Terrible stinky smelly gas (uncontrollable)
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I completely agree with you CR. I was diagnosed with Fructose Malabsorption and have had to follow the FODMAP diet with little choice. I have had to tweak the Sue Shepherd list to a more restrictive diet cutting out additional things such as sugar and all fruit . It took at least 12 months for the bloating and constant gas to abate. However, the leaky gas and odour did not completely go away, even with the dietary changes. I have had to take liquid chlorophyll as well as multi-vitamins to control the gas. I've also noticed that the gas seems to get worse with stress, so exercise has been an added bonus in dealing with this.It is only after 18 months that I am now slowly trying to re-introduce 'fructose' foods into my diet, with some limited success. I can eat small quantities of a 'banned' food and get away with it without the full-blown after effect. All processed food has essentially been cut from my diet, and I have had to stick to home prepared food, and a more traditional asian diet.It doesn't help that in having this condition, I am hypersensitive to how other people are reacting to me. It just adds to the stress especially when in public situations. Irregardless of societies' natural reaction to odour, it is not anyone's right to make another individual feel bad about themselves.The only way I have stayed positive in all of this has been to view having this condition as a way to overhaul my bad habits, and live a better life.
Hi SB.I chose my title (common response) because that's how people seem to react to those with bad odor.It seems to be a primordial response to reject those who don't smell normal.I've even observed myself automatically rejecting or feeling superior to others who I've noticed with odor even though I've suffered from your symptoms for many years. After the initial automatic response I then revert to an empathetic mode due to my personal experience & understanding. The point is that people are hard wired to negative reaction to those with odor.Regarding your symptoms and lactose intolerance, my recommendation is to adopt a healthy diet & exercise regime, but don't waver from this if you don't see any improvements in the short term.My theory is that this constant over powering odor is the by product of undesirable bacteria which have colonized your gut. This bacteria has probably established itself over many years and will take a long time to eradicate from your system. Every time you ingest unsuitable food (which in your case includes lactose), the poor bacteria continues to flourish.I used to eliminate certain selected foods for a month or so & then give up if I gained no results.The trick is to come up with a base diet covering all the variables & stick to this for a lengthy period. This will lead to eventual starvation of the undesirable bacteria.In our overly processed western diet there hundreds of substances such as lactose, preservatives, & colorings which may or may not be disclosed on labeling which may be contributing to your condition.Every time I travel to Asia, I eat locally produced whole foods including rice, spices, vegetables and fruit & avoid anything which is processed. l notice dramatic improvement to the performance of my gut, including the quality of stools & incidence of odor. During these stays l completely avoid anything which comes in a can, or packet, or out of a fast food outlet.After a month away in June my gut has kicked into a new level of performance, producing satisfying stools with greatly reduced odor. My gut seems to have also become much more tolerant should I cheat but I know l need to stick to eating good food.I recommend that you initially base your diet around the low FODMAP Diet recently developed by Dr Sue Shepherd.Information can be found at www.coeliac.com.auFODMAP lists trouble food groups and allows you to eliminate and experiment with known problem foods and how to recognize them.FermentableOligosacharidesDisaccharides (including lactose)Monosaccharides (including fructose)andPolyols (Sorbitol, Mannitol, Malitol, Xylitol, Xylitol & Iaolmalt)Going for periods on rice & water will compromise your immune system & allow bacteria growth to become even more entrenched.You need to recognize problem foods and reduce or eliminate these without affecting nutrition.You also need to stick to such a diet for at least 6 months to a year along with healthy lifestyle (exercise, relaxation) reduce alcohol & refrain from drugs & tobacco.Treat this as an Olympic Marathon & live your life accordingly.What I'd do is:1. Arrange gas tests to diagnose Lactose intolerance, & Fructose intolerance. 2. Study the FODMAP & design a natural diet around this and stick to it for an extensive period (eat to live or live to eat, your choice).3. Adopt a positive healthy lifestyle.There are no magic bullets as you've discovered via the medical profession & without personal experience no one else can ever understand what you are going through.Think of it this way. Many live inflexible unfulfiling lives. Your condition has provided you with incentive to completely change your life beginning with your diet & personal habits . Take this opportunity to improve your self awareness & live your life to its fullest.
Posted 06 August 2010 - 08:00 PM