Do You Get Gas and Bloating?

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   Posted 3/18/2007 12:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am new on the IBS board. I have had for years but it seemed to have gone away for quite sometime.

Does anyone get gas and bloating where the gas in under the left rib cage and goes through the center of the breast to the shoulder. I am getting this on and off for a few days. Plus the sharp gas pains at different areas in the intestional area. I am passing the gas both ways but still seem to have the pain and soreness.

I take metamucil but am afraid right now to try it because that makes me gassy. I very seldom get the c or D just have many bowel movements in a day and do not feel empty.All the other products other than metamucil do not seem to work.

I have recently been dxed with gerd and also have fibromyalgia and costchondritis. Had a dx of ibs about 25 years ago. I get a colon. done every three years and have diverticulous also.

Thanks for any help, any suggestions? I am taking gas x but does not seem to be doing a lot to help.


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   Posted 3/18/2007 12:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Wish I could give you some answers Palmy, I also suffer with the bloating and gas after everymeal, no matter what I eat.

I've tried so many different things, colon cleanses, laxatives, digestive enzymes, gas x, beno. and I still have the bloating and gas. I hope you find something that works for you, it sounds like you've been through alot.

Warmest Regards,


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   Posted 3/18/2007 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda,
I get upper GI gas alot too. I think my kids will always remember me as burping all the time! Sometimes, the pressure gets so great in my upper abdomen and chest, I think I'll explode. What works best for me is Gas X, and walking. Your GERD can give you tons of gas and bloating. I'm not a big advocator of PPIs, but I think they can serve a short-term purpose. When I was on aciphex, ALL my nausea and bloating went away. It was sort of like a miracle.
Have you kept a food diary, so you might know which foods cause you the most trouble? I think carbs can cause a ton of gas. Actually, alot of carbs can give us GERD symptoms too. Could you try to cut back on them?
Have you ever tried GasX?

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   Posted 3/19/2007 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I get the feeling of fullness right under my left bottom rib and its like that for days on end. There's alot of gurgling and I often massage my stomach / abdomen to try and aid the air to move around. I find it very difficult to relieve myself of wind and in the past i've bloated up so badly that I look about six months pregnant.

At the moment i'm having tests for possible CFS / gluten intolerance, i've lived with this stomach problem since I was 15 so nearly 17 years. This was after contracting salmonella.

At the moment i'm suffering pretty badly. From my food diaries anything containing wheat now gives me problems, but I also suffer from eating fruit and fibre.

I have been taking Colofac but that appears to make me worse!

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   Posted 3/19/2007 12:01 PM (GMT -7)   
It's normal for the metamucil to cause more gas and bloating that's just your system adjusting to it, it happend to me when I started taking Prodiem (similar to metamucil) as my GI told me to, after 3 months ALL my bloating was gone and my gas came down to very minimal...stick with it, the adjustment period varies for everyone, just be sure to take in plenty of water with it and do it daily.


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   Posted 3/21/2007 2:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Drinking water is a good thing, but drinking copious amounts of it can be extremely dangerous.  It can cause hyponatremia, which is a life-threatening condition; 16 glasses would probably be enough to trigger this in some people if they are hydrated in the first place.

Fiber supplements can be tricky in the beginning because they do increase discomfort until the body adjusts to them.  So starting them off very slowly is usually the best way to go about it.

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