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I have been experiencing 'hot' feeling flatulence (a slight burning sensation as it is passed) which is mildly uncomfortable but not in itself a problem. I am concerned by the unpleasant smell and unpredictable nature of the flatulence though. Sometimes it will come on strongly with little warning when I am in stressful situations, such as the classic example of while on a first date. I don't think it is caused only by stress though, as it will often happen in unstressful times as well.

I have had blood, urine and stool tests performed with no unusual results or anything suggesting any problems. I haven't been able to pinpoint any particular foods that bring on the problem, but have been steering clear of all processed foods because I'm guessing they wouldn't help! A doctor recommended taking Immodium and I find that this completely fixes the problem, but I suspect this is only because it slows the digestion down and therefore whatever is causing the problem gets digested more thoroughly. I want to avoid making a habit of taking Immodium and would prefer instead to find a more natural way of slowing down my digestion, as I'm guessing that this could help the problem. A have on average 3 - 5 bowel movements per day.

As for background info, I am a 25 yr old male in good shape physically. I'm very active and seem to have a very fast metabolism. Except for the problem described above I feel very healthy day in and day out.

Can anybody shed any light on what might cause this problem and make any suggestions on how to avoid it? I haven't been able to find much info searching the Internet.

Thanks very much for your time and help.
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replied June 20th, 2009
If you have already tried to modify your diet without benefit, you might request a consultation with a GI physician.

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replied February 9th, 2010
Did you see a GI physician?
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