Bloating and lots of Gas

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why am i getting a lot of bloating and gas in my stomach?  what causes this?

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      I had an ultrasound scan for what i thought was gallstones but no gallstones but i have a liver cyst which is going to be monitored (ie i will need to have an MRI).  I don't think the cyst is causing the symptoms as it was found by chance while looking for gallstones.  I am wondering whether to ask my GP for a stool test to see if any problems are going on in my digestive tract.
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      You can do a breath test for h pylori, I am not sure if they can detect it on stool test though ths is one of the test my fieds did and found out that she coul not have qite a few products but it has changed her life and  also the bloatig/gas

      Hydrogen Breath Testing

      What Are These Tests For?

      Breath Hydrogen and Methane testing can be helpful to identify conditions such as fructose malabsorption and lactose intolerance, however dietary trials with an experienced dietitian at Shepherd Works can also assist with identifying such intolerances.

      How Do The Tests Work?The procedure for each test (fructose, lactose, sorbitol and lactulose) is simple. You need to perform each breath test on a different day. When you attend each breath test appointment you will be given a hydrogen breathalyser type device to breathe into. This first sample is recorded, then you will be given a sugar solution to drink, after which another breath sample will be taken from you every 15-20 minutes over the next 2~3 hours. Many people complete the tests for Lactulose, Fructose, Sorbitol and Lactose within 2 hours, although some take around 3 hours. Your referring practitioner will describe which of the test sugars (Fructose, Sorbitol or Lactose – or any combination of these) you are to do. However, a practice test, (a Lactulose test) must be performed prior to any of these test sugars, to make sure you produce enough hydrogen gas. If you are a low- or non-hydrogen producer with Lactulose, you will be changed from the breathalyser device to inflatable bags during the course of your test as these bags allow us to also measure methane gas. This will ensure that we capture whichever type of gas (hydrogen or methane) you produce.Generally, if you do not absorb the test sugar in your small intestine, then that sugar will continue through to the large bowel. In the large bowel, the sugars are then broken down/fermented by the bacteria that naturally live in the large bowel, and gas is produced. Although some gas is lost out the back passage (as wind/flatus), the majority is absorbed across the walls of the large intestine into the blood stream. In the blood stream, the gas is then carried up to the lungs. The lungs then take up the hydrogen and/or methane gas and it is breathed out. During the breath test conditions, if a rise in gas (hydrogen/methane) levels are detected on the breath after the sugar test, then it may indicate that that sugar is malabsorbed in the small bowel (as hydrogen and methane are not usual gases that are expelled by the lungs in such conditions).

      How Do I Prepare For These Tests?

      A restricted diet must be followed a full day prior to each test. A description of this diet is provided to you after you book for the tests. You must follow the diet strictly in order for the results of your tests to be usable.

      Antibiotics – Medications

      You must not take antibiotics for 2 weeks prior to testing. Please notify test staff if you have taken antibiotics any time during the preceding 4 weeks.

      Where Do I Go To Have These Tests?

      The breath hydrogen and methane tests are performed at various centres.

      For information about appointments with a dietitian click here.

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    Get on a FOBMAP diet,that is good to eleminate wheat, milk etc so you can see what is causing the issue, but please go and get your self checked from the GP my daughter was 22 when she started having gas bloating issues, she had a Gastroscopy ad they detected mild gastritis, she found milk and too much fried food was the cause,

      A lot of people are having lactose issues as well as whet fruitose, my friends both her daghters too ad the same issue and they are in their 20's one went for a more thorough test, and they checked her for fruitos, sorbitel etc and she also had fruitose and lactose issues, Sometimes if your period is due it can happen before its due owever it soud like IBS just like vick599941 says, by the way my daughter has the same name except begins with a Karina

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      I have had loads of tests recently (see my response about my scan above) and have also had an endoscopy which revealred a hiatus hernia.  I think i will go back to GP to get further testing.
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    It's an intolerance to some food you are eating. 

    IN my case, it's lactose in dairy and beans, chick peas etc.

    you need to start a lonG hard examination of what you eat.

    write down what you eat, how much and bloating effects.

    takes a long time bIt makes life much much better!

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      Thanks.  I think i need to be tested for problems with my digestive system, i've no idea what could be going on with my insides.
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      Best to become an expert yourself - doctors often get it wrong and put you on a damaging course of treatment

      How to become expert? By googling, googling, googling and testing foods and writing down the results. Took me 2 years but I am so pleased I done it

      Now I pretty much know what's going to happen in my tummy when I eat this or that food. And like Ruth I used to be able to empty entire buildings when I passed wind! THAT IS NO LONGER TRUE.

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    Gluten free may help with the bloating.  I also am lactose free and sugar free in order to eliminate the terrible gas problem.  It takes time to figure out what I can eat, but well worth the trouble.  I can now go out in public without fear of passing awful odorous gas.  Feel like I have my life back.
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    Simple things like swallowing too much air can casue gas and bloating....my nose if often congested so breathe through mouth at night and not ice probs are worse, also walking with mouth open or speaking when eating!

    I can't eat onions, cabbage, garlic or pulses - the worst for building up of GAS!!

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    Were you all diagnosed with digestive disorders like IBS?  i have had no conclusive diagnosis for my gas and bloating other than the Radiologist mentioned it whilst she was scanning me for gallstones (although it turned out that i don't have gallstones but have a cyst in my liver).  I did mention what she said about the gas and bloating to my GP but she didn't seem too worried about it.
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      Doctors didn't seem very concerned.  Just said everybody passes gas.  Obviously they haven't had a problem.  Finally decided it was up to me to figure it out.  So far I know it is wheat, dairy and sugar.  I will try different foods to see how I react to them and make a note as to how my system reacts.  Not an easy process, but if it means getting my life back and having confidence in public, it's worth all the effort.
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      if you give up wheat, dairy and sugar it may solve the problem. Unless it's to do with greens or beans or something else.

      I recommend giving up wheat completely - even vegetable Stacy they add to sauces and Pringles etc etc.

      Dairy you can eat low lactose dairy which you need for calcium. we need a lot I repeat a lot of calcium nearly every day.

      also, sugar? You don't have to give it up completely but nit gorge on it. 

      I started drinking pure honey because I was getting depressed. Seemed to stop the depression in its tracks. 

      All best.

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    Hi,

    Having read your post you sound similar to me, I have had two scans for gallstones due to my symptoms/pain in right side etc nothing showed up. Am going for endoscopy tomorrow and hopefully this will show something up, I am constantly bloated and feel sluggish, full of wind that also showed up on my first scan, it was that bad they had to scan through my ribs on each side to see the organs! It is taking over my life my clothes dont fit or are uncomfortable to wear, I am so bloated and uncomfortable and constantly belch and the other..., my husband laughs but its so annoying!

     

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      Hi

      I have just read your comment about constant bloating and discomfort which rang a huge bell with me! I started using a CPAP machine for Sleep Apnea and after four or five weeks,I noticed I was hugely swollen and tight in my upper stomach area. Saw my Dr who straight away sent me for a CT scan. This came up blank, so I decided to do my own research! After much searching I came up with CPAP Bloat which happens when the air being pumped into your lungs by the CPAP machine gets forced into your stomach as well! I've stopped using the machine but the pain and bloating has not gone away 😱 Doctor prescribed Mebeverin but no joy. I've just spoken to the Sleep Clinic and they have told me to see my doctor asap. Can't get in until 29th June!!! I don't belch or do much of the other so it's still going on. I am in so much discomfort that it's driving me nuts! Let me know how you get on with your endoscopy. I had a tummy tuck and Lipo done about 9 years ago and boy does this make me feel stretched to bursting!!

      Thanks for 'listening'.......

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