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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:08 PM (GMT -7)   
What does it mean when you're only relieving gas when you have a bowel movement? I sometimes feel like that gas wants to be released, but it only finally gets released when I have a bowel movement. Is this normal? Ever since my diagnosis, I feel like I never have "normal" gas. I used to have a lot more gas before my diagnosis, although I have changed my diet a lot, so that may be it. However, when I noticed my first symptoms, I also noticed that I couldn't release gas anymore except with a BM. Is this caused by inflammation?

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   Posted 12/5/2009 9:32 PM (GMT -7)   
There's nothing wrong with you only releasing gas during BM's, most IBDers would kill for that rather than being gassy all the may be because you altered your diet...not releasing gas other than when having a BM isn't because of inflammation, like I said, most IBDers are very gassy, especially during flares. Since adding fibre supplements to my regime (once my system adjusted to it) I'm hardly gassy and that was one of my goals for using fibre supplements.


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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I've felt like that the past couple of weeks! I've had terrrrible gas pains/gurgly stomach sounds and for the first bit there was only any relief with BMs... for some reason now I'm able to *release* more frequently and get some relief. Gas is the worst!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
I do understand when you feel bloated and cramping because of gas that you can not release, but there are times when I have to hold it back because of co-workers and I get cramping. Whats the lesser of two evils?
My father used to say. "It's better to fart and bare the shame, then don't and bare the pain"
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:59 AM (GMT -7)   
I would maybe ask your GI about the possibility of you having a bacterial overgrowth. I had where I felt really bloated and gassy after everytime I ate, but really wasn't able to pass it. Turned out I had a small bowel bacterial overgrowth, he put me on a 10 day course of Cipro and all is fine now. Just a thought.
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   Posted 12/6/2009 10:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I also get deep pain that is not releasable if I take too many probiotics. I do agree with Wolfie. If I go to a party for instance and hold the gas in it causes me great gas discomfort (is that the name of a band yet?) later in the day. Point being: watch the probiotics and when it's time to "vent" let her rip! Luckily my job is noisy anyway. :)
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I can't make money on this, it's already in your kitchen.  I just want to help.
I do 2 drops in 6 ounces of water when I get up, 2 or 3 drops in 16 or 20 ounces of water that I sip all day and then 2 drops in 6 ounces of water at bedtime.   Max of 7 drops a day.  Give it about ten days.  I am NOT a healthcare professional.   Ask your doctor if this is safe for you. 

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