Gas Problem 6 years out

on 3/24/18 6:02 pm - MN

It would be nice if anyone can recommend something that I can take for gas and bloating. It has gotten to the point that it is very embarrassing and I want to do something about it. Wondering what you guys have done to alleviate the problem. From my research, it sounds like those of us who've had weight loss surgery has this issue that develops over time. I went and bought the chewable Phazyme tablets but looking at the ingredients it has 750 mg of calcium carbonate and I don't think we are suppose have that. We can have calcium citrate not calcium carbonate. I just need relief. Please respond if you have taken something that worked for you. Thanks everyone.

on 3/24/18 6:49 pm
RNY on 09/23/16

Can't help but I'm looking forward to hearing answers as well.

Lap band: 2006. Revision to RNY 9/23/2016

8/2/17: Goal Reached: 135lbs. & 115lbs lost (5'3")

Pre-op: 250, SW 242, CW 125, GW 135

Pre-op: 9lb M1: 20lb M2: 11.5lb M3: 11.9 M4: 13.4 M5: 10.8 M6: 10.2 M7: 8.1 M8: 8.4 M9: 6.5 M10: 5.7 M11: 3.5 M12: 4.3

on 3/24/18 7:25 pm
RNY on 08/21/12

Whenever I have gas, it's because I've been eating too many carbs. Sugar alcohols will give me gas incredibly fast. If I stuck to dense protein, I have no gas issues at all.

Try a simple diet of j uyst meat for a few days, and see how your gas is. If it's better, try adding things in one day at a time, and see when the gas returns.

6'3" tall, male. Maintaining a loss of 280 pounds.

Highest weight was 475. Consult weight 04/12 was 411. RNY on 08/21/12 at 359 lbs. Current weight 195.

M1 -24; M2 -21; M3 -19; M4 -21; M5 -13; M6 -21; M7 -10; M8 -16; M9 -10; M10 -8; M11 -6; M12 -5.

on 3/24/18 7:29 pm

Have you tried activated charcoal? Theres also digestive enzymes you can buy.

Referral: June 2017
RNY with Dr. Neville in Ottawa: January 8th, 2018

on 3/24/18 11:50 pm, edited 3/24/18 4:51 pm

Calcium carbonate won't hurt you. It just doesn't help you as far as calcium goes. You are right, calcium citrate is better absorbed.

As far as gas goes, I would suggest probiotics. It's possible you have an overgrowth of intestinal bacteria (CIBO). More common with altered intestines. For a really severe case you may need Flagyl but I would try a good probiotic or even yogurt like Activia, but you need to have 2 a day of it to help. Any yogurt with live cultures should be sufficient.

Also, like Grim suggested, avoid the white carbs. Bacteria love it and that can cause an overgrowth.

Anti gas tablets with Simethicone will also help.

WLS 10/28/2002 Revision 7/23/2010

High Weight  (2002) 240 Revision Weight (2010) 220 Current Weight 115.

on 3/25/18 5:38 am - Brighton, IL

Like Grim,I've found that if I develop gas it's because I'm eating too many carbs like sweets,bread,potatoes,pasta or rice. If I stick to mostly protein I do just fine. High levels of sugar alcohols like those added to many protein bars will also make me gassy almost as soon as I eat them. No sugar free treats for me!



Citizen Kim
on 3/25/18 9:20 am - Castle Rock, CO

This is the miracle cure ...

Cut. Out. The. Carbs.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

on 3/25/18 10:04 am - MN

Thank you very much for the suggestion that you have offered. There is a lot of stuff that I don't eat already. I don't eat white carbs but I guess the little bit that I do eat is messing me up. I don't eat any sweets, breads, pasta, and rarely eat potatoes. Can you give me an example of a carb. I know for a fact that sugar alcohols bother me. I don't drink milk because since surgery I am lactose intolerant.


Donna L.
on 3/25/18 10:59 am - Chicago, IL
Revision on 02/19/18

High carb items: almost all fruit besides berries, yogurt with sugar, starches in sauces (almost all sauces out have starch as a thickener, white and cream soups have flour, lentils, beans, corn, potatoes, peas, carrots, tomatoes, onions, honey, (12g sugar/cup), alcohol, etc.

Also, be aware that many fat-free or low-fat prepared foods will have more sugar to make up for the lack of taste from fat.

I follow a ketogenic diet post-op. I also have a diagnosis of binge eating disorder. Feel free to ask me about either!

It is not that we have so little time but that we lose so much...the life we receive is not short but we make it so; we are not ill provided but use what we have wastefully. -- Seneca, On the Shortness of Life

Citizen Kim
on 3/25/18 1:53 pm - Castle Rock, CO

Awesome list, Donna. Having been keto/low carb for 12 weeks, I've barely farted.

Hope I haven't crushed any fantasies by that revelation bwahaha.

Proud Feminist, Atheist, LGBT friend, and Democratic Socialist

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