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Posted by Quietdreamer28, on Fri Mar 05, 2010 5:48 pm
I have this gas that seems to be "trapped" inside my intestines (ps I'm an ileostomate). I would like to know if anyone has any suggestions on how to get it out. It's going on close to a week now of everyday like this. I take gas-x and it might help a little, but not as much as I would like. I know not to drink through straws, bottles, no chewing gum... so on. I know certain foods cause gas so I'm careful what to eat. I just want to know how to expel this trapped air. Any help please??
Reply by lottagelady, on Fri Mar 05, 2010 6:07 pm
Hi, I know this might sound really dumb, but how do you know it is trapped gas?  I'm not sure I would know....? Rach xx
Reply by Gus, on Fri Mar 05, 2010 7:06 pm
Might be a small blockage maybe,, drink lots and lots of water,, see how that goes.
Reply by junopete, on Sat Mar 06, 2010 5:46 am
I have that problem from time to time.  As Gus, says drink loads of water.
My surgeon, who is the sharpest doctor I have ever run into and the only one who would take me on after the others botched the job several  times.  For me the guy has a lot of credibility.

He says I am getting a kink in my intestine.  Although the intestine will pass the waste. The gas gets trapped and kind of has to build up to over come the kink or fold in the intestine. He said it will work its self out in time, he was right, took over year.  I still get a tiny bit of it once in a great while.  I would get terrible gas cramping, mostly in the evening.

sounds like you know most of the tricks to not swallow air when you eat or drink.

I hope you get it figured out and get better.

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Reply by Past Member, on Sat Mar 06, 2010 8:25 am
Wow, I didn't know about straws! How do will drink a milkshake?
Also watch gassy and greasy foods.
QD is there less gas as colostomate?
Reply by weewee, on Sat Mar 06, 2010 11:40 am
i use liquid BEANO it helps with all the foods that causes gas i just sqeaze about ten drops on my touge taste not to bad either for me the tablets didnt work fast enough and this also stop the build up of gas pretty fast acting
Reply by Mr1981Neil, on Sat Mar 06, 2010 1:31 pm
If it is trapped gas then you could try some Simethicone capsules.

Google search "Simethicone" or "Simethicone capsules".
Reply by banshie3by5, on Sat Mar 06, 2010 3:04 pm
I help peristalsis (gut movement) by massaging my abdomen in clock-wise circles.  When I get a gas bubble I also pat my tummy firmly, like burping a baby.  Laugh, but it works for me & my kids. Wink
Reply by junopete, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:15 am
What Banshe says i have done.  On me it a little to left of center.  If I apply a firm but steady pressure with my fingers it will kind of deflate and the trapped gas will exit.

The other poster was mentioning liquid Beno, I am going to try that.  The pills can work if a person takes them well ahead of time, sometimes.

If you buy the Simithicone(sp)  get the generic, its the same stuff about 1/2 the price.
They usually come in two strengths.

Good Luck

Reply by Quietdreamer28, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:16 pm
It's not a blockage I know this much since I just got out of the hospital. It started out as this cramping that lead to no output then I got put in the hospital over the weekend (last weekend thus a week ago) and I was dehydrated so that slowed to nearly stopped my intestinal movement. I drink lots of water now, don't want to go through that mess again. Anyhoo that's when all these trapped gas issues came about. My Dr said that it's normal but dang a week so far and it is far from pleasant. I've massaged the area all over to no avail. The only thing that slightly helps is if I lay on my side then some gas comes out. I've tried the beano aka  simethicone tabs, not the liquid though so maybe I will go get some of that.
Reply by Quietdreamer28, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:25 pm
oh far beyond frustrating I had typed out a whole response on here then my internet froze and kicked me off. Ok briefly bc I don't want to retype everything. It's not a blockage, if you read my other posts you will see I was in the hospital twice on Feb once for surgery the other dehydration which is where I think this gas is stemming from (at least that's when I started). I've tried the beano aka simethicone tabs but not the liquid kind I should try that. I've done the massaging thing but that doesn't work. The only thing that kinda of slightly works is if I lay on my left side then some of the air comes out. My ileostomy is on the left side of my abdomen only because that is where my colostomy was and my surgeon thought it best to keep it in the same area and not make anymore unneeded cuts during surgery. Maybe because the intestine is pulled off to the left side of the body where as otherwise it would be on the right?? I don't know, jsut wish this gas would go away and stop bothering me.

Ok now to copy this so if my internet freezes again I'm not retyping for a third time haha
Reply by Quietdreamer28, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 9:26 pm
LOL so I posted that again and geeze after I posted the 2nd one I see the first did in fact post ugh oh well.
Reply by Gus, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 10:25 pm
Quietdreamer28 wrote:
LOL so I posted that again and geeze after I posted the 2nd one I see the first did in fact post ugh oh well.

Y doin great dreamer,, keep postinglike that and you'll be in the gaseous hall of fame as the most prolific poster hehehe,,
Reply by budd002, on Sun Mar 07, 2010 11:01 pm
I too just got out of hospital with a blockage and have/had bad gas build up as well. It seemed every time I sat up I would let out a huge burp and my bag was gassing up more than filling up. I also have/had the egg/no taste burps. My kids are so used to me not having manners when we are alone I just let out as big of a burp as I can. I also rub my tummy in a circular motion to get things moving. Maybe I'm waiting too long to take a Beano I found it seemed to create more gas for me, maybe I need to take them earlier when I'm going to eat.
Reply by Jax, on Mon Mar 08, 2010 6:23 am
Hi QD and others

As you suggested, an Ileostomy is generally on the right side of the body due to where the ileom is. When i spoke to my Stoma Nurse once on a subject like this, it is this way because of the situation of the organs involved. When the Ileostomy is on the right side, the small bowel has a kink of some sort (so I remember it this way) and that could be a possibility of why you are having these problems. Surely enough of a thought to ask your doctor/surgeon.

Hope this gives a thought to ask the question and a possible reason.


If I am wrong, please don't hold it against me...
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Reply by Past Member, on Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:50 am
Hi..i have tried a few things that may help you....Orange Juice. Milk....or even a soda...that will help you...also when u eat anything like a big dinner i learned to drink just a bit of a soda to help digest and pass the gas thru...4 yrs of it i learned and taught myself a few ideas cause doctors cant help or have no idea what to do......hope this helps....Autm
Reply by Quietdreamer28, on Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:49 pm
Yeah I think it's starting to "die down" a little now, still not great but getting there. I agree that the Dr really has not the best idea of how to fix the situation unless he/she too has an ostomy. The Dr's can only give learned from books or word or mouth answers so yeah.

Gus, I shall only post this once... hopefully haha so no gaseous hall of fame for me
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