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A Good Ol’ Sulphur Tasting Burp

Recently I had a bout of rotten eggs smell belching from my mouth. Thankfully, it was nowhere near as bad as the onslaught’s I have received before I was condemned with Coeliac. This time it appears to have been brought about by raw food, yes, it appears my gut is not quite ready for anything that could be even slightly hard to digest.

The porridge I had for breakfast on Friday morning must have laid the groundwork, I usually have gluten free porridge once a week, and am usually fine with it. Then later on that evening I decided to make Hummus to go along with a gram flour based pizza meal. The pizza I have had before and been okay. The main suspect is some baby Cucumbers which I picked up from Asda. These little blighters have thick skins, with very little substance to the center. So, as the idea was to dip them raw into the Hummus, then leaving the skins on would be easier – so a good rinse to clean them should suffice. Sliced carrots were added to the selection for variety.

It does appear that the overall accumulation of foods that wern’t particularly easy to digest gave me the problem – with the baby cucumbers tipping me over the edge. These foods wern’t particurly a problem on their own, as I have eaten them before (apart from the baby Cucumbers) only recently with no ill effect.

I seemed to be okay until Saturday morning. However, I did not get the best sleep over night. When I got out of bed though, I was greeted by burps a plenty. These wern’t of the sulphur type at that point. Things wern’t going too badly until I decided to have more Hummus with Carrot and baby Cucumber dip for lunch (after all there was plenty left over). I followed my lunch with a home made Teff Carrot cake (of which I have become quite fond). Soon after, the sulphur burps appeared, not in great abundance at this point though. I immediately reached for the supplememnts and took two Betaine HCl (600mg each), and a digestive multi enzyme.

My evening meal was Lamb Curry. I ate this with no side effects. Afterwards, I ate a small slice of Tef cake, and noticed almost immediately the tell tale sulphur smell. Could it be the Teff Cake? mmm, my mind was in a mess. More HCL, and Enzymes followed. This did not cure my problem, so I had a thought that maybe it’s a Candida, or a Gardia attack, or whatever. I put a few drops of Grapefruit Seed Oil in an Ascorbic Acid drink, and swilled it down. There appeared to be a reprieve – maybe my symptoms are gone?

About 12 o’clock that night, I was woken by my stomach doing somersalts. There was so much gurgling, rumbling and general malaise – in my drowsy half awake state I thought I was on a boat in a stormy sea. Flatulence soon followed, but thankfully it didn’t stink. Another thankful thing is that lying down, it’s difficult to burp, so the sulphur stayed below. It’s strange how burps stink like the dead, but farts hardly smell. I made it through the night, catching bits of sleep here and there. When I eventually got up at about 9.30, my stomach gurgling had finally ceased, but sulphur fowl tasting burps soon followed.

This was now Sunday, and I decided it was going to be an all cooked, high fat fest today. Starting with bacon and eggs, with extra butter. Lunch was Tomato and Squash soup, with extra stock, and lots of butter. Scattered throughout the day, I ate Milk Kefir, and for tea I ate Chicken with Lemon butter sauce. I still received a bout of Sulphur burps after tea, so having read a suggestion that Sodium Bicarbonate could offer relief, I mixed a teaspoon into some water, and drank it quickly. A few minutes later, my stomach was on fire. I’m not sure what happened but it was doing something I had never felt before. This lasted for about 30 minutes, with my burping virtually gone. I slept well that night, and by the morning was back to normal.

Gluten Antibody levels

I saw the consultant today where we had an interesting discussion over the best course of action for me to follow now. I really just wanted him to confirm that my problems were all related to a gut disorder. This he failed to do as he was reluctant to go into specific details, but what he did say was telling. These quotes may not be verbatim, but they give you a gist of what he said.

“There is a lot of talk about Candida overgrowth amongst the internet community, but I cannot comment on any of this, as under my medical guidelines there is not enough scientific evidence to support it.”

“One piece of advice that I can give you is to try your best to adjust your gut flora by taking probiotics.”

It seemed that the major thing on his mind (now that any major disease has been ruled out) was to get me discharged, whereupon he was quick to fill out a form. He was however kind enough to show me my records on the computer screen, and I found it interesting to note my Gluten Antibody numbers;

My Gluten anti-body levels (Anti-gliadin antibodies) were at AGA 94 last July, when I was initially diagnosed with Coeliac disease. My latest test gives me a reading of AGA 12, which according to NHS guidelines means I am within normal parameters.

In gluten-sensitive individuals AGA testing is a routinely used blood test for possible presence of coeliac disease, allergies or idiopathic phenomena. The measurement of AGA is done with ELISA or radioimmunoassay. Such tests measure the level of AGA relative to a standard, such as a level of 10 = point which 85% of normal population falls below. Greater than 10 equals disease and a value of 3 is expected (mean). [wikipedia]

In addition, the article on Wikipedia states that a reading below AGA6 is considered to be normal, whereas my reading of AGA 12 seems to be acceptable to the NHS. Thankfully, my numbers had not increased, as can be quite common with Coeliac patients. From my research, it appears that undertaking a Gluten free diet on it’s own is nowhere near enough – you have to tackle the underlying cause. This means embarking on a strict restricted carbohydrate diet, whilst taking anti -fungals and probiotics.

He was also certain that I must continue with a Gluten free diet, and also pointed out that a bone density test may be needed in the future, as sufferers of Coeliac are prone to osteoporosis. The issue of flattened Villi, or Leaky Gut Syndrome would mean nutrients are not absorbed; is generally accepted as the reason. However, with a strict diet it is possible to repair your leaky gut – as I feel I am repairing mine. He did not mention the fact that Candida overgrowth can rob you of essential minerals needed to keep your bones in good health. A Candida that has run out of control is the root cause of the leaky gut problem, but is much harder to get under control.