Gas

Posted by elegantgem @elegantgem, Mar 27 7:57am

I am a 72 year old woman and have developed a problem with gas. I never had this problem in the past and find it very embarassing. I am interesting in finding out if there are any treatments and what type of doctor to go to see to discuss this type of problem.I see it as more of a problem than my general practioner does. I have tried over the counter products to no avail. Gas X etc. doesn't seem to work for me. I do have GERDS and am unsure if that would cause the Gas I am having. I do have some stomach pain at times but it is minor. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Try a teaspoon of Metamucil in full glass of water daily.

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I would recommend seeing a gastroenterologist who will likely test you for various conditions which may be the cause, such as h pylori infection, or other bacterial infections. Diet and nutrition impact digestion, with some foods causing gas (spices, onions, garlic).

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I know someone with a gas problem. He takes two Beano tablets before a meal or snack and problem solved. It may take a a couple of days before the Beano takes effect – and you have to take it consistently – but it does work.

And as @cim37343 suggests, take a teaspoonful of Metamucil in an 8oz glass of water (drink down quickly before it gels!), followed immediately with another glass of water. Takes a couple of days to take effect. I suggest you increase the amount to two teaspoonful after six weeks, and to a tablespoonful after six more weeks. This is great for constipation. I take two tablespoonful a day at the suggestion of my gastroenterologist for my constipation and IBS (I prefer the unflavoured psyllium whole husks at my local health food store).

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@elegantgem Consider keeping a food intake and results log.. keep a pad of paper in the kitchen and another in the bathroom and for a week or so … list the date and meal through the entire day .. snacks and beverages too… in the bathroom … what was the result each time you pass gas or have a bowel movement.. This log will give your doctors a clue to what is going on… avoid mystery meals for that week of the log… unless the purchased food lists ingredients..

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@elegantgem, Here's some information from Mayo Clinic that you might find helpful – "Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can sometimes cause excessive belching by promoting increased swallowing. Chronic belching may also be related to inflammation of the stomach lining or to an infection with Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for some stomach ulcers." from:

Belching, gas and bloating: Tips for reducing them: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gas-and-gas-pains/in-depth/gas-and-gas-pains/art-20044739

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