And I thought it was just me! I personally don't know anyone with the same embarassing problem. After 12 years of suffering with this, I think I may have found the biggest cause of my problem with stomach noises. Coffee! I have found that if I cut out coffee the noise is GREATLY reduced. Strangely I have also found that if I eat too much, or eat too much of a variety of foods throughout the day I suffer from the noises. I limit myself to coffee one day a week - not so easy to do but worth it!
One thing that did work for me was going on a Candida diet and taking supplements and fiber for about 3 months. After I did this I went to the Doctor and he gave me Flagyl and Cipro. I took these two medications with lots of probiotics. After taking the pills I was noise free for about 3 weeks. I was feeling soo great.
The problems started again when I passed out watching tv in the living room. My dog who mainly spends her time inside and sometimes outside I guess licked my face while I was sleeping. My dog has killed several squirrels, while she is outside. I have noticied that she also has these noises and I think she might have passed something to me.
I got some Flagyl and Probiotics for my dog, which seemed to help. The problem is that she goes outside and runs all over the place. She also continues to kill squirrels, so it's hard to keep her clean.
I'm not sure if any of you have pets, but this might be someplace to look into. I could not imagine getting rid of my dog, but it is affecting my life so much.
If most of you don't run, then start running. Also if you don't take fiber, then start taking fiber, this is great for your digestive system. I remember one time in a government training program. We had to run like 1.5 miles and after I had lunch my stomach did not bother me one bit and I also felt great.
I would suggest doing a Candida diet for about 3 months. While you are on this diet take different supplements to kill Candida. Also take like 3 different kinds each week and keep changing it every week, so the Candida does not become immune. While you are doing this, try to remain as clean as possible. Don't get near animals and only drink purified water. Also make sure you run, take fiber, probiotics and drink lots of water.
After you finish the diet, then take some Flagyl and Cipro. I first got mine from my doctor and now I'm getting it in Mexico, since I don't have insurance. While you take these two medications make sure to take plenty of probiotics.
I really suggest trying this out, as this is what helped me find a solution a year ago. Well I'll keep you posted on any new updates or information.
I have found relief finally after years of embarrasment and worry. I really think that this ailment has held me back in life which is a shame. I have gone to the doctor and he says that "some peoples stomachs are noisier than others" Thats it??? thats all you can give me???
Anyway I said screw the dr. I have started taking metamucil every day twice once in the morning and once at night. Exercising (I run 5 KM a day) and cut out breads and pastas completely. IT WORKED!!!! Every once in while I get a bit but nothing like it was. I think its when I may eat something with flour in it and not know it. I can actually attend meetings at work and quite classroom settings without a problem now.
If you have this problem its worth a try. Good luck.
Hello, first of all id like to say i get the same thing and recently found what i believe to be the answer to your problem.
Stomach noises come from one of two places.
A) Digestion and Food transit
A) Digestion and Food transit. This can be caused by Gas build up from eating the wrong types of foods. Potentially even types of foods that your gut has a problem digesting, different people have problems digesting different foods. Some people say that Glucose, Fructose etc can be a leading causer of gas and stomach problems. Its about finding out what gives you problems and eliminating it. Its believed that 80% of gas will be caused by food and 20% by air intake, so try and cut out carbonated drinks. In this case I would suggest Peppermint tablets, they help. Failing which see your doctor about another course.
B) Anxiety. This is what I believe alot of people have a problem with. let me explain what is happening:
When you become anxious, or worried your body will give you a boost of adrenaline, it is basically a way of you telling yourself "I need to get the hell out of here" and so the adrenaline will increase the actions of your arms, legs, brain, heart and yes indeed...your bowels. if youre sitting down and the anxiety causes an adrenaline rush which causes your bowels to start over working then your stomach will make noise. The best thing you can do when you start to feel anxious is to get up and go for a walk, which will mean the adrenaline will be used in your legs and heart and not your stomach, unfortunately this cant always be done. Your best bet, though im yet to do it is to use Calming 'drugs' like Kalms tablets which will help reduce my anxiety. Similarly to a more major extent try and get anti-anxiety tablets. Taking tablets for a condition shouldnt be seen as a long term solution however, becoming more comfortable and carefree will hlep, even the fact that you now KNOW WHY it is that it happens will even help because now you understand you will not think there is such a problem. Its all a placebo, you are basically fooling yourself into believing something and so your body will force a reaction. I believe that through taking tablets to halt the anxiety, it will help me to become more carefree of the situation and therefore when i stop using them, the anxiety will not return.
I hope I have helped to atleast some degree, thank you.
I have had the same problem! It started about three months ago. Every time I am in a quiet room I get so scared it is going to happen! It happens randomly......after eating, before eating and especially at bedtime. I have pains also but they tend to be above my belly button! It sounds like I have to go to the bathroom or have gas....and nothing happens! I have also been getting very nauseous at night time and in much pain then! I have no answers but am very afraid that it has something to do with a parasite...tapeworm or such. We visited Puerto Rico about four months ago. Looking for answers.....I even took a pregnancy test thinking that something may have screwed up my digestion there....but nothing! Good luck to all of you and thank you for your advice!!
ive been dealing with this and when i smoke weed it goes away in an instint! or if i take a shot because it calms me down and the noise and the bloated feeling goes away but really if you gothrough collonic therepy and eat foods that help you go to the bath room it will save you from this please go check out info on collonics you may be hesitent at first but if your like me youll do anything to stop this horrible problem because eating wrong not going to the bath room anxiety can cause these noises. let me know if i helped you and write back if you want to ask me somthing or if you have some advice for me.
hey people ,,i hope this helps ,,ive been having these noises in my stomach for like 4 to 5 months,,ive been to 2 doctors made me go to 2 labs and give samples to analize with no use ,,,they both told me i have nothing but i knew there was something moving inside my stomach,,
it had a weird smell when i poop and comes and goes every once and a while,,today i went to a new doctor he found out i have worms ,,so he got me to get new medicine,,and hopefully everything works out,..
by the way that thing doesnt show at the lab test so make sure u tell ur doctor that,,..take care people and hope it works for yall,.peace
hey guys, i am soooo glad i found this forum, my life has been ruled by my stomach for 2 years now, it has brought me to tears on many occasions. ive been really scared about it lately and started searchin for what the problem is, u guys hav given me so much hope, i feel like i can start living my life again. im to embarased to go to the doctor coz i hav other problems im embarased about i dont want the doc to know about. Ive dropped out of highschool, broken up with my boyfriend and lost a lot of friends because of it, im just to embarased to hang with them anymore. Ive been diagnosed with grade 2 depression which i put down to my stomach problems. it feels so good to let this all out finaly, ive kept it bottled up inside for so long! the futures looking brighter and my stomachs feeling lighter. love u guys so much xo
Ive been dealing with this issue for about 5+ years now. I am currently 29, but my problems started ceeping up around 21, but they were ever so slight. I remember sitting in a class room in college and my stomach made this odd 'popping' sounds, it wasn't too loud, but the class room was small, so it was evident whot he culprit was, but it was not gas! It was something in my stomach i could NOT control. The following year I held an internship at a pharma co and that is when my issues began. I would sit through hours and hours of meeting, with my stomach making the ODDEST of sounds. The worst part was it was so loud. I wanted to die right then and there. It happend constantly, and i would try to not eat to avoid the sounds, but that didnt seem to help either, so i just learned to live with it, not knowing what to do. As a working professional now, i fell hell everytime i have to walk into a meeting with multiple people, or even just my manager, especially the days i konw my stomach is acting up. I went through a diet program (to lose wieght) about 3 years ago, which really restricted carbs and sugar intake, and i noticed during that 6 month period that my stomach barely made any noises and i was livin on top of the world. I felt like i regained my confidence back. However, after i dropped off the diet, the sounds started coming back. I hate having to just live with it. I wish there was a cure. Last year I self diagnosed myself to be lactose intolerent when my cousin mentioned the symptoms. I tried to stay off dairy and noticed that it did give me a good 50-60% releif with my stomach issues and sounds. This gave me some hope. However, there are days i may have a bit of milk, or some cheese in a sandwhich and all hell breaks loose in my stomach. Now i really want to go back to school to pursue another degree (nutrition), but i am scared out of my mind to sit in a quiet classroom and take exams in dead silence. Like most of you, i dread the dead silence, its like a war in my head and the only thing i can think of is that i pray my stomach wont make noises.
Funny side note, when i was taking a class for my gmat studies (for an mba), i was drinking a sugar free red bull ( to keep energy levels up of course), and about 10 minutes later, my stomach made the loudest noise possible on earth, im sure some of you may have heard it, it seemed like the sound reached the ends of the earth, needless to say i am off any bubbly drinks, i believe the carbonation and caffine played a crucial role in my ultimate embarresing moment.
I hope people continue to post. I really need to find a solution for this, i dont want this problem to ruin what could be a new future for me, but im scared to death of stepping into a class room again with this problem i have, i almost find it easier to stay at my current job and be misrable because it wont be as painful as the sound of my stomach in a quiet classroom. sigh.
i googled this issue and came across a book online called silent stomach stop stomach noises, google it and try it out, im going to, and i will keep you guys updated on what happens. btw, im a girl and it totally sucks because women are supposed to be dainty n not make these horrible sounds from their body.
You know, i dont even drink coffee, but i do consume about 5 cups of tea a day, only 2 with soy milk. I did think about that, but i also found that drinking black tea (no sugar) really helps to relax my stomach and sooth it. BTW, after reading a million different things online, i finally went out and bought digestive enzymes and probiotics. I'm going to take them as prescribed on the label (they are all natural so hopefuly this wont be a problem). I did try not to eat any wheat or dairy products for the past two days, and my stomach felt alot better, but i sure can't seem to live without some form of carbs so i gave intoday and had an english muffin. So far so good.
I just came out of a meeting and was happy my stomach was silent, phew. I tried not to worry about it, but i still do hate when there is a meeting, esp after lunch because thats when evil seems to strike. I did read through a ebook i purchased online (a bit pricey but i was desperate). It basically talks about doing an elimination diet and how there are four major culprits to 99% of peoples stomach problems (supposedly). There are definitely ppl out there with alot of more serious issues that an elimination diet wouldnt help, but its worth trying.
My suggesiton is to start with dairy first, just remove dairy from your diet (its included in alot of things like asprins, cereal, granola bars so please check the ingredients for allergens). Try it out for a few weeks and see how it goes. If your tummy doesnt feel better, try Gluten next. It's so hard to cut out carbs from the diet, but stick to something like just brown rice or oatmeal (not more than half cup per meal) and see how that goes. If you can remove carbs completely, that would probably be a better test.
I agree with Jim1959 that caffine has alot irritants (stimulants in my case, i heart caffine). Not a bad idea to cut that out, this would include things like coffee, soda chocolates, etc. Speaking of soda, try avoiding carbonated drinks, because much to everyones dismay, it does not help the intestines but in fact irritates it, so try to stay away from that. Also stay away from greasy foods and anything super fatty or heavy (mexican anyone?). Then there are beans of course, i think most people have an issue with beans, so for folks like us, lets just stay away from it. I know its alot of healthy items that have to be removed, but i rather feel 100% all day then eat some beans n feel like crap. My fave foods that seem to not do me too much harm are egg whites, salads (no dressing or olive oil/vinegar only), grilled lean meats (chicken/fish/turkey, etc), tofu, any types of veggies and most fruits (except banans, they seem to have alot of sugar in them and do a number on me, no idea why). It's a pretty strict diet, but hell when you dont have to be out in public, go crazy! i love making pizza at home on a weekend when i know i wont have company..imagin cheese, carbs , yum. of course my stomach hates me for it but a girls gota live.
ok folks, ill keep doing my research and keep you updated.
sorry for my excessive writing, im pretty passionate about this stuff.
I thought I was the only one on earth that had a fear of quiet rooms due to this problem. I have had abnormal(excessive) stomach noises for as long as I can remember. They get really bad right before my period. I hate waiting rooms when you can hear a pin drop I have like a panic attack almost when it is really quiet. You have to eat so your stomach wont growl, but once you do it makes funny noises.Also I have noticed when I eat spagehetti its like war in my stomach. The problem is I seem to crave the foods that irritate my stomach. Has anyone tried threelac or any other products that have worked? Threelac is very expensive so I would prefer something else.
I have been having this pob for ages now. I know exactly what you are talking about. My doctor put me on some good medication which worked ok. I would take a pill of spasmo- canulase before the meal and a pankreoflat tablet right after the meal. this works very very well. however you go back to the same prob a month or two after you stop. I hope this is useful. aha. drinking warm water on empty stomach works, massaging the area where you think the gas is trapped works too and finally staying away from things like cucumbers and green veg. is good for prevention. good luck
NICE SUBCO but I agree lol these have been happening since last year for me, they dont hurt they usually happen in math or science class, it always makes me laugh me and my friends joke that theres a monster in my belly, because it like vibrates. The noises can be heard from everywhere in my class of 34 people. I wouldn't be too worried we probably have good digestive systems and I'm known as the slowest eater in my class, as well as the healthiest and I drink loads of water so I really dont know what it is, but it probably isn't bad have a good one!
So I have been suffering with this intestinal gurgling problem for two weeks now. Actually, to be honest, the gurgling only occurred on two separate occasions, and the rest was paranoia. But I KNOW how stressful it is. Only in the past week have I even begun to take baby steps to reducing the large anxiety FROM this gurgling. I read through numerous forums, actually I was obsessively looking at all forums, to try and find a "cure". It was terribly despairing to read of people who have been suffering from for not only months but years, when I was hoping to get rid of it in the next few days at the latest. I stopped eating almost everything that I had been used to eating, because I had read that it could be a gluten or lactose intolerance. I had lactose intolerance in the past, so I immediately cut out all milk and dairy products (though admittedly the only new one that I had introduced when the gurgling began was cheddar cheese and crackers whose second ingredient was "milk ingredients"), and, in desperation, I also cut out all gluten products. This was devastating for me psychologically though, because my staple food was bread (kamut, rye, and spelt).
To cut it short, I went to the doctor twice in one week: the first just prescribed me a laxative and stool softener, which had no effect on me at all. The second doctor did absolutely nothing except give me useless information that even my mother could have told me. That was the last straw for me; I had expected her to help me in some way, if not for the condition from which I was suffering, then at least something for the anxiety, but no, nothing. SHe claimed that the gurgling could maybe be a sign of IBS (though I read online that IBS is basically a way of saying that they have no idea what's wrong with you), though they can't be sure unless they have 3 months worth of data. So, saying how stressed I looked, she concluded that it's probably just stress, and I should try to find better ways to cope with it. This was such a depressing moment for me. I had placed my last hope in this doctor, and nothing, absolutely nothing came of it.
I should mention that this anxiety prevented me from attending class - the last intestinal gurgling episode I had during a class caused me to have a panic attack DURING that class. It was not something that I was willing to even test out anymore. I even had to take a mid-term in my professor's office because I was not able to handle the classroom situation. This new anxiety was also an additional weight on my already overloaded back, because I was stressed not only about school but about my part-time job which I strongly disliked. So, I quit my job a few days later.
This whole thing made me so depressed, because I felt so helpless not to mention hopeless. But I didn't give up. I went to a psychologist right after that doctor's visit for help with the coping of stress and anxiety, and the psychologist right away gave me a link to meditation audio and the suggestion to try tums for the acidity. She was also surprised that the doctor, even though remarking on my stress, didn't even suggest anti-anxiety medication. (I actually didn't even realize at the time how stressed I was, even though three people, independent of each other, told me that I looked very stressed).
Now, approximately a week after that initial visit to the psychologist, I am already feeling a bit better. So, DON'T DESPAIR. What helped me (psychologically) was to take baby steps (to overcome my fear of staying in a quiet room full of people):
1. I began by only attending classes that I knew were naturally a bit noisier
2. Wearing as many layers over the abdominal/stomach area as possible (I achieved this by wearing leggings underneath my jeans, a wool sweater and by keeping on my heavy, thick wintercoat). I figured sweating from heat was more desirable than loud gurgling. In this way, it also just looked like I was sick.
3. Props - i.e. something to do physically while you are just sitting there, especially when you think a gurgle might come (even though it might not). I used a large cup of tea for this. Every motion tends to make a sound, so even reaching, sipping or drinking the tea is an additional sound that can cover the gurgling. Now, my prop tends to be tums.
4. An Escape Plan ** - this was really key for me. I made myself a promise that if such and such a thing happened (i.e. gurgling), I would just leave. But I also promised myself that (confidence permitting) I would leave the class and just go to the bathroom if I only felt the onset of gurgling, or if there was mild gurgling.
All in all, these four things were simply things that have been helping me to regain confidence, and not be so PARANOID. The most important thing to keep in mind is that we are all human. Just human. Not invincible, and not perfect. Things happen to us, but we cannot allow them to prevent us from continuing on with life. After all, it is not as if I am sitting in class and might vomit or something like that. It is gurgling. Just gurgling. Any pain that comes from that is psychological. It's only in me. The key is to see the big picture. I also found it helpful to picture possible and plausible scenarios in my head of what it would be like if it were to happen, what would be ways to deal with it. Here are few things you can do, especially if you notice that someone is looking at you when the gurgling happens: ignore it; just shrug and smile; make eye contact and say "It's trying to talk", "Sorry, noisy stomach". Realistically, what is the worst that can happen? Embarrassment. But there are many things in life worse than embarrassment. The worst thing you can do is avoid specific situations in which the gurgling occurred - that is how phobias develop. Don't avoid quiet environments because of FEAR, but don't just plunge into completely quiet environments either if you are already fearful. Take it a step at a time. Every baby step is still a step forward.
I found that the reason I was getting so stressed about the gurgling was (aside from social phobia) due to my tendency to be a perfectionist - of striving to be somehow superhuman. So if you can let go of that even a tiny bit, that would help too.
WHAT REALLY WORKED FOR ME: 1)lactose free diet, 2) reducing stress by meditation and eliminating unnecessary stressors, 3) exercise (just a half hour walk a day and a ten minute jumping cardio workout from youtube), 4) staying positive (by having a supportive parent and a friend - when I told my good friend about it she was shocked because it also happened to her - so don't be afraid to speak up, you never know who fellow sufferers might be; and in any case, friends will always sympathize, which is very important).
Also, try not to become too paranoid. I know that this is hard - after the gurgling incidents I was freaking out when my intestines made any sort of sound at all, and was literally monitoring every audible sound. This is not healthy; some gurgling is natural.
Anyway, sorry for being so wordy (I can't help it), but I do hope that this will help another fellow sufferer. And remember: you are not alone. Others, as you can see, get this too, and IT IS possible to overcome it. Step by step.
I wish you a quick return to peace of mind and a properly functioning digestive system.
hi my fellow sufferers, like so many of you i've been suffering from this intolerable disease for nearly a year and i've had it up to the point where i started having thoughts of suicide (due to lack of social contact because of these efffin noises) anyway recently i read a book about the whole digestive disorder and etc, and i found a miracle cure. It's called HSO Probiotics (Primal Defence), these are basically probiotics that are resistent to any type of environment. Unlike other probiotics they do not die in heat or because of your stomach acid and etc..., they will kill anything thats bad (bacteria / parasites) in your gut and start colonizing it and restoring the beneficial gut flora which is necessary for proper digestion. Theses probiotics can be found in Whole Food's store for about $50 for 90 capsules or so. Before i tried this i've had noises, and diahriah for 5 months - had done numerous stool test, colonoscopy, endoscopy, digestive enzymes, other probiotics and nothing helped. NOTHING BUT THIS - TRUST ME GO OUT AND BUY THIS MIRACLE FROM GOD AND I GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE CURED. All the best luck to all of you and remember that even though stress does upset your stomach - hence the noises in quiet situations - the problem is that you microflora, aka the beneficial bacteria in your intestines, is destroyed by fungi or bad bacteria and thus you're unable to digest anything, thus this food ferments and produces gas - hence the noises - and diahriah is the body's natural way to flush out everything that can't be absorbed; anyway try these probiotics and all the best of luck to all of you.
p.s. sorry for the language but i wanted to type the info as fast as possible coz i know how you must suffer coz i've been there....
I really can sympathize with all of you regarding the stress that begins and the stress that builds upon this condition. It's like I'm yelling at my gut to behave since I've got way more things to worry about. However, it's my body and I've got to make the most out of life without feeling sad or be a slave to these issues.
My case is pretty much the same with most of you all. I started having this in high school, dread exams, quite places with people even orchestra music classes-concerts. (there's quite a bit of silence going on there as well). In college, it did intensify and I tried different things like sitting away from people, making noises in the seat to cover, trying to go #2 before an exam, tried more healthier-natural foods, etc. I managed to finished college and get my degree (2 years ago) but I can confidently say that if it weren't for this condition, I seriously could have done much better in my studies, social life and mental health.
The last time I got an physical check up, I asked the doctor and he did tell me it was IBS, a fairly common problem in the US he says. The suggestion I got was to include more Fiber in the diet. After literally years since High school till now, I really believe it has a lot to do with Diet and trying to work with my body (like balancing the organisms, fluids, acid levels, etc)instead of ignoring it or all these different imagination scenarios. Excercise helps a lot too.
Honestly, the hardest thing was training my mind along with working with the body. I'm begining to realize what it means to take on challenges and every weakness is a blessing in disguise. Tried to relax, don't take a lot of things too seriously if it truly doesn't have to, don't mind obsessively what others think etc. Just remember and be aware that "modern society and culture" is actually more "Abnormal" than it portrays itself to be and isn't all that realistic about people being themselves in general.
I still have this problem but gradually taking more healthy control of my life.