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50 yr old female born with Hirschprung's.At 48, I had a transverse total colectomy. Still have issues w/ inflammation & gas. Would probiotics help me?

50 yr old female born with Hirschprung's.At 48, I had a transverse total colectomy. Still have issues w/ inflammation & gas. Would probiotics help me?

Qualified Yes: "Good bacteria" or probiotics are essential to colon health and good for the immune system. Somebody with a long medical history like yours is likely to have used a lot of antibiotics, and those devastate the good with the bad bacteria. It makes sense to restore normal bacterial flora. I cannot say whether it will resolve your complaints, but it is something to consider. Work with your doctor. ...Read more

Gas (Definition)

In a medical context, "having gas" refers to having too much gas in the bowels. This causes burping, cramps in the belly, ...Read more


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What can cause uncontrollable, excessive gas?

What can cause uncontrollable, excessive gas?

Certain: Foods and vegetables like beans, lactose intolerance, constipation and bacterial overgrowth ...Read more

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How do I cure irregularity and excessive gas?

How do I cure irregularity and excessive gas?

Gas: I would ask what type of foods are you eating? How much fiber are you taking everyday in your diet?
Also, make sure you are digesting your food well. Chew your food at least 20 - 30 times before swallowing. Take your time when you are eating. Slow down and enjoy your food! ...Read more

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What causes excessive gas? And is it unhealthy?

What causes excessive gas? And is it unhealthy?

Gas cause by foods: Excessive gas is most often caused by certain foods such as leafy veggies. It is not unhealthy. Increasing fiber in your diet may be helpful. ...Read more

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What do I have if my symptoms are excessive gas?

What do I have if my symptoms are excessive gas?

Need more info: There are many causes of excessive flatus, the most common chronic causes simply being drinking carbonated drinks followed by lactose intolerance, ingestion of beans or sulfa containing foods, etc. There are many other causes, most of which are benign and can be corrected through dietary modifications; a few causes are serious, and if you are worried, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm suffering from excessive gas and discomfort, what to do?

I'm suffering from excessive gas and discomfort, what to do?

Flatulence problem?: Flatulence neither localizes your problem to small or large bowel, nor indicates severity or cause. You have described a gut that may be dysfunctional due to infection, sibo, motility problems, inflammation, ibs, ischemic disease, maldigestion, sphincter problem, or food intolerance. If the latter check low fodmap diet restrictions: stanfordhospital. Org/.../nutrition/dh-low-fodmap-diet-handout. Pdf ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between excessive gas, and a healthy amount?

Gas: If you are continually passing gas rectally and have no difficulty passing it, I would consider that as having excessive gas. If you have frequent abdominal bloating and are unable to pass the gas rectally, you may not be forming excessive gas, but have a problem with gas entrapment in which case drinking hot water helps break it down. Taking simethicone after meals prevents gas buildup. ...Read more

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What should I do about excessive gas I have been experiencing more than my usual amount of gas for about three weeks

Diet change: Often times, excess gas is related to a change in diet such as eating more undigestible foods, excess carbonated beverages, sugar free gum. You should look for any dietary change and see if restricting that food improves your gas. ...Read more

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Could having excessive gas be a sign of pregnancy?

Could having excessive gas be a sign of pregnancy?

Not: Excessive gas could be a sign of lactulose intolerance, constipation, bacterial overgrowth and diverticuolosis. ...Read more

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Can an intolerance to lactose cause excessive gas?

Can an intolerance to lactose cause excessive gas?

Yes: Bloating is one of the signs of lactose intolerance along with abdominal pains, diarrhea. ...Read more

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What can cause excessive gas with really bad smell?

Various things: This can be with seen with change in diet or a food intolerance such as lactose intolerance. If there is accompanying foul smelling stools/diarrhea, then causes such as gluten sensitive enteropathy (celiac disease), irritable bowel syndrome, various infections of the GI tract, or IBD (Crohns and/or Ulcerative colitis) should be considered. This a relatively non-specific symptom. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned due to excessive gas? It didn't start until I had my daughter 3 yrs ago and seems to be getting worse

Watch your diet: Beans and similar lentiels produce excessive gas. Take Reglan (metoclopramide) 10 mg, one tablet (metochlopramide) at night for 3 weeks. It will help. ...Read more

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Can IBS cause excessive gas?

Can IBS cause excessive gas?

Yes: One of the typical symptoms of ibs is bloating along with irregular bowel habits. ...Read more

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How long does it take for probiotics to work for bad or excessive gas?

How long does it take for probiotics to work for bad or excessive gas?

Uncertain: Probiotics may or may not help with "gas". I assume you
are referring to passing gas per rectum (flatus). Scientists are just starting to understand the human intestinal microbiome. The various probiotics all have different compositions. Which is the best is uncertain. The most important thing for a healthy microbiome is to eat a very healthy organic diet see: http://bit. Ly/23X5fRT *see comments ...Read more

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Hello, I've been suffering from excessive gas and flatulence since June 2015. What can I do to recover my health?

Hello, I've been suffering from excessive gas and flatulence since June 2015. What can I do to recover my health?

Recover health: You did not provide any age!
That said, you must see your Gynecologist as soon as you can.

Please keep me informed! ...Read more

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What supplements can help reduce bad smelling and excessive gas? I've changed my diet but also want a supplement that helps.

Excessive gas: Taking simethicone based medications after meals helps prevent gas buildup. Taking activated charcoal reduces foul odor of intestinal gas. Also learn which foods cause postprandial gas in your case. ...Read more

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Lately I'm having excessive gas attacks. Especially during the night. However when I take a probiotic it gets better. What is the probable cause?

Lately I'm having excessive gas attacks. Especially during the night. However when I take a probiotic it gets better. What is the probable cause?

Feeling gassy...: Feeling full of "gas" may reflect malabsorption of food (like gluten, lactose), intake of poorly digested food, or choosing foods known to promote gas (beans, fizzy drinks). Sometimes its more complicated--a stomach emptying too slowly, bacterial overgrowth syndrome, delayed intestinal function, partial obstruction from any cause, infection, rectum problems, and pelvic pathology outside the gut. ...Read more

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My son is 16 years old and has an excessive amount of gas he poops 3 to 4 times a day and has so much gas. Poops 3 to 4 times a day excessive gas?

Diet diary: Keep a diet diary for two weeks and see if you can pinpoint the food that is causing his problem, if no solution make an appointment with a gastroenterologist. ...Read more

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Can drinking too much water cause excessive gas?

Can drinking too much water cause excessive gas?

Too much water: It would be highly unlikely to get "gas " from drinking too much water. You certainly might belch. I don't want to presume but there's really no reason to over hydrate oneself as the excess water is almost immediately passed out through the kidney. ...Read more

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How can I replenish digestive enzymes if I have had excessive gas?

How can I replenish digestive enzymes if I have had excessive gas?

Probiotic vitamins: Limit carbonated soda and fatty, fried goods from your diet. Start taking probiotic vitamins. Eat more fruit, fiber, and green leafy vegetables. ...Read more

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It's seven weeks since I quit smoking. I'm suffering from excessive gas formation. How long will my body take to correct it?

It's seven weeks since I quit smoking. I'm suffering from excessive gas formation. How long will my body take to correct it?

May be unrelated: I am not aware of any correlation between stopping smoking and excessive gas. Have your eating habits changed since you quit? Good for you for quitting, though. It is the single most beneficial thing you can do to improve your health. ...Read more

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Hi my age is 31. these days feeling excessive gas and pain too. I have a habit of drinking water while having food. So can plz help me.

Hi my age is 31. these days feeling excessive gas and pain too. I have a habit of drinking water while having food. So can plz help me.

Lost Your Marbles?: It may be you're swallowing a lot of air with the water. Try using a straw and see if that works. If not then maybe you are sensitive to certain foods: dairy, or crucifers, or legumes, or gluten, or wallpaper glue, or marbles. Look up each of these (except the last two) and see if there is a pattern in your eating, then eliminate those foods. Also look up 'Beano' and 'Lactaid' for beans or dairy. ...Read more

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I have been having excessive gas daily for three months. I have been eating like normal, but have been craving milk. Could I be pregnant?

Not good predictors: Atlhough increased flatulence can occur with pregnancy - excessive gas is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy. Neither is craving milk. If you have been missing periods - the best thing to do is to take a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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What can be the cause of persistant, excessive gas? No known food or drug allergies, no predictable pattern. Worse in the morning when I wake up.

Talk w/your doctor: Talk with your own doctor about this -- but you may have some food intolerances or even some bacterial overgrowth in your gut creating excess gas in their activities. These bacteria (many of which are friendly to us) need to be in balance. Overnight they can be digesting up a gassy storm. You may benefit from a good probiotic taken daily for awhile to help your gut's "good" bacteria win. ...Read more

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My bm has decreased to only about once a week. I have excessive gas and pain associated with that every once in awhile. Should I let my doctor know?

YES: You are constipated and that is not healthy. See your doctor. You can also stop dairy (it can be constipating) and gluten (can cause gas and abdominal pain) and increase your p fruits (peach pear plum prune pineapple papaya pumpkin pomegranate and peas) and see if that helps. ...Read more

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Colectomy (Definition)

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