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CS
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posted 09-03-1999 07:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for CS   Click Here to Email CS     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi,
I was just wondering(in your opinion,of course) which is better to take for a VERY BLOATED stomache every time after I eat!! I have tried the charcoal tabs, but I only gave it about a month because I got so discouraged because I wasnt seeing ANYTHING different in my stomache area and also they were expensive to take if they werent helping me anyways, did I not give it enough time? I just started taking the acidophulis pills about a few weeks ago and still nothing, but I want to give it some more time because they are alot cheaper and maybe I have some bad bacteria thats why whenever I eat I bloat ALOT!! The specialist I seen told me that it definately was IBS and that I was bloating because I have some trapped gas in my digestive tract, well wouldnt I be tooting all the time or belching all the time? I just dont understand this and how to control this, thats why he told me to take charcoal tabs,so where do I go from here, do I again try and give the charcoal tabs or stick it out with the acidophulis pills, please can anyone help me with this, it has been SIX years of this!!!

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posted 09-03-1999 07:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for karenr   Click Here to Email karenr     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
CS: I, too,have chronic bloating. I do think it's trapped gas - but mine doesn't come out very often. I'd love to toot it out or belch it out, but it just likes to roll around in there and make me miserable. I've tried charchol, acidophilus, GasX,etc. Now I just try and avoid trigger foods, but that doesn't always help. I do take Librax, which seems to calm things down a little (it's prescription only.) I also avoid soft drinks and coffee, I drink water most all of the time. I occassionally drink an iced tea. Good luck, Karen

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posted 09-05-1999 07:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LauraR     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi,
Why don't you give aloe vera juice a try? Call the company and ask for info. on IBS. They will send you a package of info. Here is the #: 1-800-414-ALOE its a free call.

It works for me, but I'm the bloated, cramps and gas type, not the (c) or (d) type.

Good Luck
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posted 09-06-1999 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for moldie     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Hi CS. Charcoal didn't help me at all either. Simethicone or Beano is helpful to some, but not for me either. Acidophylis helped along with digestive enzymes for one year, and then stopped helping. It all depends on what and how severe your problem is, I guess. For me it was due to Candida and food allergies so an antifungal and dietary changes were necessary. A food allergest who dealt with these things figured this out for me. Hope you find your answer soon. For a starter, stay away from sugars/sweets, (including fruit juices, high sugar dairy and white flour goodies), citric acid, sodas, coffee/caffeine, alcohol and other fermented/aged things including cheese and high yeast products; then take the refrigerated acidophylis and see what happens. Good luck!

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Flaxx
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A recent study found no benefit from the use of charcoal tablets to control GI gas symptoms.

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posted 09-09-1999 07:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fayvorah   Click Here to Email Fayvorah     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
hello there----I wish we could meet so we
could compare belly size!--I understand your
frustration completely, and have been wearing
maternity clothes on and off for 17 yrs!I really believe that taking acidophilus is something that has to be taken for some time before benifits can be seen---almost like a long-term treatment--even though we can't see how it is helping us, we KNOW that the probiotics going into our system are GOOD. I have been taking it for a couple of years now on daily basis and I do think it has helped somewhat--the charcoal tabs are more for "quick fix" (my understanding) and I have tried them before a few times with no success. I have recently started acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs, and believe it or not (I am knocking on wood as I say this (my head!) but I have not blown up for 11 days now!!!! could be just a break, but I think that the herbs are pretty helpful in themselves (one of them has aloe in it)-and the dr also said to DEFINITELY stay on the acidophilus. I have had 4 treatments now--this is my last hope, and I am going to "stick" with it (scuse the pun)--I have read from a couple of sources that people who have severe bloating as one of their symptoms, usually respond to the acupuncture.
My pain has diminished somewhat also--maybe you might want to consider it yourself?-
but in the meantime, I would really stick with taking your acidophilus (how much are you taking??-

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posted 09-09-1999 10:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
CS,

I agree with moldie when it comes to the foods. Grains and sugars make me worse.(gassier)
I have no problem passing the gas tho, but it sure does stinks
Charcoal and acidophilis did not help me nor did any of alot of other things I tried. But changing my diet helped some.
Try cholorfresh, or one like it for smell.

Flaxx tanks for that advice

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posted 02-23-2000 05:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mui   Click Here to Email mui     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Fayforah

How often do you have the acupuncture treatment? And how soon did you notice an improvement?

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posted 02-23-2000 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Sage     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
I am IBS-C. I experience terrible gas and bloating. I talked to my doctor about trying "probiotics". He has me on Creon instead. It has REALLY helped with th problem. I take it with everything I eat. If I eat alot of fruit I also take one Beano. Creaon is rally expensive, but is worth it. I still am constipated, but at least my husband can stand to sleep with me. Look into Creon.

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posted 02-23-2000 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Sage,

what does Creon do, prevent gas or just releave it?

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I don't think Creon has any effect on gas. However, bloatig is generally not related to actual gas. Bloating is believed to really just be a "feeling". Creon may have some affect on the how the gut responds to consumed fat and that in turn has some effect on whether a person feels bloated.

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posted 02-26-2000 02:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Nicol   Click Here to Email Nicol     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
You could try digestive enzymes. There are two kinds, plant and protien. You need them both to get the best results but if you take them individually at first then you will know what you have trouble digesting more -plant or protien.

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posted 02-26-2000 08:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joyce     Edit/Delete Message Reply w/Quote
Nicol,
thanks for the info on digestive enzines.
I have used them but didn't have much luck.
My problem is mostly the smell, glad I don't have the pain like a lot do, and no trouble passing what gas I do have.

thinking of trying grapefruit seed extract it is suppose to kill bad bacterian and yeast, but I am not sure how it knows the good from the bad bacteria..

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