weird pain - is there anyone else who suffers from this?

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saposs
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   Posted 2/25/2009 4:38 PM (GMT -6)   
hi,
Just wanted to know if there is anyone else who experienced the gas problem like i do?

Since my UC started i m having weird gas problem- this is not normal gas, which is normal for me now. This problem happens maybe 1-2 times a month especially at night when it's time to go off to sleep!
It starts with slight pain in my chest, then the pain slowly becomes intolerable(within 5-10 minutes). Feels as if air is being pumped into my chest...then slowly pain escapes to my back.... the moment I burpp!! (sorry...but could think of no other word right now).... all the pain disappears with that burp-but for a few minutes; then after a few minutes the pain is back and i force myself to burp! again and again so reduce the pain. I get a feeling that so much air is filled in me that it is pressing against my other body organs and it pains a lot... i want to cry! It does not let me lie down, i need to keep walking or at least sit straight. I need to take 3-4 type of digestive tablets which help me sleep and then slowly the pain disappears during my sleep! But it troubles me atleast 2-3 hrs before i m able to sleep... it's a torture cry
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly.
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!


unclebubba
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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I can't say this is a problem for me... but just the other night I had a similar situation... I had made home made trail bologna and that night for dinner I just had trail and cheese and well as a few beers. Later than night, for the first time since I have been diagnosed, I had acid reflux. Basically I had gas bubbles and pains in my chest. Burping relieved them. When I tried to go to bed it got really bad. I took 2 gas-X and propped myself up with 3 pillows. I was able to sleep then. Next morning... lot of extra gas with morning BM. but other wise it was a normal BM. No problems since. So... maybe try gas_x and the pillow trick? hope this helps.
 
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**down to 17.5 mg 1/22/09
**down to 15 mg of pred 2/3/08**down to 12.5 mg of pred 2/13/09
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


saposs
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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:44 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks unclebubba, guess what? even i had cheese last time i had it...i had pizza sad
infact most of the time i have noticed it's because of beans
i will try gas_x ...pillow tricks i hv been trying already as it doesn't let you lie straight.
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly.
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!


IndianaUC
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Date Joined Feb 2007
Total Posts : 212
   Posted 2/26/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -6)   
My husband gets this and he doesn't have UC. It's exactly as you describe it. It looks like he wants to cry and he's not an emotional man. He'll have to get up out of bed and do what I call "the windmill". He twists his upper body until he belches it all out.

Peppermint usually makes my gas worse and that's what's in Gas-X. It works wonders for my sister-in-law tho. *shrugs* What works for one doesn't work for another.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


saposs
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   Posted 2/26/2009 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, then i guess this is not because of my UC, but surprisingly it came right after my UC so i thought they are connected.

IndianaUC, does your husband take any medicine or just walking works for him. My doctor told me to take TUMS but that does not help. Walking helps me till i walk, the moment i stop the gas/pain is back. The pain is so bad that i feel very weak and want to sleep but it doesn't allow me and i m forced to keep on walking till i stuff myself up with different types of medicines.
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly.
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!


Lou95
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   Posted 3/3/2009 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
I feel your pain.  NO, really!  I thought I was the only one.  The pain reminds me of bronchitis when it feels like the pressure of someone sittlng on your chest.  I will wake up with pain so bad that I also can't catch a breath.  I found a cure that works for me and you could try it:  Take an Axid AR (an antacid pill that lasts for hours) along with 2 Extra Strength 750 Tums Smoothies (Assorted Tropical is my fave) when the pain happens.  Sleep with your head and shoulders elevated.  My theory is that air is so trapped in our colon that it forces our stomach upward into our esophagus, lungs and heart area.  My aunt had to have surgery to correct this over the summer and it is a very, very specialized surgery with a long recovery time.  The air from so many colonoscopies forced her stomach upward where it attached to her heart and lungs.  It formed a "S" kink in her esophagus, too.  Her surgeon had to cut carefully through the scar tissue attachments and then tack down her stomach back in place.  The esophagus will eventually straighten itself back out.   It was years of her trying to convince her internist that something wasn't right.  She could only eat a few bites at a time and it would feel like it was stuck half way down.  The internist didn't take it seriously and she asked for a referral to the gastric surgeon.  He did an ultrasound and saw the problem immediately.  My aunt has her masters in nursing and was a nursing instructor for years - yet, her internist wouldn't take her seriously.  Also, I stay away from high fiber foods, especially beans, because I want to avoid this surgery!
Standing and walking into the kitchen for water often helps the burp come up, too.
Age/Sex:  50 & female
Diagnosed:  2005 pancolitis
Medications:  800 mg. Asacol twice a day - in remission; Two 1200 mg. fish oil supplement nightly,
1 Dulcolax stool softener nightly, Effexor-XR 150 mg. daily
 


gurgling tummy
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   Posted 3/3/2009 3:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I have had this as well. I haven't found any magical cure for it except to just ride it out. Try not to drink anything carbonated at least four hours before you go to bed to cut down on the bubbles. And always remember that beer is the worst think that UCers can drink, we had one young man who doubted us, drank a 6 pack and ended up spending two weeks in the hospital. I wish you luck and if you find a cure or anything that helps with the pain please pass it on.

On another note, we don't call anyone or anything ridiculous. If you meant silly then please say so, we of all people know that what we go through could on any note be called silly. I mean who else spends five minutes after every bowl movement inspecting their "prize" in the toilet.

Best wishes to all and sweet dreams of remission!
Em
*~~*Emily*~~*
Diag. Aug 06 (Proctosigmoiditis), finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 12 August 08, Paxil (1 a day) for Depression, anxiety
Gabapentin (still working up to mx dose), Ambien (1 50mg a night), Venlafaxine (2 a day), cyclobenzaprine (1 10mg tab a night), Tramadol (3 50mg tabs every 4 hours), Indomethacin (1 50mg cap every 3 hours), Tylenol Extra strength (2 500mg tabs every 4 hours).
Getting ready to start Azathioprine, we'll see how that goes.


IndianaUC
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   Posted 3/3/2009 9:40 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't care how ridiculous people think it sounds. It works for him without taking any more pills. It can take a half hour, but then he feels fine. I would never tell anyone to visit some website to promote one thing or another. It's like hiccups...eventually they'll go away on their own. It's just air trapped somewhere, but it just happens to be painful under the ribs.
- DXed with "left sided" UC in 1998. DXed with "proctitis" Oct. 2007
- Sulfasalazine 3 500mg tabs twice daily
- 500mg Vitamin C, 1 Multivitamin, L-Glutamine
- Max Acidophillis EC Capsules 350Mg(7 types of bacteria with over 42 billion viable cells) with 50 Mg colostrum & 50 Mg FOS(fructo-oligosaccharides)
- Experimenting with this or that on occasion. Always open to new ideas.
- Colonoscopies - 2 (Due for my next one ASAP)
- Canasa 1000mg @night. Started Oct. 23, 2008
- Niferex-150 Forte 1 capsule 2x Daily


basa0806
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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
Yep, I get it too. It usually just happens in my intestines but sometimes I get it up in my chest too. It'll start out there and hurt SO bad until it moves down and by then I can lay on my left side and it works itself out. I swear by laying on your left side. When my sister in law was pregnant with my niece she was getting gas bubbles and I told her to lay on her left side and she did and it helped her too.
Sam(antha)
20 year old college student diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at 16
Remission since January/April 2006
400mg Asacol 2x, 10mg Elavil, 75mg Effexor XR for GAD

"Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans"
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teacupsunderfire
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   Posted 3/3/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Gas pains can be attributed to acid stomach, acidy foods, swallowing too much air, the other appearance of air pockets in the gastrointestinal system in general and various types of stress that produce an acidic reaction. The build up of air or gasses applies pressure from within and thus pain. Gas pains can be relieved in several ways without the use of medicine. The secret is in attacking the same causes and existences of pain in a non-medicinal fashion.

Exercise.

There are exercises that will relieve the pain. One is called the duck walk. You simply crouch down bending at the waist and knees and then waddle like a duck. A few minutes of this should do the trick. Another exercise, often recommended for stretching out the spine as well, involves rolling forward and backward. To be more specific, you will need to sit with your knees wrapped into your chest and your arms wrapped around your shins. Starting from this position you will roll back and as your shoulders touch the ground extend your hands back to support you and roll all the way back onto your head and neck extending your body behind you. This stretches the spine as well. Now roll back to the original position. Perform this a few times. Obviously these maneuvers are not for everyone. For some, simply performing squats without weights will do the trick after sufficient repetitions. Bend at the waist and knees until your thighs are at least level with the ground or, better yet, as far down as possible. Raise yourself back up again and repeat. If exercise is not a convenient way for you to get relief from gas pain, don’t worry. As you will see, there are other methods.


Diet

There are some foods that will calm gas pains. Try eating a bland diet to avoid acid stomach or have something from the following lists to relieve the annoyance of pressure that has occurred. Some of the best examples are creamed soups, tapioca pudding, and cooked or canned bananas, milk or apple juice. Most cooked fruits, cereals (other than that which is extremely coarse) and cooked vegetables (with the exception of lima skins or seeds, green peppers, parsnips, onions, corn, Brussels sprouts, any beans, cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli and any pizza or other Italian sauces or items which are high in acidity – no raw vegetables) are also good choices. Have potatoes baked without the skin or mashed, boiled, scalloped or creamed. You can have eggs if poached, scrambled or cooked soft. Many meats not seasoned nor fried including lamb, fish, chicken, liver, turkey, salmon, veal, tuna and tender beef are acceptable if broiled, baked or boiled.

Other dietary suggestions include avoidance of overeating, taking plenty of water for proper digestion, adopting a balanced diet, not eating after 6pm and not over seasoning your food nor engaging in too much culinary experimentation. Many women may have been observed to have a traditional preference for the more base or bland foods while men may prefer the spicy side of the menu. The ladies’ examples here ought to be more frequently adopted by men seeking to eradicate frequent intestinal discomfort.


Relaxation
Emotional stress can bring about an over production of stomach acid. To turn off the acid, you may need to turn off the stress. Once the acid has made its presence known you can try the following stress relievers to calm yourself in addition to any direct treatments for the acid. Try non-directed activities – activities without any particular focus, goal or direction. When you release yourself from goal oriented behavior on all levels you release the tension or readiness that is present to pursue and reach goals. This may help to relieve stress. Non-directed activities include watching cartoons or other simplistic programming with obvious plot lines. You can hum, sing an easy song, engage in a non-competitive game or meditate to take yourself to a peaceful place in your mind. You can add to this list.

Some combination of efforts from all three categories may help to speed relief.
Lialda (4 pills/day), Canasa (as needed), 6MP, probiotics, multivitamin

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