Can You Shed Some Light On This Please

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BigFoot
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   Posted 11/1/2005 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I just stumbled across this forum in my desperate search for the answer to my unfortunate problem.
 
I dont know if im posting in the right area so feel free to point me in another direction (not the exit door though!)
 
For sometime now i have noticed that i emit a stale/musty smell. Its not due to a lack of hygiene on my part i can assure you. As i am rather ignorant on these matters i have no real idea but was wondering could this be linked to IBS or something similar?? On occassions i have had blood in my stool and even after a bowel movement i feel discomfort and feel the the need to re-wipe the area. But this doesnt make any difference and doesnt mark the toilet paper anyway.
 
If any can point me in the right direction i would really appreciate it.
 
Thanks

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   Posted 11/1/2005 4:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BigFoot,
Welcome to the forum :) We won't chase you away... believe me your concern is not as outrageous as you think and I'm sure many of us can relate.

I'm for one am so subconscious about my hygeine living with IBS. I am one to use a whole roll of toilet paper just because I want to make sure I'm clean so I definitely can relate. Do you think that it may just be that you think that you have an odor and maybe you really don't? Has anyone ever commented to you about this? We have put those Kleenex wipey things in all of our bathrooms to our toilet paper roll holders and I love them. They really make me feel more confident that I am clean.

Is the blood in your stool bright red? If so, this could be from hemmrhoids that is definitely not uncommon with IBS.

I hope someone else comes along and has some tips for you.
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   Posted 11/1/2005 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi BigFoot,
Welcome to HealingWell!
I'm not sure body odor is linked to IBS. ???
I have heard of people taking charcoal to cut down on the odor. You can also refer to this thread for somemore advice/tips/help:
http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=26&m=226633
 


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BigFoot
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   Posted 11/2/2005 3:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the speedy responses guys.
 
I logged into the site tonight in hope that there would a simple answer to my problem and a way of correcting the problem. Alas nothing is that straightforward, maybe only in a perfect world. Then again i wouldnt have the problem in a perfect world!!
 
Unfortunately its not paranoia either. In my workplace its open plan and doors are frequently left open to ventilate the room. You can notice a difference in the smell of the office when others have been in it and i havent. So this problem cant be pinned on another unfortunate soul. I really wish i could get to the source of the problem. Ive searched the internet in hope of finding the problem but as yet nothing. Recently ive read a lot on colon cleansing and various products you take to do this. Im wondering would this help? From what i have read there can be quite a build of waste material in your system. Could this be the cause of the stale odour.
 
Well i guess my quest continues.

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   Posted 11/2/2005 4:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Colonics are definitely a controversy. IMO, I don't like them and they scare me. Other people swear by them so I'm not going to sit on a soapbox and tell you that you shouldn't do them because I value everyone's opinion. I can only tell you why I won't do it... to me your colon will cleanse itself out and does everytime you have a bowel movement. I am so afraid of improper steralization, I would never consider ever having one unless it was in a hospital with a licensed physician. It also scares me how much liquid they put in you. So those are my reasons. You probably will hear the other side which is great. I know this topic came up not too long ago in the Ulcerative Colitis forum.
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   Posted 11/2/2005 4:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I also wanted to add that there are many different books on detoxification by diet that you may want to try. This is just another thought I had. If you believe that its a stale/musty smell that you have, it may be very well coming from your pores instead. Take Care
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   Posted 11/2/2005 4:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know anything about colonics but I hear they are dangers. In the book "Why Do Men Have Nipples?" the doc said not to do them.
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ocrap
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   Posted 11/2/2005 7:07 PM (GMT -7)   
look into taking chlorophyll capsules...... they are like internal deodorant

Keriamon
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   Posted 11/3/2005 8:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Bad bacteria in your gut--so I have read--can cause bad breath. I wonder if the odor you notice is your body or your breath and if it is your body if the bad bacteria can cause that too? If I were you, I would ask a friend, honestly, do you smell and is it you or your breath? Maybe they don't notice anything at all. My mother has a nose like a bloodhound; she can smell garlic on my breath three or four days after I've eaten it. When my S.O. eats it and I don't, I can smell it very little on him and only for a day. So it may just be your nose is overly sensitive. Get a second opinon on the odor first.

Try taking probiotics if you are worried about the state of your guts. They don't hurt anybody (although acidophillus does give me a bit of gas cramps) and they will drive out the bad bacteria. Personally I am leery of colonics/ colon cleansers--isn't that going to be the same junk I took before my colonoscopy and aren't I going to spend a day doing nothing but pooping? There's a reason why I've only had one colonoscopy. Personally I have bouts of diarrhea often enough I am quite certain that I am flushed out. Maybe normal people don't feel that way, but I figure if you have diarrhea on a somewhat regular basis, there's not going to be any build-up in there.

Also, some people just have body odor that's fairly inexplicable and has nothing to do with being ill or personal hygiene. There's a medical term for it, but I'm afraid it's not coming readily to mind. If you definitely have an odor and some of the suggestions here don't work, you may want to see a doctor. I would guess you might want to see a dermatologist. I don't know that a PCP would know anything about pervasive body odor.

BigFoot
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   Posted 11/8/2005 12:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks guys for your suggestions. I might not have got to the source of the problem but you have given me something to think about.
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