loud, incessant intestinal rumbles: what do they mean?

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Anonymous asks:

I realize your website is mostly about the funny side of excrement, but I have a serious questions and it involves a problem that is affecting my life in a negative and embarrassing way. I hope you can help.

My intestines are always making noise. Sometimes so loud that it sounds like I'm farting. This is really embarrassing when I'm on a date or in a meeting. What's wrong with me and what can I do about it?

Any help would be most appreciated.

Dear Anonymous,

I have found through my research on the subject of extremely noisy intestines that this complaint is very common among people with celiac disease. So much so, in fact, that this is considered to be one of the early warning signs of the disorder.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder of the small bowel. It seems that most people who have this disease are genetically predisposed to it (meaning that it's pretty much unavoidable) and can acquire it at any time after birth. It is found in all age groups.

Wikipedia has a great in-depth description of the disease's process, symptoms, and treatments that I am not going to get into right now. I will just say that the best way to describe it is that it's basically an allergy to wheat.

What to do? Try cutting out all wheat products from your diet for a week or two in order to get your system gluten-free and see if this puts a stop to your noisy insides. If so, then you will learn to listen to your body once you resume the consumption of wheat-containing products, and know that if you begin to hear the awful rumblings again, then you are in what celiac sufferers refer to as a "gluten crisis." At that point, it will be time to visit your doctor so that you can be evaluated and given a proper treatment plan.

Thanks for asking Motherload!

Motherload is a Certified Nurse Assistant as well as an IBS sufferer, which means she knows a lot about poop. Got a question for her? Ask it here.

9 Comments on "loud, incessant intestinal rumbles: what do they mean?"

Mary Queen of Scats's picture
l 100+ points

I've always taken it as a sign that my intestines don't have enough food in them to stop them up and muffle the noise.

My solution is usually pizza.

No no, honey. Kitties don't sit on the potty.

Bad kitty! Bathtubs are NOT litterboxes!

Bilgepump's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorh 3000+ points

This happens to me only if I didn't chew the cat, or child, well enough, and they're still kickin' around down there....I don't get all twisted about it...I lift my shirt at parties and pretend I'm the guy from "Alien" about to have one explode out my guts...pretty funny stuff...unless some wimpy bastard pukes all over, then its just down right hilarious...unless he got some on me, in which case, it not funny at all...so...um...I'm gonna go look for a job now.

"One of the founding members of the Front Page Hyena Pack, and runs as its alpha male when the urge strikes him, which is often." Daphne (one perceptive chick)

DungDaddy's picture
Comment Quality Moderatorj 1000+ points

Anonymous, sure this is about funny poop stuff, but it is also serious. There have been many serious, informative and scientific discussions here.

Don't be shy.

DRIP_DOWN_YO_LEG's picture
m 1+ points - Newb

just laugh it off with the people around u and say sorry im hungry....always happy to help a fellow poop reporter out
i have met many people that talk like asses but i have not met many asses that talk like people

i have met many people that talk like asses but i have not met many asses that talk like people

Anonymous Coward's picture

My husband and I are currently debating which colon cleanse is better (it's a long story),
I just ordered Dr. Natura/colonix and am already feeling very, VERY bloated and am totally ready to peek at my poo to check for parasites, odd objects etc...
Hubby says "Go Lightly" did the trick for him years ago, so much so he literally shuddered when telling me the story.

Does anyone prefer one over the other? If so, why??


prarie doggin's picture
PoopReport of the Year AwardComment Quality Moderatorg 4000+ points

Motherload, my (alleged) IBS started about
1 and a 1/2 years ago, and at the same time I noticed that allergies in general seemed to plague me. My daughter just got diagnosed with Celiac, and I guess she got it from someone. The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together. Thank you a Fatherload for your info.

sittingpretty's picture
Comment Quality Moderatori 2000+ points

prariedog celiac is not contagious. its an allergy to wheat rye oat and barley protein called glutin.

...And their flesh like dung. Zeph. 1:17

prarie doggin's picture
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Actually I meant she may have gotten it from me genetically.

Anonymous's picture

Celiac Disease is not an allergy - it's an intolerance of gluten - the sticky protein found in wheat, barley and rye. Nowadays many processed foods contain it so you have to be careful what you eat... from soy sauce to McDonalds fries you will find gluten. Yes, the sound from your intestines may be due to that disease and it's best to see a doctor asap. The best doctors to see would be those who practice functional medicine.

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