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I have really bad flatulence. Does anybody know any cures? What should I do?

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Question - (22 February 2008) 14 Answers - (Newest, 7 December 2012)
A female United States age 30-35, anonymous writes:

Hi. Well I have a problem and this is not a joke even though it sounds funny. But for the past...I guess year, but especially for the past few months for sure, I always get gas everytime I eat. I have never had this before. I am trying to figure out what it could be. Its not like an occasional gas here and there its like constant flatulence, every five minutes that lasts for hours. Its so annoying.

And it only happens when I eat at home. Before I got my own place I used to eat out alot. And like all kinds of foods, cheesy mexican, greasy pizza, ice cream. Everything that you would expect to upset your stomach. And I never had any problem. So now that I eat at home all the time, I get flautulence non stop. And all I eat is spinach and yogurt and milk and fish and lentils, stuff like that. Like super healthy stuff. But then I spend all night farting. But then I'll go out to eat at a restaurant and have fried oysters and I feel great.

I thought maybe I am lactose intolerant but I can eat mexican and pizza without a problem. I want to eat healthy but I am afraid its hurting me more than helping. What could it be and what should I do??

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A male reader, Acute United Kingdom +, writes (7 December 2012):

Hi, I have this situation that I smell myself despite if i dont eat anything for days. Life was very busy so couldnt get medical attention. Last week I visited GP and advised some blood tests and mebverine. I am using mebverine lets hope it ll work. This situation put me in a corner and I am scared of socialising, I face hatered from others and poeple avoid me. I hope it ll be cured as living with this is horrible.

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A male reader, ukuncut New Zealand +, writes (13 August 2011):

Forget about placebos - this is either the result of a physiological condition ie IBS or if it is psychological it is because your mind is going overtime and a placebo (whether known to be one or not) will not destress you. Forget about rip off homeopathic crap.

Four things- diet, exercise, positivity and MEBEVERINE

Mebeverine works as an anti-spasmodic and can entirely alleviate flatulence by placating your 'spastic gut'.

Worked for me.

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A reader, anonymous, writes (18 June 2011):

Drink warm water with a bit of ginger. It worked for me, and I had it BAD.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (30 January 2009):

Try "digestive enzymes" from a health food store. There's all different kinds, but one that breaks down carbs, lactose(dairy), protein, sugars, and fat.

Also chew your food real thoroughly. They say if you don't have 1/2 hr. to eat, then don't eat.

Fermented foods are good for the gut too (yogurt, sauerkraut)

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A male reader, bananacake United Kingdom +, writes (30 January 2009):

I've been suffering from flatulence for quite some time. My doctor tells me that it's down to stress and is reluctant to give me any prescription drugs. I've tried all the over-the-counter stuff with little success and have completely changed my diet; like you, going from junk food to a more balanced diet. Although I suffered from more flatulence from eating more fiber, my doctor insisted I stick with it and once my body got used to it I think it did go some way to helping my situation. Maybe it's just a transition period your body's going through. I say stick with it, I certainly saw the overall health benefits, then again everyone's different.

To paul pantman:

How do these pants work? I think that this may be the best option for me. Maybe the stress that is supposedly causing my flatulence will be lessened by not be stressed ABOUT the flatulence!!

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A reader, anonymous, writes (9 August 2008):

I can try to answer this and help, because I'm in same situation- it started when I got a new place and going through a divorce! I would say 3 things for sure:

1) At home we eat more dairy, and that's a big contributor as you get older! It's definitely #1!

2) Stress: getting a new place, new lifestyle, and being alone at home causes stress and anxiety.

3) Non-mobility! When you're at home you eat and just sit there- food moves slowly and gas is formed. Try taking a walk after dinner- it helps me!!

Good luck! And also remember, as we get older we need more help in: avoiding too much dairy, avoiding stress, and getting enough exercise-- these are all things the "young" body doesn't have to worry about :). But being older at least you have the "wisdom", use it to your advantage! :). Best of Success to you...

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A male reader, rasah United States +, writes (9 August 2008):

I can try to answer this and help, because I'm in same situation- it started when I got a new place and going through a divorce! I would say 3 things for sure:

1) At home we eat more dairy, and that's a big contributor as you get older! It's definitely #1!

2) Stress: getting a new place, new lifestyle, and being alone at home causes stress and anxiety.

3) Non-mobility! When you're at home you eat and just sit there- food moves slowly and gas is formed. Try taking a walk after dinner- it helps me!!

Good luck! And also remember, as we get older we need more help in: avoiding too much dairy, avoiding stress, and getting enough exercise-- these are all things the "young" body doesn't have to worry about :). But being older at least you have the "wisdom", use it to your advantage! :). Best of Success to you...

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A male reader, Paul pantman United Kingdom +, writes (21 June 2008):

This all sounds very familiar to me having suffered with really bad smelling wind for 20 years. I had a haitus hernia op 20 years ago which didn't help and have been to see the top specialists in the UK who can only give vague diagnoses and I have tried every drug and pro biotic and diet restrictions suggested to me... all to no avail.

I'm a designer and a businessman and once I got the opportunity I decided to design some flatulence filtering pants which have given me confidence to socialise again and even make me feel well because I stop worrying about certain situations and I dont have to hold in wind any more. Blessed relief I can tell you.

I'm not into selling stuff but if you are interested have a look at the flatulence filtering pants on www.myshreddies.com. The technology is proven and the activated carbon filter is amazing; and they look and feel like normal pants (better actually)

As to all the other advice; I wouldn't take any individuals diet experiences as being the full picture. I believe a lot of it is down to stress; regular simple healthy meals and sleep and doing away with the stress if you can will definitely help.

I hope you find some relief

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (9 April 2008):

Hi

I am a 40 year old female and for the past year this has been happening to me as well. I eat and man i go on farting for the next 24 hours. I am also getting constipated are you? I have gotten a referrel for a gastroenterologist to get to the bottom of it, i cant go anywhere because im scared that i might break wind and as a female c'mon we cant do that. What worked for you please let me know.

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A female reader, anonymous, writes (23 February 2008):

Hey thanks for the advice. I guess I could try to eat more raw vegetables but I already do as I eat alot of salads. It still doesn't help cause I eat beans. And I don't want to cut dairy out because I am trying to tone my body and I need plenty of calcium and protein. Furthermore, I seem to be fine when I eat yogurt. I think its more when I eat cheese and milk and beans.

The beano, thanks for the suggestion, I will definitely check it out and buy some for just in case.

So I guess I am going to try to stay away from milk and cheese and eat beans more moderately and see if that helps. And perhaps talk to a doctor as I am due for a check up anyway. Thanks guys.

If you guys have any more suggestions or cures I would really appreciate it.

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A male reader, Ponungalungb United States +, writes (22 February 2008):

Ponungalungb agony auntHere, I just found the "Bean" web site for you:

http://www.beanogas.com/UsingBeano.aspx

Good luck! ;-)

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A male reader, Ponungalungb United States +, writes (22 February 2008):

Ponungalungb agony auntIt's all of that healthy food screaming to get out of your body! LOL.

Seriously, it is probably something you're eating . . . maybe a combination of things that are creating the fireworks. Lentils is one thing you mention that is a definite fart maker. There is a product called "Beano" that supposedly keeps the wind from breaking (I've never tried it). But as long as you're not leaving a vapor trail behind you or a rosebud in your drawers, I wouldn't worry about it. Farting . . . it's a good thing. LOL.

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A female reader, eyeswideopen United States +, writes (22 February 2008):

eyeswideopen agony auntYou need to discuss this with your doctor, it could be a food allergy or it could be a problem in your digestive tract. You need to get to bottom of this problem (no pun intended).

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A reader, anonymous, writes (22 February 2008):

I can't tell you much, but I can tell you to lay off the dairy. That can cause it. Plus, try eating lots of RAW veggies.

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