggle with IBS should not drink much during meals. We can sip water, but very little. Consume fluids before or after a meal instead (but not too closely or right after a meal). Perhaps this might help you also.

Wouldn't hurt to try this trick.
- Rectal Cancer 4/29/99, Stage I, no treatment necessary
(5 hour colon resection: 90% sigmoid removed, 15 inches of colon removed, gall bladder removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 8 weeks later)
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Takes Colace 50 mg each evening


NightWish
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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 129
   Posted 6/27/2009 9:19 PM (GMT -7)   
I never would have considered that. If anything, I would think that the water would help break things up a bit. Thanks for the insight, I'm willing to try anything. I really focused on eating slower today and really making sure my food was chewed well before swallowing and I think it helped. I knew I ate quickly but I never realized how I really do inhale it until I understood how slow a normal eating pace is. I'll keep you posted.
Healing takes courage, and we all have courage, even if we have to dig a little to find it. -Tori Amos

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