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Excessive Gas Following Colectomy
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
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
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
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
What should I do about excessive gas I have been experiencing more than my usual amount of gas for about three weeks
Yes: Bloating is one of the signs of lactose intolerance along with abdominal pains, diarrhea. ...Read more
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
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
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
Hello, I've been suffering from excessive gas and flatulence since June 2015. What can I do to recover my health?
Was suffering severely with excessive gas and bloating. Started using beclac fortz, one daily, how, how long to take and when.
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
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
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
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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