Absorption problems

Posted by sita @sita, Jul 15, 2018

I have had stomach surgeries in 1981 and 2012. After the 2012 surgery I began having shortness of breath and problems with iron storage. Since then I have developed more stomach issues, nausea and gagging and many neurological symptoms including visual problems and problems with neuropathy and total body numbness. My balance is very impaired and I had trouble walking this morning due to one side of my body feeling like it was asleep. I have been doing B12 self injections every other day since about May. I am terrified that I am not going to be able to live independently. I am single.
I am willing to go to Arizona Mayo if I can get a recommendation for a good gastroenterologist who knows how to deal with this and can help me. Any suggestions? Thanks!

@hopeful33250

Hello @sita

I am so sorry to hear of your absorption problems! Your concern is very understandable. Unfortunately, I'm not an expert on the doctors in Arizona, however, I'm sure that there is somebody on Connect who might be able to make a recommendation. You can always call the Arizona clinic and explain your problem, I'm sure that they will be able to direct you to the right doctors.

I have also had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract for a rare malignancy called Neuroendocrine Tumors and I'm often concerned about absorption issues as my surgeries were all in the duodenal bulb. If you care to share more, could you explain where in your stomach you had the surgeries and the reason.

I look forward to hearing from you again and I hope you keep in touch and let me know how you are doing with your consult and the absorption issues.

Teresa

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@fourof5zs Thanks for offering some new thoughts!

Teresa

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Does anyone out there have absorption problems due to small intestine bacterial overgrowth? Any ideas for treating this?
Thanks, Sita

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@hopeful33250

Hello @sita

I am so sorry to hear of your absorption problems! Your concern is very understandable. Unfortunately, I'm not an expert on the doctors in Arizona, however, I'm sure that there is somebody on Connect who might be able to make a recommendation. You can always call the Arizona clinic and explain your problem, I'm sure that they will be able to direct you to the right doctors.

I have also had three surgeries of the upper digestive tract for a rare malignancy called Neuroendocrine Tumors and I'm often concerned about absorption issues as my surgeries were all in the duodenal bulb. If you care to share more, could you explain where in your stomach you had the surgeries and the reason.

I look forward to hearing from you again and I hope you keep in touch and let me know how you are doing with your consult and the absorption issues.

Teresa

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I wish I had known that information when I tried to self-refer. I could have gotten a referral from my gastroenterologist. I had to seek other avenues for treatment. Not happy with Mayo over that.

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Hello @sita

We do have a discussion on that very topic. Here it the link, https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/hi-i-have-been-suffering-from-small-intestine-bacterial-overgrowth-since-last/?pg=4#comment-93833

Please click on the link and you will find many others talking about SIBO (small intestine bacterial overgrowth). Please post your concerns there as well. Perhaps others will have posted about absorption problems and will respond to your post.

Teresa

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@sita

Thanks Teresa!

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@sita

You are so welcome!

Please let me know if you find help in the group discussions about SIBO. I'm looking forward to hearing more about how this absorption problem can be solved.

Teresa

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Have you been tested for Celiac? Lots of same symptoms.

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@mary1121

Have you been tested for Celiac? Lots of same symptoms.

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I have been tested for Celiac, they didn’t find that.

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