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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Sir,, Male-27yrs, bachelor ,living in Pune.

I have a very severe problem of indigestion and Flatulence. I get a sensation of passing motion soon after I eat anything, after breakfast and luch mainly. though i feel much better after passing the motion. I also feel incompleteness after motion.

when ever I eat certain foods like Potato , Fruit juices etc , the problem aggravates several fold accompanied with bloating in the stomach and severe flactulence.
History: I have been having this problem over a year now, and has increased over the past few months, I have consulted various doctors - alopathy and homeopathy. who had suggested various drugs to ease the motion etc , but nothing helped me much.

please guide , i am really frustrated, as my regular work life is getting effected,
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :  
User :   hi sir
Doctor :   please let me read your post
Doctor :   since when you have this?
Doctor :   do you have any sudden lifestyle changes?
Doctor :   do you smoke?
Doctor :   do you take alcohol?
User :   no
User :   none
User :   i am a pure vegitarian
Doctor :   ok good
User :   since last 6 months i have moved out to pune
Doctor :   is it there with all foods?
Doctor :   so you take more spicy food?
User :   yes
User :   not very spicy
Doctor :   Excess gas in the digestive tract (which is your esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon/large intestine) can come from 2 sources: Doctor :   increased intake of gas, for example, from air you swallow; or increased production of gas as certain undigested foods are broken down by harmless bacteria normally found in your colon
User :   ok
Doctor :   Activities that cause you to swallow air include rapid drinking, chewing gum, use of tobacco products, sucking on hard candy, drinking carbonated beverages, loose dentures, and hyperventilation in anxious people
Doctor :   Your body does not digest and absorb some carbohydrates (for example, the sugar, starches, and fiber found in many foods) in the small intestine because of a shortage or absence of certain enzymes there.
Doctor :   So this undigested food then passes from the small intestine into the large intestine, where normal, harmless bacteria break down the food, producing hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and, in about a third of all people, methane. Eventually these gases exit through the rectum
Doctor :   since being a bachelor you will betaking
Doctor :   lots of hotel foods isnot it?
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   try stopping that slowly
User :   so will it make a difference if i start cooking
Doctor :   Any of the gas-producing foods can be removed from your diet one group at a time until you see relief.
Doctor :   # Beans
# Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, onions
# Fruits such as pears, apples, peaches
Doctor :   yes sure
Doctor :   home made food are not that spicy
Doctor :   in hotels they do add some preservatives too
Doctor :   to make it last longer
Doctor :   Flatulence is most often related to diet, and sometimes to those habits that cause you to swallow air.
Doctor :   Any of the gas-producing foods can be removed from your diet one group at a time until you see relief.
User :   how do i control to swalow air
Doctor :   you should avoid the behaviors that cause you to swallow air, such as chewing gum or eating hard candy.
Doctor :   . Eat slowly. Make sure your dentures fit properly if you wear them.
Doctor :   In general, avoid overeating because this contributes to flatulence as well as obesity.
Doctor :   Limit high-fat foods to reduce bloating and discomfort
User :   i dont chew gum or candy
Doctor :   Your stomach will empty faster, allowing gases to move into the small intestine.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   thats good
Doctor :   so do you take cokes colas etc?
User :   occationally
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   Medical intervention includes treatment with antibiotics if bacterial overgrowth of the GI tract is suspected or evidence of parasitic infection is seen.
User :   in fact my weigth has dropped from alomsot 73Kgs to 54Kgs presently over the last 4-5years
Doctor :   Regulation of bowel function is essential. Constipation should be treated with increased dietary fiber or certain laxatives.
User :   ok
Doctor :   that is a very huge loss
Doctor :   did you check your blood sugar levels?
User :   yes they are normal
Doctor :   were you on any weight loss program?
User :   NO
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   weight loss is good
Doctor :   but acute weight loss or too much is not good
Doctor :   since our whole body finds it difficult to adjust
Doctor :   fast and
Doctor :   problems like indigestion can come with that
Doctor :   do you have any stress?
Doctor :   anxiety causes you to swallow air,
User :   ok
User :   pardon me , indigetion could be a result of weight loss
Doctor :   try enzyme supplements like bestozyme
User :   ok
Doctor :   yes sudden weight loss i mean
Doctor :   Aristozyme after food
Doctor :   take probiotic capsules like vizylac for i week
Doctor :   1 capsule a day
Doctor :   that will replenish your friendly bacteria
Doctor :   in intestine
User :   ok
Doctor :   and do regular exercises
Doctor :   to improve your intestinal movements
User :   ok
Doctor :   so you will be alright
Doctor :   Antacids, such as Mylanta II, Maalox II, and Di-Gel, contain simethicone, a foaming agent that joins gas bubbles in the stomach so that gas is more easily belched away
Doctor :   So try all these first
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with now?
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting........
Doctor :   Bye for now............
User :   sorry my account expired
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   You are back
Doctor :   so did you understand what i said?
User :   i had to reloggin
Doctor :   ok good
User :   yes i have just read that
Doctor :   try taking lots of vegetables and fruits
User :   ok
Doctor :   dont go to sleep immediately after food
Doctor :   wait atleast for i hour
User :   ok
Doctor :   before you go to bed
Doctor :   take 10-15 glasses of water a day
User :   but is there anything different in my track compared to other normal people
Doctor :   it cleans your intestines and blood
User :   ok
Doctor :   i didnt get you
User :   water should be taken early in the morninig
Doctor :   water everytime after food
Doctor :   and inbetween
Doctor :   to increase your urine flow
User :   i wanted to know why am i allergic to certain kind of foods like Potato
Doctor :   and keep your body well hydrated
Doctor :   potato increases gas
Doctor :   since it contains lots of carbohydrates
Doctor :   thats metabolism releases gases
Doctor :   which will make you bloat
Doctor :   many people have this problem
Doctor :   what you can do is avoid them
User :   so i developed this problem , due to spicy food
Doctor :   thats the best remedy
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   sure
Doctor :   that sudden change
Doctor :   from normal
User :   so this is reversable
Doctor :   has resulted in your acid in stomach to go diarray
Doctor :   VERYMUCH
Doctor :   with what i ahve said
Doctor :   use gelusil tablets once a day
User :   ok
User :   after lunch
Doctor :   Antacids, such as Mylanta II, Maalox II, and Di-Gel, contain simethicone, a foaming agent that joins gas bubbles in the stomach so that gas is more easily belched away
Doctor :   take it before food
User :   Before lunch - gelucil
Doctor :   When maldigestion is due to pancreatic insufficiency, then supplemental pancreatic enzymes can be ingested with meals to replace the missing enzymes
User :   ok
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with now?
User :   should i avoid milk
Doctor :   yes its better for now
User :   ok
User :   i can gradually resume
Doctor :   Lactose is the sugar in milk. The absence of the enzyme lactase in the lining of the intestines, which is a genetic trait, causes the maldigestion. Lactase is important because it breaks apart the lactose so that it can be absorbed.
User :   ok
Doctor :   avoid beans
Doctor :   onions
Doctor :   sugar-free gum, candy, and other diet products.
Doctor :   (potatoes, corn, noodles
Doctor :   That will do
Doctor :   so try all
User :   i need to confess i have skipped breakfst for a long time, did that also add
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   have a routine first
Doctor :   ]dont skip breakfast
User :   ok
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with now?
Doctor :   thanks for consulting........
User :   I think i will implement these
User :   thansks a lot fro chatting
Doctor :   BYE FOR NOW
Doctor :   TAKE CARE.........
User :   could i contact you in the future through this forum
User :   thnks u sir,
Doctor :   thankyou........
Doctor :   yes sure.......
Doctor :   Iam available 24/7....
User :   I just have mention your name
User :   after i logg in
Doctor :   YES..
Doctor :   SURE.....
Doctor :   BYE..................
User :   ok thank u sir,
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