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Alcie
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   Posted 12/5/2009 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Six weeks post partial wrap I can't burp much and suffer from gas every afternoon and half the night.  The problem is that an awful lot of food causes gas.  I'm particularly searching for vegetables I can eat.
 
I've found various lists of vegetables to avoid:

beans, black-eyed peas, artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, radishes, celery, carrots, beets, corn, cucumbers, leeks, lettuce, parsley, whole grains

 

What about peas?  Spinach seems OK in small quantities.  Raw tomatoes are fine, but not cooked ones and especially sauce.  Other suggestions?


Alcie
 
 


stkitt
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   Posted 12/5/2009 5:42 PM (GMT -6)   
Foods that produce gas in one person may not cause gas in another. Sounds like you are doing well in finding out which foods work for you through elimination of the ones that have caused you problems.

Gas in the digestive tract (that is, the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and large intestine) comes from two sources:

swallowed air
normal breakdown of certain undigested foods by harmless bacteria naturally present in the large intestine (colon)
Gas-bloat syndrome may occur after fundoplication surgery to correct GERD. The surgery creates a one-way valve between the esophagus and stomach that allows food and gas to enter the stomach but often prevents normal belching and the ability to vomit. It occurs in about 10 percent of people who have this surgery but may improve with time.

I am sure other members will have comments re your post. Take care and I am glad you are doing well.



Kitt

Alcie
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   Posted 12/6/2009 11:53 AM (GMT -6)   
I've heard that summer squash (yellow squash and zucchini) are low on gas production. Does anyone know?

I am reading that all things containing carbohydrates/starches including potatoes, corn, noodles, and wheat, produce gas as they are broken down in the large intestine. Rice is the only starch that does not cause gas.

Soluble fiber such as found in oat bran, beans, barley, nuts, seeds, lentils, peas, and most fruits, cause gas in the large intestine.

The subject is important to those who have had a Nissen or other type of operation to tighten the LES, because we can't burp gas from the stomach, and this adds to the natural intestinal gas from foods, which causes a lot of pain.

I am pretty much avoiding all starches and sugars, except rice. I'm getting no help from my doctors!
Alcie
 
 


dencha
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   Posted 12/6/2009 5:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Do you get bloating and a stomach ache after eating those vegetables? I generally don't have a lot of trouble, but sometimes it occurs...even green beans can do it. I haven't experienced trouble with summer squash and zucchini. Be sure not to talk while eating, because it causes a lot more air to be ingested.
Have you tried Gax-X when you do have problems?
Good luck, Alcie!
Denise

Alcie
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Denise -
Thanks for mentioning green beans. Unfortunately I tried them yesterday and boy was that a mistake!

I get pretty bad gas and bloating after eating most vegetables. I haven't noticed if I get it with the summer squashes, but usually I have eaten something else with carbs (more gas causers) at the same time. I don't usually talk while eating, nobody here most of the time.

Gas-X doesn't seem to be too helpful, but I take it and lots of Beano. Simethicone (Gas-Z, Metaqmucil, etc.) supposedly only works in the stomach, popping the bubbles and allowing stomach gas to go up with a belch. And I can't belch. A few tiny burps, no belch. But no reflux either, and I'd rather work on a solution to gas than go back to reflux!

I guess challenge testing is in order. I did it to find my reflux triggers (which would still trigger a reaction if I ate them), so I suppose eating only one veggie a day might be a good idea.
Alcie
 
 


dencha
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   Posted 12/6/2009 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like you have a plan, Alcie. Gas-X works for me in this way: When my stomach is bloated with gas (and I always get a stomachache when that happens), it helps to break up the gas, and takes enough pressure off my wrap/flap that some gas can get out with little burps. That takes care of it for me. If I couldn't burp at all, it would take a lot longer, as it made it out the other end!
Good luck finding out what foods are your triggers.
Take care!
Denise

rlopez75
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   Posted 12/6/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I get gas more from dairy based products than from veggies.

I have just gotten in the habit of taking 2 spoonfuls of Milanta after every meal or 2 Extra Strength Gas-X.

I actually eat beans quite a lot and can tolerate them very well.

Its all trial and error though. hopefully you will get it figured out pretty soon.

Good luck!
Rafael

Alcie
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   Posted 12/7/2009 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Denise-
I'll try the gas-X today with meals. Maybe I will be able to reduce the stomach gas with it. I do burp a little with a small push. I don't want to strain anything.

Rafael -
I don't tolerate milk much either and have switched to soy milk, but that's a bean and I don't tolerate beans at all. Even green beans are gassy!

When do you take the Gas-X and how much? Mylanta liquid, and all the other liquids, have sorbitol or dextrose or other stuff I can't take. I can swallow the Gas-X pills. I can take 1 chewable, but not more because of the additives.
Alcie
 
 


rlopez75
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Alice, I never though about the soy still causing gas even after being processed in to milk. I have been drinking Silk since my surgery and had good luck with it.

Rafael

mookiemoomoo
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   Posted 12/7/2009 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
where do you get gas x never heard of it in england do you think we would have a alternative over here i think i need to stock up

Alcie
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   Posted 12/8/2009 1:30 PM (GMT -6)   
Gas-X is one of the many OTC meds that have simethicone as the active ingredient. It comes in chewables, gel caps, others are liquids.
Alcie
 
 

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