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Please don't laugh, but I really do need some help

Saturday, February 23, 2013

I get it's funny, but not so much. Not today.

Last night I ended up in the ER. We ate supper. Within a half hour it felt like I ate a little too much. Instead of getting better, it got worse. My abdomen distended - my hubby couldn't believe it. It looked like I was pregnant. Almost full term. I couldn't sit. Pain was incredible.

We went into the hospital.

After an hour or two of investigating, they took some x-rays. It was trapped gas. Not a little. My entire bowel was FULL. I was actually crying from the pain.

Anyhow, they drained it.

The doctor told me to come and see him if this is a recurring issue for me. It is. It explains all the pain I've been in for the past month or so.

The problem is, I have no idea what I can eat now. I've had to give up all gluten containing foods for the damage it's causing to my small intestines. I haven't been able to digest pork in years either.

I asked the doctor last night and have done some research this morning. Apparently fruit and veggies cause excessive gas.

So what in the heck am I supposed to eat? Seriously? My main dietary staple used to be breads and cereals. I can't even eat gluten free cereals - it causes gas.

I don't know if I have it in me to solve this one. I'm so exhausted this morning. The pain was incredible.

I'm looking for help in solving this one.

What foods or food combinations do you eat that cause you excessive gas?
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    I had the same issue a few years ago. I had been diagnosed with IBS/spastic colon as they referred to it oh, 30 years ago. Anyway, at that time they gave me anti-spasmotics and couldn't eat greens or tomatoes. Everything else was fine. I had spent many nights heading to the hospital. One time they were going to take out my appendix. After a few years of medications and finally just deteriming tha I didn't want to be walking around like a zombie, it kind of subsided on it's own. I was in pain sometimes but most was just discomfort. It wasn't until I had my gall bladder removed that I can say I was no longer having the pain or discomfort.

    About three years ago I visited a nutriionist on a special offer. I was amazed to find out that I many of my issues were caused by hypothyroid although none of them were gastro related but the tests showed an intolerance to gluten, soy and radishes. Of all things, radishes. Anyway, one month without them along with some herbal/homeopathic things, I felt at the least 90% better. I did have a colonoscopy and an upper GI done with no negative results. I definatley would see a GI doc and think about a nutritionist. Honestly, I thought it was a bunch of hogwash when I first went but I can't knock the results. I go every 3 or 4 months now and for the most part, just vitamins and minerals and every once in a while an intolerance shows up.

    Herbal teas are good and I used to take something called Gaviscon. Not sure if thats still on the market as it has been many years. That worked for the bloating and gas.

    Best to find out whether there is a medical issue that can be diagnosed and the food journal is a good suggestion.

    I hope you will find relief soon.

    1789 days ago
  • ROSIE777
    emoticon my sweet friend
    1789 days ago
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    Hope you are better soon.
    1790 days ago
    Well I feel for you because I've been in a similar place for the past 3 years. The doctor here said I had IBS as well as type 2 diabetes. I have very conflicting diet programs for those diseases! There is a wonderful chart called a FODMAP at the blog in the link below. FODMAP stands for the chemicals that the intestines have difficulty digesting

    This lady Cassandra Forsythe is from Australia I think. She has both foods that shouldn't be eaten or at the very least tested, and then some that are on the ok list. That's a wonderfully helpful list. I discovered that the one food on her list that wasn't on anyone else's list anywhere that I really really reacted to was onions. Now I have eaten onions every day of my life up until last summer when I read her list. Excluding onions, onion powder, and onion salt has cut my attacks down from 3 a day to 2 a week. it is WONDERFUL LOL. It's a pain reading all the labels for onion additives but it really has made a difference. Yesterday I had a hamburger and forgot to tell them to not put any mayonnaise on it and yup, had one bite and ended up in the bathroom 20 minutes later. On the upside I can't have whole wheat breads or breads with seed in them but I can have white bread. Thank you universe!

    Now, I know that you probably don't have IBS but if you live in an area like ours where a specialists appointment can take a minimum of 6 months, it might be helpful to consider some of the choices on the chart in order to give yourself ideas for elimination processes.

    Good luck.
    1790 days ago
    You said that you've cut out gluten - have you had a food sensitivities test done? It can help you recognize what the trouble foods might be, and help you avoid the worst of them.

    This may not be the issue, but have you started taking supplements and/or drinking teas to help nourish your digestive system? A daily probiotic might help, and a nutritionist or doctor might be able to tell you what else to take.

    Two things that work for me are vinegar and brewers yeast. I try to take a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar every morning, and mix in a teaspoon of brewers yeast in a smoothie at least a couple of times a week.

    I had a lot of digestive issues last year, they finally said it was IBS. I've been drinking nettle tea at night, taking a probiotic every morning, trying to get in the vinegar and yeast, and avoiding gluten as well. Most of the symptoms have eased now, but it seems like you're situation is worse than mine was so I'm not sure if this will be enough!

    Good luck, I hope you feel better soon!
    1790 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 12:52:43 PM
    1791 days ago
    Wow, there are 39 people before me all trying to help you, & no-one's laughing....
    I feel for you, there is some great advice, get to a GI Doc ASAP.....that's my advice....otherwise a dietician....and the elimination diet.......
    I will add you into my prayers for a great outcome, Rose......
    I wish you the best.....

    And, good on all you Sparklers for coming through for Rose, all 39 of are the best!!

    Love & Light'

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    1791 days ago
    I am gonna go with another Sparker... get professional advice -- this is not a exercise or diet issue - this is your LIFE issue - you need to find a GI DR that you can trust & help you.

    Good Luck!
    1791 days ago
    Girl, I feel for you! This is something us IBS sufferers deal with often! I have learned through trials my main triggers, but that doesn't mean they are the same for you-I just hope and pray you can talk to a GI doctor and get some advice on treatment! Just realize everyone's systems operate in different ways and there are no pat answers. All the best! emoticon
    1791 days ago
    I feel for you doll, sorry you are having to go through this.

    Dairy does it to me. I have to follow Gluten/Dairy Free Diet and OH BOY do I feel it when I fall off the wagon on that. it is NO FUN.
    1791 days ago
    1791 days ago
    Check out JJ Virgin's 7 Foods Diet book:

    This book is very good and helps you take out foods you might be sensitive to, then add them back in to test them. I love her program although I am fortunate to seem not to have sensitivities. It's a great healthy way to eat!

    1791 days ago
  • DALID414
    This is definitely no laughing matter. I hope you get answers from a professional.
    1791 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Eggs is my only suggestion. But heartilly endorse seeing a nutritionist. Would never laugh at someone in your state. (Well, maybe later, after you have a resolution. Comedy = tragedy + time.)
    1791 days ago
    1791 days ago
    I am so glad to hear they take all of the gas and bad stuff was inside your tummy. Sorry but I really don't know, what to recommend for you. You may want to seek professional help as each person is made different to take caution. You might got good starts on your challenge. Since they drained for you.. (*^^*) Take care.
    1791 days ago
    I would never laugh in view of all MY GI issues...
    If you can't get in to see a gastroenterologist soon, I would try an elimination diet, as low carb as you can. Eat Real Food, avoiding processed/prepackaged items like the plague! Your GI flora changes w/your diet & has to "catch up"; you may also need a probiotic. Best of luck
    1791 days ago
    I hope that you will feel better soon !
    1791 days ago
    PLEASE DO NOT take any advice from Sparks or any other non professional

    PLEASE GET TO A PROFESSIONAL of some kind--nutritionist or medical dr.
    If you do not know what to do, then I would suggest starting with your primary care physician. He/she can recommend the next step--or look for a qualified nutritionist.

    I cannot believe the ER just sent you home without recommending some kind of follow-up doctoring.

    This could lead to serious complications.
    1791 days ago
    No laughing here. See a nutritionist and maybe that would help.
    1791 days ago
    There are lots of anti-gas pills on the market, and this isn't really that uncommon. It sounds to me like your body is rebelling about a lot of things. There are lots of choices out there, but if I were you I would either start out like you start a baby with limiting foods consumed...start with rice, oatmeal, etc then a particular fruit and see what things are causing your pain through process of elimination. Another option is to read and follow the "Clean" program. I have not used it, and cannot endorse it, but I know about a dozen people who have used it successfully. The ebook can be downloaded off of Amazon. I found a lot of interesting information in the book, but like I said, because of adrenal issues I have not been able to follow the program. It may get to the root of your problems, though.

    I have also found for me that sugar and simple carbs are the biggest source of belly distention/gas and intestinal discomfort. Every body is different.

    Good luck to you.
    1791 days ago
    I don't have any advice and I'm sorry for that, I can pray for you. I would NEVER laugh at such a situation. You take care of yourself and big hugs to you.

    1791 days ago
  • DNRAE1
    Not funny at all! Good luck finding the solution to your problem. Definitely see your doctor, and check out the suggestions others have mentioned. Sending good wishes your way.

    1791 days ago
    Oh my, so sorry you had to go through that. When I started eating healthier, I started bloating like crazy, to the point I looked quite pregnant also. I work for an OB and patients would come in saying they didn't realize I was pregnant! I'm almost 50 and definitely not pregnant. I felt like you could pop my abdomen with a needle like a balloon! I noticed it more when I ate more and more veggies-I eat 10-12 servings a day. I added Beano and as I kept doing it, the bloating got less and less. Now it only seems to happen when I eat white starches (rarely). I hope you get yours figured out. I agree with a food diary and noting when you seem to have the problem.
    1792 days ago
    I also can not give you any advice re this problem. However I send you my very best and hope you find the solution soon.
    1792 days ago
    I am NOT laughing - and NO, when my stomach and bowels get in an uproar, it is NOT FUNNY no matter how ridiculous it is. You already have some advice - have you tried GAS-X or Beano or something like that? I would make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you have the insurance to help pay for it. I would not let it go on if it has been occurring frequently.
    1792 days ago
    Sorry you were in so much pain. Could you be lactose intolerant? I certainly am. I can't have ANY dairy products or I get so much gas. I use soy milk on my morning cereal and buy lactose-free ice cream for a treat and I'm fine. I can't even eat cheese on a pizza.

    Beans are also notorious for causing gas. They are supposed to have protein and fiber and no fat and be so good for you but I can't stand the gas afterwards.
    the product "beano" is supposed to work but I've never tried it.

    I have no problem with gluten - I don't have celiac disease.

    Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower are know to cause gas. Other fruits and veggies should be okay.
    1792 days ago
  • MAGA99
    so sorry u going thru this

    i suffer from gastritis on occasion I have found certain things that help me when it starts as I know I cant avoid it I had to find ways to deal with it
    for me hot tea helps or mints work

    I pray that u can find a way to deal with it my dr @ 1 point had recommended that I use the over the counter meds for preventive gas

    1792 days ago
    i think you should ask your doctor what you should and should not eat. i really cannot give you any advice.
    1792 days ago
    I have Ulcerative Colitis so I know how you feel. Have you had a colonscopy to rule out Crones or Colitis? I would definitely call a doc.
    1792 days ago
    I'd start by keeping a food journal and writing down your body's response to what you eat. Ask the doctor for a full GI check up to rule out any medical reasons. A dietition may be needed to help figure it all out. I hope you feel better soon! emoticon
    1792 days ago
    Do you eat yogurt or kefir? We must have good baceria in our gut to fight off the bad guys. Also insist on being checked for Hiatal Hernia. (sp) Gaviscon helps my Mom with this problem and has headed off trips to the ER.

    Keeping a food journal is essential to finding out what foods trigger this.

    God Bless!
    1792 days ago
  • AGK3112
    I am glad that you are doing fine. I would say med and concern with going to nutrition expert.. Just don't stress yourself over this. It will get better and with some medications for gas will also help it out.
    1792 days ago
    First off, remember that you can solve this and don't let it depress you!!! Then see a dietician, make sure you track your food and keep a pain journal.
    1792 days ago
    I would try some meds and meet with a nutritionist to help you sort through what you can and can't have. The dr. should be able to recommend one.
    1792 days ago
  • KITT52
    not being a doctor I can only thing that there is medication people can take to stop the gas build up...but your doctor should prescribe need to see a GI doctor

    there are special diets for people who have your issues
    1792 days ago
    I don't see why anyone would laugh at you being in pain.
    I'm sorry i can't be of any use, this has never happened to me before, but can't your doctor suggest what to eat and not eat, or give you something to take to stop it happening?
    1792 days ago
    wow sorry.... maybe your Doc can set you up with a dietitian or nutritionist. Also might try a health food store they might have some good ideas.
    1792 days ago
    Have you tried taking Beano for the gas? Another thing that will help a lot is a half tablespoon of baking soda in about 4 ounces of water. Tastes nasty but it does help get rid of the gas and is a lot cheaper than a trip to the ER. emoticon
    1792 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    I have no idea what would work- Since I have been eating healthy,, exercising and losing weight- I have heartburn all the time- I haven't had that since I was pregnant so it seems like our bodies still get us sometimes even when we are being healthy. I think looking on internet is probably the best option. emoticon
    1792 days ago
    I would say that you try alternating foods until you find ones that don't trigger this. I have bad IBS. I can't eat chicken, but I can eat other fowl. I can only eat high fat/high protein type foods in a small portion. Most vegetables are alright. A food that used to be a problem might not be one years later. I couldn't eat citrus and now I can. With IBS, we're all unique. One person's trigger foods are another one's staples. emoticon
    1792 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/23/2013 9:57:15 AM
    Maybe a nutritionist could help? I wish you good luck on finding the right combinations of foods. Please let us know how you are doing.
    1792 days ago
    You poor thing! That sounds terrifying.
    I know a girl who had bad IBS because of gluten intolerance.
    She switched to a Paleo diet, and it cleared up her problems.
    1792 days ago
    You should start a food journal (if you aren't already) to track what you're eating to see what is causing the reaction. Good luck!
    1792 days ago
  • CAT609
    I am so sorry. I wish I could help. Try an internet search on it. Good luck to you.
    1792 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    Don't they have medicines for this? Like Bean-O or something similar? I thought that was supposed to make those foods not cause you gas.
    1792 days ago
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