I could have almost written this! I just turned 30, single, pretty, smart, have a good job. Also have this problem. I completely feel your pain!! Why me? If I didn't have this, my life would be great, I'd probably be higher in my career and married with kids but then again maybe not? Count your blessings- You were blessed with a great family that loves you. I just found a new site today that recommended pepto bismol as it has been clinically proven to reduce flatulence odor by 95 percent although they caution against long term use. It really doesn't work for you? I'm wanting to try it.
I just started using a product called Devrom, it is an internal deodorant that is safe to use long term and used to reduce odor. You can order it online and some pharmacies carry it. Both these products are affordable and while they don't take away the gas itself are supposed to mask the egg like smell! Another product you may want to try is a charcoal underwear called Shreddies. http://www.shreddies.com
is the website. I bought some and they are about 30 bucks a pair but not sure how effective they are, have to fit just right but they may work? They aren't bulky and you don't have to worry too much about them showing.
If you are willing to spend more money which I know I am, I discovered an IBS Center located in Seattle, Washington that specializes in finding cures for just this issue! They do blood tests, look for food allergies and intolerances, candida/bacteria overgrowth, parasites, etc. and actually work with you to find a cure. It looks pricey, up to $1000 or more and not sure how much insurance would cover but may be worth it to find a cause to actually treat. That is the most frustrating part. I hate when people think it's something you must be eating. You also may want to check out this guy's website, Jacob Teitelbaum and this link: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/complementary-medicine/200906/the-nose-kn...
I've found as I'm maturing and accepting this as something I have to cope with that people who treat me differently because of this are immature, insensitive jerks. Yeah, it's embarrassing but it shouldn't diminish who I am as a person. I'm starting to call people out on it. I don't care. If they know I'm aware and embarrassed myself but there's not much I can do, they are usually sympathetic. Alot of the problem is educating people. Most adults are kind but some never grow out of the junior high phase where bathroom humor is funny. You'll get those and who cares about those people anyway? They are the buttheads.
I don't know about you but I wear alot of perfume and lotion and I think that helps alittle. I usually get compliments but everyonce in awhile I smell that egglike smell from nowhere and am like, oh no is that me?! Isn't that sad? Hopefully, Science will find an answer soon and we won't be mocked by doctors who say you're healthy and it's your head when we know that's not the case. I get mad at them too. "No, i just thought I'd spend money to come here and complain about an illness I'm making up. Like I have nothing better to do and need to get attention in a negative, embarrassing way. Trust me, I could think of something alot less embarrassing to get attention if that was the case." I have problems because I'm a social person and this illness makes me spend alot of time at home, I don't like going to movies with new friends or dates and dating is awkward, I'm always worried about it. Meetings at work and plane rides are terrible too. It sucks, I've wanted to kill myself too but there's so much out there I want to do yet. I just think of all the good things in my life and I want to overcome it. Be strong and try not to be ashamed of who you are. We are all made in God's image and God doesn't make crap. I have faith in me and in you too! Let me know if you find something that works for you!!