Hello,I'm new here and have had a terrible problem for many years (I'm afraid) and I didn't know it. As bad as it sounds, now that I look back on my life, people thought that I was extremely rude and insensitive. How embarassing. About five years ago I realized that I was passing very bad smelling gas, not a poot, but some really nasty stuff that could clear a room out. After that I have spent the last five years going from doctor to doctor. I've had ultrasounds, CT scans and MRI's. Still no answer. I've gone through three gastro docs and now I'm being seen at the UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill. I'm from Chicago and I never realized I had this problem there, my job was an outdoor job and it wasn't an issue, I guess. Now, I'm in sales and part of a very close team and it is horrible. This is my third job since coming here and I'm sure that my "problem" has a lot to do with that.I know that I am lactose intollerant and that I have had a bacteria overgrowth. I took antibiotics a couple of times to stop the bacteria. I've had several colonoscopies and endoscopies, all finding nothing unusual but a small tear near my rectum that comes and goes. I had a fissuer when I was about twenty and I am forty-two now. The doctor actually cut it open and it healed back up. I remember when I had it that it would leak before the surgery and I could feel gas bubbles going through it. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars that I didn't have and have just now paid off all of my doctor's bills and still have no answer. I didn't eat for days and still had constant gas, almost like fermenting (sounds crazy). When I did the colonoscopy, I had all kinds of gas when my girlfriend was driving me to the doctor's office that morning. I hadn't eaten or drank or consumed anything for a day or two and I was cleaned out.???? I go days now without eating or eating only rice and only drinking water and I still have this stench.I'm going back to UNC in a couple of months for an appointment. These people are the very best. My son had some stomach problems about eight years ago and we ended up there with him. They immediately diagnosed his problem and he is doing great now. They gave me Align and an anxiety medication. I'm now having some reflux and indigestion, so I'm taking some over the counter stuff for that.I need some help. I'm going to ask them to really take a look at me again. If it is surgery, gall bladder removal... Some people say that the liver or gall bladder could be cause the foul gas that I have. My co-workers hate me, it is the most helpless feeling in the world. It is hard to explain this to people because they assume that I am acting like a child and farting on people. I can't smell it everytime, as a matter of a fact I hardly ever smell it, but everyone else does. I never feel it leave me, I never know when it happens other than if I happen to smell it.I don't go to church anymore (how rude to fart in church), I don't go to parties, overnight conventions, fishing trips, golfing trips, my life is over other than at home where I have a wonderful family. But, they don't understand it either. To say that I'm at the end of my rope is not an accurate characterization of my situation. I would do anything for help. I've wondered about those bags, but the origin of the gas must be addressed, I would think. I've had this problem for a long time, I guess the people that have been around me all these years really didn't want to hurt my feelings or just thought that I was an ###### and was doing it intentionally.