bad gas no matter what I eat, seems to be seasonal

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Lucy May
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   Posted 11/3/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
During the Fall seaon three years ago, I started having very bad gas no matter if I ate bland or spicy foods.  I was having no other symptoms, so I thought I might have picked up a bacteria of some sort. Saw my doctor, who ordered a stool sample, which came back negative for any bacteria.  He put me on Prednisone and the problem cleared up. 
 
Last Fall, the same thing happened again only this time diarrhea finally presented itself.  Saw the doctor again.  Went on Prednisone again along with Asacol.  Problem cleared up.  Now here we are in the Fall again and the same bad gas has reared it's ugly head.  It's awful.  VERY strong chemical type of odor that doesn't change no matter what I eat. 
 
I still had some Prednisone at home, so I started self medicating.  I am having a little diarrhea in the mornings but can get through the day with no problems at all, yet the gas is still there.  I've been taking over the counter gas prevention pills, which seems to help, as well as Gas-X, but neither have completely done away with the problem.  
 
Since this has happened the same time of year three times in the last four years, it almost seems like it could be an allergic reaction to something in my environment.  I've been tested for allergies before and am allergic to dust and dust mites, both of which could be worse during the Fall season because I've had to turn the heat on in the house, which I'm sure stirs up the dust.  Still, how could my allergies to dust be causing gas problems in my colon?? 
 
Has anyone else noticed that their symptoms flare during a certain time of the year and yet they've not altered anything about their diet? 

fruitgirl
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   Posted 11/3/2009 12:33 PM (GMT -6)   
A lot of people on here flare when the seasons change.
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Lucy May
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   Posted 11/3/2009 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had UC since being diagnosed in 1982 and have never had the gas problem I described until 3 years ago. I normally have very few problems and haven't been hospitalized since right after my son was born 14.5 years ago, so I've been very fortunate. My UC has always responded well to Prednisone and maintenance drugs. I was on Azathioprine (generic for Imuran) for years and years and just recently changed to Asacol after the flare up last year. Up until this gas problem presented itself, I'd never noticed having any symptoms or problems at a particular time of year, which is why it seems so odd to me that it would be happening now. If people do flare when the seasons change, what is the explanation for it???

princesa
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   Posted 11/3/2009 1:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sounds to me like you have an overgrowth of bad gut flora which will cause gas no matter what you eat, although yeast, carbs and sugar will really make it worse. It doesn't have anything to do with bland vs. spicy. You can also experience bad gas and bloating if you have food reactions. And these don't show up through traditional allergy testing. Continuing to take prednisone (or any steriod med) and/or taking birth control pills will make an overgrowth worse. The things that will help are a low carb, anticandida diet, anti-candida supplements to kill off overgrowth and probiotics to restore the good gut flora. If you want to learn more about gut ecology and food reactions, I recommend you check out a couple of books: The False Fat Diet and Candida-Related Complex: What Your Doctor Might Be Missing.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


Lucy May
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   Posted 11/3/2009 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go by the Health Food Store when I get off work today and see what I can find there. As for my diet, I'm a meat and potatoes kind of girl who LOVES bread, so I'm definitely getting plenty of carbs and sugar, though again, I eat that way ALL year round, not just in the fall, so I don't understand why my problems with gas only seem to surface this time of year.

princesa
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   Posted 11/3/2009 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
From Halloween through Thanksgiving and Christmas: this is the time of year our diets are often at their worst with the highest sugar. That, combined with your seasonal allergies, could definitely set things off. Dr. Crook talks about how season allergies, food sensitivities, environmental factors, steroids and hormones - all of these things can combine to make your health deteriorate and it can be tough to tell what was the "straw that broke the camel's back."
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips. Scope on 6/22 showed no inflammation at all.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


Lucy May
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   Posted 11/3/2009 3:02 PM (GMT -6)   
I never even bought Halloween candy this year and haven't eaten more sugar than normal, since I seldom keep sweets in the house. If I'm getting more sugar, I don't know where it's coming from. As for hormones, I am on those to control menopause symptoms, but I've been on them all year round and it's only in the Fall that this bad gas shows up.

songlady
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   Posted 11/3/2009 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
I usually flare in the fall, and the first symptom is gas.
When I was first diagnosed there was an allergy theory in the handful of ideas about the cause of UC because of the seasonal nature of it for so many UCers.
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