i'm thirty, and smell like ass.i've stunk like a butt for several years now off and on...i was able to get by for a long time via denial, but since i'm now on the doorstep of applying to medical school, i realize i need to do something about the problem rather then accept social isolation. the weird thing is, i don't really feel like i have an irritable bowel. i get gassy sometimes, but i know that i stink even when i don't feel gassy. i get diarrhea after drinking a lot of beer, and i've all but eliminated alcohol. i'm trying several avenues right now. i'm doing a fiber cleanse and taking a candida-cleanse supplement, as well as probiotics. i've experienced mild "die off" symptoms, but not as severe as i'd have predicted, which tells me that's only a small part of the problem. i've been using cottonelle wet wipes for a while to make sure i get myself extra clean, but that's clearly not the problem. as my cleanse progresses, i'm going to start taking hot baths with epsom salts in hopes of detoxifying.it's kind of ironic...i'm absolutely petrified to go to the doctor. considering i want to BE one, i shouldn't have trouble being frank with one about my problems. i guess what concerns me most is the reported indifferent reaction by MDs reported here by many. this is a real problem. i have some good friends who accept me for who i am, but people with sensitive noses who don't even know me won't give me the time of day because of something stupid. if i can't get this problem fixed soon, i'm definitely going to go get the old back door checked out to make sure i don't have any abscesses or fistulas or anything. i definitely have a small pilondial cyst, but i don't think it's the problem. i could be wrong, though. i can't tell which scenario is more daunting for me: having a systemic infection that will require a long time and a lot of diligence to get rid of, or having a colorectal medical condition such as a fistula or diverticulitis that will require serious surgery. either way, i've got to get this figured out. i'm so glad i'm not the only one who has this problem.one thing i've noticed...i used to try to cover up the smell with cologne. the response i've gotten from people has actually improved since i stopped. if there's one thing that it's WORSE to smell like than a giant ass, i guess, it's a giant ass soaked in cologne. next steps besides the Dr: i might try this florastor product. seems to have a favorable response.oh, and inb4 "get tested for TMAU." i know it's not TMAU, because i haven't always stunk. in my late teens/early 20's, i was very socially active and dated all sorts of hot women. then i started to stink, and dropped out of school. i don't even know what happened...people just started saying "did someone fart?" and "who's got a dirty ass?" around me. then i started drinking a lot and smoking a gang of weed to forget about my problem, which probably made it worse. i stayed in denial when i came back to school. having the desire to become more aware of what's going on in order to fix it has been pretty tough on me. hope i can get it figured out soon so i can live a normal life!