The truth is, I'm gassy. I have gas and lots of it. I'm pretty sure there are days I could fuel a car for a cross-country trip with the amounts of gas my body produces. For as long as I can remember, my family and friends would poke fun of me for always complaining about how my tummy hurt and how I was always "pooting" to relieve myself of the crampy pain. I even received a bottle of Beano one Christmas in my stocking as a practical joke. Real funny, guys!
This subject matter is something that most people are uncomfortable with and even poke fun at, but I'm sharing this personal information in the hopes that I'll help others who suffer from the same condition. I've been on a long, uncomfortable search for a better way of life—being cramped up is not only confining and painful; it can also put a real damper on your everyday existence, not to mention your social life. I don't even want to talk about the intimate side of things; that's an entirely different story, and not a fun one.
I've decided to address this subject matter because I wanted to share with you that after years of struggling with this issue, (that is usually chalked up to Irritable Bowel Syndrome or some other incurable, undiagnosible situation), I decided to work toward correcting it in order to make my life more comfortable.
So, several months ago I visited the Mayo Clinic for a consultative physical, which is a very thorough exam. They didn't take anything for granted when I explained some of the symptoms I'd been living with for the past fifteen-plus years. As part of the physical, I was given several tests to rule out wheat, gluten and lactose allergies (all very commonly diagnosed allergies). I also did a lower and upper endoscopy — something I do not recommend to anyone in a youthful age bracket. It was by far one of the most unpleasant experiences I've ever had.
In the end, I discovered something important about my body; that is, I learned that I have a negative response to lactose, a disaccharide sugar that is found most notably in milk and is formed from galactose and glucose.
Although I didn't discover anything remarkable (thankfully), it was equally as frustrating not having any answers. However, the doctors were great and gave me a lot of lifestyle and diet advice I'm incorporating into my daily routines. Below are a list of potential solutions with which I'm experimenting. Every day is different, and some are better than others. Since all humans are not created equal, I won't try to tell you how you should experiment with these suggestions, but rather thought I would share my advice on the things I've tried for my fellow gassy girls.