Dealing with excessive gas

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jt80
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   Posted 10/13/2007 4:37 PM (GMT -7)   
What's up everybody,I'm back one of the symptoms that bothers me the most of ibs is the excessive gas that I get,I really hate it.It seems like every second I need to pass gas,I never have a long period of time where I do not have to pass gas.I just want peace from the gas that I get,I know it's a normal thing to pass gas,but come on every few minutes it feels like.I do get the moments of peace sometimes,I try to stay away from the foods the would cause gas,but more then likely I get gas,I've tried every over the counter drug and perscribed meds nothing worked. I'm fed up,I always get huge amounts of gas to pass in the morning that is what I need to do to start off my day. Is anyone going threw similar things and can give me some advise on how to eliminate all the excessive gas,I would greatly appreciate the help and advice. Take care everyone - love jtaurus :-)

spasman
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   Posted 10/13/2007 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
It's always the same culprit i guess...

Beans,onion(grandma said she didn't get gas from them raw tho),carbohydrate, and so on... yeah


-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-

Post Edited (spasman) : 10/27/2007 5:51:32 PM (GMT-6)


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/13/2007 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
If it is intestinal gas then it is most likely from undigested food(that is what I was told) If it starts in teh stomach it is from acid, swallowing air or carbonation. That also is what I was told. Have you tried something to help with digestion before the fact like the probiotics? since you said you tried all the OTC meds and prescribed meds have you tried. just plain Acidophalous. It may take a couple weeks but it is well worth the try to help digest your food better. If you drink carbonated anything, stop it.

jt80
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   Posted 10/13/2007 8:00 PM (GMT -7)   
I have tried probiotics there was no change,I do stay away from onions chocolate some veggies the foods that I know cause gas.I guess I'll give the probiotics a try again I just got impatient with them and did not take them as often as I should have been taking them.Thanks guys,take care- jtaurus yeah

Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/13/2007 10:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Try them on a regular basis. They are not an instant fix as you have to build up the good bacteria. You really have nothing to lose. If you digest your food better the gas should ease up.

Sarita
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   Posted 10/14/2007 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   

You may have some sort of sugar or sugar alcohol intolerance.  Lactose, fructose, sorbitol - the list goes on and on.  It may be difficult but I'd recommend going on an absolutely sugar-free diet for two weeks.  No processed foods, no carbonated anything (since it usually contains a sugar or sugar alcohol, such as sorbitol), no sweets, no fruits.  No alcohol.  Essentially, you'll want to go with rice, steamed veggies (raw veggies can cause excess gas), proteins such as chicken or fish or nuts...I can't think of a lot off the top of my head but do a little research and you'll find some creative things.  In short, nothing with an "-ose" or "-tol" suffix! 

This takes a lot of work, even for 2 weeks, but if it gives you a clue about your tolerance to sugars or sugar alcohols, it will be well worth it.  You definitely won't be starving, but your diet will be bland for a bit.


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gutastrophe
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   Posted 10/18/2007 11:22 PM (GMT -7)   

Gas-queen checking in!  I just flew across the country and I have to tell you it was the single most miserable experience I've had.  The flight to my destination (the red eye) was practically powered by the gas I passed.  The gas literally kept me from sleeping. I was saved only by the fact that my son was seated beside me and I had an aisle seat which I specifically requested so I wouldn't be "heard".  But the flight home was horrific as I was cramped between a large woman and surrounded by young, handsome military men.  I made so many trips to the bathroom just to pass wind that I'm sure they all thought I was some kind of freak. 

Here is what I know about my gas:

-I have two kinds: trapped or passing

-Passing gas usually happens in the morning, after meals, and in the evening.

-Trapped gas is excrutiating and usually has me praying it will start passing.

-It's at it's worst when I am not having regular bm's.

-Sitting makes it worse (in the car, at a desk, on a plane, in Church, at the movies)

-Fiber creates unbelievable turbulence in the gut.

I am always amazed at people who don't pass gas.  How is that even possible????  What is that like????

 


pb4
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   Posted 10/19/2007 10:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Gas in the digestive tract comes from two causes:

* Swallowing air (aerophagia)
Everyone swallows small amounts of air when eating and drinking, but eating or drinking rapidly, as well as chewing gum, smoking, or wearing loose dentures can cause some people to take in more air. Belching or burping, is the way most swallowed air leaves the stomach. The remaining gas is partially absorbed into the small intestine and a small amount goes into the large intestine and is released through the rectum (flatus).

* Breakdown of certain undigested foods
When we eat food and drink liquids, they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. Our food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts so that the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide energy. Digestion begins in the mouth, when we chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. The chemical process varies somewhat for different kinds of food. Flatulence occurs when certain foods do not break down completely in the stomach and small intestine. The undigested food then passes into the large intestine (colon), where hundreds of harmless and normal bacteria are waiting to break down the food, producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and, methane (CH4) gases, which are released through the rectum (flatus).

According to the authors of the book "Intestinal Gas", Michael D. Levitt, M.D., and John H. Bond, M.D., "only about one-third of us excrete methane (CH4)". Wondering if you are in the 1/3 category? "A person who produces methane will have stools that consistently float in water, the reason for this being methane gets trapped in the stool, making it less dense than water".

:)
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spasman
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   Posted 10/20/2007 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Pb4,

Where do you buy this book?

the book "Intestinal Gas", Michael D. Levitt, M.D., and John H. Bond"

Thanks :)
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-


pb4
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   Posted 10/20/2007 10:32 PM (GMT -7)   
hey spasman :)

Sorry I don't know I got this when I googled so I copied and pasted it but google the title of the book and maybe you'll find where to buy it?

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


Ginny
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   Posted 10/21/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jtaurus,
 
I've been taking probiotics for years now, and they've never helped with my explosive gas issues.  I saw my GI doctor last week because I am literally farting death.  The smell is like rot. My hubby, bless his soul, runs from the room on a constant basis these days.  It's absolutely unrelenting, constant, uncontrollable gas bombs.
 
So my GI doc almost laughed himself into a stooper when I described this to him, all the while, I'm creating a smoke screen in his office because I can't control what is eeking from my butt.....He said that I VERY likely have a pretty bad case of bacterial overgrowth in my bowels and lower intestines.  Probiotics won't help.  I'm due for a hydrogen breath test in January to see if I have this bacteria.  I wish I could get it done sooner, but whatever....I guess there's a demand for this test, hahaha....
 
So, that might be something to look into?  My cause for this overgrowth was a hideous medication allergy I had in June.  I had a rash inside my body that attacked my stomach, bowels, liver, etc.  It's probably a side effect from that allergy.  But in any case, anyone can have a bacteria issue for many other reasons.
 
Just wanted to let you know about this hydrogen breath test, and that you're not alone in this joyous adventure!
 
Cheers,
Ginny
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/21/2007 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Why so long for test? It is a simple test. That is crazy to have to wait so long adn be in distress.

spasman
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   Posted 10/22/2007 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginny,i don't know if SIBO is real.

There is quite a few conditions with no cause/cure lol

I went to the Ostomy forum and people dosen't know about it.
You *migth* think peep with no colon have bacterias in the small bowel.

I LOVE YOU Pb4! Find that book :)
-IBS-A,C with meteorism(trapped gas) and pubic burning-


tiredinoregon
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   Posted 10/27/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I always have gas!!! All day, and whenever I do I go move my bowels thinking that is the answer , but it starts right up again! I a m the healthiest of eaters.!! I take fiber, and I do whatever I am told and the gas never goes away!! I am so tired of it!!!!!!!!!!

petraaa777
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   Posted 10/27/2007 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey Jtaurus...
 
I was diagnosed as having IBS-D and I have excessive gas.  After a buch of tests it was determined that I have an overgrowth of bacteria in my stomach and intestines.  I read all the posts and some people were talking about SIBO.  What happens in people like us is that we have a large amount of "bad" bacteria...and the bacteria produces toxic gas...we are constantly farting.  My doctor put me on Xifaxan and it has helped tremendously.  I still have gas from time to time (we are always going to have gas) but it has relieved my symptoms of bloating, abdominal pain and gas in general.  The medication basically targets the bacteria in your small intestines only.  I am taking that as well as lotronex for my severe IBS symptoms...you might want to check it out.  Hope this helps :)
 
petra

pb4
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   Posted 10/30/2007 8:31 AM (GMT -7)   
petra :)

Taking a good probiotic daily and indefinitely is essential for those who have IBS and even IBD because we tend to continuously have bacterial over-growth...always remember to take your probiotics at least 2 hrs after you're done taking any antibiotics for the day.

:)
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phalo
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   Posted 4/18/2013 8:03 AM (GMT -7)   
gutastrophe said...
Gas-queen checking in! I just flew across the country and I have to tell you it was the single most miserable experience I've had. The flight to my destination (the red eye) was practically powered by the gas I passed. The gas literally kept me from sleeping. I was saved only by the fact that my son was seated beside me and I had an aisle seat which I specifically requested so I wouldn't be "heard". But the flight home was horrific as I was cramped between a large woman and surrounded by young, handsome military men. I made so many trips to the bathroom just to pass wind that I'm sure they all thought I was some kind of freak.

Here is what I know about my gas:

-I have two kinds: trapped or passing

-Passing gas usually happens in the morning, after meals, and in the evening.

-Trapped gas is excrutiating and usually has me praying it will start passing.

-It's at it's worst when I am not having regular bm's.

-Sitting makes it worse (in the car, at a desk, on a plane, in Church, at the movies)

-Fiber creates unbelievable turbulence in the gut.

I am always amazed at people who don't pass gas. How is that even possible???? What is that like????



I empathize with you totally! And experience many of the symptoms you list. But I also notice almost everyday at 5/6pm, I start getting gassy immediately- it doesn't matter what I ate earlier in the day, even if I'm regular and had a BM that day- it's like my body Knows to make my social life miserable- LOL.

If I haven't eaten dinner yet I get bloated, my stomach starts churning and it's toot, toot, toot. (It's the worst if I'm in a social situation and dinner is delayed, my stomach blows up)
Sometimes it feels better if I'm home, moving around, cooking. (Or maybe I just don't notice it as much?) I eat dinner, then 1/2-1hr later, the gas comes back. (since my system is probably starting to work digesting) I'm amazed at what my petite skinny female body can produce in loud, stinky, endless farts.

Yes, and I don't know what to do anymore- sitting through TV, movies, lectures- it's hard. even sitting in bars, car ride home. Then laying in bed all bloated and farty. Omg! I DO wake up in the morning completely normal, flat stomach, gassless, go figure.

The only time my digestion was really good was one summer when I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), I ate seasonal fresh vegetables all Summer and was very regular. Gas-X doesn't seem to work for me that much anymore these days. I try to eat yogurt often and take probiotics here and there, cook a lot of my meals. Maybe I need a more regimented plan.

Post Edited (phalo) : 4/18/2013 12:54:42 PM (GMT-6)


hippychick79
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   Posted 4/18/2013 11:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I always ALWAYS have gas and excessive bloating, look like im 6 months preggers most days. The only thing that's helped me (and i've tried all kinds of herbs, meds and supplements) is to submerge my entire stomach in a hot bath and let her rip. If afterwards i still have some gas i put a heating pad on my stomach. For some reason this loosens up my bowels enough that it lets the gas float freely where i can somewhat control it. After that i don't eat or drink anything but water/vitament water until im done in public and can get back home to my fart haven. Hope u start feeling better and finding something that works for you.
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Tornado6
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   Posted 4/18/2013 7:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I've had a lot of help with gas the last two weeks with a low FODMAP diet. (I need less gas to help me with my meds.)
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   Posted 12/23/2013 8:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey, IBS could be caused by a candida infection. I had embarrassing uncontrollable flatulence for a whole year and even going on the fodmaps diet didn't reduce it. The kind of flatulence was very frequent and even when eating foods that were fodmaps safe or typically healthier foods like veggies, fruit, wholegrain, meat, rice. Everything gave me flatulence, i felt it was ridiculous. It took me a year to discover it was candida in my intestines. Candida has a broad list of symptoms you should check out and you may have other forms of it like a vaginal yeast infection. I didn't notice but during the year that i had candida infection i was lethargic, more anxious, depressed, moody, unfocused and foggy-brained. I started a strict candida diet last week - eggs, meat, fish, low starch vegs, almonds, avocado, no fruit, sugar or wheat rye barley polenta oats buckwheat rice anything starchy and took antifungals coconut oil and pau d'arco tea at the same time. After 5 horrible days of die off symptoms yeast was visible in my stool and i felt relieved that my candida was real. Probiotics are also a must to fight the candida as well as rebalance the gut flora which is key to recovering from ibs. A good one i've found after tiring research is Jarrow Dophilus. I have IBS-C and probiotics will definitely help with regularity preventing any breeding ground for the candida. The strict diet should be continued for a few weeks to a couple months and after that maintain a diet that allows only restricted amounts of sugar and lower carb grains like buckwheat quinoa brown rice and other lower sugar vegs/fruit/nuts. All sugar - fructose, dextrose, lactose and more- feed candida so be careful of anything and check labels . It's a hard process but I'm already feeling better after a week and i see light at the end of the tunnel.

Also many yeast infections start from taking antibiotics which kill the good bacteria needed for good digestion. Yeast is normal but not when its overgrown. Poor digestion leads to the frequent gas. My problem was too much honey with my oats for several months and an addiction to cereals, plus stress.
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