Definitely stress can add to interfered digestion and cause you gas.
It could be that you're heading for a flare if it's been increasing Are you having any sort of "straining" or urge to have a bm when you're on the toilet?
Have you added anything to your daily intake of food, supplements, etc?
Any artificial sweeteners in your diet?,,,even gum?
I would pass on the milk suggestion...
Are you taking any fibre supplements? Any probiotics?
The toxic megacolon would happen if you weren't able to expel the gas.....
You could try some peppermint tea, ginger tea or capsules...that could help with the gas. Or, Gax-x.
If you have any rectal meds....you might consider to start them if this continues or if your symptoms procede to where you recognise it's an early flare.
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 2nd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux); Effexor XR 75mg(depression); Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls, Natural Factors Ultimate). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed; started Omega 3
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!