• bad gas

    Asked by comp on Sunday, February 24, 2013

    bad gas

    i had chemo for 1 yr and during and after i would have gas late at night and when i first wake up i have been off cheo since sept but im still going through this is their any thing i can do to stop it help pleasa

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had gas and indigestion for several months after chemo. My opthomoligist had me take Omeprazole. That controlled it pretty well. I no longer take it (it's been almost a year since I finished chemo) and I rarely have indigestion anymore and when I do I can relate it to something I ate and it goes away on it's own the next day.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Oh my gosh - your post brought back some memories....

      I think that chemo and the drugs we take during chemo completely send our gut flora out of whack. Re-establishing balance in our guts takes time....

      I started eating up acidophilus and related things... Those good bacteria that we need in our guts. I don't do dairy, so almond and soy and coconut milk yogurts were good as were chewable tablets purchased at our local food coop. I ate stuff like that every day for a couple of months. I also focused on eating whole foods and minimizing processed foods in hopes of improving that....

      Now, a year later, I feel like my gut is back to pre-chemo... but it sure did take a while! I'm trying to think - how long did it really take? I'm thinking a few months, but I can't really say for certain.

      Hope that helps... It's kind of embarrassing and annoying... isn't it?

      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Try GasX and/or Gavascon.

      over 4 years ago
    • hikerchick's Avatar

      Like Lee said, acidophilus might be the ticket. But I suggest the probiotics that are much, much more potent than yogurt could ever be. You can talk to someone at your health food store, or try Bio-K liquid probiotics or another brand of refrigerated, high quality acidophilus strains. Begin with a few times a day on an empty stomach, see how it goes, and decrease as you improve. You might be pleasantly surprised, and it's good for overall health too.

      over 4 years ago
    • SandiD's Avatar

      Looks like you got some good info here. Chemo does change things. I would just be careful about what you eat and really pay attention to what might bother you the most. Adding yogurt with live cultures to your diet can't hurt. I guess compared to cancer, gas isn't so bad! But I know I thought it was pretty embarrassing. GasX helped relieve discomfort for me as did going for a walk. Good luck!

      over 4 years ago
    • gogolf's Avatar

      Thank you for asking the questioon, I also have intestinal issues and it is embarassing. I am going to try one of the suggestions, not sure which yet. I have to be careful because I am on Herceptin for ever and have done chemo twice so maybe it just has not been long enough since I finished the lasst chemo. I also may try walking the days I do not golf and see if that helps, thank you all for your suggestions. Have a good day.

      over 4 years ago
    • TinaJacques' Avatar

      I dont really have any advice but wow did I ever have that problem on chemo!!! It was painful!! I finished chemo in September and it took a few weeks but the bad gas problem did go away on it's own.

      over 4 years ago
    • katolivier's Avatar

      I finshed Chemo October 12th and still having the Gas. - I will try the probiotics. It is real bad during exercising.

      over 3 years ago

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