Gas pressure in the middle of the night only

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   Posted 7/22/2009 10:43 AM (GMT -6)   
It seem like every time I turn around, I have a new symptom I've never had before.  For the past several weeks I've been waking up around 2:00 AM with all this gas pressure.  No matter what position I lie, I can't release it.  I have to get up and walk around, and sometimes that doesn't even help.  Bentyl is not working.  GasX doesn't help.  I'm up for about 2 hours every night with this, until I finally fall back asleep.  I seem to be perfectly fine during the day.  I've tried eliminating certain things from my diet--wheat, fructose, lactose--alcohol--etc, but no effect.   I've tried suppositories, cortifoam and that doesn't help.  Probiotics always constipate me.
Has anyone every had this, or heard of this? 
I'm about to go back on the enemas, but I'd like to avoid that, especially if it's not inflammation that's involved, and I always have trouble holding them in.  I'm finding this all very weird.   I'd just like to get some sleep!

Left sided UC 6 years
Current Meds: Asacol 7 a day
Multi Vitamin/Mineral/Fish oil, Biotin

Rio in Maryland
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   Posted 7/22/2009 2:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Are you eating your dinner too late, or right before getting to bed?

Maybe you could try eating dinner at an earlier time, and even having time to go for a short walk after that (to get all those gases settled down!).

I try to eat my last meal of the day by 6:30pm.
Rio, 33 year old male. Diagnosed with UC in 2006
100 mg Azathioprine (stopped), 4800 mg Asacol
VSL#3 & Primadophilus Bifidus, Metamucil
Vitamin E enema or Asacol suppository occasionally

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   Posted 7/22/2009 2:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Have you gotten on your elbows and knees and stuck your butt up in the air? It sounds weird, but it can help get the gas out. Or maybe lie on your back and kind of bicycle your legs, trying to get your knees close to your chest...that's one thing docs recommend to help babies get rid of gas.
Status: Remission since late May 2009!
Symptoms began in November 2008, ~4 weeks after giving birth to my son.
Diagnosed with pancolitis on 1/30/09
Currently taking Apriso (4 pills ONCE!! daily), Rowasa twice weekly, Natural Factors Ultimate probiotic 12/12 Formula, and Zoloft (25 mg).

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   Posted 7/22/2009 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
oh yes, it depends on what I eat, and if I'm using the enemas or not.

Last night...too much icecream with using the enemas...It was a horrifically hot night with all that gassssss, I had to finally let it all out so that I could get some sleep.

I am flaring mildly and would expect such discomfort...but knowing I couldn't release it freely became more of a mindful experience.

Are you flaring at all gdfairy?

You might consider to take digestive enzymes if specific foods are more gas producing.

*Heather* Status: flaring...Asacol 3 twice daily; Salofalk enemas nightly
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 @ 2x 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/supplementsProbiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care + Primadophilus Reuteri). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 7/22/2009 6:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been flaring on and off for the past 7 months.  And every time it seems to clear up, I get a brand new symptom.  I think I literally have every Non-biologic medication in the house that I've tried, so I don't even call the doctor anymore at this point, because other than going for the heavy guns, I've used everything.  This is the first time, however, that I've been great all during the day and only the nights are affected at a precise time each night.  I've been doing the fodmaps and gluten free and that has helped during the day, but this night stuff-- nothing is helping.   I can't even tell anymore what food may be triggering this.  Maybe I'll give the enzymes another shot.   My husband has a varying schedule, so I don't eat the same time every night, and I still wake up at 2:00 AM with bad gas pressure that won't let go.
Left sided UC 6 years
Current Meds: Asacol 7 a day
Multi Vitamin/Mineral/Fish oil, Biotin

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   Posted 7/22/2009 7:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep, night-time discomfort can really be frustrating. Since flaring in March I've been trying to get a handle on what's been bothering me-- occasional pain or pinching in my lower left-side despite a careful diet. I have no faith in otc meds such as Gas-X & hope for a dietary solution. For the past week I've been fitting rice into my daily lunch & dinner & it seems to calm my nocturnal troubles. At the end of lunch I eat a salt-free rice cake then later a serving of plain boiled white rice with dinner. (The boiled rice I cook on the moist side.) The worst night I had in the past month was after I snacked on a (very ripe) banana around midnight!!!!!!!!!! Never again. Maybe there is some food you can add or remove from your diet that would let you sleep more peacefully, too. / Old Hat (30 yrs with left-sided UC ... [etc.])
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