If I had to pick the most annoying issue with the BCIR (Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir), it would have to be that bloated feeling & gas. The air gurgles around and makes some interesting yet embarassing sounds. Sounds aside, it can be uncomfortable too. Over the years it has become much less of an issue as my body has adapted to its new plumbing.
Gas/ bloating in general is something that seems to be the way it is with my BCIR, but I’ve tried a few things over the years to help. I usually try to eat early, like before 5pm. This will give me time to pass dinner before laying down for the night. Once I lay down, digestion slows and sits and that can give my belly time to build gas.
Pasta, to this day will give me gas and annoying pain all day. I try to avoid starchy foods like that. I try to plan my day with this in mind. If you’re going to the movies later, eat hours before, or eat after the movie so you don’t have gas during the movie.
Most times, just using the bathroom will end the uncomfortable pressure. Every morning after I go to the bathroom, (If I still feel gas) I make a fist and put it over any pressure spots (over time I have learned what stuck gas feels like in certain areas of my gut). I place my fist over the trapped gas and gently push my fist around it. This will usually push it around the bend and closer to the exit. The bloating for me is gas that’s trapped upstream, not in the BCIR, so never will I actually push on the pouch area.
Going to the bathroom should instantly get rid of the gas. As soon as I feel a gurgle in my belly, I go to the bathroom because I know the gas will just build and become uncomfortable.
I don’t often get pouchitis any more, but sometimes gas could be indicative of pouchitis. It took me a year to realize gas and a really painful gut meant I had pouchitis.
I’ve tried over-counter drugs for gas, and they help ok, but not worth the dry mouth they cause.
Finally, drinking coffee can really help move things along too!