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BIG flatulence problem! please help!

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  • Posted By: anon123
  • November 2, 2008
  • 02:42 AM

This is my first post so apologies if I have not done or read something properly- I thought I had done!

I really need some help! I have a huge flatulence problem. I am so embarrassed by it- I cant describe just how bad it smells and do not seem to be able to prvent it.

I have tried so many things, eliminating food from my diet (I now do not eat starchy carbohydrates, broccoli, cauliflour, oranges, beans and pulses, strawberries- any berries, tomatos.... only drink skimmed milk in my tea) I also drink my recommended glasses of water every day. :confused:I eat a very limited diet to put it mildly. Same thing day in day out.
I have tried taking those bacteria drinks (probiotics I think they are called) but they actually made things worse and after taking them for 2 weeks I actually ended up in accident and emergnecy as I have sevear stomach pains. I was advised not to take them again after they did a blood test.
I have tried the gas/bloating relief tablets such as deflatine, windese...etc which actually did nothing what so ever. Even after I upped the dose to double what was advised.

I excercise well, (5 days a week, 2 or more hours a time at cardio level) eat very healthily (I used to have anorexia, I am now a very healthy weight (bmi24, I wish I didn't weigh that much but in the past year my weight just seems to have sky rocketed for no real reason) and still avoid eating fat, processed foods, sugar and meat (except for fish) as a result of my past eating disorder. Everything I cook is steamed. I also cannot see what else I am eating or drinking that could be making me have such a problem.

I saw my GP. I saw her as I also have alot of bloating. I was too embarrassed to mention the flatulence. Even the GP thought I was pregnent. :eek: (very heart breaking for someone who has a history of anorexia and yes I do get this alot. Never get used to it though). I had an x-ray which showed my bowels were clear /no cysts or tumors and the doctor said it must be IBS.

I don't think its IBS. I have tried all the IBS suggestions I can find: mint oils, buscopan, peppermint tea (yuck!) and still the problem persists. :mad:

Alongside the bloating it is making my life ***l and I don't know where else to turn. I don't think its worth me going back to see my GP as they have decided its IBS (2 different doctors) on the basis that its nothing else that shows up on an x-ray so it must be IBS. Yet even IBS suggestions do nothing for me.

Also theres the smell, :eek:its unlike any other I can describe as it is so strong and so terrible- its not just me. Others do mention it weather they know its me or not.

Can anyone help?

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