Hi, I'm 24 yrs old. I have gastritis, almost any outside food (spicy/oily) doesn't agree with my stomach, gives me gas and I get a clutching pain in my stomach which becomes fine after the gas is released or after I defecate fully. All this while I've had a regular bowel movement of 2 times/day. 4 days back I consumed food with too much oil. Had flatulence and since then I don't feel the urge to defecate. I do poop once a day, but out of consciousness, its not very restricted, painful or constipated, just dont feel the urge at all even after I take a lot of coffee, which usually works wonders for me.
It seems that your symptoms could probably due to indigestion.
Eating right and high fibre diet should help your bowel movements to normalize.
Some tips to help your symptoms include:-
1. Reducing intake of hot spicy and Fat rich foods, fried foods, is very important.
2. Try eating a little more slowly. When you eat fast, you swallow extra air with your food. Try to not talk while eating. Extra air while eating can lead to belching and gas production.
3. Eating at the same time each day and eating smaller meals more frequently may be beneficial as well.
4. Try to eat a balanced diet. Foods with high fiber may initially increase gas production. However, the this will decrease over time.
5. It is better not to drink fluids with your food. Drinking fluids with meals can increase your air intake and increase gas.
6. Avoid major gas and acid producing foods like -
- Vegetables: Onions, Celery, Carrots, broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cucumber, Cabbage,Cauliflower, Radishes , potatoes and eggplant.
- Beans, peas, Green salads, brown rice and leeks
- Fruits like - Raisins, Bananas, Apricots, Prunes, dried fruit
- Carbohydrates rich foods like - Bagels, Wheat Germ, Pretzels,puddings, breads.
- Cured meats and high fat meat products such as sausages, salami, ham, bacon, and Red meats like beef and lamb should be reduced in consumption or avoided totally.
Adequate antacids (Tums, Mylanta, prevacid) and Omeprazole (Acid reducing medication) can help relieve the symptoms. In addition maintaining adequate hydration and adopting a sitting upright posture for 1 hr post meals will also help.
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