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    Bloating/drinking through a straw

    As a C4/5 quad, I have to drink through a straw. I have excessive bloating and trapped gas which I'm sure is due in large part to drinking with a straw. As much as I hate to ask, would a sippy cup type cup (at least while at home) cause less air to be swallowed?

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    I'm using a straw to drink for the last 13 years and don't have an issue with bloating. What makes you think its the straw?

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    Is this gas in your stomach, or in your bowel? A good physical exam or Xray can determine this. If in your stomach, it may be due to air swallowing with a straw, and a sippy cup may be somewhat helpful. Simethecone tablets may also help. If in your bowel, then it is not likely to be due to straw use.

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    A lot of the literature on colostomies states that drinking through a straw introduces excess air into your system.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Is this gas in your stomach, or in your bowel? A good physical exam or Xray can determine this. If in your stomach, it may be due to air swallowing with a straw, and a sippy cup may be somewhat helpful. Simethecone tablets may also help. If in your bowel, then it is not likely to be due to straw use.

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    I'm not sure the answer to that. I do know that after I do my bowel program at night, my stomach is relatively flat. I only drink water before going to sleep after my bp, but when I wake up, I'm bloated.

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    I actually get more air in when drinking WITHOUT a straw, and I'm sipping directly from a cup.

    Another member (ScottS) had similar with swallowing air and painful distention/bloating, which he posted much about - see this thread for one. You can do a search for his name with keywords and get more results.

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    I'm always bloated. I do drink from a straw. Gas-X doesn't help.
    Alan

    Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

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    I drink through a straw for about 30% of the water I drink (at night when I am in bed). I don't have excessive gas/bloating from that. During the day, I drink from a cup that has a large U-shaped handle that I can hook a thumb through. Have you tried a Camelback 24 ounce Better Bottle? Cooler than a sippy cup by a lot!!!
    (Picture below)
    http://www.rei.com/product/776892/ca...ottle-25-fl-oz

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    Is this gas in your stomach, or in your bowel? A good physical exam or Xray can determine this. If in your stomach, it may be due to air swallowing with a straw, and a sippy cup may be somewhat helpful. Simethecone tablets may also help. If in your bowel, then it is not likely to be due to straw use.

    (KLD)
    This is a combined topic question about swallowing difficulties and bloatedness/gassiness.

    I did not have swallowing problems directly after my injury. I had no trouble taking all of my pills at once and could eat my meals quickly without a lot of need of liquids while doing so. A few years later, I was eating a twinkie and got choked so bad that the heimlich maneuver had to be done. I don't know if it was fear or some damage done, but afterwards I had had much trouble swallowing. I actually lost about 15-25 pounds (which wasn't a bad thing at the time) because I could barely swallow anything without a lot of water with it. It took me about three months before it got better, but even after about 20 years I still have some swallowing problems with certain food consistencies and only take 1 pill at a time. I also think that the combination of drinking through a straw makes my bloatedness and bowel gassiyness even worse. I had a therapist do a few swallowing tests shortly after my choking, but nothing was diagnosed as I wasn't exactly cooperative with trying to swallow something when I felt as though I would choke again. I feel that my bloating is a bigger source of displeasure than my swallowing problem is but if I could solve both, that would be a true blessing. What if anything can be done for panicky swallowing after so long and what exactly does the Simethecone tablets do? Also, if one has gas/air in the stomach and it is not all expelled by belching, does that air not travel into the bowel and find its way out the other end?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gjnl View Post
    I drink through a straw for about 30% of the water I drink (at night when I am in bed). I don't have excessive gas/bloating from that. During the day, I drink from a cup that has a large U-shaped handle that I can hook a thumb through. Have you tried a Camelback 24 ounce Better Bottle? Cooler than a sippy cup by a lot!!!
    (Picture below)
    http://www.rei.com/product/776892/ca...ottle-25-fl-oz

    All the best,
    GJ
    These look great, but when I went on Amazon, it appears they all use straws

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