Posted 15 January 2009 - 07:06 AM
I've always had a higher than usual fart frequency (and the colon is also most active around the time you get up so that could be why you fart in the morning, any gas made overnight will get pushed to the end, and it is usual for people without IBS to have a morning BM from that very normal spike in activity).I found the only thing that worked was probiotics. I never had any noticable increase in gas from the fiber they put in them that is supposed to feed the probiotics. Some people do (I think I farted so much that 30 farts a day wasn't enough more than 28 to really notice).It can take some time to find the brand that works for you, and if you can find one without prebiotics (the fiber) in it that may avoid some of the usually minor increase in gas. I mean they can only put like a gram or less of fiber in there, you can only make so much gas from that no matter what you do.You may find simethicone helps but you would need to take that with every meal for a couple of days to see if it makes a difference. It doesn't go through the blood stream so it could only work on gas that comes from the food you took it with.You will have some gas, but with probiotics I sometimes have days I only fart a couple of times (so they make me quite abnormal). I had more than normal amounts of gas before and after IBS, so it wasn't from that, just which bacteria I had.It may be worth getting tested for SIBO, but you can make a large amount of gas from normal levels of normal colon bacteria. It isn't only bad bacteria or bacteria in the wrong place. Some normal species make a lot of gas, some do not and which bacteria are predominate in there can change over time.