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Karen Clark (@karenclark) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Fri, Mar 20 9:19pm · View  

I have been diagnosed with diverticulitis and I can't understand how to change my diet. I also have crippling contractions in my lower abdominal area and upper right quadrant of my body that my gastroenterologist cant seem to diagnose. I have had two upper endoscpies to no avail. I dont know what to do.

Rebecca McRoberts | Community Manager (@rebeccamcroberts) responded:

Hi Karen, I'm sorry to hear what you're going through! We're not able to make specific treatment recommendations online, but we do have some tips regarding the dietary changes you can make to help manage the symptoms. Check out this link, and feel free to reach out with any other questions: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/diverticulitis-diet/art-20048499

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Melody (@jensunmelody) responded:

Hello Karen, Do you think drinking warm and hot liquid only and avoid cold drinks will help? Would you also find out if eating gluten free foods may help with reducing the symptoms of diverticulitis? How about write down what you eat each day and see if it makes any differences on the days comparing the foods you eat, eliminate the foods you eat that make you feel worse for the days, and try to [...]

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Sandi (@idnas) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Fri, Mar 20 1:30pm · View  

I just joined this site and am looking to see if anyone talks about bowel obstructions caused by adhesions following abdominal surgery. I had successful sugery for colon cancer in 2008. About 6-months later I was hospitalized for 5 days with a bowel obstruction (that did resolve without further surgery). It took several months for my system to get back to "proper working order," but it did and for the past 5-years everything worked normally. Then, out of the blue, I had another bowel obstruction 2-months ago. I was hospitalized for 6-days, but again, no surgery. At this point I can only have bowel movements by taking Miralax and then I have diarrhea. I'm trying to eat a normal diet, just smaller amounts at a time and more frequently. I'm paranoid about another bowel obstruction, and also that my guy will not get back to normal. Has anyone had experience with this?

Rebecca McRoberts | Community Manager (@rebeccamcroberts) responded:

Hi Sandi, We're not able to make specific treatment recommendations online, but we do have a few resources that might be helpful for you to review and discuss with your doctor. You can find some information about intestinal obstructions here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/intestinal-obstruction/basics/definition/con-20027567 You can also find details about the importance of dietary fiber here: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/fiber/art-20043983 Does anyone else have personal experience that they could share with Sandi?

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Karen Clark (@karenclark) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Fri, Mar 20 11:30am · View  

contractions in my stomach area.

I have taken several endoscopies trying to understand the severe on and off again pain in my stomach area. It feels like contractions. My gastroenterologist cant seem to find the problem. Any suggestions?

Edited: 03/20/2015 @ 11:30am

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BillyMac65 (@billymac65) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Fri, Mar 20 12:31am · View  

Mesenteric Panniculitis or Schlerosing Mesentertis (Auto-immune around small intestine)

I thought I would start a discussion for patients with Mesenteric Panniculitis. From what I know, this auto-immune disorder has three stages to it, each with differing names (Mesenteric Panniculitis, Schlerosing Mesenteritis, Retractile Mesenteritis). Typically, this appears to be in older individuals with some other under-lying problem (Lymphoma, tumor, diverticulitis).

I have an atypical presentation because I do not have an underlying cause. The doctors seem to be hoping for Lymphoma to appear so they can treat it and have the auto-immune go away. I am interested in hearing from others with this. I had this diagnosed in 2011, so I am interested in hearing more about what this is like to live with. I want to hear from others who also have an atypical presentation. Did is come back? Also interested in hearing from those with Lymphoma. How was the treatment? Did it address the auto-immune?

Pretty much, I am interested in hearing from anyone who has had this, so i can better understand it, and not feel so alone with this!!

Bill

vdouglas (@vdouglas) responded:

Sorry Lisa, I see these messages but don't know how to view them at the emailhealthcareinnovators. Von

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vdouglas (@vdouglas) responded:

Hi Lisa, I had a Gastro tell me the other day that it was caused because my type 2 diabetes was borderline out of control, A1C of 7. Ever hear this from anyone? I'm not sure if I believe it. Von

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DHuffman (@dhuffman) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Sat, Mar 7 10:25pm · View  

I have been diagnosed with Achalasia. One of my doc wanted me to try and find a top surgeon in US for Achalasia. How do I do this ? This is the first time on here. I cannot remember if he said Mayo clinic or Cleveland Clinic. I have severe nausea, vomiting (bile) 6 to 7 days a week and I have maxed out on all rxs to control this.. They say I have a complicated case. I have a cervical fusion 3-7. which they think my vagus nerve was cut. and the edge of the titan. plate is pushed into my esophagus. Usually people with A do not have as much nausea and vomiting. My specialist has just said ----There is nothing we can do for you, and the doc I was talking about finding a surgeon is my reg general surgeon at home.; that I need to find a Top Hospital Surgeon, I live in a small town in WV. They first thought it was gastoparesis , but it was slow but not enough for diagnosis. any suggesions????/

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Abulawi A. Anas (@abulawiaanas) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Thu, Mar 5 9:32am · View  

Hello, My cousin was diagnosed: No visualization of the left kidney. No [...]

Hello, My cousin was diagnosed:
No visualization of the left kidney.
No spleen, spleen can measured 11cm.
Elevated Amylase, Normal Lipase tests.
What is the diagnosis? Pancreatitis??
What have we to do? what is the next?

LS4 (@lisas444) responded:

Diagnosed with what? :)

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shimmerpixie (@shimmerpixie) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Tue, Feb 10 5:49pm · View  

PLEASE read- mild gastroparesis with severe symptoms!

I was diagnosed with IBS when I was 18. I'm now 30. Early in 2011, I saw a new GI doc for unexplained feelings of fullness after eating a very small amount of food, nausea and vomiting and severe pain- all revolving around eating. He ordered a gastric emptying studying and told me I had "mild delayed emptying," which he classified as "mild gastroparesis" on my chart. He gave me Zofran 4 mg to take as needed and hyosciamine for stomach spasms. At the beginning of this year, lost 15 pounds in 2 months due to the worsening of these symptoms. I've had many sleepless nights with a horribly painful distended stomach- last night being one of the worst- and I'm on 3 nausea medications- tigin, emend and marinol- and heavy doses of all 3. I was in the hospital in February for 2 weeks with an NG tube and sent home with the medications I mentioned. I was severely dehydrated when admitted, as I'm not always able to tolerate liquids either. My GI doc requested a psych consult and I was grilled by a psychiatrist and his nurse as soon as I had a bed and fluids had been started. The outcome of this was that I did not need additional psychological intervention. (I see a therapist every 2 weeks b/c of this and other chronic pain I deal with- Fibro and osteoarthritis). So here is where I'm at: I was supposed to get in with a doctor who has access to a trial drug, but I was denied access to the program because my scan only shows mild delayed emptying. Yet my symptoms are of someone with a very severe form of it. The psychiatrist determined it's not psychological. So what am I supposed to do?? The only reason I'm gaining weight is due to the marinol, which increases my appetite but then I have to deal with the pain and nausea of eating. I don't vomit as much, because of the drugs, but I still feel nauseated after eating (even on an full liquid diet). I've kept food diaries for years and tried everything. I tried gluten-free. I eliminated "toxic" chemicals (those found in diet pop), caffeine- you name it, I've tried it BEFORE this took over my llfe in January and I'm continuing to eat as tolerated but I'm in hell. Does anyone else have a gastric emptying test that shows mild delay, yet you have severe symptoms? If so, I would love to hear from you. I hate the marinol b/c it doesn't help much with the nausea and makes me want to eat, after which I feel horrible. Please please tell me there is someone like me out there, and that help is available. Any and all replies are appreciated.
~Stephanie~
P.S. I was in the ER last twice last week due to dehydration and pain that is unbelievable and off the charts. I don't understand :(

Anonymous-c9130af4 responded:

ive had gp for about 4 years now, ive been on zofran reglan hyoscimine belladonna donnatal pantaprazole and other medications i cant think of right now. i have yet to find a medicine that actually makes my nausea tolerable so i kept researching and read that marijuana can help subside the nausea; i know theres various opinions on the medical use of thc but i decided to try it and its been working better then [...]

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Morgan Buckner (@mobuckner7192) responded:

Hey! OMG I have a mild delay too! My first emptying test said 59% emptied in 2 hours and at 4 hours I had 23% left. My second 4 hour was 64% emptied in 2 hours and 9% at 4 hours. It's always slow at 4 hours as you can see. That's usually when I get the most nausea too is hours after eating. What was your test result? My symptoms were so severe that [...]

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bruce36441 (@bruce36441) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Mon, Feb 2 9:45pm · View  

If anyone can help here is my story; August 2013 I felt a need to go to the bathroom (bowel movement) , but then I did not need to after all. from that point on I have lived with that "urge" to go everyday, and a lot of times it is false. I have had a colonoscopy, CT scan, rectal exam, marker test, all to no avail. already went thru 2 gastro doctors. none has ever heard of such It really bothers me when I travel and lay down for bed at night.
Looking for any help I can get. Thanks

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