Gas and floating poops....

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   Posted 10/19/2007 10:29 AM (GMT -7)   
Gas in the digestive tract comes from two causes:

* Swallowing air (aerophagia)
Everyone swallows small amounts of air when eating and drinking, but eating or drinking rapidly, as well as chewing gum, smoking, or wearing loose dentures can cause some people to take in more air. Belching or burping, is the way most swallowed air leaves the stomach. The remaining gas is partially absorbed into the small intestine and a small amount goes into the large intestine and is released through the rectum (flatus).

* Breakdown of certain undigested foods
When we eat food and drink liquids, they are not in a form that the body can use as nourishment. Our food and drink must be changed into smaller molecules of nutrients before they can be absorbed into the blood and carried to cells throughout the body. Digestion is the process by which food and drink are broken down into their smallest parts so that the body can use them to build and nourish cells and to provide energy. Digestion begins in the mouth, when we chew and swallow, and is completed in the small intestine. The chemical process varies somewhat for different kinds of food. Flatulence occurs when certain foods do not break down completely in the stomach and small intestine. The undigested food then passes into the large intestine (colon), where hundreds of harmless and normal bacteria are waiting to break down the food, producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and, methane (CH4) gases, which are released through the rectum (flatus).

According to the authors of the book "Intestinal Gas", Michael D. Levitt, M.D., and John H. Bond, M.D., "only about one-third of us excrete methane (CH4)". Wondering if you are in the 1/3 category? "A person who produces methane will have stools that consistently float in water, the reason for this being methane gets trapped in the stool, making it less dense than water".

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 10/19/2007 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Sure pb4 I got em although sometimes I don't . Most of the time they are on the top. So what is my prize? Is this a good thing or is it supposed to be bad? lol gail

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   Posted 10/19/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
mine tends to be a combo of floating and sinking
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 10/19/2007 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Had some of both, mostly sinking when solid (which is rare). Methane....hmmmm...sometimes I could compete with a cow! And the dog.....he has absolutely nothing on me!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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   Posted 10/19/2007 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I have both usually, and you answered my question I had on my mind the last week. Thank you!

And gachrons, you do get a prize. A floating turd sailing around in water! :)
The past week i'm trying to laugh at myself and get over this flare fast, gotta fix it somehow I guess, maybe i'm losing my mind, LOL!
DX with CD May 2006 @ age 22
Tried Pentasa and Entocort, worked for a yr and a bit
Now on prednisone 40mg and going crazy!

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   Posted 10/20/2007 12:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Personally, I get both. The "floaters" I was told was from it having too much undigested fat in it, thus ppl with gallbladder issues often see their stool float....and they are much smellier.
50 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.

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