gas problems with chrones

by Lori
(Germantown, MD)

I have been dealing with chrones now for three years. I take my Pentasa faithfuly and still have many flare ups a week. I have noticed that in the last month I have excessive gas. Any suggestions?

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by: Annette Young

Hello,

Thank you for your post. Unfortunately gas seems to be a part and parcel of this disease.

Flare-ups can be caused by the food that you eat and there is evidence that food and drink can aggravate the symptoms. It's a good idea to keep a food diary as this will help you to discover those foods that might be causing additional gas or any abdominal pains. You can then eliminate things that are causing the problems.

Here are some food types to start avoiding or reducing:

Dairy products - often the cause of diarrhea, gas or abdominal pains- you may be lactose intolerant.
Reduce fats especially if Crohn's is in the small intestine as it makes the diarrhea worse.
We're always told to eat plenty of fibre but for those with Crohn's it can be the cause of gas, pain and diarrhea. Try to reduce the amount of fibre in your diet and see if it makes a difference.

Gassy foods include beans, broccoli, spicy food, cabbage and fruit juices so restrict the intake of these.
Reduce the amount of food on your plate too. Have less at each meal but have extra meals each day making it easier to digest.

Drink plenty of water if you can and less fizzy drinks as this can help.

I hope you find this helpful.

Best wishes,

Annette



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