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Why do I have constant gas before and after bowel movements?

i've been having a constant gas problem for over a year now. for some reason i have been constantly passing gas no matter what i eat, how much i eat, or even when i eat it. It's really bad when i wake up and when i go to bed at night. i work out four times a day, each time i work out it happens then as well. gas medicines don't work at all. i don't have a problem using the bathroom. i don't have a problem digesting food either. what should i do.

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This is a good question. It is very important that you make an appointment with your primary care doctor to discuss your symptoms and have a full history and physical. Depending on what you doctor discovers during your visit, he or she may order additional testing such as blood work, stool samples, or imaging of your abdomen. Gas can be caused by many different things. One of the most common causes of gas is diet. Try to cut down on gassy foods such as beans, broccoli, dairy, soft drinks, fruit juices, and sugar free candies. Gas can also be caused by eating too quickly or inhaling air while chewing gum or smoking. Another common cause is lactose intolerance, so you may want to try cutting out all forms of dairy to see if this makes a difference in your symptoms. Other causes of gas include irritable bowel disease (usually characterized by alternating constipation and diarrhea), celiac disease (intolerance of gluten), and inflammatory bowel diseases (usually associated with more severe symptoms and weight loss). Gas can also be caused by many nutritional and dietary supplements. Again, it is very important to seek care to get a correct diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

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