Posted 04 December 2001 - 08:07 PM
I don't know whether you guys have a mix of IBS-C and IBS-D, but onions are definitely a no-no. I know they flavor food tremendously, but passing gas is not the problem that onions give me with my extreme IBS-C. The onions cause gas, but it WON'T pass or move out of my system. Then I end up with terrible pain and bloating like someone's blowing my stomach up with a air. I have ended up in the emergency room when that condition has become extreme since the gas will not move along and my bowels will not move. So I don't add insult to injury with onions. They literally swell me up. If I even have a dish in a restaurant where onions are included already in the dish, I pick them out and place them to the side. Passing gas is embarrassing, but not being able to pass it has caused me pain worse than labor pains and landed me in the emergency room on two occasions. I was so happy with the Zelnorm when I was in the Study trials because not only did it allow me to have natural bowel movements, it also moved the "gas" and eliminated the bloating. The FDA was fighting with Novartis about its claim that Zelnorm also relieved gas and bloating, but whether the FDA allows Novartis to claim that added benefit on its packaging when Zelnorm is finally approved, I am a living witness to attest that for 3 months the Zelnorm permitted normal/natural bowel movements and also eliminated my bloating and gas that resulted from eating various foods that were known gas producers, i.e., onions, beans, cabbage, etc. So in the meantime, despite the flavor that onions add, we'd all do better to avoid them for now.