How do I get rid of all this gas from the colonoscopy?

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MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 9:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I had my colonoscopy Friday morning and they seemed to have put quite a bit of air (CO2 apparently they told me) in me. I mentioned this is another thread, but I actually ended up going to the ER a few hours after my test due to a large amount of bleeding and a stabbing pain in my upper left abdomen. Since I'd never had that issue with any of the previous 8 or 9 scopes I'd had they had me check into the hospital for the night and gave me anti-nausea meds and painkillers.
 
I haven't had a BM since the scope (other than the 3 large, bloody once right after the test), which is pretty normal for me.  Yesterday I was able to start getting rid of some gas and the stabbing pain went away. My abdomen is still very tender, but they let me go home anyway.  The gas seems to almost be increasing though!  My abdomen is getting harder and some of the gas is coming out here and there. But I'm not even hungry I feel so bloated.  And I feel nauseas all the time. My gut sure is making plenty of noise though.
I did have a dose of Metamucil and VSL yesterday - my first one since my scope - hoping that may help get things moving a bit.  So far I've only eaten very bland food since the scope.
 
Any suggestions on how to get the bloating to go away?  I know once I have my first BM that will help a bit too.
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Ok right after I wrote this I had my first BM, woohoo!  Not watery but not too formed either, just like little pebbles. But no blood that I could notice, so the biopsies must have finally healed.  I'm not surprised it wasn't completely formed as I haven't had my Metamucil in a few days.  It didn't hurt either so maybe my behind is starting to help up too (it was pretty beat up after the prep and all the bleeding from the biopsies).
 
I forgot to mention that my scope actually showed no inflamation in my colon, I am in remission! So now I know any weird little symptoms I have like pressure at my bottom or the little small BMs aren't a flare-up, they are IBS, a hemorroid or something like that.
I'd still like to get rid of all this gas though, its really uncomfortable and is keeping me from eating much.
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

pink1
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   Posted 7/14/2013 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
Have you taken any gas-x or phazyme? Those help some. I have terrible trapped gas after scopes that seems to last a few days. Glad you are in remission :)
Tried: Uceris, Mtx, Imuran, Humira, Remicade, Cortenema, Cortifoam, Rowasa, etc, etc, etc
Currently on: Entocort 3mg, 9 colazal/day, cortifoam 4xs/week, zegerid, zantac, bentyl as needed
As of last scope (1/7/13): Moderate to severe to 25cm

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 7/14/2013 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Sounds like you needed to use the toilet. Congrats on the good results :)
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Marsky
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   Posted 7/14/2013 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
I always find that gravity releases pent up gas - going up and down a set of stairs several times in a row. And then again in an hour.

Also, a nurse once showed me how to gently massage my colon's tract, obviously you probably know your body's anatomy but if not, gently place your right hand on your lower right abdominal area, push down gently and work your way straight up to your waist then over to your left hand side and down, then curved over to the middle and press hand down a little more and visually imagine air going out. Does it work? Well, if a nurse told me to do this (I was in the hospital with gas pains, ie ping pong balls in my body bouncing every where it felt like) it's probably legit. At least it gave me something to do physically for my troubles. I've done this a lot in 14 years. You can also do tiny circles as you massage the colon's tract.
- Rectal CA 4/29/99, Stage I, 90% sigmoid/15" of colon/GB removed, temporary colostomy, reversed 6-26-99
- Chronic IBS/D symptoms, multiple bm's, on low residue diet
- Colace 50 mg, twice daily + Probiotic: Renew Life/Ultimate Flora/50 Billion count, twice daily + Cholestyramine 1 T daily

lookforcure
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   Posted 7/14/2013 10:51 AM (GMT -6)   
Take some Activated charcoal.

MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 10:57 AM (GMT -6)   
I took 2 Gas-X this morning but it didnt seem to do much. It never does seem to work for me that well unless I only have a small amount of gas to begin with. 
I finally ate some breakfast as I had to take my Prednisone, I took some Beano before eating hoping that would ward off some of the gas the food might produce. 
Normally when I have gas I will lie on my stomach which seems to push most of it out, but my abs are so sore right now that it hurts too much to lie on them. I've been lying down with a heating pad on them trying to take some of the soreness away.  It even hurts to walk around, although I've been trying to but can't do it for too long. 
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

TroubledTurds
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   Posted 7/14/2013 10:59 AM (GMT -6)   
if you're not already doing it, exercise always helps me - a nice long walk might get things moving -

MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 11:02 AM (GMT -6)   
I do normally exercise 6 days a week. I didn't go to kickboxing yesterday, obviously, since I was in the hospital. I do normally go to kickboxing tomorrow but I'll have to see how I feel. Right now my abs/core are so sore that it hurts to even walk around, so I'm unable to walk for too long. I also can't stand up completely straight since its all so sore right now.
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

quincy
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   Posted 7/14/2013 1:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...I'd put off the kickboxing for a few more days.

What's your schedule for the enemas now?

Please make sure you get a copy of your scope biopsies results.

Do the tummy massage as Marsky suggested...it's very helpful.

It's great to hear all was well in your colon during the scope.

I do suspect that the cramping is from the air and then spasming from the scope...do you have any antispasmodic?

Walk, mild exercise, maybe some stretching...don't do anything strenuous to upset the balance for a few more days....

Good to hear your bms are happening...it takes sometimes up to a week for things to get back on track.

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks quincy.  My GI was out of town Friday but he is supposed to call this week with the full scope results.  He always sends me a written letter as well with whatever he tells me along with test results.
 
Now it appears I'm having diarrhea - can't remember if that usually happens after the scope.  At least I'm having BMs. I do have stomach cramps now too and I just took a hycosamine pill to see if that helps.  The gas seems to be subsiding a bit now that I'm having BMs, and its just replaced with an upset stomach.  I haven't eaten much - just vanilla yogurt, mashed potatoes and toast in the hospital yesterday and chicken noodle soup at home last night. This morning I just had chex cereal which is pretty bland. 
 
I'm still going to do that enemas twice a day for now, although I had to skip the enemas all together the past few days.  I took one at night last night but haven't been able to take one today since I've got the upset gut.  I may try to in a bit if I can get the cramping under control.
 
 
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

quincy
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   Posted 7/14/2013 2:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Hope the antispasmodic will help, and in turn, the diarrhea will slow down. Because you haven't had any solid substance food, it could be reason for no solid bms...now that your gut is functioning again, albeit in some hissy fits..lol.

If you do NOT improve after tomorrow, do call the GI to let him know what's going on. If you have LOTS of diarrhea, then it could be a problem...but if you're having the normal frequency but in diarrhea form, it should level out with more solid food. At least it does for me.

You seem OK with yogurt and milk products, but maybe lay off them and see if your cramping improves. Just a suggestion. have an egg if you can and toast...good protein which you need and solid as well in a small amount.

Hang tough. In part, it might be from the prep.

q
*Heather* I give suggestions, do with them what you will.
Status: ...Asacol 3 @ 2x daily; Salofalk enema @ 3rd night (nightly/ flares, tapered/maintenance)
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~Bentylol 20mg as needed; Zantac 150mg; Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma);Effexor XR 37.5 (depression)
~vitamins/minerals/supplements; Probiotics....(RenewLife Ultimate Flora Critical Care+Primadophilus Reuteri capsules @ bedtime)
~Metamucil capsules 6 twice daily with meals; Vitamin D 4500 IU
~URSO for PBC(or PSC?) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS" worth it !!!

MNBeachgal
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   Posted 7/14/2013 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
The abdominal pain is really getting annoying now. They gave me some Tramadol when they discharged me and I'm thinking of taking that. I don't really like to take painkillers but I'm getting sick of the pain.  I'm not really going to the bathroom but the noises in my gut are pretty bad. Maybe I just need a few days back on my probiotics and Metamucil to get things back to normal.  That prep was so easy but maybe it did do me in a bit. And the scope itself obviously got my digestive tract all screwed up. 
 
I'm so tired from not sleeping much Thurs or Friday nights that I've been just resting most of the day. It can be hard for me to spend a day taking it easy but I'm sure its good for me after the past few days!
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UC - diagnosed 1994, in remission for 10 years, currently trying to get over a flare
Meds: Prednisone 6mg; Colazal 3 pills/3x day, 2 mesalamine enemas./day, VSL #3 DS 1 packet/day, Ultimate Flora 30 billion, iron, calcium, folic acid, L-lysine, Zyrtec, Yasmin, multi-vitamin, evening primrose oil, zinc
Tried Imuran but it affected my pancreas

Old Hat
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   Posted 7/17/2013 8:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry this post-scope irritation happened to you. My gastro, who is a very experienced endoscopist-- even treated children earlier in career, says it is not necessary to pump in a lot of gas during scope, also-- that the endoscopist can suction out the air at end of scope. Seems from member reports here that too many endoscopists just don't take the time to do that. 2 different endoscopist-gastros have treated me over the yrs; neither has ever pumped in a lot of air, thankfully. (Just FYI.) So my feeling is that some endoscopists should be in another line of work! / Old Hat (32 yrs with left-sided UC; presently in remission taking brandname Colazal)
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