Let me start this week's blog by admitting that I love pork - pork chops, pork roast, pork spare ribs, you name it if it's pork I like it. And since I haven't been able to eat beef (without big, bad repercussions) for nearly 10 years, pork helps to put some variety in my mainly chicken and fish diet. But, for the past few months I've been noticing that when I eat pork I tend to feel very bloated and gassy within an hour of eating it. Bloating and gas have never been problem symptoms for me with my IBD , so when this started I was surprised and confounded.
At first, I didn't connect my physical feelings with the pork. For a couple of months I played around with the other things I was eating like pasta, potatoes, wheat, nuts, and lentils. I even went so far as to cut-out from my diet all wheat products for a couple of weeks.
These measures seemed to help, a bit. If anything it made me realize that I was eating too many flour-based products in a 24-hour period. But some nigh...
Over the weekend, I noticed an interesting question in a column by The People’s Pharmacy’s Joe and Teresa Graedon that addressed the topic of flatulence due to diet. The person who wrote in said that her son is a vegetarian who eats a lot of beans and dairy for protein, as well as lots of vegetables. He especially eats a lot of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and carrots. “He is so flatulent, we can hardly stand it,” the mother wrote.
Smelly gas is one thing, but as I did a little research, there can be other outcomes from gas, such as misdiagnosis of other health issues. For instance, gas in the intestines can cause severe pain for some people, leading to misdiagnosis for a more severe condition. When pain from gas is on the left side of the colon, doctors can confuse it with heart disease. When the pain is on the right side, doctors may suspect gallstones or appendicitis.
So what is gas? Why does it occur? Why does it become smelly? What foods caus...
Tissue infection - Clostridial; Gangrene - gas; Myonecrosis; Clostridial infection of tissues
Clean any skin injury thoroughly. Watch for signs of infection (such as redness, pain, drainage, or swelling around a wound), and consult your health care provider promptly if these occur.
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