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I have a hard time in passing gas at times. l have read someplace to eat more and

that will help with passing gas! l really find that hard to believe! Does anyone know anything about this?

Thank you for your replies

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Hi lYNNET. Maybe they meant eat more fiber? Eating more food in general might be dangerous and cause even more gas and discomfort. Certain foods cause gas, like beans, onions, garlic, broccoli, and other cruciferous vegetables. Eating more fiber and drinking more water can help things move through. Gentle exercise can, too.

Have you figured out the root cause of your IBS? There is usually a cause to be discovered and treated. Slow metabolism from thyroid disease, bacterial or candida GI tract infection, Coeliac Disease, Crones Disease, parasites (even microscopic ones found in water), food sensitivities to gluten or other foods are some of the things can all cause IBS.

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Thank you so much for your reply! l had a colonscopy little over 3 years ago. They found nothing wrong and they labeled it IBS of course. Had a CT scan last year and nothing has been found either. They did find a fractered pelvis which they said will heal in time unless l had problems. But haven't had any problems. l have been like this with gas problems off and on for a while! l do take Linzess for constipation and that helps a great deal with constipation. But gas problems is something else!

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You're welcome. Yes, gas problems probably is something else. Did you have a Coeliac and Crones biopsy during the colonoscopy? Or a Coeliac blood tests? How about a stool test, which tests for bacteria, parasites, and fungus?

I had IBS. Two things cured it. First was finding out I have a thyroid disease, treating that and getting my thyroid hormones up where they should be. My symptoms improved a lot after my levels were really good. The other thing was found in a stool test. I had a microscopic parasite that is found in water. I treated that and the remaining symptoms went away.

Gut problems are very common with thyroid disease. Abdominal pains, diarrhea, constipation and some times gas.

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Thanks so much for your reply....They ran all sorts of blood work when l had the colonscopy and CT SCAN. They never mentioned it at all. lm seeing a different gastro this week and l'm going to talk with him about this. l am just tired of doctors! I'm beyond myself really. I know for lunch l had quite a lot of chicken nuggets, fries and bread. l've ate this before and didn't bother me then. Sometimes l feel like not eating at all!

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Fries, chicken nuggets, etc. can all cause problems. For a start, try a healthier diet. Fried foods can cause gas and other problems.

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Eating more could help if you're not eating enough. I find it hard to eat because of my symptoms but obviously being hungry does make your tummy 'rumble'! Just try to eat things that are easy to digest - soups and smoothies are helpful if you struggle with your appetite.

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Thank claire-louise for your reply! l think l will go back eating yogart soups! l try and eat more because of taking linzess! l did finally pass gassed early hours of this morning. Finally got up and took IBGard and helped start the process. A lot of time it does not help at all! Sometimes makes it worse! But it worked this time and l am so glad too! Thank you for your reply too!

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Probiotics are very good for c I am trying them now. OptiBac have lots of info. Start at the weekend or when off work then once every other day at first. I try Max strength one. I am hypothyroid too. I have gas as well. Do not eat anything eggy though as I find this makes the egg gas worse. The constipation is sorted. You could try Yakult every other day too.

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Thanks so much alice marsh for your reply! l stopped eating eggs quite sometime ago because of the gas problems and bloat. Always boiled them too. Loved them too! Long time ago IBS started off with bad spasms when l ate! I just stopped eating because of it! Lost so much weight my GP stared talking to me about don't do that! He was worried and l was too, and somehow l started trying to eat again! Things like this bloating and hard to pass gas l just feel like l don't want to eat anymore! l will see my my gastro this week and talk with him about this too! Thanks Again

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Strange what triggers IBS, I can eat eggs for England without any problems. just as well as that was one of the staple foods on the low residue diet. Now I am on low fibre I don't eat quite so many, though I did have loads when on holiday last week.

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Have you ever heard of pelvic floor dysfunction? Have been dealing with gas pains and constipation for over 7 years, been though multiple tests. Finally went to a rectal surgeon and found this out. This may be something you want to ask about.

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crazyat50 l will talk to the gastro about this too! l'm writing the different test down so l can take these with me to ask him! I appreciate everyones suggestions and l'm so glad this site is here! l appreciate all the replies too!

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To be more specific the Dr. called my issue, Levator Syndrome, which is supposedly very common in mostly women, ages 30 - 60. Mine started at age 50 and it took 7 almost 8 years to get some kind of diagnosis. Good luck.

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HI, may I ask what your symptoms were& how Levator Syndrome was diagnosed, please? Thanks in advance.

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I finally made myself go to a rectal surgeon and this discovered through an exam. The muscle in the anus is so tight it will not let anything out. I actually went to 2 rectal surgeons, one said surgery or botox injection and the other referred me to physical therapy for the pelvic floor. I have not gone yet but do plan on making an appointment. This is all so embarrassing.

I searched Levator Syndrome on this web site and there are other things to read about this. I am new to this diagnosis myself, so you may want to do more research also. Good luck!

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Thanks for your prompt reply!I've had a Rectocele op which did nothing for my abdominal/pelvic pain. I too have been referred for physical therapy at Uro/Gynae dept this coming June.(desperate for a diagnosis & or pain relief(pain clinic just keep upping painkillers which do not work!)Best of luck!

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Thanks Again tigga....l do apprecitate your reply too! l do get so stressed out trying to eat a lot of the times. The only thing l take is part of a benytl and a lot of the times will not help with things like yesterday! l do need the luck for sure! :)

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Hi Lynnette,

As a Registered Nutritional Therapist I see this a lot and I always look for root cause resolution. You may want to consider small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth (SIBO). This condition can cause a lot of gas due to elevated levels of either hydrogen or methane or both.

Good luck!

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Thanks Helenbperks for your reply! l do appreciate it! l will be going to my new Gastro

this week! l am going to talk to him about my stomach and all the gas problems that l have!

Making a list of everything so l will cover it all! He's the one who ran the colonscopy some years ago.

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Good luck and let me know how you get on.

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Hi

I have functional gut disorder/ibs and Crohn's also last colonoscopy showed the start of diverticulitis.

I take a goodprobiotic really helps me its called quest mega 8 biotix its a capsule you take 1 or 2 daily with food.

I find I get episodes of very painful wind too its very difficult as for me it sometimes feels like the start of cramps before I need the loo urgently. I find taking simeticone tablets helps also called wind settlers. I buy them over the counter but you could ask your doctor if you could try them. They help ease the pain of trapped wind and seem to help pass it a bit easier. Another thing that helps me if its very bad is laying flat on the bed for a while it seems a change of position makes it easier too.

I have also gone mostly dairyfree and have very little gluten/wheat in my diet which helps a lot.

Hope this helps

Take care x

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Thanks so much for your reply! l do have bread for lunch and toast for breakfast to get things moving for the linzess too! l just know this yesterday and last night has taken a toll on me! l don't think l have suffered such a terrible time in a long time like yesterday and last night!

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Hi I think perhaps it was "eat more fibre" not eat more! Try bran, its very cheap. Available at Holland and Barratt.

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Thanks Eastbourne11 l do appreciate your reply too! the first gastro l had... said l ate to much fiber which l do not believe! i try and watch the fiber intake since l have lbs.

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I know where you are coming from about not wanting to eat as it brings on the gas and bloating. I found that a low fibre diet works for me. I didn't find out until I was on the five day low residue diet before my colonoscopy. By the second day I was pain/gas/bloating free, what a revelation.

After the colonoscopy I adjusted the low residue diet to a low fibre diet. These past few days I have added other foods to the diet, trying to work out which could be the culprits. While on holiday recently I bought a prawn mayo sandwich on malted bread. No problems at all. Two days later 'himself' picked up the healthy eating option. Within the hour I was in agony, which lasted most of the evening and night. The bread was oatmeal, so obviously oats are out, as is wholemeal and bread with seeds.

Have you tried live yogurt? I did wonder if half my problems could be caused by the flora and fauna in my gut. I am not saying it has worked, but the extra foods I have added that were potential hazards, have caused no ill effects............. tastes nice anyway. ;)

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