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When considering the number of bowel movements per day after j-pouch surgery, do you think that getting rid of gas is more of a problem for you than quantity of stool or pouch capacity?

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I have to say I ❤️❤️ This forum. I always have felt like I'm the only person In the world with these issues. In a silent sufferer and handle so much pain I will be taken by ambulance with force before having a 9th surgery. I'm so done. I hate bathrooms except at home. I clearly have to use it all day at work and walk around until I find a location no one is at. I know where every bathroom is no matter where I am going and plan my life around access to one. It sucks because I miss out on life because of this. If I really want to enjoy an event I choose not to eat anything. As for gas ...... Most traumatic thing about it is the force and explosions and like many stated its just gas not stool. 💩💩💩💩 problems suck.
Originally Posted by Ruthie:

A big problem for me is having really watery diarrhea and gas that comes out explosive and makes a mess.  If you are out somewhere like a friend's home, you now have a mess to clean up.  I have to carry all kinds of cleaning items in my purse .   So embarrasing.   

This happens to me, too. It is really embarrassing.  Even if I use immodium to the extent that that the stool is not watery, it is the gas that splatters things everywhere!

 

A big problem for me is having really watery diarrhea and gas that comes out explosive and makes a mess.  If you are out somewhere like a friend's home, you now have a mess to clean up.  I have to carry all kinds of cleaning items in my purse .   So embarrasing.   

Originally Posted by kateUC:

I can't pass gas unless I'm on the toilet emptying my pouch or laying face down, butt up  

ditto. 

my surgeon forgot to tell me about the whole gas thing, and its "auditory impact" in public restrooms.  Or at friends houses, where the bathroom doesn't allow for privacy!  The thing is, if I don't let 'er rip to some degree on the toilet, private or not, I either become totally distracted by pain of gas building up or risk leakage on my skin and the pain of skin breakdown.  It has made for some giggles of friends and strangers for sure. 

My pharmacist at Costco said that any of the probiotics sold at Costco were just fine and suggested going with the cheapest -- which is Costco's brand. However, two of my doctors said that Align was preferable; the others may work just as well but Align has been studied the most and is the only one proven to the point where they'd recommend it. While more expensive, I followed my two doctor's recommendation and am taking Align. I find that Costco tends to sell Align for the lowest price.

Originally Posted by Maxcat:

I do have a large amount of gas when I have to have bowel movements--it is embarrassing when I need to use public bathrooms. I do take gas-x daily and at times more often. I wonder if anyone can recommend a good probiotic--there are so many , and I wonder which one will work the best.

I order mine through Costco Florastor 250mg comes pkg'd with two 50 capsule bottles for $54. I've also noticed that since I'm drinking more water these days, instead of the previous recommended Gatorade for it's extra salt & electrolytes, that the gassing has hugely decreased a also which is an inexpensive bonus!

I do have a large amount of gas when I have to have bowel movements--it is embarrassing when I need to use public bathrooms. I do take gas-x daily and at times more often. I wonder if anyone can recommend a good probiotic--there are so many , and I wonder which one will work the best.

For me this is a problem! But I've learned to avoid high carb foods. Also, when I'm in a bind and am trying to pass gas (almost ALWAYS laying on my side, stomach, or exercise ball  with legs up in air (haha) arms down on floor (letting air rise/fecal matter fall with gravity) and it doesn't work, I can count always on a Prep H suppository. It calms down the inflamed tissues and allows air to pass so much easier. 

Good to see comments on subjects from all, after my surgery (20 yrs +) my surgeon said "if I ever I felt the need to pass gas, I better be running for the toilet or hopefully laying down", and "If you take in hot & spicy it will exit the same (hot or burning)". Less gas with Simethicone!

 

I know Metamucil can produce gas but it's worth it to me for it's binding nature. I take twice a day to slow down watery Bowel Movements, I normally add a Simethicone 180mg with the after dinner dosage of Metamucil and recently a probiotic (OTC). And sometimes during the day when I know my diet will be challenged like weddings, work potlucks or when traveling where you don't have control of food preparation, I'll take some extra Metamucil capsules & a Simethicone.

 

 Hope this helps!

I feel like I actually have less gas now that I don't have a colon, even if I eat typical gas producing foods. I think it's because the colon has most of the bacteria that interact with food to produce methane. I think most of the gas I have with my J pouch is just the swallowed air type. So, if anything, soda and gum are what does it for me. 

Originally Posted by kateUC:

I can't pass gas unless I'm on the toilet emptying my pouch or laying face down, butt up  

That's exactly the same thing for me. It kinda sucks, but I just make sure I don't get gas by avoiding the few things that give me gas.

I second the 3 previous comments.  The biggest gas producer for me is carbonation.  But, even without soda, there's a fair amount of gas.  And limiting the gas would help greatly with the BMs.

I've found that the best way to get rid of gas is to lay on my side. Unfortunately, there are not many places I can just lay down so this is mainly something I do at home or I'll go out to my car. My doctors have me on three Citrucil pills, 180mg of Simethicone when needed, and increased digestive enzymes (which I need to supplement pancreatic issues but we thought we'd try that anyway). So far, I have not noticed a difference in gas as a result of any of these. I do avoid raw vegetables and limit eating cooked vegetables to lunchtime so I have less gas at night.

My 8 to 10 bowel movements per day would be cut in half if it were not for the gas. Many times I feel like I really gotta go but it is mostly gas a very little stool. If there was a way to minimize gas would be awesome. When you read material on what foods cause gas, it pretty much seems like everthing.

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