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Severe pain when I need to go to the toilet

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I will get bad gas, and severe abdominal pains when I need to pass a stool. The stool is always different It could be hard to pass or very bad diarrhoea. Then sometimes I could be constipated. It varies so I really havent had proper bowl movements for a long time. The pains are very bad when I need to go to the toilet, I sweat and find it hard to breath. Also when I get my period I sometimes get bad bowl movements, don't know if this is all linked. I dont really have a bad diet I try and eat as much veg and fruit as I can.
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replied January 31st, 2012
Hello and welcome to e health forum.

The history given indicates, that your symptoms are due to indigestion.

Stomach or intestinal gas is a byproduct generated during the process of digestion. It is generally expelled from the body, either ‎through the mouth (called belching or burping) or through the rectum (flatulence or flatus). The flatus if smells bad, is due to ‎fermentation process of the colon contents, which generates sulphur gases, which produces that foul odor. ‎

The best way to prevent this condition is via dietary and lifestyle changes. ‎

‎1. Eat slowly by chewing the foods properly. This reduces the amount of air ingested while eating & also facilitates carbohydrate ‎digestion. ‎

Avoid foods which result in production of excess gas - like - White bread, pasta, pastries, cookies, onions, and asparagus, leeks, garlic, chicory roots and chicory ‎based coffee substitutes, and Legumes (soy, beans, chickpeas, lentils), cabbage and brussel sprouts, etc.
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‎2. Pay attention to the kind of food you have been eating lately. This would help identify specific foods that cause bad stomach gas ‎and then cut down its consumption. ‎

‎3. In addition to the above methods, Activated charcoal, probiotics and digestive enzyme supplements can be used for intestinal or ‎stomach gas relief. Activated charcoal tablets have the best effect in relieving your symptoms. ‎

But, if the problem persists for a long time, you may consider to consult your physician for an examination and diagnostic tests for ‎digestive and absorption disorders. ‎

I hope this helps.‎


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