Re: Excessive gas
A diagnosis of IBS can only be made by a doctor after testing is done to rule out all other intestinal disorders. You may or may not be suffering from IBS. If you are experiencing excessive gas and frequent bowel movements, you may want to take a look at your diet. Red meat, dairy products, carbonated beverages, caffiene, chocolate, and other foods can cause the symptoms you are having. You may want to try cutting out all of these things from your diet for two weeks then slowly add in one thing at a time and keep a diary of what bothers you. In addition, you may want to check the labels on the food you are eating. If they contain MSG (monosodium glutamate) that could be a culprit too..
When I get excessive gas I often will take simethicone (like gas-x but I buy the store brand). This seems to help with the bloating and gas at least some.
In addition, you may want to try adding Metamucil three times a day to your diet. The fiber will form a sort of protective barrier in your colon and help give your colon something to hug. It will also absorb any excess water in the colon and keep your bowel movements a little more solid so you don't get the loose stools which can be what is causing your gas. Try these things out and if nothing helps or your symptoms persist, you will want to see a gastroenterologist for the appropriate testing to rule out anything serious. Hope this helps!
Jennifer<p>[This message has been edited by moderator2 (edited 06-15-2002).]