Ask the Nurse

I have uncontrollable gas. It has no pattern and it is worse if I have to urinate. Can you please offer any advice to control the gas?

Gas can be controlled by over the counter products like Simethicone or Gas-X. Also, eliminating gas-producing food like dairy could help reduce the gas. Try eliminating all dairy products and other gas eliminating foods for at least two weeks before you see any difference.

If the problem is still occurring after a couple weeks, look into acid-reducing medications that are prescription strength.

If the problem still persists, please get a thorough check-up, including a colonoscopy to rule out any bowel issues. You may need a cystoscopy if you are leaking gas through your urinary tract to ensure there is no fistula.

All My Best,
Speaking of Women's Health Nurse

July 2, 2012 at 4:31pm