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Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Wed, Jul 16 8:20am · View  

The first thing you should do when thinking about taking a probiotic is take a hard look at your diet and your exercise regimen. “Variety in your diet is very important. Eating healthy, unprocessed foods from a variety of sources will encourage a healthy gut. I really suggest letting your micro biome do what it does.” says Nicholas Chia, PhD, associate director of the microbiome program at the Mayo Clinic’s Center for Individualized Medicine.

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Virginia Franzen (@ginnydoll) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Fri, Jul 11 8:15am · View  

I have Sphincter of Oddi Dysfuncfion. It causes severe upper abdominal pain, a lot like a gallbladder attack. I was misdiagnosed for ten years and have still had problems, pain that required medication and the ER every once in a while. The pain has suddenly gotten so much worse. I also struggle with Pseudo Tumor Cerebri which causes massive headaches. I am getting spinal taps every 5 weeks, they do not work on the headaches but we are trying to keep me from going blind from the Sphincter of Oddi.

Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) responded:

Thanks for your post, @Virginia Franzen. Has any one else experienced Sphincter of ODDI dysfunction?

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Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Wed, Jul 9 1:25pm · View  

Pitch for Prevention

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  • Educational reception featuring Mayo Clinic physicians
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  • Group seating for the Minnesota Twins game against the Cleveland Indians

For more information and to register, visit the Pitch for Prevention Prostate and Colorectal Cancer Champions Event page.

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BillyMac65 (@billymac65) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Mon, Jul 7 1:34pm · 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!!


Erin11 (@angel11) responded:

thank you very much! the gastroenterologists are doing a full workup, I have been dianosed with this disease and it is so iso rare, they have never even treated anyone with it, they are trying to rule out everyting else. So far, everything from Autoimmune, bacterial, and carcinoids, ect have been ruled out. I am having an MRI this week of my small intestine. My big concern is their lack of knowledge and trying to [...]

Edited: 07/07/2014 @ 1:34pm

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Erin11 (@angel11) responded:

Thank you. I did reply above. Its very difficult, I am also trying to figure out if there is anyone out there who knows how to treat this!!!!! Do you take steriods? This is really the only place right now I feel I can go where someone can relate to this. I hope you are feeling better. I will be sharing any information I can find out about this. Thank you for your support!!!

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Chgorich (@chgorich) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Mon, Jul 7 10:59am · View  

I have an inguinal hernia that has been getting larger in size and has now entered my scrotum. I have an appointment in two weeks with a Gastro/Surgeon who specializes in inguinal hernias. I have read all sorts of horror stories (on the Internet of course!) about people who have experienced really bad side effects from the inguinal hernia surgery including nerve damage, problems with incontenence, and continued pain. When is it generally necessary to get a hernia repaired. I don't seem to have any pain per se but the large increase in size and the presence in the scrotal sac scare me.

Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) responded:

Hi, @Chgorich. Here is some information on inguinal hernias that should be helpful for you:

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MarkM (@markmor456) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Wed, Jul 2 11:31pm · View  

Been recently diagnose with meseteric panniculitis 2 months ago been dealing with it since Oct 2013.looking for input,

Mari (@marip) responded:

I was diagnosed last year with abdomen pains. Had cat scan done and was told by a GI doctor I had mesenteric panniculitis. I still don't know what caused it. I do have eczema and diverticulosis. I didn't ask my doctor if he thought if either of these conditions can be the cause.

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MarkM (@markmor456) responded:

Good Evening, thank you so much on the web site of sclerosing. I can't get enough information. I will be coming soon to Mayo clinic in Rochester. Thanks

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winbrent (@winbrent) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Mon, Jun 23 8:38am · View  

any info on cirrosis

winbrent (@winbrent) responded:

Any remedy's beside transplants?

Posted Mon, Jun 23 at 8:14am CDT · View

Margaret Shepard (@margieshepard) responded:

Hi, @winbrent. Here are some lifestyle and home remedies for cirrhosis: Also here's a link to alternative medicine treatments:

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KK (@kkann) posted in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · Sun, Jun 22 9:04am · View  

I'm not getting answers from other sites, so I'm hoping I can get some advice here. I hope I'm in the right place.

About two weeks ago, I became constipated due to stress/anxiety. After a few days of not being able to go, I took two stool softeners for three days (which didn't work.) So after those three days, I took a stimulant laxative, which (finally!) worked.

The day after the laxative worked, I starting having trouble passing stool. I can only go if I REALLY need to. If I try to pass stool after I felt I had to go, nothing happens.

For the past two days, if I do poop, it's semi-diarrhea that's blackish-green/yellow colored. So, in other words, I'm having trouble pooping something that should easily pass.

When I pass these stools, there's only moderate pain (anus area, but no abdominal pain.) And I feel slight pressure in my lower back if I try to strain (which I won't be doing anymore.)

Note: I've changed my diet a little since I've been constipated by adding more fiber & drinking more water. I drank cran-cherry juice last night, & I hope that may explain the color of my stool. I'm just really worried about the color & consistency of the stool.

(Also, I'm a bit of a hypochondriac, so I'm freaking out & thinking the worst right now. I'm probably going to see a doctor soon.)

Joel Streed (@jstreed) responded:

KK, I'm sorry to hear about the problems you are experiencing. Here is a link to the GI department at Mayo Clinic that may be helpful:

Posted Sun, Jun 22 at 9:04am CDT · View
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