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2 days ago · Ulcerative Colitis at 62 in Digestive Health

@ejlouboutin16 I have a similar problem. I am not sure where the blood comes from but I have coincidentally come to realize very recently (as in the last few weeks) that I either have lactose intolerance or IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease‎). From what I have been able to determine, with just lactose intolerance there is not generally blood in a person's stools which is why I now wonder about IBD. I plan to try to isolate what else other than lactose containing foods may be causing problems for me, and then I plan to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist.
I too have bloating and pressure.
I suggest you make an appointment with a gastro and try to get to the bottom of it. If you do, and if you find anything out, please let me know and I will do the same if I make it to the doctor. The doctor I would like to see is scheduling in September or October so I may have to settle for someone else.

2 days ago · Ulcerative Colitis at 62 in Digestive Health

@ejlouboutin16 That's too bad that you need to wait to see the doctor. I do not have itching, and not really cramps, more of an upset stomach frequently when after eating dairy and something else that I have not yet isolated.
You may be confusing IBS with IBD. They are not the same. If you google IBS vs IBD you will find more information about both of them, but frankly, I find it sort of confusing. That's why I think I do need to see a doctor about it, so that he or she can sort it out and suggest what might help.

2 days ago · Ulcerative Colitis at 62 in Digestive Health

@ejlouboutin16 I totally understand. That is a concern for me also, which is why it is important to get checked out by a gastroenterologist.
I have two different things that require an appointment with a gastro, but these days at the major medical centers the gastros specialize so much that I will need to go to two! One for my Barrett's Esophagus, and a different one for this.

2 days ago · Chronic small bowel obstruction from adhesions in Digestive Health

@bentley33 I am sorry to hear all you are going through. @hopeful33250 questions are good ones. I also wonder, what type of surgery did you have that caused such massive scarring?

I hope you are able to find a doctor who can help you with this, it must be extremely frustrating.

4 days ago · Fecal body oduor: in Digestive Health

@turdlez I am sorry to hear about your problem, it must be discouraging. It certainly sounds as if you have checked numerous resources to discover the cause of it. There is a discussion on Intermittent fecal/sulfur breath odor that may be of interest to you. I hope it will give you some answers.


I am sure if you persist that you will find some explanation, and hopefully a solution, to this. Please keep us posted.

4 days ago · After knee replacement surgery in Joint Replacements

@crazz @ethanmcconkey I wish I knew something that would help with this, but I have never heard of foot pain as you mention after a TKR. I was very fortunate with both of my TKRs, my pain was not bad. I never did get the flex I had hoped for after my second TKR but what I got is manageable. I have no pain, either in the knee or my foot.

I certainly understand wanting to get off the medications. I hate being on medications and try to limit them to absolutely essential ones.
Please let us know if you are able to find out what is causing your foot pain, and what the solution is for it.

4 days ago · Knee Replacement: Discharged from PT due to insurance in Joint Replacements

@dkapustin I haven't seen a posting from you for a while about your knee. How is it doing? I hope that cutting back on exercises a bit has helped you, and you are in less pain than you were, but still doing well with ROM.

4 days ago · Recovery from Multiple Surgeries in Bones, Joints & Muscles

@ssbionicknee I am so sorry for what you are going through. That sure is a lot to deal with. I'm glad you are doing water classes, they really are helpful for the things you mention. I hope as time goes on with them you will be less sore afterward.

I really have no answers for you, you have a very complex situation, and I doubt that many people have had to go through so many surgeries in such a short period of time. If you must give an answer to your employee I would insist on an appointment with your doctor, or for him/her to at least write an explanation that you can give to work.

Try to stay positive. I know it must be difficult at times but I firmly believe that a good attitude really helps. I wish I could be more helpful, and hopefully, someone here will be able to, but as I said, not many have had such a complex history.