Flatulence and Bathroom Odors

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Picton
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   Posted 2/2/2008 8:27 PM (GMT -6)   
So what's the relation between flatulence and bathroom odors and UC?

My bathroom odors have always been a little bit, um, funky. Is this typical of UC? Are changes in bathroom odors tied to flares?

Likewise, flatulence. I've always been a pretty gassy person, but when I was flaring badly a couple of months ago I stopped passing wind altogether. Now that I'm in remission, I'm back to my old noisy self. Is excessive flatulence a sign of low-grade UC? What about the gas odor?

Thanks in advance! (Where else could you talk about this stuff?)
Moderate PanUC, diagnosed 12/07. Doing well.
Asacol 4 x 3, Colocort as needed, probiotics, fish oil, vitamins.


stlwrkr
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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Let me tell you that in my opinion, the flatulance you speak of is merely a little gift for your toubles with UC tongue . I for one have learned to harness this awesome power for my benefit. I work in a steel mill which in itself produces some horrible smells. I can easily surpass the odors and share with others. Most of the time I am just thankfull that I can pass gas without the worries of "debris" along with it. I have 3 kids aged 10 and twins at age 7. After a visit to the restroom, I ask them,"who left a dollar next to the toilet?" That usually causes a stampede to be the first in the bathroom. I just stand back and hilarity ensues. You never seen kids run that fast holding their noses. Yes kids, Dad is rotten. Sometimes I feel bad and will actually leave a dollar on the floor by the toilet, its worth it. And last but not least, when you are driving and one happens to sneak out, lean toward the middle and ask your passenger if it smells like something is burning. Everybody instinctively will lean in and take a big whiff. skull   Yes, I have UC, but I try to make the best of it. Good luck.
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pb4
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   Posted 2/2/2008 11:21 PM (GMT -6)   
If leaving the bathroom smelly bothers you, light a match first, then leave.

:)
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Picton
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   Posted 2/3/2008 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
It doesn't "bother" me. I was posing a question.
Moderate PanUC, diagnosed 12/07. Doing well.
Asacol 4 x 3, Colocort as needed, probiotics, fish oil, vitamins.


Winter
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   Posted 2/3/2008 9:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I was not a gassy person just a little bit now & then. When I am in a flare, I don't pass gas at all. If I feel like gas was coming out, I had to run to the bathroom because that was not all that was coming out. Recently, I have been in remission, I guess. No d or blood & passing great amount on noisy, stinky gas. My husband & 2 sons always seem proud of their loud stinky gas but not that Mom has joined the ranks that are not sure how to take it. It sure is better than have to run to the bathroom when I feel the urge. As far as bathroom smell, mine is very funky. I don't remember it being that funky pre UC.
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NuffinButtTrouble
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   Posted 2/3/2008 1:31 PM (GMT -6)   
pb4 said...
If leaving the bathroom smelly bothers you, light a match first, then leave.

:)

I thought of doing that, but the possibility of taking out a city block has forced me to rethink that...could be explosive!
 
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maud
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   Posted 2/3/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
yes definetly gassy and a herific smell that i felt ran thoru the house althou no one else could smell it thank god lol

Sara14
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   Posted 2/3/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I am kind of the same way. I have a kind of funky odor when I have a BM, since getting UC. When I was flaring really bad, I passed hardly any gas. Before getting diagnosed I was pretty gassy though, especially depending on what I ate.
24 years old
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; yet to go into remission
Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day
Rowasa (generic) - daily
Nature's Way Primadophilus Reuteri 1/day; Chewable multivitamin; Metamucil; Viactiv (Calcium and Vit. D); fish oil


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/15/2009 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   

hehe.  turn

I have had terrible odors the past few weeks. No Exaggeration, it smells like a sewage plant when I get out of the toilet. The best way I can describe the odor is a mix of a sewage plant and smelly swamp-lands. It is comparable to the aftermath of my bf's grandfather who is 80. This is the kind of stink that a match or even Oust spray can't improve. Those products only make it worse. Ever smelled a garbage dump mixed with "Clean Air" scent? It's not cute... I also have gas that could scare a person out of the house. I actually had the problem where I couldn't break wind for a while because my gut was in such bad shape but now that I am passing it again, look out!! 

Ahhh, it is nice to be able to pass wind again. I never in my life thought I would be appreciative of being able to freely pass gas on the couch. It's better than running to the toilet every time you have the inclination.

I don't know why reading this makes me laugh so hard. I definitely relate. I hope when I am better the odors go away skull It is fun to be able to share this with people who understand.


Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


ucwarrior
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Alot of unpleasant gas is caused by putrefactive bacteria fermenting fiber and/or undigested food material. I good digestive enzyme will help with this somewhat. It is an unfortunate consequence of IBS/IBD problems and usually has a signature odor. Believe it or not there are actually people with full time jobs studying this... sucks for them.

I accidentally stumbled on a product called Nullo Internal Deodorant Tablets for hunters. I used to take them in hot weather when I went hunting to help "mask" my scent from the animals and noticed that it reduced the odor of my gas too. I read up on it and it seems that chlorophyll in plants is a natural deodorizer.

Now if someone could just find some way to reduce the sound...
Diagnosed w/ Ulcerative Colitis in 1995
32 years old
Living med free  
Currently in remission  


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/15/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Picton,

For sure, it is definitely tied together with UC. For example, right now I'm flaring pretty bad and I honestly cannot remember the last time I passed gas. Naturally, some comes out during a BM but never on its own. But I do remember that the last time I was healing from a flare I became very gassy again.

As for the odors, I've noticed mine change a lot when I'm flaring and also just depending on how I'm feeling. So sometimes I'll have these BMs that are not formed, but also not completely liquid and it always floats at the top and appears to have a lot of bile mixed in (sorry this is just way TMI!) but those BMs always have a more... eh, sulfer type smell. But when I get the BMs that are completely liquid, you would swear that something died in the bathroom. It's totally embarrassing. Then there's the bloody BMs, where they're mostly blood and that's all it smells like. Yuck.

So to summarize my unnecessarily long and detailed response, the odor of your gas and BMs can certainly indicate something is going on, like a flare!!

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
Lexapro 10mg, Azasan 100mg

 
 


Peety
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   Posted 1/15/2009 6:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with the comment that the scented sprays only make it worse.
In our house we say, smells like someone just s**t a Christmas tree!
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed wheat/gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete$$ probiotic powder, then Forte, now a stronger one (50 billion). Doing much better, but still having some bad days. 


ediekristen
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   Posted 1/15/2009 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
HAHA so true. I can't tell you how many times I've gone into a bathroom where someone has doused it in perfume so much that I can't breathe but you can still smell what they were trying to cover as well, and in all honesty, I'd rather smell that than be choked out by air "freshners".

I do have this little spray bottle of stuff I got from work though, it's called a "Biological Odor Eliminator", it hardly has a scent and really does work to reduce odors. I just keep it in my purse for those moments when I might need it, like at someone's house!

Female, 23, Ulcerative colitis (pancolitis) since 1999; GERD; gastritis; osteopenia in femur head & lumbar spine from long term prednisone use...

Current Meds:
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Chester_Lampwick
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:07 PM (GMT -6)   
sicklygirl said...
hehe. [img]/community/emoticons/turn.gif[/img]

I have had terrible odors the past few weeks. No Exaggeration, it smells like a sewage plant when I get out of the toilet. The best way I can describe the odor is a mix of a sewage plant and smelly swamp-lands. It is comparable to the aftermath of my bf's grandfather who is 80. This is the kind of stink that a match or even Oust spray can't improve. Those products only make it worse. Ever smelled a garbage dump mixed with "Clean Air" scent? It's not cute... I also have gas that could scare a person out of the house.


This is exactly how I'd describe my gas. Before UC I had very little gas and it was always a sharp smell, like a cheese. After UC, it was a sewage/rotten vegetable smell. What's really terrible, is that I can't subtly pass gas while on the toilet. I alway make a huge racket, which has me trying to find out of the way washrooms. I think my gas is being produced in the wrong part of my digestive tract. I used to have gas near my bum, but now it feels as if it's coming from my belt line in the front. There's way more gas too. It's crazy.

My GI is uninterested in my observations. What's up with that? Shouldn't this info be useful? I really think I have bacteria where I shouldn't.
Male, Age 36
UC since July 2006 - entire large intestine
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Probiotic
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Not to beat the low carb drum endlessly but as far as odors and UC goes, once I switched to low carbing, the odors and smell dropped waaaaay off i.e. higher carb foods tend to be superfuel for the smelliest, putretive bacteria. By contrast, the dreaded "red meat" that so many claim is putretive doesn't create this smells, in my experience.


Pancolitis ~20 years, once had a full med-free 10 year remission,
but flaring/simmering on and off for years, allergic to all 5ASAs
15ish mg pred, 100 mg Imuran TCM
Probiotics (PD, Cust.Probiot., Culturelle, VSL3, etc), DMSO, TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circumin, boswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
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Post Edited (Probiotic) : 1/15/2009 7:38:06 PM (GMT-7)


Chester_Lampwick
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   Posted 1/15/2009 7:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm a real spoil sport. I'm hesitant to go on any specialized diet, or eliminate ant food group that I used to be able to eat. I'm not willing to roll over and make concessions to my affliction. That's not controlling the disease but rather letting the disease control you. It's a workaround, not a fix.

I liken it to having a car that won't start in the morning. Would you ask to be transferred to the afternoon shift at work, or would you find a mechanic that could suitable fix it?

That said, I have tried pro-biotics but have not found them useful yet. Nor were enzymes or peppermint oil. Zythromax did seem useful but it was prescribed for my bronchitis not UC. I really want to try an antibiotic like Rifaximin or Neomycin, rather than a broad spectrum, but it seems that I couldn't get them in Canada, even if I could persuade my GI to prescribe them. There doesn't seem to be much research on using these meds for UC, but Dr. Pimentel is having encouraging results for IBS patients that meet a certain criteria.
Male, Age 36
UC since July 2006 - entire large intestine
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RyanF
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   Posted 1/15/2009 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
I take a line from "The Bucket List" when Jack's character said, "Here's something to remember when you're older Thomas - never pass up a bathroom, never waste a hard-on, and never trust a fart."

I may not be old by most people's standards, but the bathroom and fart part certainly do apply! The second suggestion of the three...well... i mean come'on... love like there's no tomorrow, right? ;oP

As for the odor issues... my wife has a scent/oil warmer/burner where you put a little tiny candle under a dish that sits just above the flame... I bought a scent I liked and the candle gets lit whilst flaring. I've been going through a lot of candles lately.
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unclebubba
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   Posted 1/15/2009 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
My live in girl friend says that the only bad part of me entering remission is that I can fart freely again. LOL. Just glad to be able to safely fart. I don't remember ( i was sleeping ) but she claims... I farted all night last night. Guess this is a good sign for my UC..... bad for her. LOL
 
38 yr old male, NE Ohio, diagnosed Aug 2008, but been with symptom since Nov 2007
30 mg pred, 9 balsalazide, rowesa nightly, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol, 2 probiotic, 2 aloe vera tabs
Following gluten free diet as well as spinach/sunflower regime
**down to 25 mg of pred 12/25/08 **down to 20mg of pred 1/7/09
MED CHANGE: 1/13/09-- 4 Lialda, 2 Pamine Forte, 1 Florajen3 probiotic, 2 Aloe Vera tabs, Rowesa every other night, 20 mg of Pred, Lomotil as needed, 2 gemfibrozil, 1 norvasc, 1 metoprotol, 1 allopurinol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Happychic
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   Posted 1/15/2009 8:49 PM (GMT -6)   
It is so funny that I read this today as I just bought this product called Poo Pourri. I got it from a hair salon. I just heard about it and, having UC, had to buy some. You spray it in the toilet before you "go" and it eliminates the odor. My curiousity got the best of me as I wonder if it will stand up to the "special" strength of a UC poo. I'll let you all know if it works - just got it today!
Angela - 38 yr old female
Diagnosed 2005
Currently taking Lialda(2 each am), multivitamin,and Biotin
In remission since June '08


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 1/15/2009 9:30 PM (GMT -6)   

You guys really make me laugh. I should have a job studying odors, I would be cracking up the whole day. I can't even contain my laughter, the stupidest things get me going and I can't stop.

I seriously need to try some of these stink products. I think my odors are improving, eventually I may lose the fun of my boyfriend's reaction to the stink I left in the restroom but I agree it would be nice to be able to use a stall next to someone without all the racket. smilewinkgrin It's not very "ladylike" as my mother would say.

Let me know if you have any luck with the Poo Pourri or the Biological Odor Eliminator. It sounds like something I should carry for emergencies. I wouldn't want to leave a friends restroom stinking like a sewage treatment plant.


Diagnosed with proctitis in March 2007 - Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
Diagnosed with UC December but had symptoms months ago - Treating with Asacol (feel hopeless)


UCMommyof2
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   Posted 1/16/2009 8:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I am just a gassy person and they smell no matter what but when I am starting to flare I cannot pass gass without being over a toilet because 99% of the time it's not just gas and oh man... it smells like something died, was reincarnated and died again and then hung out in my intestines for another year. It is a smell like NO OTHER. The embarrasing part is going into a flare without realizing it (since this is one of my first signs) and running to the bathroom with my husband say "Did you crap yourself again?". :-( Hmmm.......

At least someone else knows the smell. But that is one thing I enjoy about remission, free farts.
28 yr. old Mother of 2 in NY
Diagnosed in 2007. Currently in remission.
Family history: Mother with Active UC, 30+ years on Remicade treatment.
Flare-ups during pregnancies only (so far).
Controlled: Prednisone, 40mg/ed. for 30 week @ time of diagnosis.
No maintenance drugs.
Supplements, Fiber, Probiotics

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