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   Posted 3/21/2008 1:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Don't usually have gas, though sometimes with some foods and it's tough because it lasts awhile and its uncomfortable with all the bloating.
Iv'e seen OTC things for it, like Beano, charcoal tablets and gas-x. (taken before, during and after eating).
Anyone had succes with them?
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   Posted 3/21/2008 2:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I've had a lot of success w/ Phazyme (which I can never spell).
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   Posted 3/21/2008 8:33 PM (GMT -6)   
No, I try to avoid otc pills of any kind for gastro problems. Careful diet usually keeps gas to a minimum. I use lactose-free milk, avoid carbonated drinks, heavy spices, onion, caffeine, & raw veggies. Usually eat plain boiled rice &/or farina if calming is needed. / (Old Hat (nearly 30 yrs with left-sided UC; currently on 3 Colazal daily for maintenance of remission)

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   Posted 3/23/2008 2:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Tabitha for the reccomendation


Old Hat - Thanks for the advice.
What's wrong with OTC things gastro-wise? Something I should be aware of? Does that include Tums?
yowz, that takes out half my diet staples. Caffeine, occasional carbonated drinks, onion and raw veggies...
Today was a bummer. Had gas, burping and acidy feeling in throat all day. And i ate all thoase things and then some - bec. was home all day.

I'm thinking that an elimination diet of those things will help solve the mystery as to where this comes from.

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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
I use Gas-X - the dissolvable strips and they work pretty good. Many Uc'ers have a hard time with raw fruits or veggies because we are unable to break them down properly. Especially corn - even healthy people can not digest the kernel shell and for us it can aggravate an already sore colon. Even in remission I can't tolerate raw fruits or veggies in excess. I think moderation is the key. I do drink coffee though in the mornings because it helps to get things "moving". What works really good is a food diary. You mark down everything you eat and the reaction you feel after eating a certain food - but you have to remember that it takes about 12-72 hours before any digested foods reach the colon. So lets say if you eat corn, not think about it but then 12 hours later you have massive D - you can then look back at the diary and say Ah ha! Theres the culprit! Especially if the same thing happens repeatedly because then you will have a common component to your discomfort.
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   Posted 3/23/2008 9:25 AM (GMT -6)   
If you're burping and having an acidy feeling in your throat, chances are you're experiencing reflux. This can be harmful as well as uncomfortable, as the acid in your stomach can burn and scar the esophagus. You might try and OTC such as Ranitidine (Zantac) for this, or talk to your GI if it's a frequent thing. There are prescription drugs that can prevent reflux and save you a lot of potential trouble over time.
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   Posted 3/23/2008 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi :)....are you using any rectal meds at this time?

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   Posted 3/23/2008 3:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Corn huh?  That makes a lot of sense.  I was all fine and dandy up until today but I had corn Friday night and had the little shells in the stool this morning then this afternoon huge D.  No blood or anything negative like that.  (thank heavens) 
Thats it no more corn for me.  nono
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   Posted 3/23/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, corn can be very hard to digest, even for people w/o GI issues. It lingers in the gut, which is why gastros specifically instruct colonoscopy patients to avoid eating it for some days prior to procedure. I myself do o.k. in remission if I eat a fresh ear of "Peaches 'n' Cream" variety (white & yellow kernels) from our summertime farmers' market-- probably because the shells are super thin. I agree with Red_34 that keeping a food diary for a while can be very helpful toward finding & eliminating items that make you uncomfortable. An occasional TUMS won't hurt but many otcs have questionable ingredients that are best avoided by IBDers. The safer route is to eliminate problem foods-- you can learn not to miss them. A friend of mine with epilepsy convinced me of this yrs back; it was great advice! / Old Hat

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   Posted 3/23/2008 6:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I use Beano, when I remember to, when I eat mexican food or chili. Gotta love nachos! The Beano really helps to keep the gas down and I haven't noticed any other side effects. I'm NOT giving up chili and other bean containing foods. That fiber usually helps give me a nice bm the next day :) Okay, sorry if that was TMI.

When the gas gives me gas pains that I can't "blow" away, then I'll reach for the Phazyme/Gas-x/etc. I actually use a store brand one - 180mg of simithicone - I think... Other gas is relieved au natural. I have two dogs I can blame it on and a hubby who will laugh with me about it :)

I LOVE corn on the cob - pre-UC I would eat 2-3 ears when we had it. Now, I limit myself to one ear, and only on occasion - usually the peaches 'n' cream variety as well. Yum, yum! Oh - and not when flaring.

Make sure that if you use an OTC remedy that you mention it to your doc at your appts. That's another reason to keep a list for your appts.
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   Posted 3/23/2008 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all for your sagely, experienced advice.
Red_34 - I'm a big veggie-vore, have lots of raw fruits and veggies every day. hmm...a food diary sounds like a practical way to go about pinpointing what causes the gas.
Quincy - Not on any rectal meds, only on Asacol the past 6 months, since remission began and it seems to be doing a great job.

Old Hat - Man, its hard to think about giving up raw fruits and veggies, they're a staple of my diet as I'm not into eating lots of starches and carbs, though the few servings I have daily are whole grains. It's gonna be a whole new mindset. You make it sound do-able though...thanks for the positivity!
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   Posted 3/24/2008 9:49 AM (GMT -6)   
It's trial & error, :) -- because we UCers vary in our reactions to roughage. Apart from bananas/avocados which sit just fine most anytime, I can usually eat some common raw fruits in moderation w/o problems, like apples, pears, peaches in season, melon, & blueberries-- but found that most citrus, plums, & strawberries, raspberries & other seeded items do not agree. Same for raw veggies except for "spring mix"-type baby greens & small amounts of chopped celery. I'm o.k. with beans, too, if I eat them with lightly seasoned rice or pasta. You may have a higher tolerance for raw produce & can determine over time what specifically sets off your bloating/gas attacks thru systematic analysis like the food diary.
It's not a pat situation-- we do have individual differences. Some members here post that bananas give them gas! It sounds like you're perfectly capable of a rational approach to resolving the problem & can overcome it w/o too many adjustments. / Old Hat 

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   Posted 3/24/2008 10:04 AM (GMT -6)   
corn = baaaaaaaaaad.... makes for a great machine-gunning effect... honestly though i have zero tolerance for corn, and love the stuff.... :(

i find that in my situation foods are definitely the culprit for most gas. milk, pasta, taco bell - or any fast food for that matter, pizza, food with lots of simple carbs, most veggies either cooked or not cooked......when i think of it, if it tastes good, i'll get gas.
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   Posted 3/24/2008 2:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I just realized that I have not been so gassy since I stopped eating refined carbs and sugars (i.e breads, cereals and chips). hmmmmmmmmm.
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