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Burping, passing gas, on gas-X. Having pain in the back, radiating to thigh. Suggestions?

i am a 41 yr old female - smoker (7-8 cigs/day... many times 3 cigs /day as i m trying to quit). lately (Like at least a month i d say) i have been excessively burping and passing gas. it s quite embarrassing and is very annoying. i ve tried Gas-X, which helped initially. This past Saturday, I woke up w/ a pain by my left hip bone . feels muscular, but i cannot try to massage it b/c it seems to be more behind the bone. radiates to my side and slightly around my back. i find when pressing to move bowels, the pain there is more prevalant. when sitting to work it doesn t bother me until i go to move or stand up. yesterday it almost felt like it radiated down my left thigh a little, but maybe that was just from me doing stretches to try and relive the feeling. today is day 3. i m annoyed, uncomfortable, and a little scared of what it could be. lower back also stiff. i feel like an old lady who needs a walker. any ideas?
Asked On : Thu, 22 Nov 2012
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Gastroenterologist 's  Response
Hello, disneybug,
Excessive gas in the intestines come from two major sources.
We swallow air everytime we eat or drink. The second is
the fermentation process that takes place during digestion.
Especially carbohydrates or starches produce more gas.
Lentils, Beans (like Garbanzo, Kidney etc) can cause more
gas. Some people will have bacteria in excess in the small
intestine producing more gas, condition is called "Small Bowel
Bacterial Overgrowth ". People who are smokers also swallow
more air. I am glad you are trying to quit, plese do.
People who chew gum a lot, can have more gas.
Gums containing fructose or sorbitol can have more gas.
Lactose Intolerance is a major cause of excess gas. You need
a breath test to find out if you have this, unless you can avoid
all lactose containing products and see if there is improvement.
Celiac disease can cause malabsorption and cause you to have
excess gas. You need special blood tests to rule this out.
Excess gas build up can cause back pain from pressure on the
nerve endings. The pain may be totally unrelated and may be
like a pinched nerve due to Sciatica, from strain or sprian.
Hope this will help you to discuss the problem if it persists with
your doctor.
Wish you well.
Answered: Sun, 25 Nov 2012
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