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gas pockets - help!

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  • Posted By: beanzie49
  • January 25, 2009
  • 09:01 AM

I need an opinion as to what this could be! My daughter has what appears to be "gas pockets". When she presses in to parts of the colon, it sloshes around and sounds like a water bed! She is continually burping, and finds it extremely difficult to expel the gas from the rectum. This builds up throughout the day, and she finds it so painful. She can't get to sleep most mornings till 4 AM because of this. What could be causing this gas? What tests should we be doing? Thank you.

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  • Test for food allergies such as gluten intolerance. Is her stomach hard or swollen? These symptoms sound similar to ones I am having, please post if you find out what is causing it.Good luck
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 5, 2009
    • 09:52 AM
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  • I need an opinion as to what this could be! My daughter has what appears to be "gas pockets". When she presses in to parts of the colon, it sloshes around and sounds like a water bed! She is continually burping, and finds it extremely difficult to expel the gas from the rectum. This builds up throughout the day, and she finds it so painful. She can't get to sleep most mornings till 4 AM because of this. What could be causing this gas? What tests should we be doing? Thank you.Im a pharmacy student and though Im not licensed to make a diagnosis, I can inform you about some of the reasons for her symptoms. First, gas is usually produced when your digestive system breaks down foods. It can also be created by certain bacteria in the colon when it breaks down food. With that said, she should watch what she's eating or drinking. Some foods can cause more gas than others. I don't know the complete list of foods out the top of my head but milk, breads, beans, soda are the usual suspects. The complete list of foods that causes excess gas can be found online. Also, is she drinking enough water? Dehydration can cause stools to harden and that may block the passage of gas through the GI. For her symptoms, i would recommend Gas X. It is an over the counter medication that works by making small gas bubbles clump together into bigger bubbles. And you may be wondering... How on earth is that going to help? Well, making the bubbles bigger makes it easier to pass through the GI tract. it is important to note that gas x does not reduce the amount of gas, it's role is to help the gas leave faster. Since she's mainly having symptoms at night, she should take a dose at bedtime. I dont know her age so I won't recommend a strength. If she's under 6, you should take her to the doctor. If problems persist after trying gasx, I would suggest seeing a specialist, a GI doctor. I hope this message finds you well.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • January 19, 2010
    • 06:47 AM
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  • I am a newly graduated nursing student and I am not attempting a diagnosis of your daughter's symptoms. I just can relate because I too have gas pockets in my colon and it seems to be continually building throughout the day and night. I have found that taking a stool softener every evening to promote bowl emptying has improved my situation. I would strongly suggest that you have her seen by a specialist. I do not know if this will help her at all to take the stool softener but it did help my excessive, painful and embarrassing gas.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 26, 2010
    • 02:10 AM
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