Crohns disease and gas

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   Posted 12/18/2010 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohns disease and alot of gas...Does anyone else have this problem..And what can I do about it..

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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Don't eat lactose. Or beans. Or much of anything else! I think it's a common thread around here. sorry!
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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I have terrible gas but I have UC. I have heard there are some OTC medications that can help but I've never tried any. I just deal with the gas.
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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your reply....The gas is bad at times and alot of it....Not the smell just alot of gas....Seems like everything does it to me...Thanks..

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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Yup. Crohn's and gas. On a bad day I have to put rocks in my pockets so I don't float.

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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you know why Crohns causes gas...I have bloating that is very bad...I feel like a real fat guy ...

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   Posted 12/18/2010 9:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't know why it happens. Sometimes it is really foul and I know I am not the only crohnie who can tell, to some extent, their current health by the particular smell. I can suggest that if at all possible that you let em rip and not hold them in. It can cause a lot of pain and bloat if you try to be a gentleman.
Seems reasonable that there is a bacterial or other flora out of balance that contributes to the abundance and the "potency". If it is not CD you could be drinking too much soda, eating too fast, eating the wrong foods or other ......

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   Posted 12/18/2010 10:09 PM (GMT -7)   
It could be bacterial overgrowth, the foods you are eating, the disease or any number of things. I'm having trouble myself because of some rounds of antibiotics and not enough probiotics. So I am upping my probiotic and maybe adding another brand just to get more strains. Try probiotics if you are already.

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Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!

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   Posted 12/19/2010 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   
Ah. Gas. Yes.

In the same boat. Some days it helps to lie on the couch on my side with my heating pad and it helps to move the gas along. Other days it's so painful it can cause me to vomit. I had heard that fresh pineapple can help to counteract bad gas but so far i haven't proven it successful. Same with peppermint or Chamamille teas. Tried both and they don't seem to work. The only thing that seems to keep the gas at bay is what everyone here has said. Diet. Diet. Diet. If you get a bad case of gas ask yourself what you ate most recently and jot it down on your list and stay away. My trouble list of a few are:

Chicken wings (even the mildest)
any lactose, IE: milk, ice cream.
Certain pasta sauces with spices. (have to go trial and error to find safe ones).
Anything uber spicy, IE: mexican.
Greasy foods, IE: McDonald's

The Mrs. and i have compiled a list of any foods that cause me immediate or next day discomfort and i just lay off them.

Hard boiled eggs, KFC chicken, peanut butter, low sodium soups and broths, lacaid, (i've even found lactaid eggnog), certain cereals, red meat, jello, italian ice, most non-spicy chinese food & rice, mild salsa (stay away from the hot peppers), etc... cause me no discomfort at all if i eat them in moderation.

There's really a lot out there, you just have to be really patient with A LOT of trial and error. You may have to cause some painful symptoms to find things you shouldn't be eating. A week ago i stopped by an indian restaurant because i had a craving for some chicken Buryani takeout. I got it with the mildest spice setting they had and i was fine. I'm sure if i got it x-tra spicy i would have been in a lot of pain. So a lot of it is tinkering with seasonings too. The food might be mild but a few sprinkles of the wrong spice might keep you up all night.

Good Luck!

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   Posted 12/19/2010 10:10 AM (GMT -7)   
When I'm feeling like I'm flaring, my gas gets really bad and downright putrid. Diet helps a little bit, but really only getting my Crohn's under control is what works best for me.
Diagnosed 2002 at 18. Remission for about 7 years. Getting back into the swing of things at 26.

100mg Imuran, 750mg Balsalazide 3x day, Flagyl (death pills. yuck)


Had to abandon SCD...for now.

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   Posted 12/19/2010 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I have really bad gas, and I have to blow them hard out, to feel good, I eat papayas for digestive enzymme, it takes odor away from gas and poop. the more I flare the more bile I produce and gas. I enjoy cutting those huge farts, because it feels so good to get rid of it. papayas save my life, my odor was the most offensive ever. now at least they don't smell. I can tell if they will be stinkers, because of how hot they are when I cut the cheese, I'm sure everyone knows what i mean about hot gas, it is usually smells like sewer. papayas are cheap i spend about $20 a month on the best digestive
enzyme you can buy.

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   Posted 12/19/2010 4:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Yogurt is of great help for me.

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   Posted 12/19/2010 7:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm usually thankful for gas, it means my poop is solid enough to produce gas, not going through me so fast! One thing I have learned when it comes to gas:

Never, ever, no matter how "dry" you think your gas is, never gamble in public. Ever.

(By gamble i mean that classic game of thinking "it's not poo, it's just gas, right? I can let a little slip out.")
30yo/male/western NY
Dx with Crohns in 2001- Asacol and diet beat it into remission in 2004.
Nov. 2009- Crohns is back!
Medical Issues- ADHD, anxiety, depression, kidney stones
Meds- Vyvanse, Cymbalta, Xanax, Imuran, Clonipin

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   Posted 12/19/2010 9:17 PM (GMT -7)   
This thread cracks me up.

I only have bad gas when my disease isn't under control. and it's awful. AWFUL. Been like that for months now. My poor husband...

I've not found anything to make it better. I mostly can't contain it, but I try really hard when in the company of others because it's REALLY bad. Thankful to have my own office!

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   Posted 12/20/2010 8:24 AM (GMT -7)   
my gas I thought was the worst smelling that I have ever smelled, I have had so many embarrassing times because of such foul smelling gas, thats why the papayas is like a miracle drug for me, I still have tremendous amount of gas, it is just odor free, that alone was a mile stone for me, some people can eat papayas just twice aweek for the benefits, I have to eat it every day, not alot, just a slice a day is all i need. same with bm's, I don't have much odor in that as well. it is a strange flavor, so I cut it up with oatmeal, or you could put it in smoothies. it's cheap, I spend about $20 a month.

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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   
I use Probiotics - live yogurt 3 times a day, and rotate Jarrows, Primal Defense and VSL 3.

My gas is produced by distended intestines from kinks around the loops (spasms). Donnatal or Hyoscimine gets rid of the cramps and then the gas.

I lie on my side watching TV 1 hour before I sleep, a lot of the gas gets released in that position, then I switch to the other side. I make sure that no human beings are within 300 yards of this procedure !

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   Posted 12/21/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Yohimbe 300 yrds is a long way far is your TV form you..HAHAHAAH

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   Posted 12/21/2010 12:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I hate it when you are flaring and have gas, because without you even knowing it, out they come:)

Most of time if I have alot of gas, its because of bacterial overgrowth. You are not alone.
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Crohn's Disease for over 35 years. Currently on Asacol, Protonix, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!

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   Posted 12/21/2010 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I have gotten pretty good over the years at holding the gas in until I can get to a restroom because, as someone's byline on here says, you should never trust a fart. I totally take this to heart after one too many accidents. The worst are the one's that sneak out the fistula... ain't no holding those in.

Dx'd w/ Crohn's in 1979 at age 13. Bad flare 2008 but no health insurance so I dealt with it. Colonoscopy in July 2009 caused a perforated colon, emergency bowel resection. 2 fistula's, perianal and perivaginal.

Humira, probiotic, a multivitamin, Glucosamine, D3, calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, and fish oil. I also take Tramadol 50 mg and Klonopin (for anxiety) as needed.

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   Posted 6/15/2013 10:24 PM (GMT -7)   
i haven't been diagnosed yet but i am leaning toward's crohn's. i ended up here because i have constant gas whether i eat or not (doesn't matter what i eat) and i keep having 1-2 week bouts of stomach distress usually the first few days with nausea maybe some vomiting. recently just had one with green diarrhea. i have kept saying i have a stomach flu and then when i feel icky again i just assume i got it again (and one time in april/may it went for 4 weeks). i just had it again twice in the past 2 weeks and yet again said food poisoning but finally in the past couple of days have resorted to the fact that i think something more is wrong. i haven't been to the dr yet because i am traveling, and this bout put me in bed for 2 days missing what i traveled for (and losing a lot of money for such a wasted trip). i am so upset. now i have had it for a 5th time in the past 3 months and it once again debilitated me so that i couldn't participate in physical activities (which has been happening since january) that i actually paid for. it is upsetting me and now i realize i need to go the dr, this isn't constant stomach bugs and food poisoning. i don't think it is even from dairy or gluten because i am already gluten free because of psoriasis and i am dairy free because i am allergic to dairy!!!

i'm just at wit's end and feel like i want to cry. there are times i am just curled up in a ball in bed (or on a couch) in pain and feel nauseous and i just go to sleep (i do get sleepy a lot, sometimes because i am up in the middle of the night dealing with this) because that is the only way i feel better. once the nausea goes away i just have constant gas and burping sometimes i have burning in my stomach. i use a lot of peppermint, ginger tea, anti-nausea meds, minty mylanta and some anti-diarrhea meds. i feel like whatever i have is affecting my mid-abdomen to my stomach. i get odd feelings like being hungry despite having just ate a lot, sometimes i feel so bloated and sick after eating just a little and sometimes i just feel sick and bloated after eating a normal amount. i get all these weird combinations of problems. sometimes i will feel like i am running a fever (but haven't actually checked it) because i will be sweating from feeling so horrible.

i just want to know, have any of you gone through any of this? i have read about the UC, Crohn's and Celiac and i just feel like what i am going through is more like Crohn's than anything. my dad (in his 60's) just recently was diagnosed with Colitis and Diverticulitis after a trip to the ER and he has had some ongoing issues but not as bad as me. i know that only the doctor and tests will tell me what is wrong but i want to be kind of prepared. i am going to call monday because 3 months of this on/off issue isn't normal. i will go days maybe a week being fine and then it pops up again out of nowhere and seems like it will start more likely at night and i end up really sick the next day. i will always start drinking a lot of water when i get like this, with coconut powder in it for hydration. i started having some stomach issues (i have attributed it to my food allergies) all in the past 5 years, i am 35, so i haven't really paid attention and i had it start kind of badly back in january when traveling but blamed it on food allergies. then it got bad again in march/april. right now i feel like i have rocks in my stomach, i have constant gas, i don't feel comfortable (that happens a lot, it feels like i am not digesting my food), but yet i have a hunger feeling!? it all doesn't make sense and i am getting really upset and sick of what is going on.

any comments appreciated, just to help me feel better (i hope) while going through this process of figuring out what is WRONG!!

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   Posted 6/16/2013 6:12 AM (GMT -7)   
You should make a new thread. People don't tend to reply to bumped-up old threads (apart from me >_>). I'm tired, so briefly... yes, some of your symptoms ring a bell with me. Not so much now, but in the past I would often have that hunger feeling, despite having eaten a large meal. Low-grade fevers (and sometimes higher-grade ones) were my constant companion of an evening. Get a thermometer and test for a fever, because fevers - even low-grade ones - are not normal.

Good luck. I wouldn't wish Crohn's upon anyone, really. But if that's what it is, I hope you get diagnosed and onto medical treatment quickly.

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   Posted 6/16/2013 6:29 AM (GMT -7)   
I wish I could 'Like' some of these responses. Thank you for making an embarrassing subject humorous!

CD diagnosed in 2007

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   Posted 3/3/2014 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I have Crohn's disease since 1973
once I had surgery the Doctor told me my bowel will never be the same.
Obviously avoid foods you know are gassy- as broccoli, pizza, etc or minimize them
drinks lots of water before, during and after meals at least 68 oz per day
which helps with lactic acid which causes gas. charcoal pills sold in a pharmacy must be careful not taking them the same as other meds, they absorb the gas- sold in any pharmacy- you may need 12 but works great before a party or date. this is a very difficult issue and one needs to focus on the fact that 90% of the time it is ok and the small amount
which it is not will pass. no pun intended. we need to make the best of a bad situation

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   Posted 3/4/2014 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Years ago my then 3yr old niece ran up to me, hugged me and said, "Aunt Jodice (Joyce), you so pooty (pretty)!" At least I think she meant "pretty"!
54 yr. old. Ileocolitis since early teens. Enteropathic arthritis. Fistulae since '97; occasional episcleritis. Hemicolectomy-left side in 2001. Severe chronic pain and muscle spasms due to spinal cord injury, scoliosis, rotator cuff injuries, and the arthritis.

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   Posted 3/5/2014 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
from what ive learned the more inflamtion you have the more gas you'll have. it hasnt really bothered me much now because im on humira and my inflamation is pretty low, but that bloated feeling is still there. the only thing that has helped me is frankincense, it really gets rid of that feeling. after about five minutes of chewing it you burp and it relevies alot of the pressure. if you want to know more about frankincese and where to get it just email me.
17 year old male. PREVIOUS TRETMENTS: remicade, SCD diet, liquide nutrition,prednisone, Entocort, and flagyl . CURRENT MEDS: Humira, pentasa and frankincense resin. crohns in the terminal illium since 2011. moderate case of crohns.
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