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Awful Smelling Flatulence...Please help!

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 15, 2007
  • 00:41 PM

Hello,
I am a 23 year old Caucasian Female. A few weeks ago I noticed I was passing frequent and very odorous flatulence. It's quite embarrassing and sometimes it is so bad that I can't even be around it. That is really my only symptom. I have normal bowel movements and everything else seems to be normal. Except recently I have been a little more tired and lethargic and have had a bigger appetite than usual. I went to my doctor about a week ago. All blood tests turned out normal. I am trying to eat Gluten free, but since the blood tests came back normal the probability of having Celiac Sprue is low (because there was no infection found in the bloodstream). What else can it be? Can someone help point my research and efforts in the right direction?

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  • Hello,I am a 23 year old Caucasian Female. A few weeks ago I noticed I was passing frequent and very odorous flatulence. It's quite embarrassing and sometimes it is so bad that I can't even be around it. That is really my only symptom. I have normal bowel movements and everything else seems to be normal. Except recently I have been a little more tired and lethargic and have had a bigger appetite than usual. I went to my doctor about a week ago. All blood tests turned out normal. I am trying to eat Gluten free, but since the blood tests came back normal the probability of having Celiac Sprue is low (because there was no infection found in the bloodstream). What else can it be? Can someone help point my research and efforts in the right direction?Celiac sprue is a chronic disease, not an infection, and occasionally the bloodwork is false negative, but if that's your only symptom I would highly doubt it's celiac. Odorous flatulence is generally caused by fermentation of food in the intestines or a specific reaction to a specific food. Look up gas-causing foods and try to steer clear of them and see if symptoms improve. Sometimes milk intolerance can cause this symptom. I would get tested for that and also consider a trial elimination diet. Try rebalancing your intestinal flora with probiotic supplements.
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  • Celiac sprue is a chronic disease, not an infection, and occasionally the bloodwork is false negative, but if that's your only symptom I would highly doubt it's celiac. Odorous flatulence is generally caused by fermentation of food in the intestines or a specific reaction to a specific food. Look up gas-causing foods and try to steer clear of them and see if symptoms improve. Sometimes milk intolerance can cause this symptom. I would get tested for that and also consider a trial elimination diet. Try rebalancing your intestinal flora with probiotic supplements.These are the things you can do - As mentioned in the earlier reply you can follow an elimination diet and generally the offending foods will be meat , egg , beans , milk , cheese , apples . - Try taking a course of antibiotics for 5 days , try an anti diarrhea antibiotic the antibiotics will kill all bacteria in the gut - Eat more of Curds , probiotics to re populate good bacteria in the gut Lacto bacillus is a friendly bacteria , the spores of which are in the probiotics pills . - Also you can try taking mint oil tabs , drink lemon juice in the morning with a little water . - Finally , you can also try taking Digestive enzymes There are two types Pancreatic enzymes and Stomach enzymes - You can also try Beano .
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 29, 2007
    • 02:44 AM
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  • ^ of the above suggestions, I would advise against taking pancreatic enzymes (this is reserved for people with pancreatic insufficiency, like those with end-stage chronic pancreatitis or cystic fibrosis) - may cause colonic ischemia. Also avoid antibiotics. What are you treating, small bowel bacterial overgrowth? That diagnosis is made by duodenal aspiration and quantification, not over the internet. Correct on the Celiac. It's not an infection, it is an autoimmune process whereby gluten (protein found in wheat, rye, barley, not oats btw) is abnormally presented to T-cells and there is a subsequent inflammatory reaction that obliterates the lining of the small bowel. Don't bother going on a gluten-free diet if you've been tested and the result is negative. Just eat normally. Malodorous gas is usually caused by ingestion of tubers (sprouts, turnip, cabbage, stuff like that), excess dairy, and beer. Good lucK
    GI guy 45 Replies
    • August 31, 2007
    • 05:35 AM
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