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According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one-third of the population claims to suffer from gluten sensitivity, and researchers at the Mayo Clinic say the number of patients reporting gastrointestinal symptoms has quadrupled over the past 60 years! So what happened?
Some people think that ancient grains may be the solution to the problem. Check out the link and then answer our poll - do you suffer from symptoms of gluten sensitivity?
Edited: 08/26/2015 @ 10:06am
Five years ago, I had to have an emergency hysterectomy with delivery of my son. A couple doctors told me that I am lucky to be alive after that procedure and have had more procedures in my abdomen area since that time. Around Christmas, my stomach swelled overnight to where I look 8 months pregnant. It is almost daily that someone asks when I am due. I have gained 45 pounds and went from wearing a size 8 to barely being able to button a 14. I have seen every doctor imaginable - have been to a colorectal surgeon, a GI doc, pelvic floor therapy, therapy to release scar tissue in my stomach, OB/GYN, urogynocologist, lymphedema specialist, you name it. My stomach never goes down at all - no matter if I prep for a test that requires me to drink tons of laxatives and use an enema. I have been tested for celiac disease. All tests come back normal. I am nauseous a lot, short of breath, beyond tired, have pelvic and back pain and pressure. My normally low blood pressure has shot up to staying around 156/94 so I am now on medicine to control that. I am a mother of 4 (who is not able to be a "normal" mom) and am struggling with my issues and not finding any relief. Every doctor I see agrees there is a problem, but no one knows what the issue is or seems to care how it is effecting my life. The most recent came back that it is probably just IBS. I have ran out of my FMLA and all of my leave at work and am on the verge of being let go because of not being able to work 8 hours a day. I do have an appt scheduled at the Mayo Clinic in September and have been gathering all of my records from various doctors, various tests, etc. I don't know where else to go and pray that going through the expense of getting to my appt. and staying for testing will work in my favor.
I AM A 52 YEAR OLD WOMAN WHO BECAME ILL AT 24. I ALWAYS SUFFERED FROM SEVERE CONSTIPATION, BUT IN MY EARLY 20'S I STARTED EXPERIENCING SEVERE FATIQUE, JOINT PAIN AND SEVERE GASTO ATTACKS. AFTER MANY DOCTOR VISITS I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH GENETIC BLOOD DISEASES AND CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE. I HAVE HAD 13 SURGERIES AND EACH ONE RESULTED IN INFECTION AND VERY LONG RECOVERIES. I AM NOW AT A POINT THAT THE ONLY WAY TO KEEP ME ALIVE, DUE TO THE BLOCKAGES, IS TO DO A FULL COLECTOMY AND RE-ATTACH THE RECTOCILE. SINCE I HAVE CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE I WAS TOLD THAT REMOVING THE COLON IS NOT AN OPTION BECAUSE THE RESECTION WILL DETACH AND I WILL BECOME SEPTIC. THEY CAN'T FIX THE RECTOCILE BECAUSE THEY SAID THAT AFTER SO MANY ABDOMINAL SURGERIES, THE SCAR TISSUE IS VERY EXTENSIVE AND IF THEY REMOVE IT, DUE TO THE CONNECTIVE TISSUE DISEASE, I WILL BECOME SEPTIC. AFTER 10 DIFFERENT EXTENSIVE CONSULTS, I WAS BASICALLY TOLD THAT MY ONLY OPTION WAS TO GO HOME, WHICH IS WHERE I AM ALL THE TIME BECAUSE I AM TOO WEAK, FATIQUED, NAUSOUS AND FILLED WITH JOINT PAIN TO GO ANYWHERE. I STILL CAN'T BELIEVE THERE IS NOT A WAY FOR A SURGEON TO HELP ME, EVEN IF THERE WAS A POSSIBILITY OF PUTTING IN AN NG TUBE . ANY THOUGHTS OF SUGGESTIONS WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!
Edited: 08/23/2015 @ 9:05am
Honestly I do not know where to begin. In 1997 I had emergency abdominal laparotomy & hemicolectomy and retrocecal appendicitis with a side to side resection done with removal of about 14-16" removal of small bowel. All sorts of digestive, absorption difficulties since that time. Can you advise best means to stabilize my body needs of electrolytes, safely lower weight of 149 lbs. to a possible 115 to 120 (I am 5'2") I have other medical issues HP, Auto immune disorder of Polymyalgia Rheumatica (in remission) Osteoporosis due to premature menopause. I am now 78 and want to deal with these issues the best I can. Obviously with the loss of that much of the bowel my absorption of almost everything (food, medicines) do not stay in my system long enough to do what is needed. Thank you for any input or suggestions.
Doctors say there’s less reason than ever for certain cancer patients to fear the colostomy bag. Medical advances are making it easier for the 40,000 Americans diagnosed with rectal cancer each year to resume normal lives after treatment…“Rectal cancer treatment has undergone significant improvements over the last 20 years on all fronts,” says Robert Cima, a colorectal surgeon at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.
I am a relatively healthy person with a problem "bloated belly". My belly gets bigger as the day goes on; doesn't matter if I eat, drink only water, my belly still gets more bloated. The bloat continues up the abdomen into the midriff area...I have to loosen bra or put on a bigger one. This happens everyday. Pretty good in the morning.
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!!
Need advice with all my symptoms. I have been to 5 ER's, 2 ct scans, 1 mri, endo and colonoscopy, ultrasound so far for my abdominal pain. Also had many blood tests. Here are my symptoms for the past 6 months that just get worse with time
Sever bloating all day, stomach sticks out, not able to pass gas, feels like i have to have a bowel movement even after having one. I sleep fine, but as soon as i wake up and have bowel movement, im in horrible pain all day till i go to sleep. Pain in left side of abdomin. Its deep pain. Barely can pee, it burns after peeing and i dont have UTI.
The blood tests i had were for Lyme (neg), celiac desease (neg), STD's (neg), antinuclear antibody (positive), Think blood test (positive).
The Ct scan found fatty tissue on my colon, with swollen lymph nodes. Lesion on my liver and 3 lesions on my spine. Were not cancerous as of now. The scan i had later showed none grew it size. The endoscopy only showed a raw stomach so doubled my prilosec mg. The colonoscopy found nothing.
But with all this, i get prescribed meds for IBS. Is this IBS? im in horrible pain all day with the bloating.
I would like to add this has given me bad anxiety.