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Posted 07 March 2009 - 05:10 AM

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Hi,I'm new to this site. The doctor told me I had IBS about a year ago but to be honest I think he told me that because he didn't know what else it was. I've been very slow to do anything about just hoping it would go away.My symptoms are that I fart a lot and it's quite smelly can be every 5 minutes. Usually after eating or at night and in the morning when I assume my bowel is full. I pass faeces regularly in the morning. I have no constipation or diarrhea and I don't even feel particularly bloated. I have some pain but it's not acute - more of a discomfort really and some rumbling.Can anyone advise a course of action?? Thanks for being here.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 08:58 AM

Hi FellaI was having the same sort of thing to you and my doctor also said it was IBS.I was not to convinced so sought a private consultation with a Gastro specialist, It was rather pricey but totally worth it.Turns out i am suffering with toxic black mould poisoning and have been for almost two years. I am still in the early stages of treatment but am being advised to leave my job as thats where the problem arose.I would strongly recomend looking VERY carefully around your home, work place, car...ECT ECT Most GP's dont understand moulds affects and put it down to IBS.Its not a definate but its well worth checking out as its a possibility and if not, its one more thing to cross off the list!I hope you get it sorted soon though, God knows its not much fun suffering like that.

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Posted 07 March 2009 - 09:35 AM

It is common to fart at times when the colon is active like in the morning and after meals. The colon is more likely to push the gas all human beings have to the end.Sometimes IBS causes problems with handling normal volumes of gas (so you might not be able to hold it, etc).Gas volume and odor is a combination of what food you eat and which of the normal bacteria all healthy humans have in the colon, or which ones are dominating the ecosystem.Sulfur reducing bacteria`make the smelly gases from sulfur found in all protein foods and some plants like onions.It doesn't take very much hydrogen sulfide to make a big smell so usually volume isn't so much from these gases.Most of the volume is from carbohydrates. There are some no human digests so they feed the bacteria like raffinose in bean or resistant starch in wheat. Some things like lactose and fructose can be a problem for people that don't break down lactose or absorb fructose.How much gas volume you get from carbs has to do with how many probiotic vs non-probiotic bacteria you have in the colon. Probiotic bacteria by definition do not completely digest carbs so stop before breaking them down to gases. Most other bacteria will break it all the way down to various gases (hydrogen, methane, carbon dioxide).You can have a very high gas volume and not have IBS, and you can have IBS symptoms with very normal or even sub-normal gas volumes. IBSers generally have a lot more problems with the same volume of gas that would not bother anyone else.For volume issues try limiting carbs or see if probiotics help.For smell try limiting protein to 3 ounces per meal (most people eat a lot more than that in a meal) and if it doesn't constipated you too much try some pepto bismol as it absorbs sulfurous gases in the GI tract. Activated charcoal will do that when it is dry, but it doesn't when it is wet like it is in the colon.
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Posted 09 March 2009 - 03:57 AM

Thanks Clarky, that's useful to know. I'm going to get some specialist help to guide me through this process.

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 04:03 AM

Thanks Kathleen, I'm taking some probiotics for the first time. I'm taking LP299v which someone on this forum claimed cured a similar problem to mine. I've only been taking them a couple of days so I will need to wait a while to see if they work. I have a month's supply so I will stick to the course. Can you recommend others to try if these fail? I stay away from certain foods with yeast and sugar content like beer, cake etc. but I think I get the symptoms whatever I eat. Thanks for your advice

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Posted 09 March 2009 - 07:35 AM

Usually it is the starch in wheat or the fructose in high fructose corn syrup that is more a problem than table sugar.I know table sugar gets a lot of the blame for pretty much everything, but it is low on the list of what causes gas and dead cooked yeast don't do much to cause gas, either. Besides the yeast we cook and brew with is a completely different species from the yeast that lives in us. Actually it is a completely different genera, if you want to be technical.Some other brands that people like are Culturelle, Align, VSL#3, Digestive Advantage, Jarrodophilus and GNC.
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Posted 07 August 2015 - 12:20 AM

Bentyl (dicyclomine). I only take 10 mg once or twice a day and only when my IBS flares up. Give it a day or two (it does not work instantly) and it will change your life for the better if your IBS causes gross smelling farts. It's an old drug so it's just a few dollars. http://www.ibstales.com/bentyl.htm





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