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How To Get Rid Of Bloating And Gas
Simethicone: Avoid foods or increased amounts of food that seem to cause bloating. You can eliminate a food at a time to fingure this out. Otherwise, make sure that with meals, you take a simethicone containing medication to disperse the gas. You may need to slow down your eating and drinking. Often times, people swallow lots of air with rapid eating (swallowing) and drinking. Put fork down between bites. ...Read more
Funny: When no one home lie on stomach head down and hips up up up you really not only pass gas, fell comfort and would feel like want to go to toilet. Drink lot of woter. 1/4 tea spoonful epsolm salt in cup of water once a week. Add 5 prunes ANS 5figs to diel. Some times abdominal binder helps to relief. ...Read more
Time for simethicone: Many antacids work by neutralizing stomach acid. Some contain simethicone that helps break up gas bubbles in your stomach. One floats on top of acid so it "coats" as the acid is refluxed. Magnesium-containing ones can promote diarrhea; calcium-containing ones can increase acid! If gas bubbles pose a frequent problem, evaluation may be key to rule out causes, including delayed stomach emptying. ...Read more
Not easy: Some common sense advice- try drinking lots of liquids daily at least 6- 8 glasses of water, add some prune juice, try some over the counter stool softeners/ laxatives as needed. If constipation gets worse, you may need to see a GI doc. I guess some people just don't have a fast gastro-intestinal motility than others. Make it a habit to poop daily. Otherwise, you will be full of s_ _ _ so they say. ...Read more
No other disease?: Each person with constipation needs to be sure there is no other disease causing it. If constipation is just due to slow movement of the food and poop through the gut, then the things to try are vegetables, water, prune juice, prunes, fiber+water, Miralax, (polyethylene glycol) Senokot or other senna, milk of magnesia, other laxatives... A doctor can evaluate and prescribe helpful meds too. Exercise also helps. ...Read more
Abdominal bloating: There are lots of reasons (some quite concerning) for abdominal discomfort /bloating, but not all of them are due to the GI tract. Also, functional syndromes may be present without underlying inflammation or structural pathology. Check with your doctor for examination ; treatment options, particularly since your problem seems to be ongoing. Not pregnant, right? ...Read more
Lifestyle change +: Start with lifestyle changes that prevent relaxation of the sphincter between the stomach and esophagus. That includes avoiding spicy foods, tomato based foods, chocolates, mints, alcohol, nicotene, etc... Medications such as ppi may be needed. Longstanding heartburn consider undergoing an endoscopy to evaluate your esophagus. Talk to your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is this new?: If you are experiencing acid reflux or dyspepsia for the first time at age 64 you need to be evaluated by your doctor. If this is an ongoing problem for many years I would try taking ranitidine or omeprazole for 2 weeks along with a probiotic supplement. If that doesn't work, then see your doctor or gastroenterologist. ...Read more
Retained air post-CO: Air is used to inflate your colon & permit inspection during the colonoscopy procedure. During your recovery before discharge you will be encouraged to pass the air back out. This is accomplished by changing your position in bed, gentle abdominal pressure, & verbal encouragement to overcome your natural embarrassment at passing gas. Some air may persist for several hours--call for help if longer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If over a few days,: See a doc. It may not be anything serious, but if it is it can be very bad to let it go on for long. Becoming dehydrated is not at all a good idea and that can happen quickly. For the first day or two, you can try over-the-counter remedies (ask the druggist) and eat or avoid certain foods - eat bananas, blueberries, rice, toast, yogurt, tea - avoid dairy, fatty & sweet foods. But see a doc soon! ...Read more
Heartburn approaches: elevating head of bed, not wearing tight clothes that cinch the abdomen, avoiding meals late at night, waiting at least 3 hrs after a meal to lie down, eat smaller meals, maintain a healthy body weight, avoid smoking, avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, caffeine & carbonated beverages. Try acupuncture, hypnosis, ginger tea, relaxation exercises. See if specific foods are triggers such as chocolate, ...Read more
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