OMG, does anyone have this problem with trapped air in intestines

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honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello Everyone,  I have been super ill this week.  My problem is with IBS C, but never constipated just have a lot of air in my intestines and bowels that keep everything up there.  I have been doing enemas all week with no results, it seems as though it has pushed the air further into my intestines.  Now I have a huge swollen left side, nausiated, and feaver.  Does anyone have any tips for me, if not I am heading to the ER.
 
I have tried all the laxatives, Mirilax, symethicone, everything under the sun.  The stress is making everything so much worse with my father only having a week at the most to live due to his Lukemia...I HATE THIS STUFF SO MUCH,  I AM TRYING TO HELP CARE FOR MY DADDY AND BEING SO SICK, I AM about TO LOSE IT....THANKS FOR LISTENING...LESLIE
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 10/3/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Walking up and down steps. Over and over again.

This is how I release pent up gas in the GI tract.

Of course I do not struggle with C but have at times used enemas. To get out of messy, putty like stool stages that can go on and on, too long in fact. Then these enemas give me a really good span of time with more normal, formed stool. But it's been a while since I've given myself enemas. I also usually pressed on the bottle releasing the pocket of air above the liquid line and before the tip of the bottle so as to not add more air to my gut. You could try this next time you give yourself enemas. I press on the bottle until the saline solution starts to drip out and then insert and release.

I sure hope you find relief soon.
- 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


jt80
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   Posted 10/3/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I do at times but lately I've taking then pescription version of Gas-X seems to be helping at times to prevent the onset of gas or help me to expel it lol.

jt80
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   Posted 10/3/2009 10:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I do at times but lately I've taking then pescription version of Gas-X seems to be helping at times to prevent the onset of gas or help me to expel it lol.

honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/3/2009 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone, JT what is the other version of Gas X are you talking about? Gas X did not work for me. Just got done with my intervention as I call it, did get some relief but not enough....
Leslie King


jt80
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   Posted 10/3/2009 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
It's called Simethicone

honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/3/2009 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks yes I have heard of that....gasx has it in it....
Leslie King


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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:12 PM (GMT -7)   
For some odd reason I haven't read all the above IBS resources. I just started delving into this wonderful resource and discovered that I've been performing a colonic massage on my abdomen/colon all these years. A trick a nurse taught me in the hospital (you follow the tract of your large intestine, the colon via massage, this moves stool along, but I usually massage to move trapped air along). Either way, I didn't realize it was a well known "trick" or exercise to try!

honestwoman - perhaps this massage technique would help you? Couldn't hurt to try it.

http://www.healingwell.com/library/ibs/article.asp?author=thompson&id=2
- 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


honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:27 PM (GMT -7)   
     Yes, I do the massage.  Nothings seems to help me yet I am afraid.  I just got a referral to a Teaching Hospital to see a GI specialist, so just waiting to hear when my appt. will be.  I sure hope the new doc will have some answers for me....take care..Leslie
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 10/3/2009 9:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Aww, well that's just too bad. I'm sorry to hear that. Sometimes sipping hot tea with sugar helps move things along for me (stool and/or gas). You can make the tea very weak. But the warm to hot temp helps too. This is when I'm experiencing waves of bm's and I want to hurry it all along so it's over with sooner. But you need to get things moving so hot tea might not help you.

Sure hope you find relief Leslie.
- 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


honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/4/2009 1:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much, yes I have to drink tea as coffe is bad for us.  Hope you are well today.
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 10/4/2009 3:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Caffeine does trigger bm's. But sometimes it helps move things along, even gas. For example when I get really messed up, I want to hurry along the bm's and get whatever offended my GI tract out. So the tea actually induces more bm's. I only do this when home though. After a few hours of sipping tea and running to the bathroom, it all tapers off and I feel better. But to someone who goes once a day, they would find this very odd. LOL!
- 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


Mitzo
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   Posted 10/6/2009 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   
I find lying on my left side with my right leg pulled up to my head helps. Not that pretty, not something I'd do in public, but it helps. Another thing that helps is doing sit-ups.
23 years of UC which started after quitting smoking. In and out of flares which are usually triggered by antibiotics. Latest issue is endless diarrhea without blood or mucous.
 
Currently off all meds. Using grapefruit seed extract, a good probiotic, iron supplement, calcium, L-glutamine and psyllium seed powder with good effect.

 


gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/8/2009 7:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I suffer with trapped gas and C as well. It's miserable. I understand your frustration.

You didn't say if you have been unable to have a BM - have the laxatives worked? Is anything moving through? Have you tried magnesium citrate? It's my go-to laxative when all else fails. It really is the only thing that completely cleans me out - of the trapped gas as well as everything else. You will probably have to stay close to your toilet for a day after taking it, but you should feel better by day two.

As a regular therapeutic measure, I do practice belly massage and lying on your side does help SOMETIMES. There are all kinds of tricks that work but nothing works ALL the time. That's probably the most frustrating part of IBS. I had a few "good" months during which I seemed to find an effective combination of "treatments" to keep things running efficiently. But, as with all treatments I've tried, this system seems to have lost it's effectiveness.

I'm sure you're stress level is contributing to your current condition - what a heartbreaking position you are in. Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that works when I'm overcome with stress. My gut tends to shut down (except for the pain!) when I'm under that much pressure.

If you haven't tried to mag citrate, I highly recommend it. I have only tried enemas a few times and have never had proper relief from them - have, in fact, felt worse as they don't fully empty the gut.

honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/8/2009 9:53 AM (GMT -7)   
     I do the enemas every other day, yes it usually works for me as I never have a hard stool.  I just drank the C Mag. tues.  Because for a week and a half I could get no air nothing out.
I do not take laxitives as it causes me more gas and pain because it gets trapped way to high up because of all the air below and then I have a whole new set of problems.
 
So now I am back on my starvation diet because I have been eating and suffering every day so I am done with the suffering.  So hence the starvation.
 
Stress surely makes everything 10 x worse, so I guess I should buy a maternity out fit as I look preggers every day...lol
 
Thanks for you input..Leslie
 
Leslie King


crampygrammy
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   Posted 10/8/2009 1:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Honest woman I sympathize with you. Although I suffer w/D and not C, my lower intestines seem like a raging babbling river sometimes. The cramps are miserable. Nothing much helps me either. I learned the massage trick by trial and error, just rubbing where and when it hurt. GasX does not work for me. Good luck to you. Know you are not alone.

honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/8/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much.  Ya nothing works for me...
Leslie King


gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/9/2009 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I will pass along to you something that my last GI specialist told me. Trapped gas is trapped for one reason only - stool in the colon. Whether you are having bm's or not, you may not be thoroughly evacuating your intestines and the gas is becoming trapped around the stool. This is certainly the case for me as I know that whenever I have D, I have little or no gas. Whenever I "clean out" with a mag citrate purge, I have little or no gas.

For what it's worth....

honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes I know that.  I have had many NG tubes in the past in the hospital when I had C really bad with firm stool.  Now I still have the air that is trapped all throught my bowels and always have to do the dreded enema every other day to let the air out first then usually everything passes and its always soft.  The last 2 weeks I have not been getting results.  My stress is higher than ever as we thought my father would pass yesterday, but he is still hanging on.  Bless all of you for all the info...Leslie
Leslie King


Marsky
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   Posted 10/11/2009 9:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Leslie - oh I'm so sorry to read your father is terminally ill. I can see now why you are under such IBS issues right now. My prayers and thoughts going out to you and your dad.

Another tactic I often use in a bathroom is leaning way over as I'm sitting on the commode, as if I am hugging my ankles, with my head on my knees. This position seems to move things along internally.

One more tactic I often try is to stand in place and do knee lifts. I just raise each leg as high as I can, almost to my chest. This somewhat mimics going up and down steps but if I'm in a situation where I can't do this, for example while traveling, I just stand in place, in the bathroom stall and do about 5 or 10 knees bends/lifts each leg. This seems to move things along as well.

One more note - when I had cancer and then my resection our family had a YMCA membership. Prior to surgery, I would often use their treadmills. After my surgery, I tried this, but often had to stop so many times to use the bathroom. I told a trainer my problem and he said to make sure I didn't use a specific nautilis (sp?) machine, because the exact motion it produces, encourage colon/GI tract contractions. Since I was going like crazy back then, I made a mental note not to ever use it. I wish I could remember what that specific machine was but for the life of me I can't.

We eventually bought our own treadmill so I could pause while using it for bathroom visits. It worked great because I was in my own home.
- 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


honestwoman50
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   Posted 10/11/2009 11:48 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much...Leslie
Leslie King


honestwoman50
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   Posted 11/28/2009 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Yiannis
  Hi, thanks for the info.  My father has passed on Oct 14,.  I had my appt with the specialist and they did a Sitz Marker Test on me so I am waiting for the results on that.  But the x ray guy told me I still had a lot of markers left in me.  I had a EEG and it shows that I am having seizeures and have to see a Neurologist right away , so I am waiting for them to call me with a appt.  But in the mean time they will not let me drive, so that sucks.  So just a bunch of hurry up and waiting for me.
 
Celery does nothing for me and it seems like nothing does work.. but best of luck to you.  Leslie
Leslie King


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   Posted 8/16/2012 8:58 PM (GMT -7)   
I signed up for this site just so I could tell you that I had cancer of the appendix...it was only FOUND AFTER an EXPLORATORY SURGERY...four years of terrible suffering with many partially blocked intestines, and trapped air, but exploratory surgery is seldom used now a days, because of Cat Scans, ultra sound, x-rays, and all sorts of other test. Oh yeah I had the one with the yucky milkshake while they spin you on this wheel thing and snap x-rays, I think I had that upper GI with Small bowel follow through 3 times;. I live in Canada, so I did not pay for all of these tests. I would have gone straight to the cut me open, because I knew that something had to come out. Listen to your body, and don't stop screaming till you get fixed!!!!! Good luck, you have my sympathy, if that helps at all.
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