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Sun, Mar 1 3:27pm · Diverticulitis with C.difficile in Digestive Health

I had BAD diverticulitis and ended up having a large portion of my large intestine removed. When I was in the hospital at Mayo in Phoenix, they tested me several times for CDiff as I was on multiple antibiotics for a long period of time. So I would say yes, it is possible to have both. Hope this helps!

Thu, Feb 20 8:42am · Feeling full 10 year old in Digestive Health

The gastric emptying was most of one day, then back early the next morning and then done.

Wed, Feb 19 11:43pm · Feeling full 10 year old in Digestive Health

Just did this test about 6 weeks ago at Mayo Phx. You go in, eat an egg sandwich with a carton of milk within 10 minutes. They have you stand in between this machine where you can see the radioactive stuff lighting up in the stomach. You leave, wait for a period of time , then they x ray you again, seeing how much is traveling out of your stomach. You have to report if you have had a bowel movement. This continues on and I got a voucher for lunch and had to go eat something. It was tough to go swallow stuff. I was x rayed after lunch and then went home. I could not eat anything else the rest of the day. Had to go back early the next morning where they did one last x ray.
Saw Dr 2 weeks later, gastroparesis diagnosis.
Even the eggs were in my stomach 6 hours later. Saw dietician, recommended low residue diet and several meals per day versus 3.
One small meal works for me with drinking Boost Breeze to get my protein and calories

Wed, Feb 5 10:31am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

I called the gastro appointment desk and they were booked out for about 4 months and could not schedule because they were in the middle of switching computer systems. That was in Sept. It is complete(in Phx) by now. The girl told me I could call everyday to see if there were any cancellations. I kept doing that & I finally was lucky enough to get on the phone with someone who was somehow able to send a note in for a work around appt for me. She told me there was no guarantee, but she would try. I was making my daily call two days later and the girl I was on the phone with said they had an appointment for me in 2 weeks. I cried. Then, right after I got off the phone, the original girl who was working to get me in called me to give me the good news. I did not have to send any medical records until after I had the appointment

Wed, Feb 5 10:31am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

Yes, in Phoenix. I don't know anything about out of state insurance stuff. I am glad that my insurance was in network. I feel very lucky to have gotten in, especially with my current situation. Although that came as a result of going to the ER and having to be admitted. Surgeons came to me, and even though the main one I saw is a general surgeon, he is working under a colo rectal Surgeon who also saw me and was in the operating room. My last 3 surgeries this past year were at a different hospital and just a general surgeon, not a specialist. While I really liked this surgeon, I just felt better going forward to being treated by somebody who specializes in the bowel.

Wed, Feb 5 10:31am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

I am feeling pretty good, trying to work some(I am a realtor). I have been able to get out and show some houses etc. I have my follow up appointment with the surgeon 1/31. Everything seems to be going ok except my appetite is still not that great so keeping weight on is a challenge. The solid food seems to be hanging around in my stomach for quite a while and making me feel full. I wonder if being on liquids for so long made it go into shock or something!

Tue, Feb 4 10:30am · Gastroparesis Diet – Questions, Suggestions, Tips in Digestive Health

I was just at my appointment yesterday at Mayo in Phoenix and they gave me an entire booklet for Gastroparesis diet. I also have an appointment with the dietician coming up to go through it and go over nutrition. It looks to me like it is almost the same as the low residue/low fiber diet I have been on for the past year. You might want to schedule an appointment.

Fri, Jan 10 10:15am · Adhesions affecting digestion and causing pain in Digestive Health

When they were trying to figure out where my blockage was, they did x rays and a CT scan with contrast. This showed where stuff was it the intestine vs areas that had nothing but air. This would indicate where everything was stopped, thus giving them an idea of other adhesions. But really, I don’t think they can exactly tell until they get in there. I know when they started laparoscopic last time, as soon as the camera was in, they saw how bad the adhesions were, and used the camera as a guide to see where to open me back up. My incision ended up being bigger, about 3 inches or so because they needed to start where there weren’t any adhesions. I hope this info helps