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foul smelling flatulence all time

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Hello everybody,

I have just encountered this site and felt little bit confident after knowing that I am not alone, and people are on way to their solutions. I hope I will solve my problem too.

I am 27, male, software engineer, Germany. I am having this problem for around one and half years and still I did not find any solution.

I release gas all the time, I don't smell it but all people around me hold their noses, scratch their face.  So it is obvious to me that the gas I release smells. Not only that, my breath also stinks. regardless of how good I brush and how long I brush, my breath stinks. So people are thinking that I am a nasty guy who do not brush and fart always.

I was emotionally forced to leave my job because of this problem, because whenever somebody comes to our office room, they complain that it smells like sewage and my colleagues stare at me suggesting that I am the reason. My colleagues discuss internally that I am the reason for the company losses because clients are not showing interest to come to our office.

I left my job and went to different doctors, they all hear to me, they don't consider it serious, they do only some routine tests like blood test and ultra scan. They will find nothing negative in the tests and come to a conclusion that it is infection caused by bacteria and give some antibiotics. But none of them helped me. Even in colonoscopy, nothing negative showed up. I took activated charcoal pills too, it did not help. I have used flat-d underwear, it did not stop my foul smell. doctors checked my anus through finger and told me that there is no damage near the anus.

I even went to homeopathy doctor, she told me it could be bacterial infection and gave some medicines but they too did not help me.

symptoms and observations:

I feel that I release more gas when I sit.
I have some sort of mild burning sensation near my left chest after eating.
I release foul smelling gas whether I eat or starve.
I have wetness near my anal region.
My breath also smells bad.

tests done /results
Blood test                            :  no problem found
Ultra scan(routine abdomen)   : no problem found
Colonoscopy                        : no problem found

I don't know what to do now. I got a job in USA now, planning to go to USA in 2 months and desperately want to find a solution to my problem before going to USA.

Can anybody throw some light on my problem?

Thank you very much in advance.

I hope we all will find some solution to this life ruining problem.

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how is everyone doing? any improvement on your condition?
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How long did you get treatment before the flatulence stopped? Did it stop completely?
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Hey there, suicide is not the answer!!! Please get tested for Helicobacter Pylori bacteria that's found in the deepest folds of our gut. I've suffered like you for many, many years until this doctor performed an endoscopy and I tested positive for the bacteria. It is a very stubborn bacteria that needs three part medication/antibiotics for 14 days. I did very well after the treatment for about 6-7 months until I went to Africa. The stupid bacteria retuned maybe from water or food, I don't know? But took the same medication and I'm feeling pretty well for now...hope this helps and hopefully you will find cure/answer for your problem pretty soon. Again, suicide is not the answer!!! Keep living my friend!
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I provided my email if anyone wants to share with me their experience, how do you deal with it, also possible solutions.

I backreaded all of the comments (all 200+ of them) and notice that most have found relief by going on a low-carb or gluten free diet along with probiotics. Now my only problem is trying out low carb (or even no carb) diet, I am Asian (particularly Filipino) and rice has always been a staple food. We eat rice 3x a day, and occassionally sweet potatoes and other root crops. I dont know how can I avoid that. And also, the availability of probiotics. We dont have much health food stores here unlike in the US. And if there is, its usually very far from where I live (I live in the province). I wanted to try drinking Yakult after every meal, but I dont know if its really considered as probiotics.

I am also gonna try out apple cider vinegar again, my doctor before had told me that I was acidic and had to avoid citrus fruits, vinegars and other sour food. But I read somewhere in the comments that the symptoms for low acid and acidic stomach are pretty much the same. I'll see how it goes.
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I can relate to you. I am 18 years old and now a college student. My problem had started since highschool, and I havent found a solution. I had been to different doctors several times but nothing changed. I was diagnosed before with acute gastroenteritis, but after taking medications the problem seemed to have gone worse. I had tried self-medication using herbal products but it didnt seem to help.

I tried changing my diet, avoiding sweets, carbonated drinks, alcohol and fatty food. I also tried using activated charcoal, apple cider vinegar, black pepper tea and guava leaf tea. But nothing changed.

Like you the symptoms are the same, I dont exactly feel the gas passing but there is an odor. I notice it when Im sitting as the chair gets really hot. Its really embarrassing. I also avoid going to air conditioned or closed spaces. The last time I went to the library, other students were complaining about the smell and the librarian had to spray air freshener in my direction. I never went back again. What's more frustrating is the gas constantly passes like every 5 minutes, I couldnt even sit still for an hour. It has greatly affected my social life and school life. Now I always have to avoid sitting close to anyone, even at the church, I always have to choose the seat in the last row. I had stopped school for a year to focus on medications, still nothing changed.

Now I'm getting depressed and contemplating on suicide. Because I already did everything I could. How would I even finish school and get a job, or get married. Who would want a smelly officemate who farts every five minutes.
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You have no idea how nasty people can be.

Although I cannot smell it myself (a common theme, it seems), I have had  smelly gas everyday for over 35 years. From the start, doctors had no answer and were dismissive and I was made to feel neurotic and paranoid (especially as i can't smell it). I gave up going to GPs about it after 5 years and researched and self medicated to no avail. It does not help when the expert advice is that it is normal for women to fart up to 14 times a day. I am well within that range.
I gave up trying to be around people 10 years ago after the woman who kept calling me a "farty s..." whenever she saw me in the supermarket and around town, before complaining about me to store staff who sprayed air freshner in my direction, turned out to be the wife of my GP (who could not have known I sought help years before from other doctors).
I totally understand her complaining, but the name calling was upsetting and made the problem worse, particularly around her. Also, it put me off discussing the problem with her husband, even though he might have taken it seriously, especially as he was with his wife on at least two occasions when I farted. I just thought he would have no empathy.
Luckily, around this time it became possible for me to shop online, including grocery shopping. It was either that or suicide.
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