Does excessive gas formation indicate irritable bowel syndrome?
Q: My wife is 29 years old and we have a daughter who is 2 years old. Sometimes my wife develops a lot of gas, which leads to a lot of discomfort. The only way to get it out is by pressing her back, which leads to burping and some relief. Sometimes this does not get cured, even by pressing and in that case she feels that her heart is sinking and develops a spinning head. Is there a medicine which can prevent the formation of the gases in the body? Since I eat the same things and I don't develop these gases, there must be some other reason to her problem. My mother-in-law too has a similar problem of gas formation. This gets aggravated under stress.
A:It sound like your wife has a condition called Irritable bowel syndrome. Excessive gas is often due to swallowed air. 1. Your wife should avoid aerated drinks like Coke, Pepsi etc. 2. She may be in the habit of swallowing saliva, which results in swallowing of air as well. She should avoid doing that. 3. She should take a tablespoonful of Isabgol husk with a glass of water or milk once or twice a day. This may help push the gas forward. Finally, remember excessive gas is an innocuous condition and does not indicate any serious illness.