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I have been living with a persistent odorous gas problem for about 8 months now. I have made several visits to my family doctor as well as a gastroenterologist with no help. I was diagnoseed with IBS and have tried a couple of prescriiption drugs for IBS as well as Devrom, Charcoal, Chlorophyllin, probiotics, fiber,herbal teas and others to no avail. I have had a colonoscopy & endoscopy-both were normal. I have also tried altering my diet. I spent a weekend eating nothing but homemade organic vegetable soup but nothing has helped. I have also tried using odor elimiators such as charcoal lined underware & seat cushions, perfumes etc. and still people talk about me & give me dirty looks. It has been absolutely awful! People that know me well feel sorry for me and aquaintances seem to try to avoid me. It is affecting my whole life. If anyone has any advice it would be glad to hear it.
I feel your pain. I've had this problem for more than 10 years and I am now 30 years old. I find that when I am at home alone I don't have any gas. However, as soon as I go to work or anywhere else I find myself in worry mode and than for the rest of the day I have gas. I to have received dirty looks and complaints. It can be really hard to concentrate on the task at hand and feel normal. I am trying to find someone who has used hypnotherapy to "cure" this problem because I do think that a lot of it is in the mind, because what else could it be???
I thought I was the only person on earth that has this embarrassing problem. I to ampm911 find that when I am around people, for example the store, standing in lines, at work in a confined area with people around I find myself in worry mode and then I have constant gas the rest of the day. I lost my job because of it. My boss would get the air freshner and stand right next to me looking at me while he was spraying the air freshner. So embarrassing I just wanted to die. I find when I get a little nervous never fails it happens over and over again. I went and got a colonoscopy and they found nothing or could not perscribe anything that could help me. I left the hospital crying my eyes out because I would have to continue going to work. I loved the job but they fired me. Now I do not work an outside job and its getting harder and harder to make ends meet. I do a couple of things to make money. But it seems you got to have money to make money at home. I am 51 years old and want to do so many things, but because of this awful health issue I haven't got a life. All I do is stay home so lonely and unhappy and pray to God that it goes away. When I worked I had medical, and the doctors did not know what was causing this and could not help me. I don't have medical now and feel like my life is js passing me by. I ask myself what is my purpose in life? I have no life. I never ever discussed this problem with anyone except the doctors and my mother and now both of you. ampm911 could you tell me what hypnotherapy is? You said what else could it be???? I wish to God I knew that answer. If either of you find something that will help would you please keep in touch? And I will do the same. I want my life back otherwise like I said whats my purpose. Please somebody help me, I can't go on like this. Sincerely Mookie 51
Sorry to reply so late...i didn't think anyone was listening. I didn't follow through with hypnotherapy...I went to my first session and the hypnotherapist said he never came across something like this. I was a bit embarrased. Apparently many people in Singapore suffer from chronic flatulence. so that is my only hope right now. You can look up hypnotherapists in the yellow pages and make an appointment. There are a few that ohip covers. good luck.
I would like to point out that passing gas is a SUPER NORMAL metabolic process that occurs in all living creatures. Even your car passes gas continuously. When we extract energy from our food and digest it, we produce gases. You should not be embarrassed of your farts because they are a sign that your body is carrying out metabolism. We must not stray from our animal instincts. Don't be fooled, everyone's farts smell. Believe me, even Paris Hilton has her gassy days..... lol
Im 22 years old, had the same problem as you and a couple of other threads consisting of the anal problems on this site and had it for around a year and a half. I will say now i have always been popular, funny and a decent person but ever since this "thing" happened to me i started to go into a serious decline. I lost most of my friends, i lost my job and the worst thing was i could hear people talking about me. It happened behind my back and i made myself think that it was something else and it wasnt about me but after a while you realise that it is about you and it hurts like nothing in your life has hurt before. My friends lost the respect for me i lost all the self respect i ever had for myself(and then some) and you feel like taking your life. Why should someone who washes so profusely have this problem when there are people who dont wash at all and are fine.
So to cut a long story short i had all the tests colonostapy(sp) flexoscomy, etc and also creams to use in that area and nothing worked. So i went back to my doctor and gave him a full and graphic sentance on what had happened to me and that i wanted him to act quickly before i would fall further into this deep hole and im lucky that i think he has came through for me.
Let me first say that i have had like a wetness from the anal area even after iiv showered and dried for the last year and a half, it was as if it was the only area that didnt go dry and stayed horribly moist, no matter how much i dried and it was red and sore.
It was horrible when i was working(especially doing hard work) because i would turn around and people would be laughing, BUT I COULDNT SMELL A THING. I would normally just start a fight with someone who done such a thing but with something so embarrasing it feels as if you want to get as far away as possible from the situation becasue it is sooo embarrasing.
Now for the last few weeks i have had these new pills that have seemed to help in all aspects of my life. They are called pro-banthine and they are used to treat people with excessive sweating, stomach spasms and a host of all other problems(i suggest you google them and check out what else). All i can say is that the horrible problems (for the last few weeks) seem to have disapeared, i no longer feel sweaty in any region, infact i feel really good(like i used to). I dont feel the need to sweat profusly or feel nervous when people who i dont like enter, because i dont sweat plus my(ibs) pblems are also solved with the pill as it stops stomach spasms.
Personally i would say try what i am trying. Im not saying it works because i dont even know if it does because i cant even smell if its not but i feel back to normal, non sweaty down there, my family being around me more and not feeling as if when i sit down that it feels sooooo uncomfortable.
I wish everyone luck. Wish me luck too, because im not through my ordeal yet.
got the excact problem but i ve got ulcerative colitis and really gets me down not going out,hiding away at home etc.feel like ending my life sometimes because its so embarrasing and feel paranoid everytime i go out or to work where theres a crowd of people.
Thank you for sharing your story, you are helping alot of people out here.
I used to take Charcoal capsules faithfully, and yes it did help, but if you take any type of medication you have to be careful, because the Charcoal absorbes all inpurities in your system.
Now I take Extra Strength Gas Relief (simethicone, 125 mg) Anti-Gas and these really help. I buy the CVS brand, but now I found that the Dollar Store carries them and trust me I have stocked up.
I am wondering if it does have something to do with anxiety, because like you said it does not happen when you are at home, only when you are in crowds.
If I hear of anything else, or if I try anything else I will keep you posted.
As for those folks who were talking behind your back, or your so called friends; if they were true friends they would be there for you.
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