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What are gas pockets in small intestine and what can be done

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what are gas pockets in small intestine and what can be done about this?
Submitted: 9 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 years ago.


Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Gas in the intestines is a normal condition. Gas in the upper part of the intestine is usually from swallowing air, while gas in the lower part of the colon is usually produced by bacteria working on partially digested food. Very little gas is actually produced in the small intestine. To prevent gas, one should limit gas-producting foods (beans, carbonated drinks), avoid swallowing air, eat slowly and don't talk while chewing, increase exercise, limit lactose-containig foods (dairy foods), and when adding fiber to the diet, do it slowly so the body has a chance to become accustomed to the changes.

Customer: replied 9 years ago.
They said he had one air pocket when he first went in the hospital and now he has 3 air pockets.
He is having alot of pair with this.
Expert:  A. Schuyler, NP replied 9 years ago.
Gas pains are quite common, especially when one cannot move around and help the gas get through the system as flatulence. I'm sure they are trying to get him up and moving and giving him a motility agent to help improve the rhythmic motions of the intestines to help things along.
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