Bad gas straight after op

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ElliUK
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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone.  I have spent the last few hours reading a lot of posts relating to gas but wanted to ask a specific question.  It is 6 days since I have had my Colon removed due to UC and was wondering if gas, very loud noises etc are worse soon after surgery and if it will settle down in the coming weeks.  I really do have loud noises at the moment!! I have an ileostomy which I seem to be coping with fine - its just the really loud farting sounds that come out a lot!
 
Many thanks,
 
I would like to also thank all the people who post here.  I was one of the secrect readers who visited the site but never posted on the run up to my surgery and have found so much support and strength here.

summerstorm
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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:46 PM (GMT -6)   
the gas will settle down, it will probably be about two weeks to a month but it will get better, and you will get less output and it will be thicker.
A few things you could do are to take some gas-x, and there are these gel tabs you can put in your bag that help thicken up the output and somehow, i dont know how, they help keep it quieter.
You can also check and see which foods are causing you the gas, although at 6 days out you probaby arent eating much, which is part of why the gas is so bad.
Dont let yourself get hungry that causes gas too.
Anyway i'm glad you are doing well and ask all the quesitons you need to!

jblue65
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   Posted 3/24/2009 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 10 days out of surgery and the gas pains have diminished considerably- so have the noises from the stoma.

Still get some spurting noises - I haven't tried too many gassy things. I don;t drink carbonated drinks which I am really craving or veggies yet though.
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone from 40 mg


Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


ElliUK
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   Posted 3/24/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Wow, quick replies already - thank you so much. I Guess the reassurance I am wanting to hear is that with a bit of time the noises and gas will settle. I know that it will be active and 'sing a little', but what I have experienced over the last few days has got me feeling worried and scared about what the long term future will be like. I am eating small meals of white bread sandwiches at the moment as I didnt want to push myself with meals, veggies/fruits etc..
Thanks for the replies so far :)

Jblue65 - its nice to know someone else is going through the same things at the same time as me - good luck!

jblue65
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   Posted 3/24/2009 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
ElliUK-
Thank you. I have also been eating white bread--- first time in yrs. but it makes me feel better.

Good luck
Jackie, 43
Pancolitis, DX October 06

Lexapro, Synthroid, Protonix,
Tapering prednisone from 40 mg


Surgery March 13th- Total Colectomy
Jpouch surgery to be done in 3 steps


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/24/2009 8:50 PM (GMT -6)   
bread is good, it will thicken your output, and thicker output makes less noise.
i would def stay away fromthe fruits and veggies for now. some veggies cause more gas, broccoli is bad for that, but fruit isnt really too bad to do that.
Soemthing you can do when you go out is to cut out some squares of towel and stick them in your pants over the bag and that will really help muffle the noise.
And also, most of the time other people will not hear it. alot of hte time, i say, oh goodness my thing is acting up, and my husabnd will say, what i dont hear it

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 3/25/2009 7:25 PM (GMT -6)   
It does get better! You are still in recovery and your body is still figuring itself out!

Don't get brave too quickly...no fresh fruits or veggies for a while...canned ones are okay, tho! Small meals several times a day will keep your stomach busy with food and should cut down on noise/gas...try increasing one or two snacks to see if that helps cut down on noise.

Glad the forum has been able to help you and you are a poster now...welcome!

ElliUK
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   Posted 3/26/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Idea Summerstorm.  I have been looking at buying underware with the pocket on the inside to house the bag so it should be fairly easy to put an extra layer of something in there on top of the bag.  White Rose website has a few different types of mens underware so I am sure I should be able to find something.

Ohio76 - I am being extra careful with the stuff I am eating!!  More so at the moment than when I had UC.  The amazing difference this time is I can sit through the whole of the film or program I am watching on TV now without running to the toilet! :)

Thanks again for the replies.

 


summerstorm
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   Posted 3/26/2009 10:42 AM (GMT -6)   
you dont need a pocket, your undies will hold it still. of course your pants will be there too to hold in down (at least i hope you are wearing pants in public, lol)
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