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Flatulence (Gas)

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Comment from: Bsholtz, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 03

I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease about 3 years ago, about the same time I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I am now in remission from the Crohn's, and the diabetes is under control with oral medications. That being said, since the Crohn's and diabetes it seems like one annoying and quite embarrassing and anxiety causing symptom has surfaced; frequent, forceful, and sometimes painful flatulence. I'm passing gas constantly, it seems. I take probiotics, Lactaid with dairy, and Beano with anything I think might make me gassy. I also take anti-gas pills fairly often. They don't always stink, but when they do, they could peel wallpaper. I'm always nervous when I'm in public that I'm going to 'sound off', and heaven forbid it's a stinky. I also take quite a lot of medications, for the Crohn's, diabetes, depression, and other issues. I wonder if I need to contact my gastroenterologist.

Comment from: Louise, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I just break wind quite often during the day; no odor at all, but embarrassment to me and others. I eat a fairly normal diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, no red meat, and usually a dessert (a dish of frozen yogurt or a piece of pie) for dinner. This flatulence has just started occurring in the past year (I will be 79 in one week).

Comment from: Phew, (Patient) Published: November 22

My problem started a year ago. I'm passing long loud gas every five minutes. I watch my diet so I know it's not that. I get up in the morning, I have a bottle of water, and it starts. So embarrassing. I also find it's with pain; left side just below ribs.

Comment from: CallBob, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 09

My flatulence started when I turned 65 years old and just will not stop. Also the stool has gone from firm to soft and yellowish, sometimes squirts out very messy in the bowl.

Comment from: dg12192013, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 27

I have flatulence every waking minute of the day, actually even in my sleep. Most of it is just air and does not smell, but other times I can clear a room in a second. I cannot figure out any correlation to any foods, drinks or medications. Other than that I do have gastroparesis, but I am tired of this embarrassment. I have tried almost everything but charcoal tablets which I am going to be trying next.

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 24

I wake up with gas and go to bed with it. I have gone to the doctor for my flatulence and have tried everything she recommended, but nothing works.

Comment from: capcat, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 26

I have had gas that is uncontrollable. I have been sick and certain medications cause a lot of gas as well. It is very embarrassing and smelly. I have tried Beano but it does not seem to work well enough.

Comment from: Sammy, Female (Patient) Published: April 29

I'm a student at University, just got a bursary after being at home for a year. I love myself and try by all means to take care of myself, but my problem is I smell of feces. This started a year ago, ruining my life. The smell then got stronger that it even smells from outside and someone that gets closer to me can smell. I couldn't even go to the toilet. Then I tried changing the foods I ate and visited a doctor, I still smell the same, now I pass gas a lot, but sometimes I don't feel like I'm passing gas. I have a working class mom, we live in a rented room, which she pays alone, and I've to eat what's available as I can't choose the food I want to eat, as she can't afford certain foods. I don't want to be a burden on her as she too is struggling to take care of both of us. I've resorted to not eating at all as I'm afraid I'll smell and embarrass myself more.

Comment from: Ynewjersey, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

Involuntary passing of foul smelling gas, made worse with carbohydrates, alcohol and sugar consumption, is a problem with my flatulence. Clean diet is not helping with the symptoms, I have slight discomfort in my pancreas area of stomach.

Comment from: Joanne, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: June 18

I think that when I eat cereal of any kind I get flatulent. I'm thinking it may be the milk I put in the cereal. It just seems it is more frequent when I have cereal; it may be the fiber. I must say I expel gas at least 20 to 25 times daily or more.

Comment from: thing50, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 10

I have had chronic flatulence for about 2 years now. I can literally break wind every 3 minutes and not just small ones too, I mean very long ones. It is almost amusing really sometimes as it just gets so ridiculous. I just don't know why I create so much gas, my diet isn't a gas inducing diet but I am very thin no matter what I eat so perhaps my body just isn't digesting the food properly. I don't know.

Comment from: adsa, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: April 04

I am facing severe condition related to flatus problem; disturbing odor smelling gas passes through my anus and disturbs my friends.

Comment from: nono, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I developed flatulence symptom recently. My kids and my husband also have this problem. I don't understand what the matter is. There is something in our diet may be that is causing flatulence. I really want some home remedies or medicine to reduce it. I will try this ginger tea.

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Johnson, D. A. "Belching, Bloating, and Flatus: Helping the Patient Who Has Intestinal Gas." Medscape. Oct 07, 2010.
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