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I have been suffering with this embarrassing problem almost 3 years now. I pass gas frequently and everywhere when I am at work, in a meeting, on the bus , train... I had an Endoscopy, Abdominal scan and also Colonoscopy. Nothing abnormal apart from having a twisted stomach!!. My bowl movements are regular. I get sometimes constipated, sometimes my stool resemble rabbit droppings! I went on a Gluten free diet but to no avail. this is making me depressed...I don't feel like facing people and colleagues. I lost my confidence and my self-esteem. Please please help.

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replied February 3rd, 2011
Digestive and Bowel Disorders Answer A19267
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.

There is no need to beat yourself over a trivial issue that is not done on purpose. You have a medical condition that can be treated.

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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