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Thu, Mar 12 10:13pm · Ulcerative colitis - worried about medications in Digestive Health

I don't have UC, but you might find a separate forum on the Mayo site just for IBD. Might find more help there. Hopefully a moderator will jump in and direct you to the right place. Sorry you are having these problems.

Thu, Mar 12 10:13pm · Ulcerative colitis - worried about medications in Digestive Health

Best of luck to you!

Wed, Feb 5 10:33am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

So maybe your problem was more reflux than SIBO? I had a massive bowel obstruction and had an emergency right hemicolectomy 2 1/2 years ago which includes removal of 18" of my colon cecum, illeocecal valve, appendix . I developed chronic SIBO and have not been able to get off Xifaxan for any length of time so I am on it daily. I also take Align daily. My dr told me to take a trial off Align and my intestines were a wreck after 4 days. Went back on it and within a few days was fine. Go figure! I think a lot is trial and error.

Wed, Feb 5 10:33am · Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) in Digestive Health

I am very lucky to have a great GI who is willing to try anything. My old GI never tested me for SIBO and threw up his hands and wanted me on an antidepressant. I told him no, partly because I'm already on an antidepressant. So I got recommendations from friends for new dr and they all raved about this guy (Dr Michael Martin, Tulsa , Ok,) He's great and helped me get on track by tests, medications, and referral to a registered dietician , what a concept! I have to admit I am hoarding all the Xifaxan I can right now because we have superb insurance. I turn 65 in a few years and I am nervous about Medicare paying for it. One step at a time!

Nov 19, 2019 · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

I was diagnosed in my 30s with a long, tortuous colon and had life long constipation problems. I am now 63. Three years ago I had a bowel obstruction cause from a previously unknown bowel deformity– rotated cecum. I had to have emergency surgery and part of my intestines were removed. I had no choice, it was a very life threatening situation. But, it has been a HARD recovery. It's a very major surgery and you are altered forever, for better or worse. Before this happened, I had chronic constipation and had some luck with the constipation with magnesium and vitamin c supplements. Just my opinion, but exhaust all avenues before resorting to surgery. Should be a lady resort. Get lots of opinions from GI drs. There are many new meds out for constipation predominant IBS. Also get tested for SIBO. Very common with chronic constipation. And remember, if you get opinions from surgeons, they will want to do surgery so be careful. Latest studies show that colectomies due to chronic constipation just change one set of problems for another, are not always successful and there are many, many risks with this surgery. Good luck!

Nov 16, 2019 · Fluid retention with thyroid dose change in Diabetes/Endocrine System

I am 63 and have been taking levoxyl for 36 years. Started out way back on 1.25 and through the years have gradually had dose reduced due to age, menopause, etc. About 4 months ago, TSH was around .25 so I was changed from 88mcg to 75mcg. I rarely notice a change when thyroid meds are changed. This time, I'm noticing what I think is fluid retention, sore breasts, bloating, bowels not quite right. I've gained a few pounds which isn't that big of a deal since I've been underweight for many years. Sodium has been slightly lower than normal. Do you think the change in the levoxyl dose could be causing these changes? Thank you!

Sep 29, 2019 · Redundant / Tortuous Colon in Digestive Health

I give you my condolences. It's a very hard surgery to go through, and dangerous. Glad we both lived through it!