Skip to content

    Announcements

    Exciting News for WebMD Members!

    We've been busy behind the scenes building new message boards for you. You'll have new and easier ways to find messages, connect with others, and share your stories.

    And, this will all be available on your smartphone or other mobile device!

    What Do You Need to Do?

    The message board you're used to will be closing in the coming weeks. While many of your boards will be making the move to our new home, your posts will not. Want to keep a discussion going? Save posts you want to continue (this includes your member profile story), so that you can re-post them in the new message boards.

    Keep an eye here and on your email inbox, we'll be back in touch soon to give you all the information you need!


    Yours in health,
    WebMD Message Boards Management

    Longtime Loud Stomach Noises Sufferer, but IBS?
    avatar
    IBSorNot234 posted:
    I have since middle school at least had issues with a very audible and unusual stomach noise. The sound varies, everything from "internal farting" to high-pitched sounds to bubbling. It is infrequent, but seems to occur at some of the worst times (e.g., in class taking a test, or like today, at work during a meeting).

    I thought it was gas, so have been taking Gas-X Maximum Strength before meetings. This has not worked---maybe the sounds would have been louder had I not taken this, but still sounds nonetheless.

    After today's meeting, I looked to see if anyone else had similar symptoms, and it seems a lot of people with IBS have this problem. The only thing is, I don't have other IBS symptoms---I don't have diahareah, don't have cramps/pain, and no real bloating.

    Would appreciate any thoughts. I don't think a particular food triggers it, and I also wouldn't necessarily attribute it to nerves (my stomach makes that noise in my office, as well as when I'm at home). It is random too---I can go weeks without it making sound.
    Reply
     
    avatar
    Polarisld33 responded:
    Does it happen more often when you have an empty stomach? I know mine makes an awful lot of noise when I haven't eaten in a while. Does it cause you any (physical) discomfort? If you're not in any pain, it may not be anything you need to do anything about. It may also just be your stomach telling you it's empty and needs at least a little bit of something to quiet it down.

    I'm a little curious to see what (if anything) the experts say about it.
     
    avatar
    IBSorNot234 replied to Polarisld33's response:
    No, if anything it happens more often after I eat. But it happens randomly generally. No physical discomfort or pain, although I guess you could say I have some minor bloating...I can certainly feel activity in my stomach.

    My stomach is also noisy when its hungry/empty, but that is a different thing altogether. What I am talking about seems gas-related.
     
    avatar
    IBSorNot234 replied to IBSorNot234's response:
    And just to be clear, while it does seem to come more often in the 1-4 hours after I eat period, I don't think it is typical gas. Like I said in the original post, I tried taking Gas-X Maximum Strength which had no effect.
     
    avatar
    boonjies replied to Polarisld33's response:
    I have been diagnosed with chronic constipation IBS, my stomach seems to gurgle when its empty, Somtimes after I have eaten it will do so too. I have learned to live with it and accept it. Gas X and other items dont work for me as well. Find your triggers.


    Spotlight: Member Stories

    Hey, My name is Amber, I'm 20 years old and currently undergoing testing to try to get properly diagnosed. I became sick when I was about 12, I lo...More

    Helpful Tips

    IBS-Reflexology...finally some relief!!!!
    hello community.. i have been struggling with episodes of IBS for 5 years. this last month i have been in terrible pain and it's been ... More
    Was this Helpful?
    1 of 1 found this helpful

    Related Drug Reviews

    • Drug Name User Reviews

    Report Problems With Your Medications to the FDA

    FDAYou are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.