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I am a 72 year old man who has been suffering with constant intestinal gas problems for about three years. I have tried a variety of items including Charcoal, but nothing seems to work. Do you have any suggestions?

Doctor's Assistant: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?

My doctor has not offered anything other than to try cutting down on dairy products. I currently take meds for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.

Doctor's Assistant: When was last time you had a check up? Is there a history of high blood pressure in your family?

I see my doctor twice a year and high blood pressure does run in my family.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

About 10 years ago I had to stay in hospital due to 7 stomach ulcers due to pain meds I was taking (Indocine).

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Doctor: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor replied 7 months ago

I am sorry that your question was unanswered for long.

I just came online and saw it.

The reasons for excessive intestinal gas formation can be;

1) excessive air swallowing.

Anxious people swallow air when they are stressed or anxiety supervenes.

2) increased intraluminal (inside the intestine) production from mal absorbed (improperly absorbed) nutrients,

3) decreased gas absorption due to some pathological condition of intestines like diverticulitis

4) expansion of intestinal gas due to changes in atmospheric pressure

A solitary reason or combination can be responsible for the excessive gas.

Following may help you;

1) Avoid

a) Cabbage

b) Beer

c) Legumes

d) Cheese

e) Beans

2) This may help;

a) Bismuth subsalicylate

b) Activated charcoal

c) Simethicone; (Maalox, Mylanta); Simethicone causes gas bubbles to break up.

d) Beano; contains an enzyme (alpha-galactosidase), which helps to breakdown certain complex carbohydrates.

All are available without prescription.

Avoid foods that appear to aggravate symptoms. These may include milk and dairy products, certain fruits or vegetables, whole grains, artificial sweeteners etc. But this is based on the personal observation for the aggravating food.

3) Investigations by your physician;

a) Healthy people pass gas up to 20 times per day. If the frequency of passage of flatus is more than 20 times per day, gas chromatographic analysis of flatus collected via a rectal tube can differentiate air swallowing (which is nitrogen predominantly) from intestinal production of gas (which is hydrogen and carbon dioxide).

b) Colonic transit time.

Discontinue the following if you do them;

1) gum chewing,

2) smoking,

3) drinking carbonated beverages, and

4) gulping food and liquids.

The gas formation and mild discomfort in your age would need to look for the following causes also;

1) Gallbladder disease (gallstones); if not already removed.

2) Irritable bowel syndrome

3) Diverticulitis

Please read the following resources;

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/intestinal-gas/MY00148

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/Intestinal-gas/DG00048

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/gas-and-gas-pains/DG00014

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

I would be happy to assist you further, if you need any more information.

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