Why do I get such bad gas after eating?
February 17, 2006 11:01 AM Subscribe
Why do I get such bad gas after eating? Lengthy explanation inside.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a healthy 20 year old male, who has been suffering from excessive gas for a few years now. I have done a lot of research on intestinal gas and I haven't been able to find anything helpful.
For 2 or 3 hours after eating, I will often suffer from excessive, highly odorous gas. As I said before, I have done a lot of research into the subject, but nothing seems to help. I eat slowly and chew well to avoid swallowing air. I don't drink carbonated beverages, I don't overeat, and I avoid laying down immediatly after eating. I have even tried using Beano, but I haven't seen any real results. I have tried recording my diet and the amount of gas I get after each meal, but I can't see any trends. One day I will eat a meal that causes horrible gas and a few days later I can eat the same meal and not have any. It usually seems to occur in cycles; I will go about a week without ever suffering from excessive gas, but then the next week I seem to get it after every meal. Just as a note, I have never gotten this excessive gas after breakfast. I almost always eat a bowl of raisin bran or mini-wheats in the morning.
I am almost positive that this gas has something to do with my food intake for a number of reasons. When I was living in the dorms on campus 2 years ago, I ate the cafeteria food for nearly every meal and never got any gas. The next year, I moved out on my own and was forced to cook for myself and have been getting this gas ever since. I have a pretty healthy diet and I am not eating any "problematic" foods in excess so I really can't pinpoint what about my food intake changed after I started eating on my own.
I don't think I am overblowing this problem; I don't know of a single other person who cannot be around people at certain times solely because their gas is so horrible. Aside from going to an intestinal doctor, do you have any helpful ideas on combatting this gas?