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I have woken up with severe stomach cramps and gas each night and morning for a while now, what could be causing this and how do I make it stop? Its ruining my sleep. Thank you.

I have woken up with severe stomach cramps and gas each night and morning for a while now, what could be causing this and how do I make it stop? Its ruining my sleep. Thank you.

Food: Take metamucil 1 tablespoon with a full glass of water at dinner time.
Stop eating all processed foods like cereals, crackers, bread, chips etc. These get digested very quickly and the bacterial use the sugars for food with the byproduct of gas. Stop carbonated beverages. If that fails see your internal medicine specialist. ...Read more

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Sleep is a topic that involves concepts such as how long it takes to fall asleep, how many times one wakes up at night, how many hours one sleeps at night, sleep stages, ...Read more


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What gas is used in hospitals to make you fall sleep?

What gas is used in hospitals to make you fall sleep?

Anaesthetics: Volatile anaesthetics may include medications like desflurane, isoflurane & sevoflurane which may be combined with nitrous oxide to induce a deep sleep state. ...Read more

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Can you please explain the gas they use to put patients to sleep?

Can you please explain the gas they use to put patients to sleep?

Several: The most common are ethers like isoflurane, desflurane, and sevoflurane and nitrous oxide. There are others but not commonly used because of expense or need for sophisticated equipment. ...Read more

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When I sleep on my left side I find I get really bad gas on my right side. When I turn, I can pass it. Why?

Easy answer!: Think of a glass of soda--fizz rises to the top, right? This happens with air in your gut. As you see from colon anatomy, there is a left (descending) & right (ascending) part of the colon. Turning onto your left side allows right colon to fill with air (the "bad gas" you're experiencing); turning onto your right side moves gas to left colon which permits easy passage of it thru the rectum nearby. ...Read more

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Hi I've been experiencing dizziness, gas buildup and numbness for the past 2 weeks. It starts in the evening, and can't sleep.?

Hi I've been experiencing dizziness, gas buildup and numbness for the past 2 weeks. It starts in the evening, and can't sleep.?

Nonspecific symptoms: These are nonspecific symptoms that could have many possible causes. A detailed medical interview and exam are needed to start sorting it all out. Good luck. ...Read more

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Why dose why body create odor when I sleep, I sleep naked except underwear? I find when I am laying down I pass gas as well why?

Why dose why body create odor when I sleep, I sleep naked except underwear? I find when I am laying down I pass gas as well why?

Normal: The increase in body odor may be due to sweating while you sleep. Also, your digestive system is more active at night, which can cause an increase amount of gas. ...Read more

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My breastfed five month old keeps waking up from gas, what can I do to help ease his discomfort and have him sleep more than an hour at a time?

My breastfed five month old keeps waking up from gas, what can I do to help ease his discomfort and have him sleep more than an hour at a time?

Probiotic: You have probably already tried mylocon drops (simethicone). They can help a little. Try a probiotic such as bio gaia or jarodophilus (buy at health food store or on line). Can also try yobaby yogurt. If stools are firm/pasty then treat for constipation. ...Read more

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My 6week old is having v smelly runny poos v smelly gas and has been quite unsettled the last few days, not sleeping well? Could this be his formula?

My 6week old is having v smelly runny poos v smelly gas and has been quite unsettled the last few days, not sleeping well? Could this be his formula?

Possibly: If you have been using the same formula since baby was born and are mixing it the same way, it's unlikely it's his formula. However, if something has changed, from formula type to the water you use to whether you use powder vs ready-to-feed, it could affect him. As likely, though, is that he may have a little stomach bug. If vomits, use a feeding of pedialyte, but if persists, call your peddoc! ...Read more

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My stomach grumbles all the time especially when I'm in class and when I lay down to sleep at night. One reason for this may be because I feel very ga?

My stomach grumbles all the time especially when I'm in class and when I lay down to sleep at night. One reason for this may be because I feel very ga?

Gas: Hi TPierce,
Sorry to hear you are feeling uncomfortable. I hope I am interpreting your usage of the word "grumbling" correctly, but it is a normal thing to feel and merely indicates that your intestines are contracting or moving — as they should. If you are having "gas", there are ways to change your eating habits to minimize it. Here is an article for more info.

http://wb.md/2hNY0Na ...Read more

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My baby is heaving gas problem he is not sleeping crying a lot please tell me any solution his age is 1 n half n tell me gasi foods to avoid?

My baby is heaving gas problem he is not sleeping crying a lot please tell me any solution his age is 1 n half n tell me gasi foods to avoid?

So called "colic" : Is the first sign of oxidative stress that involves the brain, making him irritable. He badly needs some vitamins and you may have to change the diet, particularly stop sugar. ...Read more

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1960's, as a child I recall at the dentist a horrible smelling sleeping gas (ether?), unpleasant way to be put out. Does current anesthesia feel better

1960's, as a child I recall at the dentist a horrible smelling sleeping gas (ether?), unpleasant way to be put out. Does current anesthesia feel better

Progress: It's been half a century. Cars have changed. Tv's no longer black and white. Gall bladder surgery is done through a 1" incision. And dental anesthesia has come light years. ...Read more

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Since last 1 wk whenever I eat gas(acidity) is forming and there is a slight pain in the stomach. Due to this not able to sleep. What's the issue?

GERD: Gerd is common and can disrupt sleep, sleep apnea also increases gerd but your onset is just 1 week, r/o h pylori, sleep apnea etc. ...Read more

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What can cause severe gas buildup when. Sleeping? I wake up 2-3 times a week in agony. Gas meds make it worse. I have diagnosis of IBS and gasrtrioparisis

What can cause severe gas buildup when. Sleeping? I wake up 2-3 times a week in agony.  Gas meds make it worse. I have diagnosis of IBS and gasrtrioparisis

See Gastroenterologi: Your ibs. And gastroparesis may be the cause of excessive gas accumulation and causes pain. Get a gastroenterology consult. Meanwhile, have very small but frequent meals instead of 2-3 meals a day, increase your fiber intake. ...Read more

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I have a burning in my mid abdomen. I can't sleep at night and have had really bad gas. What should I do?

Lactose intolerance: Lactose intolerance, if female gb disease, acidity relate..... H pylori infection, diverticulosis/ colitis may be in play. See pmd for correlation and treatment. ...Read more

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I am super afraid of needles and I have to have an iv to put me to sleep for surgery. What can I expect can they give me laughing gas while they do it?

I am super afraid of needles and I have to have an iv to put me to sleep for surgery. What can I expect can they give me laughing gas while they do it?

Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) & clear cover: ~1 prior to planned IV likely=better option; greatly reduces local skin sensation; primary basis of discomfort. However, will need to plan & persistently request/insist on this in advance else rarely done or Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) on hand plus must be applied to planned IV location & kept in position for about an hour prior using a clear cover; Opsite or clear plastic like food wrap. Or: http://www.cmedintl.com ...Read more

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Getting laughing gas for dental procedure and I am scared about the gas, will it put me right to sleep or make me feel high I don't like feeling spaced?

Getting laughing gas for dental procedure and I am scared about the gas, will it put me right to sleep or make me feel high I don't like feeling spaced?

See below: Nitrous oxide/oxygen inhalation is a safe and effective technique when administered by trained personnel on carefully selected patients. It has both analgesia/anxiolysis effects (the gas works by elimination of pain and anxiety in a conscious patient). Nitrous oxide is absorbed rapidly, allowing for both rapid onset and recovery (about 2-3 minutes). ...Read more

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My 6 month old sleeps 1-3 hours and wakes up crying. I have to hold her upright to sleep. We tried gas drops, gripe water, now chamomille tea. Now what?

My 6 month old sleeps 1-3 hours and wakes up crying. I have to hold her upright to sleep. We tried gas drops, gripe water, now chamomille tea. Now what?

Check her ears: "Jack-in-the-box" syndrome is often seen in kids w/ ear infection or ear pain. After being down for 90min, they pop up screaming. Then ear pressure is reduced & they return to sleep only to repeat the cycle all night or w/each nap. Reflux is certainly also possible for the same reason. Pressure in the head and stomach build when lying flat. Check in with your pediatrician. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between being put to sleep and laughing gas during a dental procedure?

Laughing gas: Great question! Laughing gas is nitrous oxide which has a good safety profile at the concentrations used in dental offices. This means you are sedated, you will continue to breath, arouse to verbal stimulus, but generally be plenty relaxed for your procedure. General anesthesia is usually a combination of anesthetics which renders you unarousable and commonly a need to assist with breathing. ...Read more

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In the week leading up to my period, I sleep less soundly, feel vry tired & have digestive issues (gas, bloat, etc.) Why? Anything I can do to fix?

In the week leading up to my period, I sleep less soundly, feel vry tired & have digestive issues (gas, bloat, etc.) Why? Anything I can do to fix?

Would recommend: Would recommend improved sleep hygiene and a low FOD-MAP diet, particularly during the period you identify as predictably problematic. Please see my HealthTap answers relative to both recommendations. ...Read more

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I may have a parasite but am unsure. I recently swam in a natural spring and ever since have had gas, constant hunger, anxiety, trouble sleeping.

I may have a parasite but am unsure.  I recently swam in a natural spring and ever since have had gas, constant hunger, anxiety, trouble sleeping.

Possible: And most likely giardia if true. Would expect associated diarrhea. Your doctor would want to ask more questions, as the association with swimming could easily be coincidental. There are tests to confirm and treatment would be available. ...Read more

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Ileocolectomy 1 wk ago. Pain is unbearable last 2 days — not incision but epigastric sharp, constant gas pain. BM's normal. No vomit. Affecting sleep.

Call your surgeon.: It is not usual to have pain as bad as what you are describing a week out from that surgery. I don't know the reason for the pain, but it is likely that the surgeon might want to have a look at your abdomen to be sure all is okay. Good luck. ...Read more

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My LO is 4 weeks old and she is grunting and straining all night and all day. When I put her to sleep she is fine for one hour but after that she starts grunting and straining. I tried giving her gas drops and gripe water but I guess this helped only for

May be her normal: Infants often make odd sounds and seem to strain in the usual course of their day. If she is feeding, sleeping, stooling and growing okay I would not assume she is in pain. If the process bothers you enough, have her doc examine her to see if there are any issues to treat, if not, let her be. ...Read more

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How does sleep apnea affect arterial blood gas?

How does sleep apnea affect arterial blood gas?

Can temporarily lower 02: When someone is having apnea they stop breathing and this can cause a decrease in the blood oxygen and an increase in the blood carbon dioxide. Once they start breathing again usually this corrects itself fairly quickly. ...Read more

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Feel nauseous today, stomach cramps and gas as well. I only got one hour of sleep and usually get 10-12 hours. This the cause?

Feel nauseous today, stomach cramps and gas as well. I only got one hour of sleep and usually get 10-12 hours. This the cause?

Yes: Sleep is very important and lack of sleep can definitely cause the issues you describe. Get back to sleeping your full night and this should resolve. ...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