Thanks for your posts. There are a lot of useful information, whick I will look into.
It is really supportive to hear that you aren't alone with this problem, but at the same time it is sad that also many other people are suffering with this issue. I, too, have been going through the same problem for the past 5 years. I think it started after food poisoning(which I thought wasn't a big deal at the time) and high stress period, with demanding social events where you couldn't easily go to the bathroom. Adding all of this circumstances, I started sometimes noticing the smell when I was eating something specific, like sushi (I think seeweed in particular). It took several embarassing instances and some time to accept that I have uncontrollable gas problem. At first, it was more or less manageable. Basically going to the bathroom before going to the social events and avoiding some kind of food would help. But with time, this wasn't anough anymore. With every year the problem intensified. I've done some tests, but was told it was physhological. I've developed anxiety around it and now every meeting at work or any social gathering is now dreadful for me, unless the social event is outside, which I only then can truly enjoy and be able to be myself again.
As some of you describe, I also do not have this problem while I am at home and relaxed, which makes me believe that this is mostly psycological and I feel that if I wouldn't think about it during social gathering,then it would be ok. But I cannot help myself not to think about it during social events, which intensifies the problem. I am so tired of it, and start noticing that it starts to effect my overall health, because I am stressed all the time due to this.
I am young women, who loves to socialize, and I am also very ambitious. I feel like I cannot live my life to the fullest, and limit my life choices due to this condition.
I've been thinking a lot about it, and for now I think the only solution to this is to be honest about your problem with people that are close to you: your family and friends. Since if I know that everyone knows and can accept it (or not, but so be it), then I won't worry about it, and it is going to be ok. However it is a big and fearful step for me to take, which I haven't done yet...I am not sure how people will take it, but I think if it is anxiety then this is the solution that definetely will work... there is the saying "what you resist, persists" and I think it is true in a way.
Having said that, I also think it would be great if we could meet somewhere(kind of like a support group) ... and not be judgemental of others because we are all going through the same thing. I think talking about it, and letting it be and just have good time, will be beneficial for us, because we willn't be resisting it. If you would be interested in organizing something, please reply to forum or reply to email
firstname.lastname@example.org (although I am not sure how easy it will be, since we might be in different countries, cities.. me personally, I am in Ontario, Canada)
Hope to hear from you,
Goodluck and good day :-)
ps. I've also tried charcoal pads... they don't seem to work too long, only for a short period of time. I am thinking of giving it another try again, since even a short term relief is great.