Okay, well here it is. About two weeks ago I ate a sandwich from a fast food place and wound up getting fairly sick. I was throwing up and having upper abdomen pain. As the days passed the pain went further down my abdomen and i had to go back to work. I noticed that i had to use the bathroom a lot more and i had alot of gas and pressure. I took some gas chewable pills and this seemed to help with the bloating and pain. My fiance decided it would be a good idea to try an enema and i conceded due to the fact that i was in a lot of pain. After the enema i had a loose BM but the symptoms persisted. I had a drastic loss in appetite during this time. After about a week the symptoms seemed to be going away so i started to eat more food. At first salads and bits of grilled chicken when i could, then i moved onto some noodles and veggies. A few days ago i started my winter vacation from work for a few days and the bloating came back along with gas and strangely enough i feel like i have to have a BM every few minutes. When i try to go i get bad cramps and flatuance and the only thing to come out is kind of a foamy or slimy mucus. it is very uncomfortable and nothing seems to be helping. Im eating alot of yogurt in case its a bacteria thing but once again it doesnt seem to be helping. i have to return to work in a couple days and i dont know what to do. Ive been really stressed out lately and also ive noticed that my anus seems to be swollen a fair amount. it feels like there is blockage or something but once again i can sit on the toilet for an hour and i only pass gas and mucus comes out. Please help me!!
Hello, and thanks for your medical question on E Health Forum.
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.
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.
Usually, dietary and lifestyle changes would help you to get rid of gas problems.
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.
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