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PALMY
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   Posted 11/8/2007 9:13 AM (GMT -7)   
I have IBS for so many years I do not even want to count. I was dxed through a lower GI which my intestines were spasmed at the time.

I do get a colon every 3 years due to polyps. My Ibs was always loose bm's several times a day. Now i am having more "c" type, those little stringy movements. I am taking metamucil every night but it does not seem to help.

For two weeks I am getting  sensations around the navel area, just dull, pangs and sometimes feels like a itch. Could this be gas related? I do have gas, I swear 24/7, Get rid of it both ways and still have it. I also have diverticulous. Any one else get these sensations and what do you take for the intestinal gas?

Thanks, Linda


linda


Jiriji-in-Oz
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   Posted 11/9/2007 11:45 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have all those sensations but i know a few ways to get rid of gas, or stop it in the first place:

Don't drink anything carbonated - no Coke, Mountain Dew, soda water, etc
Avoid chewing gum - you can't avoid swallowing air
Avoid foods that are known to cause gas, including cabbage and onions, fresh bread
Antispasmodic pills (hyoscine/atropine) will smooth out the bowel and stop any gas getting trapped
Peppermint-based antacids help prevent gas
Don't wear tight underwear, pants, jeans or skirts. They help keep gas trapped as well, especially when sitting for long periods of time
Move around as much as possible
Spend some time massaging your belly to get the gas moving, just as you would do with a baby suffering from colic

Good luck!
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gutastrophe
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   Posted 11/10/2007 12:45 AM (GMT -7)   

IMO, Metamucil is the worst fiber supplement for folks with IBS A or C.  I took it for years and ended up with a terrible impaction.  If you must take a fiber supplement, you should look for a soluble fiber like Benefiber.

In my case, all fiber supplements are the kiss of death.  They completely plug me up and leave me with trapped gas.  My solution is to get my necessary fiber from food.

I too suffer with gas and I've come to conclusion that there is not much I can do about it.  I've taken the anti-spasmodics but found that the only thing they do is constipate me.  Some folks have found relief with teas such as peppermint or fennel, but they don't work for me.  What does seem to help is belly massage, as the above poster mentioned, heating pads, and movement.  Sitting for long periods of time often worsens gas.  I have also found relief from laying on my left side with my right knee pulled up to my chest.  This posture works best right after a meal.


PALMY
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the replies,

I have tried citrucil, benefiber and all the others out there, none work for me, the metamucil helps some. I just do not understand that even the days where you spend hours in the bathroom that you can still have gas. Usually my gas goes up in under the ribs on the left and into the breast and shoulder area. I have Fm so never know if I am having gas or spasms.

I tried that malox max for gas, that really helped but I got the c from it, you find something that helps and it does something else to you.

Thanks again, LInda
linda


PALMY
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   Posted 11/10/2007 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to add, anything with peppermint I get heart burn from.


 


linda


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/10/2007 2:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Peppermint is one of the 3 worst things for acid reflux so where it may calm your stomach it will relax the LES valve that lets stomach acid reflux back into esophagous. I have the combo that has peppermint, fennel and ginger and it is supposed to disolve in small intestine rather than stomach but since everything tastes like peppermint when I use it I don't think it is doing that. It does get rid of gas for me so I do use it sparingly. For an upset stomach ginger is probably better straight, ginger snaps, ginger capsules. Heating pads work great for stomach bloat and gas.

gutastrophe
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   Posted 11/10/2007 2:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes, peppermint bothers my acid reflux as well.

Have you tried taking miralax or stool softeners?

Gas is created by bacteria in the bowel.  It unfortunately doesn't matter (in some cases) how many BM's you have or how much gas you are able to pass - if food is sitting in your gut beyond it's expiration date, it will create bacteria which will create gas.  In the case of IBS, a gut that spasms rather than propels will keep the contents from fully evacuating, thus causing the remaining matter to create gas.  Some of us are just lucky that way, I guess!

I don't like to do this often, but I have found that Mylanta is helpful for relieving trapped gas.  The magnesium in mylanta will often get things moving a bit too much though so it's important to stick to the recommended dosage. 


PALMY
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   Posted 11/10/2007 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Well now the gas is in under my low ribs and goes through the breast to the shoulder at times.

Does anyone get sore spots on their ribs from gas? I also have costochondrtis. My last dr. visit she said she thinks I have reflux also from symtons. Does reflux cause gas also? She told me to try otc meds first, she was a pharmacist before becoming a dr.and really does like to give scripts unless necessary.

They have all these meds, why don't they make one you swallow and as it goes through your system it clears all the gas out.

I wish I could sell this gas right now with the price at the pumps.

Linda
linda


Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 11/10/2007 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
If you have stomach gas it is from acid, swallowing air or things like carbonation. If you have gas that forms in the small intestine it is from digesting food incorrectly at least that is what my Dr. said. Definetly acid though is one of the main causes of gas. You might try just regular Pepcid AC to see if it helps over a period of time but if you already have the gas and want to rid ourself of it take Gaviscon, Gas-x, Phazyme or one of the generics that are the same. I find that if I take a gas pill right after I eat it helps alot. Maalox or Mylanta help also, something with Simethicone in them works the best but wait an hour after you eat to take a liquid.
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