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According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, one-third of the population claims to [...]

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

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Becky R

Mon, Aug 17 at 2:40pm CDT by Becky R in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · View  

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.

Becky R

Becky R (@breatherford) responded 6 days ago · View

Thank you for responding. I would love to have any suggestions. My biggest fear is that i am going to go to the clinic and not get any results to solve my issues as i have been from every doctor so far.

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KATHY G (@wishingforhealth) responded 6 days ago · View

HI BECKY, WHEN IS YOUR APPOINTMENT AND WHERE DO YOU LIVE. I NEVER DO BLOGS OR SOCIAL MEDIA. IE FACEBOOK ECT.... I AM RESPONDING TO THIS E MAIL AND ASSUMING IT WILL GO ON THE MAYO WALL. IT WOULD BE MUCH EASIER TO SPEAK ON THE PHONE, BUT I DON'T WANT TO POST?MY NUMBER?ON THE BLOG. WHEN YOU GET THIS.....E MAIL ME AT COMPUTERMOM4444@AOL.COM.......IF YOU WANT TO TALK. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM MY E [...]

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KATHY G

Sun, Aug 23 at 9:01am CDT by KATHY G in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · View  

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!!

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Kiltlady

Sat, Aug 15 at 9:05am CDT by Kiltlady in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · View  

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.

geb

geb (@gloriaeb) responded Tue, Aug 18 at 3:28pm CDT · View

Keep going girl! I am 81, struggle with some similar issues....can't find a doctor who say that they can help me. Maybe it is just part of ageing, I am not sure....but it came on without too much notice...one day I just looked about 8 mos. pg.

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Kiltlady (@kiltlady) responded Fri, Aug 21 at 9:38pm CDT · View

thanks for your reply....I know there are many of us who have a variety of issues....:)

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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.

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geb

Mon, Aug 17 at 8:46am CDT by geb in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · View  

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.

Lula

Lula (@luladavis) responded Mon, Aug 17 at 10:53pm CDT · View

Greenery is my kale and spinach with maybe grapes watermelon, I choose apple juice, blended and drink.. Tryin to get my veggies&fruit in every day that way my stomach might be happy and shrink..my PlasticSurgeon said I need to lose the fat then he would cut the excess skin off...Really!!! Why not jus cut it all off now..I think I have tried it all and all I'm doing is just depriving my self from the [...]

geb

geb (@gloriaeb) responded Tue, Aug 18 at 3:22pm CDT · View

Lula: Good luck with the kale and spinach....I have tried both....eating it fresh as a salad, and also cooking, eating it that way or pureeing it; tried just raw kale and spinach pureed. Nothing works. It may help with my bowels but nothing else. It did not help with the bloating. I am ready to give up and just be out of shape! I guess at my age I should not care....but I do!!!!

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BillyMac65

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

maryscribe

maryscribe (@maryscribe) responded Thu, Aug 13 at 8:48pm CDT · View

The information you've received is a little different from what I have learned. My understanding is that the medical community does not know what causes SM. Some think it may be an autoimmune disorder, some think it may be caused by a virus or bacterium, and there used to be a theory that it co existed with cancer but that is no longer a dominant theory. But the consensus of medical sites I've seen and [...]

Edited: 08/13/2015 @ 8:49pm

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yvonne keppler (@ykeppler) responded Fri, Aug 14 at 9:23am CDT · View

Recently I have noticed a vibrating sensation in my chest sometimes it feels like a swooshing sound or a vibrating cell phone this started this month August. I had four stents replaced due to 99% blockage, could one of the tents have moved or erupted? the sensation doesn't go away, I am in a very stressful situation, I am raising my 10yr old grandson whom has a strong character and very defiant. He has his [...]

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randy

Fri, Jul 24 at 5:29pm CDT by randy in Digestive (Gastrointestinal) Problems · View  

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.

Please help.

LS4

LS4 (@lisas444) responded Wed, Aug 12 at 4:02pm CDT · View

Your symptoms can describe several things which is unfortunate. On your CT, did anyone ever discuss with you sclerosing mesenteritis and/or mesenteric panniculitis? You state that it said swollen lymph nodes, etc. :) Your symptoms seem to go along with those diseases But can go along with others as well! :) The thing that caught my eye is wherein you stated about the nodes, etc. :)

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