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9 years after my colostomy reversal

I had appendicitis and got peritonitis when I was 21 years old.  I'm going to try and spare you all of the details, but I had about numerous surgeries, one of which the doctors nicked my colon.  I then received a colostomy bag.  Which I had to keep for about 6 months before reversal.  It was awful, but at least there was a light at the end of the tunnel.

About 6 years ago, I started to notice an extreme amount of gas.  This gas is completely abnormal, constantly coming and foul smelling.  I know this is gross, but there is no such thing as letting one slip.  They all smell awful.  In work situations or class, I am ridden with anxiety.  I've had them slip out before, when I don't even feel the gas.  It's embarrassing and disgusting.  

As for my diet I eat really healthy.  I have recently even tried going vegan and juicing to see if that will relieve my gas production, but alas, no such luck.  I drink probiotics, I've even seen eastern doctors to try and get relief.  I don't understand what is going on, doctors can't find anything wrong.  I'm really at a loss, but I don't want to deal with this for the rest of my life.  Does anyone know of any connection with the appendix or a colostomy reversal?  Any recommendations of things I can try or what it could be?  Aside from that, I am a healthy 30 year old male, I work out 4-5 days a week and am in the best shape of my life.  

Please help!
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Have you had stool samples done? What tests did you have done to try to find the cause of the odor?
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Yes, the results came back normal.  They also gave me multiple tests where I would blow into glass tubes after eating different things.  None of them have given me insight on the issue.
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