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For those who suffer from the noisy abdomen thing, I just want to know if any of you have had major progress. Tell me what you think works and what doesn't....I plan to try to learn from what you have to hard as that may be, since some people say cut out dairy, others cut out whole grains, others say add whole grains. I might as well eat nothing with all the things I've heard. Nerves play a role, but I don't think it's the direct cause. And if anybody has heartburn plus this problem, let me know, because I do too. Thanks.

I'll even add a festive little smiley face, Very Happy
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replied March 1st, 2007
I Also Have Noisy Stomach And Heartburn

I have also tried everything under the sun to quiet my LOUD stomach and digestion. VERY EMBARRASSING!! I've had it about 3 years now. This is my 5th day of no noises because my Dr thinks I have celiac disease. My Mom has it, and it is hereditary. They did a blood test for celiac, but I tested negative because it won't show up unless you have a severe case. You can find a lot of info on it on the net. Celiac disease is an allergy to gluten (wheat). You have to become a label reader, because a lot of stuff has wheat that you wouldn't expect (like soy sauce). It's a total pain to avoid wheat, but I feel so much better. The first clue I had it was because I became anemic (VERY low iron) and when you have this disease and eat wheat, your body is unable to absorb vitamins and minerals like iron. It explains why I'm tired all the time. I can not tell you how good I feel now (and a lot less noisy!) Hope this helps. Try it...the worst that can happen is this is not it. Very Happy Sandy
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replied March 26th, 2007
I have this exact same problem and I've been tested for gluten intolerance several times but my results have always been negative.
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replied June 5th, 2007
to Haunted
Well that doesn't mean you still don't have a problem in that area, it just might not be as severe as other peoples'. When it comes to my personal progress...meh...tis ok. I'm on a gluten free diet as an experiment...though popsicles and some non gluten things get to me a tish with the noises...but anyway, the biggest thing I do is breathe, not think about it, and distract myself...yay. I really think we'll figure this out.
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replied October 6th, 2007
Experienced User
Hello everyone I am currently 25 years old and these stomach noises have been causing me so many problems. I really started to notice my stomach noises when I was like 19 years old. Once I graduated from my university the stomach noises seem to have gotten worse. I hate having to do any kind of training, because I get soo scared that my stomach will start to make some type of noise. I actually had to resign from a government job, because the training was 4 months long and I had to spend 80% of my time in a quiet room. I was doing pretty good for the first 4 weeks, but then I got a tetaneous shot and a hepatitis shot and everything went down hill.

I will have to go through another training, which will be a week long, 8 hours a day. I wish I didn't have to do this training, but I guess I have no other alternative. I also want to get my masters, but I guess I will have to try to get it online. There are some schools like Boston University, Michigan State, Texas Tech, Florida State, Penn State and University of Houston that offer degrees online. I hope this helps for those who are in school and hate going to class. I am now trying to go to a career path that does not make me work in a quiet environment.

One thing that helped me a great deal was taking fiber pills (metamucil). My routine would start out like this, wake up and try to do #2, then take 2 fiber pills and have breakfast. I would like like 20 fiber pills with me, just incase I heard any noises. I would have lunch and then try to do #2 again and take 2 more fiber pills. I would also take water with me and also something to drink on that was carbonated. I think that if you flush food through your system, by using the restroom, then this may help with the stomach noises. It did for me until I got the darn tetaneous and hepatitus shot.

One other thing that I noticed helped a great deal was running or probably any other excercise. I remember one time I had to run 1.5 miles before lunch and I didn't eat anything, I just drank water. I showered and went to class and I was thinking that I was sure to have stomach noises. I was soo surprised that my stomach did not make one noise.

I went to go and see a doctor in another country (Mexico) since I don't have insurance right now. He checked me out and said that my heart beat is like off on the 11th beat or something like that. He said that it was nothing to worry about, but that this may be the reason for my stomach noises. He asked if I had been excercising lately and I said no. He asked if I had any chest pains and I said a couple times and he said that I should start to excercise everyday. He also gave me this medication, Creon and this other medication. I am taking them right now, but I don't know if they are really working, since my stomach has been feeling about the same. The doctor told me to stay away from processed foods, such as sausages and not to any spices (garlic, pepper, cumin and other spices) he also said not to eat any spicy foods. I am also lactose intollerant, so I don't drink any dairy products. I think I am also alergic to glutons, so I stay away from wheat, barly and oats.

One other thing that I have not done yet, but am thinking about is taking milk thistle to try to help my liver process foods. I don't want to do this yet, until I have finished my training. I don't want to experiment right now before I go to training.

Well good luck to everyone and I hope we can deal with our problem. It would be nice if we could all work for the same company and we didn't have to worry about our stomach noises.

PS: Stress is also something that causes this. I guess when you get stressed you let out some stomach acids and then that's when you hear the noises. Sometimes eating fresh fruits and veggies can also cause stomach noises for certain people. I agree with the person who said have protein. I have eggs in the morning and that seems to help.
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replied February 6th, 2009
bowel noise
thats just crazy.....
my bowel noises are not related to any type of food but diaries increase it ,that doesnt mean avoiding diaries will stop it.i reaalised too that it is improved by excercise but still not stopped !!!!!!! i tried every food and every meds and nothing am so embarrassed guss why ??? am a doctor...
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replied February 25th, 2009
For me all of these have helped: taking probiotics, drinking lots of water, doing yoga and working out the ab muscles as much as possible. However, what has helped me the most are the probiotics and the workout in the abdominal area.Whenever I stop doing either one, my noises increase. Also, try to relax.
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replied May 4th, 2009
noisy abdomen
I have had this for years and it was stopping me having a proper social life, I was terrified of quiet places etc. I have recently found - accidentally really - a cure which works for me, and that is simply by eating a high fibre breakfast once I'm at work, rather than 'on the run' before I leave for work and can't be near a toilet for the next hour on my commute. I have a piece or two of fruit at home, so I don't pass out from hunger on the way to work, but the main part of my breakfast is eaten slowly at my desk whilst I'm going through emails. I really think if you eat your first meal of the day in a more 'relaxed' setting, ie: not just before rushing out the door, your digestion gets to work in a normal, relaxed way rather than being stressed (they say your gut is a bit like a second brain!). I have been much more 'regular' on the toilet since doing this too, going daily instead of maybe once every 2 or 3 days, and the stomach noise has reduced hugely. I also agree with previous person who said probiotics, lots of water and exercise can help too, but I've been amazed at the difference just by changing how/when I eat my breakfast.
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replied June 16th, 2010
In response to Alexis427, my noisy stomach and GI issues started after I had severe flu symptoms. My primary care doctor misdiagnosed me claiming I had a mild case of IBS and I should up my fiber intake to 30g per day. Increasing my fiber had no impact.

I've given up drinking caffeine, carbonated liquids, eating dairy products, wheat and sugar. My symptoms have not subsided and my stomach and GI issues are getting worse. Intially, they would start after I ate lunch, now they are waking me up in the middle of the night. This is also negatively impacting my spouse whose sleep is being disrupted.

The only thing that has worked for me so far is taking Advil Cold & Sinues, I take one does in the morning and again at lunch time. The Advil Cold & Sinus has dramatically decreased the noise, the pain from the gas and bloating. Gas-X doesn't work and nor does Pepto Bismol. Probiotics give me intense cramps along with digestive enzymes and Acai.

I strongly don't reccomend taking Advil Cold & Sinus on a daily basis due to the potential of the OTC medication causing liver, kidney and stomach damage. I only use this line of defense if I have to attend an important meeting or training.

Currently, I'm under the care of a GI specialist. Later this month I will undergo endoscopy and a GI biospy to figure out what is causing my noisy GI symptoms, which I don't need to say are embarrassing and humiliating.

It appears that diet and exercise don't have an impact, I exercise 6 days a week and I don't eat fast foods. I rountinely eat fresh vegatables, fruits, fish and lean meats. I love my new job and I'm pretty sure that my noisy GI is not due to stress.
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