View Full Version : Constipation at night, gurgling farting..PLEASE HELP!

04-29-2013, 06:33 AM
Hi there,

I will try and be succinct and “cut to the chase” but basically my problem is IBS and how to manage it at the moment.


-Had approximately 10-12 courses of antibiotics between 2008-2010 due to sinus infections. I feel as if this is the cause of the problem as I didn’t have digestive problems before this.

-Over the last year and a half I have had a lot of digestive problems. At first (from memory) I was going toilet loads (ike 5-6 Bowel Movements’s a day). Now I do one (massive but formed) BM in the morning and then sometimes another one (usually several thin stools) later in the day. Often at night I pass a lot of wind and it feels like there is a lot in stomach (i.e I feel constipated).

Another persistent symptom is stomach growling/gurgling after main meals. I also pass wind a lot; seems to more in the evening then during the day. I also sometimes get bloating although I think the meds have calmed this down a little as it’s not as bad as it was like a year ago.


-I saw the doctor and was put on several different anti-spasmodic medications such as mebeverine and buscopan. I didn’t feel like this made a big difference and I still had cramp and general digestive problems.

-I then paid money to see a private dietician. I told her I couldn’t afford the more expensive tests so she suggested I do a gut fermentation tests whereby they took a sample of my blood to test for a yeast overgrowth in the gut by measuring blood alcohol levels after I took a glucose sample.

The results showed that I had higher than normal levels of some blood alcohol levels (1-propanol, 2-ethyl-1-butanol) and some short chain fatty acids and related substances (Acetate and Butyrate).

Her diagnosis was that I have “possible bacterial dysbosis”. She said that I had too much “bad bacteria” and that I needed to starve this bacteria off by avoiding sugar (added sugar as well). She also suggested that I avoid wheat, gluten and dairy as much as possible just in case I have an allergy to them (I couldn’t afford the tests to determine this). She also said no beer and minimal alcohol intake.

Here is a link to the test with more details:

She prescribed me a probiotic, coconut oil, a product called Colex (A blend of natural botanicals and Bifidobacterium containing a blend of bentonite clay, natural botanicals including garlic, turmeric, inulin and peppermint and Bifi dobacterium lactis and B. bifidum) and a product called Glutagenics (which contains glutamine, deglycyrrhizinized licorice (DGL), and aloe vera ). Buying all the things I think helped me out but now I can’t afford them as I am out of work.

-I have seen two gastrologists this year on the NHS. One looked up my bum with a camera and said there was no inflammation. He basically said it was IBS and that “it might calm down in a year or two’s time.” He said I wouldn’t have it for other. He encouraged me to carry on with probitotics. He prescribed me Audmonal Forte three times a day and said to keep taking peppermint oil capsules.

The second guy I saw asked me a lot more questions and was generally more helpful. His diagnosis was that I have IBS diarrhoea predominant. He has also referred me to a dietician to try and have a go at the FODMAP dietary approach.

3 X 120mg of Audmonal Forte
3 X Peppermint Oil capsules a day
Udo 8 Probiotic after breakfast on a full stomach in the morning
Amitriptyline 10mg at night (A tricyclic antidepressant (TCA)

Oats in the morning with either soya milk or rice dream milk with berries and sometimes flaxseed and no added sugar jam
Two-three cups of tea a day

Almonds, raisins, sometimes crisps, bananas and apples
Sometimes low fat yogurt with kiwi fruit or banana

Brown rice protein powder


Typically I eat (Protein a lot as I work out):

Brown rice with scrambled egg

Wheat-free white pasta (Sainsburys brand) with a cheap pasta sauce and tinned tuna

Egg noddles with tuna/chicken and red/green peppers and red onion with
spices for a stir fry

Sweet potato with white fish (haddock..not battered) and spinach

Quorn mince with pasta and red kidney beans
Chicken, peas and brown rice

I try and avoid things like burger and chips and fatty foods as they give me problems. Chocolate is a weakness as I do have a sweet tooth.


I just want to stop the farting and also the constipation problems I have at night. I am out of work at the moment and holding myself back from getting a job because I’m worried that I’d struggle in the morning as I struggle to get to sleep with this problem at night.

Is this really IBS or is a bacterial overgrowth?

Are there any other tests I can get done to confirm the true source of the problem?

Is there anything else I can try?
Would a colonic irrigation help?

I would be most grateful for any advice or suggestions..I don’t want this thing to take over my life.

Thanks in advance,