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Constantly gassy bowels?

Asked by kyleharzo (72points) November 2nd, 2011

My bowels are always making strange noises, and if I rub my belly, I can feel it vibrating.
There isn’t any abdominal pain, it’s just noisy. It’s been like this for three days and I get it on and off. I had it 2 years ago for about 4 months, possibly caused by anxiety, thinking about how embarrassing it is. I also had it a year ago for about a week, and a month ago for about a week.
There isn’t any pain, just gas, so I don’t think it’s IBS or an ulcer.

Please help. It’s interfering with my social life.

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Mariah's avatar

I would recommend keeping a food diary; see if there’s anything in particular that you’ve been eating around the times that this occurs. Could be that cutting out the culprit could solve the problem. If not, maybe try some Beano or something.

marinelife's avatar

Good idea^^. Also, I would try eating yogurt with active cultures.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Have you recently been on antibiotics? If yes, you should be taking probiotics.

zenvelo's avatar

So you have bobrygmus? Are you eating any differnetly when you get it? Higher fiber or more vegetables?

I second @Mariah‘s beano approach.

john65pennington's avatar

Buy a bottle of Beano and see what happens.

Stay away from beans and potatoes of any kind. Milk is also a gassy food.

deni's avatar

Taking a shot of ¼ tsp cayenne pepper in warm water will fix you up real quick down there. Trust me, I did it a few days ago. My bowels have never been so happy. But, if you think it’s an ulcer, maybe that’s not a good idea.

cazzie's avatar

I nearly just repeated what @SpatzieLover wrote about how antibiotics mess with the gut. There are over the counter remedies to try as well as the ‘special yoghurt’ preparations.

The Indians add a herb called hing to things that would otherwise cause gas, like lentils.

They also suggest cardamom taken straight (5 grams) with a glass of water.

Oh.. I found a link! ..... ‘Cardamom (Elaichi) is a highly useful home remedy. 5 gm of its powder can be taken with water. Take 5 gm each of fried asafoetida commonly known as hing (by frying in ghee, hing becomes pure), black salt (commonly known as Kalanamak) cardamom (Elaichi) and dry ginger known as sonth. Make fine powder, mix well and store in a clean bottle. ½ teaspoon of this powder can be given along with some lukewarm water 2 to 3 times a day which instantly gives relief from gas.’

kyleharzo's avatar

@Mariah Have you tried this method? It sounds like a lot of work.

Mariah's avatar

@kyleharzo Well I have a severe digestive disease, so I always have to do a lot of work to stay healthy. I’ve used the food diary many times. It’s not that much work, you just write down what you eat and if you feel unwell and after a while review it to see if there are any patterns.

kyleharzo's avatar

@Mariah Could I have what you have? Or is your disease more severe like with trouble pooping and farting?

Mariah's avatar

You would have pain and probably bleeding if you had what I have.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

The more anxious you are, the less happy and relaxed your digestion will be. The simplest way to enjoy a omnivore diet is to buy the lactose tablets like the Beano and generic versions. Some people don’t do well with a lot of starch/sugar in their diets, some don’t do well with dairy or high fibre vegie/fruits.

@Mariah‘s food diary suggestion is great, try it for a month and you’ll probably identify a few foods or combo’s that you can leave out.

kyleharzo's avatar

My dad has beano pills (or chewables I think). A couple questions:
What does beano taste like? Because it’s made of fish and I really don’t like the taste of fish, so I’m afraid it’ll upset my stomach even more.
When should I take beano? It says before a meal, but can I just take one before school and it’ll work the same?

Kardamom's avatar

Definitely try the food diary. There’s a possibility that you’ve developed a lactose intolerance, even if you were fine with dairy products in the past. Try cutting out the dairy products for a month and see if that has any effect.

Have you recently added any new things into your diet? Especially high fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables, or even a fiber supplement? When you try to add too much fiber into your system too quickly, like if you’ve been a big meat eater and you suddenly start eating more like a vegetarian, you can get a lot of gassy rumblings.

Beano is definitely worth a try, if you suspect that the gassiness is in fact coming from eating a lot more fiber containing foods, especially beans and the cruciferous veggies such as cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.

You might also have acid reflux, which generally involves a lot of rumblings and burping and farting, but usually has some burning pain involved, usually right around where your esophagus is, way up near the heart (hence the term heartburn). Heartburn can be caused by eating too much spicy food and too much fatty foods (meat, cheese, fried foods in particular) and you are more likely to get heartburn if you eat a big meal late in the evening right before you go to bed. Laying down to go to bed, or to take a nap, shortly after you eat a large fatty meal is also likely to cause heartburn.


Do you take a Probiotic? I do. I take Ultra Mega Acidophilus Tablets, one a day, after a meal. I used to have intestinal upsets all the time, but since I’ve been taking the Probiotic, my digestion has stablized quite a bit. Give it a try. If that doesn’t help, go see a doctor.

kyleharzo's avatar

I’ve been using tums. They help a little, but the discomfort still exists.

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