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I was just wondering if anyone else has alot of gas. I get mine especially in the morning and evening. I just wanted to know if there is any over the counter medicine anyone has tried and if it has worked for them!Thanks!
 

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How do you know you have a lot of gas? What happens if you don�t eat for a prolonged period?
 

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Hi,Many of us have lot'o gas (we all know what that feels like) and for most of us - it doesn't matter if you eat or not. A couple of things that people have tried with different results:- charcoal- beano- Ezekiel Bread - peppermint tea (or peppermint oil)There are many posts about this I will try to find a few for you!
 

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Don't try to argue with Flux on the gas issue. He can't help anyway. I find some occasional relief with Extra Strength Phazyme, which has more gas medicine than other brands.
 

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Hi! I have IBS-C with terribe gas. I would like Flux's advice. I have gone on"fasts" to try to avoid smelly gas in the evenings. If I don't eat, I don't have gas. I can even have a glass of wine with no food and still not have gas. The gas comes if I eat "solids" - even a pretzel. I am seeing a new doctor this week because I can't stand my life now. In the evening it is typical for me to have one "toot" after another. I sometimes have up to 40 some an hour. If we are in bed I have to hop up and go into the bathroom to so it because the smell takes your breath away.Do you think a new doctor can help me?
 
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If your gas is worse when you eat solid foods then you should probably try to manipulate your diet to aid your problem. Have you tried smoothies? Invest in a blender or a juicer and see how your body reacts to liquids. It may not be the most satisfying diet but if you tolerate liquids better than solids you should try and find a way to meet your nutritional needs without too much solid food. Talk to your doctor though... maybe this isn't the solution for you. Don't give up
 

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Patsy, I have the same problem (I'm not called Bubbles for nothing!)...Have you tried smaller more frequent meals throughout the day. I don't think you should give up solid foods altogether...this is nearly impossible and may make matters worse (my opinion, I am no medical expert by any means). Another option which may help is to try higher protein (more meats, chicken, fish) and less carbohydrates and sugars (as it is said that sugars feed the bacteria in the gut increasing gas production). As far as what has helped me, I can't really tell you, because I am going through a really long episode that has lasted since the beginning of summer. It has also been worsened, I'm sure, by stress (being a college student and living in residential housing can be tough). As far as what I am planning to do to help, I know to continue avoiding dairy (except for yogurt occasionally), and fatty foods. Simethicone helps a little bit with releasing the gas (burping a lot at once). It is otc. I also take acidophilus supplements. I don't know if they are working but I take them anyway. Good luck in your endeavors...I know how you feel...my roommate hates me because she must think that I pass gas on purpose or something. I told her that I have food allergies from the first day, but I don't think that conjured up much sympathy. I don't need pity though...I just want her to understand that I don't do those things on purpose and I have been trying very hard to bring my symptoms under control. I may see a counselor for mild depression. Patsy, if you don't mind my asking, do you have any anxiety or sadness or stress at all? I truly think that mine may have sprouted from a year of ultimate stress and major depression. There is also a lot of evidence suggesting that the mind and gut are related and that the physical symptoms can be related to the mental/emotional state. This is probably not true for everyone, but it is something to take note of I guess.Ok,well, I'm rambling so I'll stop. Let me know how it all goes!~bubbles(aka. gassy one with occasional c)
 

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I have had a lot of stress the past few years.First it was premature menopause. I am done having children, but none of my friends are going through the change so it is hard to talk about the problems and decisions associated with it.Last year my parents died 5 months apart. We live very close to each other. I met them every Saturday morning for breakfast for the past 24 years. They supported me and helped me be a working mother. I am finally accepting the fact that they are gone.I am also a teacher. Proficiency tests are always weighing on my mind.I guess I do have stress!
 

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quote:Hi! I have IBS-C with terribe gas. I would like Flux's advice. I have gone on"fasts" to try to avoid smelly gas in the evenings. If I don't eat, I don't have gas. I can even have a glass of wine with no food and still not have gas. The gas comes if I eat "solids" - even a pretzel.
The odors in odorferous gases occur in very tiny amounts and are due to the action of sulfur-reducing bacteria. Currently, we know that the flatulence filter ( http://www.flatulence-filter.com ) can reduce the odor significantly, but it is apparently difficult to wear for extended periods. Anecdotally, orally ingested chlorophyll has been suggested. We don't know this if this really works or not. Charcoal does not work when ingested.Solid foods in and of themselves do not cause gas. Pretty much only undigested carbohydrate can result in gas formation. Only a diet low in these foods (the opposite of a vegetarian diet to a point) can reduce gas from this source. In some cases, eliminating other sugars such as fructose may be helpful.[This message has been edited by flux (edited 11-01-2000).]
 
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Hi Patsy...I just read your post regarding the early onset of menopause, and not only can I sympathize/empathize, but I can also tell you that the hormonal fluctuations of perimenopause and menopause can cause a lot of the problems you mention, including severe gas, bloating, etc. I also wish to offer to you my condolences on the loss of your parents. I also lost my mother not long ago, and in September my dad had a very serious brain stem stroke...I understand, at least to a point, what it's like to ultimately encounter the mortality of parents.Best wishes...write anytime...Josie
 

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I have the same problem also... my nick name is smelly... I get swollen during the day and then let it all out at night... they seem to go on for hours... none of the OTC drugs have worked for me, hopefully you find something that does.
 

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Oddly enough stress gives me gas too. I have found that there is no magic cure..although if I feel really bad ginger root tea (sliced up ginger root steeped in hot water) is amazing. I've found that changing my diet to eat less wheat, corn, dairy products and sugars helps. Try the elimination diet. I've found that I can eat some wheat, just not a huge bowl of pasta and bread, but cheese gives me terrible gas.I eat a lot of rice instead.Its time to experiment with your diet a bit, you will be amazed at the results. It took me a while to get used to not eating pizza and pasta, but the results are worth it
Don't give up. Acidopholis does help me long term, but is not an instant cure...peppermint tea, ginger tea and phayzyme are my only cures.If I don't eat I get even worse gas....I suppose the sugars get to ferment longer!!Best wishes...
 

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I have been using Culturelle for over a year. It is a special strain of friendly bacteria. It is made to work where it belongs in the large intestines. It can withstand stomach acid with can kill the friendly bacteria. It can be taken at any time.It can control certain kinds of D (intestines with an overgrowth of harmful bacteria) and for me personally has controlled intestinal gas. I take one capsule a day and two if I start to get D. I also have had no yeast infections since I've been taking it.I can't find it in stores, it's there someplace, so I order it by phone. You can find out about it at: http://www.culturelle.com/index.html Whatever you use, be sure it says on the container that it withstand stomach acid. This is often in health food stores in the fridge but I hear they have a brand at GNC stores that does not have to stay in the fridge. I don't know how effective these other brands are.------------------vikee
 

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Flux, I would like your opinion of my situation. One of my main symptoms from IBS is gas. Not eating makes my gas worse--considerable worse.It would be more accurate to say that my main symptom is difficulty in completely evacuating either gas or stool. When I get gas pain, it can cause sustained pain and discomfort in my back and abdomen, on the right or left side. The pain is generally alleviated when I pass gas or move my bowels. But it may take numerous repeated trips to the toilet over a day, or even several days, before the pain and discomfort is relieved.I take two teaspoons of Metamucil per day and on an average day, I may move my bowels 5-6 times. But if I get a flareup, I can see most of my day literally go down the toilet, which I'll visit too many times to count. Often, I'll have an urge to go, along with discomfort, and when I go to the toilet, will experience relief just from passing a bit of gas which I would have been otherwise unable to pass.In other words, farting in public is only a minor problem for me. More often, gas will cause me discomfort which I'll only be able to relieve by repeated trips to the toilet.Physicians have previously suggested that this is likely a motility problem, which has me interested in the recent research hypothesizing that IBS usually results from a motility disorder leading to bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. I'm therefore interested in pursuing the antibiotic treatment recommended by the latest research. But I'm curious. For people whose gas is alleviated by fasting, you recommended elsewhere that ingesting lactobaccilus and frequent flushing with Miralax might be helpful. Does this advice apply to a case like mine? Or are there other remedies you can suggest?
 

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