Patient Comments: Intestinal Gas - Effective Treatments


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Comment from: Jack Flash, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: February 21

The article claims no evidence for simethicone relieving gas. Yet I've always found it does, quickly after taking, in a way which is clearly evidential. This isn't to say I use it regularly. But it's reliably effective when I do.

Comment from: EllBee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 10

Lately I have had horrible gas that leaves me writhing in pain. I haven't been able to nail down why, as my dietary habits are the same as they were before the onset. What helps me every time is the old fashioned 'bicarb' or bicarbonate of soda, which is simply 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of baking soda in approximately 6 ounces of water. I drink it down quickly and may lightly bounce on the balls of my feet 4 or 5 times. Within a minute, I start belching and the pain is gone. Best for upper stomach gas.

Comment from: GasMustGo, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

Drink tea for intestinal gas. I was having painful gas and bloating when I woke up one morning and I think I caused gas from eating too late before sleeping. It was so bad I could feel the gas in my belly, so I made peppermint tea, no added sugar, drank the entire cup, and my body started to be relieved. I passed gas, I burped it all out, and felt very good. Then finally I had a bowel movement, a little uneasy on the toilet but once over I felt so much better. I drank a second cup to relieve the tightness after bowel movement.

Comment from: Anonymous, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 16

I have acid reflux which also causes intestinal gas. I take omeprazole 20 mg or Famocid 20 mg or ranitidine 300 mg 1/2 tablet a day, after meal. Ask your doctor to prescribe you the same and get well soon. Hope it helps.

Comment from: Jan, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I have nightly intestinal gas. I chew a couple Papaya pills and it relieves it very soon.

Comment from: Zanariah, 55-64 (Patient) Published: June 12

The information on intestinal gas is clearer now for me who burps more than 50 times a day. I have controlled my diet but the burping persists.

Comment from: JM, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 09

I too have very severe gas and bloating. Within the past year, I have been having attacks where the gas pain and bloating are extremely painful. This lasts for several hours and then I start to vomit. Vomiting is the only thing that gives any relief. After one of these episodes, it takes me 2 to 3 days to recover. I have no appetite, am dizzy and light headed. I have medication for spasms, but this is not a spasm. The pain is constant and unremitting. I have tried Gas-X, probiotics, ginger ale and tea, Bentyl, heat pads, you name it.

Comment from: Gas form abt 2 years, 19-24 Male (Patient) Published: May 02

I have been suffering from intestinal gas for many years. It has been getting worse. It has made work and my social life terrible. If I eat anything, within a minute or two I will have intestinal gas. I will not go out to dinner or go anywhere where I have to eat. Work is a nightmare. I have tried every medication known to man. Nothing helps. I don’t eat any fiber due to horrible cramping that comes a day or so after, so it's not from so called gassy foods. It doesn’t matter what I eat. I will have gas. I even stayed home from church last night because I had horrible gas. It amazes me that someone can suffer like this and have every test a doctor can order and they find absolutely nothing. I will try charcoal and hope to get some relief.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 04

Mentha-XL was suggested by my gastroenterologist for intestinal gas and it has helped a lot!

Comment from: Trinigirl, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 23

One cause of gas can be due scar tissue from abdominal surgery. I had 2 abdominal surgeries and I have had a difficult time with gas and bloating ever since. It helps if I don't sit too much after eating and eat small meals. Also, I stay away from bloating foods.

Comment from: maeiounj39, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: March 29

I have occasional intestinal gas, but sometimes the pain of this is really severe, almost the feeling like diarrhea. Probably the main reason why is that I eat too fast. But for me, the quickest and cheapest way to cure it is to do yoga exercises. All you need to do a couple of these exercise and whatever pain is in there will come out. Although during these exercises you may feel the pain, but that means its moving down faster, and after it all comes out, you will be feeling much better (of course being near a toilet). As well as, it helps to lay down on a cold area on your back, such as tiles. The cold feeling will get it going as well.


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Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 18

I am 63 years old. I suffer from gases, acid reflux and pain in my right bone breast. I was so desperate with all this pain and discomfort, of trying all kinds of drugs, that I went to this store and came out with these pills that are called charco-caps, but first off I pray to God for these pills to work on me. Thank God the pain went away and the gases diminish a lot I thank God for it.

Comment from: Intestinal Gas, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: January 14

I have gas but generally only at night. I am OK if I sleep on my back, but if I lie on my side or stomach, I experience discomfort and sometime I feel bilious. I try and limit milk, legumes, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc from my diet, eat smaller meals, especially at night. I have had a gastro enterologist check me out, but he did not find anything. A dietician was recommended who produced a long list of what not to eat and a much shorter list of what I can eat.

Comment from: shiv, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 08

I suffered from bloating for number of years. Being an Indian, taking lots of spices and rice was just something we cannot avoid. After meals I used to experience heart burn, acidic reflux and discomfort due to bloating of stomach. In my early fifties, I turned diabetic and all of a sudden all my stomach problems vanished. I had forgotten to be hungry, but the diabetes cured me and I was always hungry, but I took a controlled diet and left the table hungry. I felt lighter and got slim and trim. I felt I am thirty all over again. Thanks to diabetes.

Comment from: cjohnson2009, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 06

I suffer from gas and bloating and have come across ginger tea. I went to the local grocer, purchased ginger root, boiled it for about 10 minutes, and drank it. It really helps with the bloating and gas. Now I can eat foods without looking pregnant.

Comment from: zimexlady, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 27

I have made two trips to the emergency room with horrible stomach pains only to discover it is gas. Last night from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m., I rolled on the floor, and did waist bends rocking back and forth on the edge of my bed to force the gas out. It took six hours to relieve the pain little-by-little before I could fall asleep. The ER did a CAT scan and X-ray that showed nothing was wrong. Beginning today, I am going to omit fiber and fruit from my diet. I truly believe that is the cause. All this "healthy" eating is making me miserable! I intend to try the above suggestion of ginger ale even though I have not had a soda since 1969.

Comment from: beedee, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: July 01

Ginger or garlic tea helps my intestinal gas.

Published: July 24

Something I have not read here that was the cause of my bloating, is stomach surgery, I had the nissan fundiplocation to repair my esophagus and stop acid reflux. In order for the doctor to preform the operation, they must pump your stomach full of air. I had so much bloating after the operation I felt 20 months pregnant. Even my family noticed the change. None of my clothes fit, yet I weighed the same (AIR DOSEN'T WEIGH ANYTHING). But the operation was worth it I am heartburn free.

Comment from: steven99, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

I have IBS, and at times terrible intestinal gas. I know this may sound awful, but I have tried several things out there and nothing works. I only know the food to stay away from is onions and cabbage.

Comment from: AbbyG, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

For intermittent problems with intestinal gas, the best thing I have ever found is chamomile tea, brewed strong. It isn’t an instant cure, but it relaxes something inside the intestines and eases discomfort. Limit the chamomile to not more than 2 cups per day. Also, probiotics work wonders.

Comment from: Nancy, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have been suffering from excessive intestinal gas for more than two years and nothing seems to help. I have tried everything over the counter to no avail. I’ve gone through many tests and still nothing has been found. The worst thing with my situation is that the gas comes out without me knowing, and it is foul-smelling. My breath stinks, too. I’ve tried Beano, a gluten-free diet, Simethicone, a sugar-free diet, less fat, and nothing has worked.


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Comment from: Sothankful, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: October 29

I can't thank the person who submitted the 'fennel tea' suggestion enough. I had gastric bypass surgery 17 months ago and have lived with pain the whole time. I have been to the emergency room and admitted to the hospital with no help and still the pain continued. The other day I was beside myself with pain so I began searching the net and this site with the comment on 'fennel' tea, it works! Again thank you to the previous person for submitting the comment.

Comment from: ActionWriter, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: October 19

Intestinal gas bothered me for years. I had tried the over the counter supplements, ginger and a few other “remedies”. I cut down on the fruits and starch, and researched the prescription I was taking for cancer. I had been cancer-free for four years when a friend asked if I ever took fennel tea. I didn't know even what it was, but I found that drinking a warm cup each morning caused my waist to slim down to where I am starting to show a "six-pack". I never thought something so simple would do the job. I no longer have problems with gas and bloating.

Comment from: SuppChild, 45-54 Female Published: July 01

I have found by doing monthly herbal intestinal cleanses, drinking plenty of water, and taking herbal supplements -- such as white kidney bean and all-natural digestion stimulants -- that my frequent gas problem has decreased.

Comment from: (Patient) Published: April 03

I think probably the best way to get rid of digestive problems that haven't reached the point of needing medical intervention is to simply change your diet to one that promotes good digestion and healing properties. I find that properly prepared Indian food works wonders for this. The store I work in is next to an Indian restaurant. There food is properly prepared to digest easily with all the herbs added for this purpose. When I eat my normal Western diet of coffee in the morning, a sandwich for lunch and a big dinner loaded up with meat and grease, I have a horrible time with stomach pain, gas, chest pains, breathing restrictions, chest tightness, and so on. Every time I have gone next door and got my Indian food for lunch instead, the next day I have no stomach or digestive complaints. Of course, the problem with this whole concept is that most Westerners are hard-headed and don't want to eat food that really promotes healing and stops the self-aggravation of their problems. They want to do what they want to do and expect the doctors to fix it when it goes haywire. I lived for two years at an Indian Ashram and ate nothing but this type of food, and I can tell you that I never had a problem. It was only after leaving and going back to indulging in the Western ways of eating that all of these problems started and have been getting worse over the years. The bottom line is your choice of foods is either your medicine or your poison.

Published: June 30

I have suffered for many years with occasional abdominal bloating and cramping pain in the right upper quadrant of my abdomen. A friend introduced me to ginger ale a few years ago, and now I am never without it. I can usually spot an attack before it reaches a severe level and then I drink some ginger ale.

Published: June 06

I have IBS, I weigh 138lbs but I always look four months pregnant. I wish I knew what to do to get rid of the bloat.

Comment from: cgmarko, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 05

I have been suffering from intestinal gas for many years. It has been getting worse. It has made work and my social life hell. If I eat anything within a minute or two, I will have intestinal gas. I will not go out to dinner or go anywhere where I have to eat. Work is a nightmare. I have tried every medication known to man. Nothing helps. I don’t eat any fiber due to horrible cramping that comes a day or so after, so it's not from so called gassy foods. It doesn’t matter what I eat. I will have gas. I even stayed home from church last night because I had horrible gas. It amazes me that someone can suffer like this and have every test a doctor can order and they find absolutely nothing. I will try charcoal and hope to get some relief.

Comment from: 25-34 Female Published: February 22

Acidophilus 10 billion bacteria only at gnc or vitamin shop. Wal-Mart only has 2 billion bacteria. Take once every morning within two days you will be regular, trust me and it is not a laxative whatsoever, it is all natural. It does the same thing as activa yogurt but without the sugar or calories and way better for you.

Comment from: plaid_princess89, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: January 22

When I was 10 years old I went to a doctor and was told that I have a flap of skin blocking feces from getting through and that it could be surgically removed but it would just grow back again sooner or later. Ever since then I have been on different kinds of laxatives like MiraLax (which I totally recommend!) and Crystallose, but i realized that I have had a lot of gas too and I told my mom that I think that was the problem. So I searched around for a gas reliever and I found Phazyme and I recommend it to anyone who is having gas issues! It is the best medicine that i could have ever found. Ever since then when I have gas issues I take two and like 15-30 minutes later I feel fine and I try to stay away from foods that would give me gas for like a week.

Comment from: suzta, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: November 19

I have had IBS-like symptoms for years. I recently started limiting FODMAPs in my diet. It's been the only thing that has relieved my bloating. My digestive system is still not 100% but I have seen a marked improvement after only a few weeks. It's definitely worth a try!worth a try!

Comment from: peony, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 11

I used to take Zelnorm and it was very helpful until it was taken off the market. So far, I have found nothing to replace it.

Comment from: inpain, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

I am having abdominal pain from moderate to severe daily to every three days. I have been unable to determine the cause, though I have suffered it since the age of four and am now 27. I know I have IBS, but dietary changes don't help at all. Usually it is that if I eat well it simply takes longer to occur. I usually have an issue with gas not being able to pass through my tract due to slow moving BM. However, I can not effectively increase this, nor stop the gas production.

Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 04

A very clear way to know if you are swallowing air is causing your "gas" is do you start to bloat as soon as you are eating. Does it feel like your stomach is increasing with every bite. After 20 minutes do you have a detectable difference in your the area around your belly button , that is do you have distention? Another way to know if you are swallowing air is after you stop eating, does the bloating not increase or continue? Another way to know if you are swallowing air is does only drinking water cause bloating? If so swallowing air on purpose to force a belch will help. For me, sipping hot water is a big help. I find I cannot sip cold liquids, I must swallow. With hot liquids everything relaxes and the hot water runs down my throat. Also it appears to relax the stomach since the bloating can decrease almost as fast as it increased.

Comment from: Female Published: April 01

After years of frustration, I have found the most effective practice is to eat the evening meal as early as you can (preferably by 5:30), eat slowly, drink plenty of water and I also take a supplement 30 minutes before I eat. It is not fool proof but it has given me the most relief than anything else.