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Question: i am producing a gas-like odor

 mish036 - Mon Nov 15, 2004 12:13 pm

i don't process any foods well but dairy in particular and foods with lots of preservatives give me diahrea. sometimes, i release gas without realizing it until i smell an odor. i'm very stressed at work and i think that possibly is causing this problem or at least making it worse. could there be a psychological reason behind my problem?
 Dr. Safaa Mahmoud - Wed Jun 21, 2006 3:27 am

User avatar Dear mish036,
You probably experience a form of indigestion which may be manifested in the form of pain in the stomach (burning,-hunger pain), heartburn, abdominal pain, distension, belching and gas, nausea, vomiting, acidic taste and sometimes diarrhoea.
It might be related to certain Diet such as milk, milk products as you described or to medications like analgesics. Indigestion can be due to intestinal parasites including amebiasis and also a symptom of disorders in other body systems like diabetes, thyroid disease or gall stones.
Indigestion might associate or get worsen with emotional stress in many people. In females it can be a symptom of genital tract disorder (pelvic inflammatory disease) or associated with pregnancy.
For the moment you better recognize the type of food that cause you these symptoms and avoid them. Eat small meals and slowly. You better also, avoid food with preservatives, citrus fruits and tomatoes. Avoid also caffeine, and caffeine containing beverages. Smoking also aggravates the condition and should be avoided.
In ability to process food properly or indigestion is a nonspecific symptom, if the condition is persistent or recurrent enough to make you feel sick, you better visit your doctor since even the history does not always help in this case to define the diagnosis. Better evaluation with examination and diagnostic studies, would help your doctor to recommend you the specific medical care.
Good luck,

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