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#1 ohmadison33

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 12:11 AM

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Hello everyone,I was wondering if anyone has the symptom of an increase in bloating AFTER a bowel movement. Some days I feel completely fine all day until I have a bowel movement, and once I do, I feel instantly worse 5-10 mins afterward. I get really bloated, have a lot of stomach upset (mostly UPPER abdominal pain) and just an overall crappy feeling -- sometimes tired. Mainly a crazy bloat with the feeling of trapped gas that I can't expell no matter what. OTC meds don't help, and even if I pass gas, which I don't have to really, it doesn't bring any relief. It lasts HOURS, usually up until I go to bed at night. The bowel movement seems to trigger it. I'm not constipated, have a bowel movement every day that is typically between normal and soft consistency. It's exhausting, as my stomach seems to balloon up completely and makes it difficult to do anything.A little background: I'm a 26 year old male, been sick with this stomach pain for almost a year now with no relief and have stumped 3 gastroenterologists. Have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, bloodwork, everything has come back normal. Have been on a gluten free diet for 3 weeks with no relief just for good measure. The doctors say that this must be IBS, but I don't have diarrhea and only a bit of constipation 8 months ago with some incomplete evacuation which has mainly been treated with fiber intake, so no real current trouble there. I have tried Flagyl, Levbid, Bentyl, Hyo-Max, Elavil and something else I can't remember all to no effect at all. Right now I am taking Celexa (this is my current stumped gastro's last attempt) and also Nexium for the GERD that I've acquired through this whole ordeal.The post-bowel movement bloat has been such a mystery.PLEASE, PLEASE respond if you have had this symptom or have any idea.Thanks so much.
26 y/o male, NYC
Symptoms since 7/2011
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Parasitology, ALCAT, Food Allergy, CT scan, Blood Tests all came back negative. No problems identified.
Gluten Free
IBS, neither C nor D
Consistent Gas, Bloat, Abdominal pain and cramping, residual pain after BM (lasts all day afterwards)

Rx tried with no relief: Bentyl, HyoMax, Xifaxin, Levbid, Reglan, Elavil, Celexa, Xanax, Pristiq

Currently taking Nexium for GERD, trying VSL#3 probiotic


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Posted 09 June 2012 - 12:34 AM

Hello everyone,I was wondering if anyone has the symptom of an increase in bloating AFTER a bowel movement. Some days I feel completely fine all day until I have a bowel movement, and once I do, I feel instantly worse 5-10 mins afterward. I get really bloated, have a lot of stomach upset (mostly UPPER abdominal pain) and just an overall crappy feeling -- sometimes tired. Mainly a crazy bloat with the feeling of trapped gas that I can't expell no matter what. OTC meds don't help, and even if I pass gas, which I don't have to really, it doesn't bring any relief. It lasts HOURS, usually up until I go to bed at night. The bowel movement seems to trigger it. I'm not constipated, have a bowel movement every day that is typically between normal and soft consistency. It's exhausting, as my stomach seems to balloon up completely and makes it difficult to do anything.A little background: I'm a 26 year old male, been sick with this stomach pain for almost a year now with no relief and have stumped 3 gastroenterologists. Have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, bloodwork, everything has come back normal. Have been on a gluten free diet for 3 weeks with no relief just for good measure. The doctors say that this must be IBS, but I don't have diarrhea and only a bit of constipation 8 months ago with some incomplete evacuation which has mainly been treated with fiber intake, so no real current trouble there. I have tried Flagyl, Levbid, Bentyl, Hyo-Max, Elavil and something else I can't remember all to no effect at all. Right now I am taking Celexa (this is my current stumped gastro's last attempt) and also Nexium for the GERD that I've acquired through this whole ordeal.The post-bowel movement bloat has been such a mystery.PLEASE, PLEASE respond if you have had this symptom or have any idea.Thanks so much.

Hi, I'm sorry I can't help you with this, but can tell you that your misery has company. When my IBS symptoms first started as an adult, over 30 years ago, I felt better after bowel movement. For past few years that is not so; I have bloating and severe cramping, sometimes over entire abdomen, after bowel movement. Zelnorm (tegaserod) was the only thing that helped and it was taken off market. Best of luck to you.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 11:29 PM

I feel for you. I have been having this problem for over four years and the doctors think I'm crazy. Except my pain will last for hours and hours after a bm; it used to last for anywhere from 8-10 hours afterwards; now it doesn't go away until the next day...and then I have to start the process all over again because I'm pretty regular. I also have some very strange symptoms after a bm...severe neck pain, my back burns like I have a sunburn, all of the muscles in my back feel tight...it's just a terrible experience. I'm a medical mystery. I'm sorry you have to experience this and wish I could offer an answer.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:08 PM

I get some pain, cramping, and a little bloating after BMs but it only lasts for about 10 minutes afterwards. Sometimes the pain may hang on a bit longer - not a day but hours after. For me usually it's just due to movement down there [lower left side of abdomen]. I think that when the space is emptied, your gut gets irritated in the process or you feel it more because of the effort (however small) in voiding the bowel. Then the movement of the next BM filling the space causes more irritation. Just my theory. Sometimes it seems like I can feel the next BM sliding into place after having a BM even though I'm not constipated and have everyday BMs. Hypersensitivity is an issue with IBS. Once the empty area is filled again, I won't feel the pain as much. It's probably just strong peristalsis continuing after BMs. I don't take any prescription drugs for it now but you may feel better with an antispasmodic drug. Lomotil worked well for me when I took it although it does tend to make you constipated.
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Posted 16 June 2012 - 11:53 PM

You're not alone. Sometimes I will have discomfort for a few minutes, and sometimes for hours after. Sometimes if I'm lucky, no discomfort. There seems to be no pattern to it.

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 03:50 AM

I know I'm seeing this post kinda' late, but I know how you feel. I feel crappy most of the time (abdominal pain), but sometimes miraculously at first in the morning I feel okay, but then once I have a BM, everything turns terrible. It's so frustrating, 'cause it's supposed to be healthier to have regular BMs but when it causes so much pain, grrrrr. Doc's constantly telling me I must be constipated, but I'm NOT. No medication works for me and I'm just taking it day by day, hoping someone will find out what's wrong, or at least something that will work for me. Anyway, I know this might not help, but at least you're in good company. :P

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:11 PM

my butt hurts after I poo. Maybe its the same thing \_(ツ)_/

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 12:26 PM

Hello all, I am a brand new member, and it does bring me some comfort to know there are others in my situation. I experience so much bloating and gas along with that feeling that I need to expel gas, and it just does not want to expel. I have had IBS for years,off and on,and this time (for almost 2 months) it doesn't want to improve at all. I recently ordered a remedy online called RezVera, which is a dietary supplement in capsule form which is supposed to help IBS and digestion problems.I have taken so much Beano and Gas-X, I am ready for something new. Has anyone tried RezVera?

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Posted 07 July 2012 - 03:32 AM

This happened to me today after my last round of morning pooping...have you tried a fiber supplement like psyllium (metamucil)?

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Posted 18 September 2012 - 11:59 PM

Hi All,Sad to report that this is still happening.. I hope maybe some of you found relief somewhere.
26 y/o male, NYC
Symptoms since 7/2011
Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Parasitology, ALCAT, Food Allergy, CT scan, Blood Tests all came back negative. No problems identified.
Gluten Free
IBS, neither C nor D
Consistent Gas, Bloat, Abdominal pain and cramping, residual pain after BM (lasts all day afterwards)

Rx tried with no relief: Bentyl, HyoMax, Xifaxin, Levbid, Reglan, Elavil, Celexa, Xanax, Pristiq

Currently taking Nexium for GERD, trying VSL#3 probiotic

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 10:10 AM

Hi All,Sad to report that this is still happening.. I hope maybe some of you found relief somewhere.

Madison33,You have described the pain I have felt for many years. I have been through this forum waiting for someone to find a solution, since dr's can't help me. You have described my daily routine: I feel ok, not until I have a BM. The bloating, gas and the lack of expulsion makes my day miserable. The pain lasts for several hours until I go to sleep and then the cylce reappears as I wake up and use the restroom. I am not constipated or have diarrhea, but my BM's are the same as yours. If you find something, please let me know. Take care.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:37 PM

Hello everyone,I was wondering if anyone has the symptom of an increase in bloating AFTER a bowel movement. Some days I feel completely fine all day until I have a bowel movement, and once I do, I feel instantly worse 5-10 mins afterward. I get really bloated, have a lot of stomach upset (mostly UPPER abdominal pain) and just an overall crappy feeling -- sometimes tired. Mainly a crazy bloat with the feeling of trapped gas that I can't expell no matter what. OTC meds don't help, and even if I pass gas, which I don't have to really, it doesn't bring any relief. It lasts HOURS, usually up until I go to bed at night. The bowel movement seems to trigger it. I'm not constipated, have a bowel movement every day that is typically between normal and soft consistency. It's exhausting, as my stomach seems to balloon up completely and makes it difficult to do anything.A little background: I'm a 26 year old male, been sick with this stomach pain for almost a year now with no relief and have stumped 3 gastroenterologists. Have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, bloodwork, everything has come back normal. Have been on a gluten free diet for 3 weeks with no relief just for good measure. The doctors say that this must be IBS, but I don't have diarrhea and only a bit of constipation 8 months ago with some incomplete evacuation which has mainly been treated with fiber intake, so no real current trouble there. I have tried Flagyl, Levbid, Bentyl, Hyo-Max, Elavil and something else I can't remember all to no effect at all. Right now I am taking Celexa (this is my current stumped gastro's last attempt) and also Nexium for the GERD that I've acquired through this whole ordeal.The post-bowel movement bloat has been such a mystery.PLEASE, PLEASE respond if you have had this symptom or have any idea.Thanks so much.



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Posted 29 September 2012 - 08:48 PM

Hello, my name I Jennifer and I am new to this forum..upon reading some of these stories I feel like I am listening to myself. My IBS started 8 yrs ago when my Momwas sick and then past away..I am very regular, occiassional constipatin and maybe loose stools at other times. Some morning I have to "go" three or four times before I can leave the house. The worst is how I feel afterward..pain, cramping, gas, nauseous..I just want to lay down until it passes. Sometimes the pain subsides and I am just left with the bloating and gassy feeling ALL DAY!!. I swear its living hell. In March of this year I tore my Meniscus in my knee, after surgery I was given Vicodin. Well, my whold life changed. I have tried Antisposmodics only Bentyl, actually..Yoga, excercise, herbal teas, heating pads, massage..to no avail. If I "go" and get those pains, I take 1 5/500 Vicodin and within 25 min..I am pain free, gas free, and don't have the feeling to go another 20x. My Ortho keeps writing me scripts, and told me not to take more than two a day, which I have NEVER done. It does not make me high just makes me feel like a normal person. The only problem is how long will he keep writing these scripts..?? not much longer I am sure. I have an appnt with a new Gastro doc in two weeks..I am going to tell him everything..No doc will agree with a Narcotic as a IBS solution..but what a shame that a drug that is "addictive" but not in my case..and used for recreational use ruins it for people who are in legitamite pain. I have had CT scans, Coloscopies, Sonos..Oh nothings wrong..well yipee!! I can't work or live a normal life. There has got to be some med out there thats works like Vicodin does..because it has given me 6 months of heaven. Please reply if anyone understands what I am saying or has a comment or reply. No one knows how we feel, no one could ever imagine what we deal with on a daily basis.

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 05:53 AM

Hi. I know this is an old topic but this is exactly what I am going through right now. My IBS was always IBS D and I felt better after a bm. But recently that has changed. For the past two months I have felt awful after a bm whether it be D or normal. Yesterday I woke up pain free and then went for a morning BM. After that I had pain across my whole abdomen all day. Especially below my ribs on the top left and right. I feel like I still need to go or I have trapped gas so have just taken a windeze. I have had a flare up like this once before, back in 2008 and it just went away on its own and went back to IBS D but that took a year! I want to get better quicker this time as I am a newly wed (I think the emotional stress of getting married has caused this flare up) and want to go out and enjoy life!

Was just wondering how you were all getting on?

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 02:34 PM

I see there are some fairly recent replies...even today! And I came back across this post because I search for a solution just about once a week...hoping someone out there knows/understands. I'm surprised to see how many are dealing with this.

I am coming on year 5 of this pain (in December) and I am so depressed now. When it first started I felt like there would be something to remedy it; not only has it not gone away, it is worse.

I also have new symptoms that can't be explained. When I wake up in the morning I feel like I have the worst flu ever...it's so hard to move in the morning. I've been checked for lupus and other auto-immune disorders that cause morning pain...nothing shows up on the tests. I can barely eat anything anymore because I feel so "flu-ish" after I eat as well. I've basically lived off of ensure, cottage cheese and bananas since February.

I still have the symptoms everyone else mentioned...pain that starts after a bm (and up until about a month ago I was extremely regular...now I am constipated, but that's because I get no fiber any more). :(

And the back/neck pain that starts after the bm is so bizarre. Sometimes the pain is so intense I can barely move; it hurts to bend, like my muscles aren't long enough; and sometimes I can barely even move my neck. How is that even possible??

Maybe we should start a group. Living with chronic pain is really taking its toll on me. I'm trying to raise four kids and I feel I can barely even take care of myself.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 04:47 AM

I have this problem also. It started with just really bad gas in general and then I got even more gassy about 1/2 year ago and I would get more gas after bm and I wouldn't be able to pass it until the morning after. I wake up with an upset stomach feeling but after I "leak" or pass the gas, I feel better but there's always more gas in my system. it's like my body is producing endless amounts of gas. I also get this flu-ish feeling and just totally stink up sometimes. I also have fecal body odor. this totally sucks and I'm tired of living like this. It's my last year of college and I thought it was going to be a good year until all these new symptoms showed up (fbo and leaky gas). I don't think ibs should be a diagnosis at all. doctors just treat the symptoms but don't look for the cause. I have turned to alternative forms of medicine.

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Posted 03 November 2012 - 01:17 AM

Hello everyone,I was wondering if anyone has the symptom of an increase in bloating AFTER a bowel movement. Some days I feel completely fine all day until I have a bowel movement, and once I do, I feel instantly worse 5-10 mins afterward.


I experience a similar symptom and have for more than 10 years. Only, I feel especially unwell (uncomfortable, irritable, fatigued) before the BM. Then immediately after I enjoy some moments of feeling well, energized, mentally clear. Within about 10 minutes, the abdomen significantly distends with a seemingly endless amount of gas.

I get really bloated, have a lot of stomach upset (mostly UPPER abdominal pain) and just an overall crappy feeling -- sometimes tired. Mainly a crazy bloat with the feeling of trapped gas that I can't expell no matter what.


My bouts of this are not accompanied by pain, and the distention is most pronounced in the lower abdominal area. I'm a pretty cut guy, but during the distention, the lower abdomen fills and protrudes significantly.

I too experience an overall crappy feeling, and fatigue consistently accompanies the distention. Should the gas manage to escape, I regain a feeling of wellbeing and energy. I'm a very physically fit and mentally sharp person, but when this hits me (almost everyday, sometimes multiple times within a day) I feel basically unable to function in body or mind.

OTC meds don't help, and even if I pass gas, which I don't have to really, it doesn't bring any relief. It lasts HOURS, usually up until I go to bed at night. The bowel movement seems to trigger it. I'm not constipated, have a bowel movement every day that is typically between normal and soft consistency. It's exhausting, as my stomach seems to balloon up completely and makes it difficult to do anything.A little background: I'm a 26 year old male, been sick with this stomach pain for almost a year now with no relief and have stumped 3 gastroenterologists. Have had an endoscopy, colonoscopy, ultrasound, CT scan, bloodwork, everything has come back normal.


I'm 29 now and have experienced whatever the condition is (not the same as yours, but related) for about 14 years.
When you say "it's exhausting", do you mean, just dealing with this from day to day, or do you mean that you feel exhausted once the stomach has ballooned up, as you say? As I mentioned, it's also difficult for me to function once the gut has distended. Even reading a book or having a conversation with a friend is difficult. The degree to which I'm incapacitated is proportional to the extent of the distention.

The battery of tests you've had performed is similar to what I have. Although I had more tests done, over the course of several years.
During a barium swallow test, the barium passed through my digestive system entirely in the course of the test (a couple hours). My gastroenterologist then diagnosed 'very rapid transit'. This is an abnormality, but not really a medical disorder or disease. I have no history of abnormal diarrhea or constipation, and so I have never been diagnosed with IBS.

I have tried Flagyl, Levbid, Bentyl, Hyo-Max, Elavil and something else I can't remember all to no effect at all.


I have tried a number of these as well (years ago). Some motility drugs induced a change in bowel habit, but no real reduction in distention / discomfort / fatigue.

Right now I am taking Celexa (this is my current stumped gastro's last attempt) and also Nexium for the GERD that I've acquired through this whole ordeal.


GERD? What do you mean, you "acquired" it through the ordeal? I mean, how do you think they are related, if at all? This is significant to me because I developed GERD symptoms at the same time as developing the bloating / flatulence / fatigue symptoms.

For GERD, no PPI medicines were useful for me. Taking antacids was also not useful and only added to the total volume of gas in the gut, by producing gases in the stomach. I have very thankfully found one treatment for the GERD. Namely, taking Prelief tablets with any foods or drinks that may trigger the symptoms. It is consistently effective, and I can eat or drink just about any acidic foods from kim chi to grape fruit juice.

I have done quite a lot of work on this myself, especially including many dietary adjustments. But the GE who worked with me most was a senior physician at his department and had been practicing for over 30 years. He attempted to diagnose my condition and understand its causes, but ultimately just tried various treatments for the symptoms. None of the treatments was successful. Eventually, I brought my records and an explanation of my condition to a GE at Cleveland Clinic. Had one last diagnostic test performed there, with results again giving up no clues. Both physicians acknowledged something is abnormal, but could not understand exactly what is it, nor why it is occurring. As I have lacked health insurance for years, I have not visited a physician for the condition since I was 25. At this point, the quality of my life has been reduced for so many years that I'm planning to return to physicians, this time possibly at Mayo Clinic.

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 10:05 PM

I have the same exact symptoms. Generally 10 munutes after having a normal bowel movement I get pain in the lower left abdomen that lasts almost all day. I was able to convince a doctor to let me try xifaxan which is supposed to be a non-absorbable anti-biotics that supposedly kills bad bacteria in the small intestine (sibo) small intestinal bacteria overgrowth. That didn't seem to work.. But he also subscribed a anti-spasm drug called hyoscyamine sulfate. I am to take this 30 minutes before a meal and it is supposed to stop spasms in the intestines. It seems to be helping a bit and the bloating doesn't last all day. I would say that this condition has practically ruined my life. I am hoping that this works long term. Glad I found this forum because all the doctors over the years thought I was nuts.

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Posted 12 November 2012 - 02:28 PM

Hi, I'm Emily, I joined the forum to post my story here as it sounds very similar.

I have been living in digestive hell for about 4+ years now. I can't even tell people that number (4 years) without beginning to cry. I can't believe my life has turned into obsessing about my condition so often. I have so much joy in my life that's tarnished with this everyday disaster/nightmare that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon.

The best way I can describe my worst symptom is the feeling of constant TRAPPED GAS. As much as I push to expel it, it stays firmly planted deep within my intestines. It's not just gas there, though. I burp incessantly, even after drinking something as benign as water. I have a constant, localized pain in my upper left abdomen (just under my rib cage, extending a little around my left side...) - sometimes worse, sometimes better, but always worse after a BM. This specific pain has worsened over the years.

I usually have 2-6 BMs per day, all of which are very narrow (not pencil-thin, but no more than 1" in diameter) and very long. It's not so much diarrhea as it is very frequent. I often get distention and gas after my BMs.

The first gastroeterologist thought I had GERD, which was insane considering I only have heartburn symptoms about 3x per year. The PPIs made this worse. She was stumped and suggested repeatedly that I try Gas-X, which again, is insane. Gas medications never do anything for my symptoms. Nor do any OTC medications.

I have seen 2 natural/alternative physicians, one of which suspects Candida overgrowth and the other suspected Parasites. I have been treated for both, and no improvement came with either treatment. The parasite cleanse antibiotic actually made my symptoms 1,000x worse. I have also done the Heidelburg gastric acidity test which showed inconclusive results (sometimes my stomach acid regulated normally, other times it did not). Hair analysis shows my vitamin/mineral levels are extremely low. I have tried many different digestive enzymes and probiotics.

My current GI did a breath test and my results showed an abnormality consistent with SIBO. I was so relieved to finally have an answer. I tried Xifaxin and Erythromycin, which made my symptoms much worse (usually patients have much relief with these antibiotics). Specifically, the localized left-side abdominal pain became much much worse during antibiotic treatment. If I gently massage or push on this area, I am sometimes able to burp with only some relief. If I drink a carbonated beverage quickly after a meal, sometimes I can burp repeatedly and it feels much better. It's almost as if I have to "catch" the gas after eating before it travels through my body. However sometimes, my body will not burp, but just "digest" the gas through the intestinal tract, making my life a living hell.

Sometimes it almost feels like the gas is in my uterus, it's extemely low. Nothing I do helps move it. I do not experience a ton of cramping. Just this incessant production of gas - with the inability to expel it. What's also strange is that sometimes I feel fine (although rare), and am able to pass a regualr fart (haha) just fine. WTF, body?!

Right now I'm having a new symptom: my intestine is weirdly twitching. I see the commenter above also describes a spasming. It seems this craziness will never end. It has only gotten worse through the years. Want to hear the weirdest thing? THIS ALL DISAPPEARED IN MY 2ND MONTH OF PREGNANCY. Disappeared! Completely. It returned 10 days after giving birth. Go figure that one out. All I want to do is be pregnant all the time! How many women do you hear saying that? Haha.

Anyway, this condition has made my life pretty hellacious for 4 years now, and no one seems to have any answers. I have been on antidepressants and am currently in cognitive behavioral therapy. I remember the time before all this began when I was around 25 years old, and how carefree I was. I cannot fathom living this way for the rest of my life. The very thought makes me absolutely lose it with sadness. I'm hoping to find some answers, and I will never give up hope, but my resolve is wearing thin. When I have a semi-normal day, I am the happiest person in the entire world. When the symptoms return, I go to a very low place.

There has GOT to be an answer somewhere. I have never read other people describe my symptoms so accurately: trapped gas, pain after BM, etc.

The next step for me is a colonoscopy (which I've been asking for, for years) and a capsule endoscopy.

As for my history: I used some heavier drugs in my early twenties (Ecstacy, coke, and halluciogens), began hormonal birth control (specifically Depo-Provera) at age 15 but stopped hormonal BC at age 25, and was on 2 rounds of Accutane in my early-mid twenties. I was also prescribed antibiotics in my teenage years for acne. I cannot believe my body was able to grow a healthy human baby child :)

If the colonoscopy and endoscopy turn up nothing, I will be turning to Ayurveda next. I will never stop trying new things.

It is comforting to know there are others that know what I'm going through, though I would not wish this on my worst enemy. Sometimes I want to literally cut open my abdomen and scream at my intestines. I know that sounds insane, but when you're forced to think about your TRAPPED GAS over and over and over and over again, you start to kind of lose it. This sucks! Posted Image

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Posted 08 December 2012 - 10:25 PM

Any updates to this condition?

I'm experiencing very similar symptoms (build-up of gas shortly after satisfying bowel movement), which I wrote about in my introductory post here:

http://www.ibsgroup....mucus-after-bm/

I can pass the gas by assuming a yoga-like position, but often it returns shortly after I stand up to get on with my day. I used to experience constipation, but this symptom has improved considerably in the past month or so.

Take care everyone.

J x





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