First I use peppermint pills from the doc and peppermint tea to deal with the wind which causes the sounds.
Second I don't eat sulphurous foods evan though I love them - onions, garlic, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli are the worst offenders. I make my own soups and stews because pre-made or tinned ones tend to have onions/garlic automatically in them.
Third. I braved up and faced the embarassment. Starting with a couple of teenage boys desperately trying not to laugh out loud at me and failing in hospital. I suddenly realised farting loudly unexpetedly is funny whether you have a bag or not. You could always try saying something like 'better out than in!' or ' I bet no one else can do that!' with a smile on your face. It breaks the ice, is assertive and stops you being a victim of the pouch and some people.
Last but not least the good news is - if its anything like mine - it calms down massively once you are eating normal foods and digesting again It happens a lot less and much much quieter. Now I'm actually really proud when I stomach fart - it's like my own party trick that tells me my body is working ok and people actually sadly don't hear it now. I use the peppermint sparingly now.
|What else can a permanent Ostomate say? "Sorry for having to undergo an incredibly traumatic surgery I didn't want to go through but had to anyway or I'd be spending the rest of my living in a hospital?"|
"If i had the muscles i'd use them"
Yes on prescription in the UK (Don't know about anywhere else?) and yes from the fully qualified Doctor. I had excessive pain from passing wind through my stoma which coincidentally was also very loud.
Like any drug it may react with other meds? - I'm not a Doc and don't know about any other meds you may be taking so is best to consult and get it through your Doctor. I did get some heartburn after a while and seeing as the wind lessened, I take them on a need to basis only.
I think diet was/is a big help really but haven't researched it. I don't know about anyone else but I could track the effects of different foods when my drugs were on a fairly even keel. Especially if I knew the ingredients that went in to start with hense few processed/ pre made foods - it can be difficult to have the energy sometimes but is worth it when I do it. Food additives and preservatives can add to the wind misery.
I forgot to say earlier I don't do carbonated drinks either and haven't dared touch beans baked or lentil etc as yet? I also eat live natural or Greek Yoghurt with fruit or Italian food for a few friendly wind busting enzymes.
The Dietician warned about swallowing too much air as I eat or eating/drinking too fast - apparently doesn't help. I felt quite offended when he told me but noticed one day I was soooooo hungry from low residue diet and moving about more, I actually was eating really fast.
Anyway if you're going to raid a plant - peppermint's def. the one to do!!! I have a fistula also. Let us know what works/doesn't work.
Any other tips for wind anyone?????