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What could cause someone uncomfortable gas if it's not food or drink?

Asked by poofandmook (17277points) June 24th, 2010

Lately I’ve been noticing that I feel gassy, but not the kind you can force out. I try to sort of wait it out, but I can’t ahem expel it, lol. The curiosity is that 9 times out of 10, I haven’t had anything to eat or drink in a few hours, and even when I did, it wasn’t what you would normally consider a gaseous food. No carbonated beverages or anything.. and today my last food was a small piece of cake around 3pm. Yet here it is 10:24, and I’m rather uncomfortable. The only way I’ve been able to get rid of it is by taking something.

I’m calling my doc tomorrow because this is getting annoying, but in the meantime, I’m interested to see what ideas you might have as to what the cause could be.

In other words, I’m not surrounded in any clouds of disgusting noxious fumes or anything. Hell, if I was, maybe I wouldn’t be so darned uncomfortable LOL

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Cruiser's avatar

Listen to your doc first and foremost. Your flora and fauna in your intestines could be out of whack and there are any number of reasons for that. If it helps any my oldest son had a bout of what you describe and probiotics got him back on track. Good luck!

gailcalled's avatar

Gall bladder issues.

Pandora's avatar

Chewing gum a lot.
Going for a long time without eating and then eating in a hurry and not properly chewing your food.
Possible sign of intestinal problems.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

A new medication could cause this if one of the side effects is gas.

Are you sure that it’s gas, or does it just feel like gas? Since you aren’t actually able to expel it, it may be a pain from another condition.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

How a person sleeps/snores can build gas as well as how they breathe, eat, drink and then there’s the effects of stress too.

nebule's avatar

Sugary foods….feed the yeast in your intestines which cause gas…cake = gas

Antibiotics also do this because they kill the good bacteria in the gut..leaving you gassy and smelly

Also it is important to eat often to keep your bowels moving..although having said that since I cut back on the amount I was eating the wind has died down…but do get very uncomfortable at times…

I suffer with this a lot…. big hugs it’s really painful at times xxx

CMaz's avatar

I don’t know about you, but I like to be gassy.

Not to myself:

Farting = No dates.

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

Cake that was made with too much baking power or baking soda can produce this effect.

If you have elevated blood sugar, the fermentation of yeasts from fresh fruit and baked products can lead significant gas production in the gut.

poofandmook's avatar

@Dr_Lawrence: Actually… I’m hypoglycemic. Funny you should mention that. My FBS in April was 45 lol

Neizvestnaya's avatar

When I was a kid then adults would offer water mixed with baking soda to cure stomach gas, I don’t remember if it worked well or not. Are baking soda biscuits and homemade tortillas to blame for tooters?

Dr_Lawrence's avatar

The problem with baking power or baking soda come up (no pun intended) when too much is added to the recipe so that there is some left over that gets activated when you consume the food it contains. This is rarely a problem with commercial goods. As long as the recommended amounts are used there should be no problem. The key is careful measurement and following the recipe correctly.

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