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Fri, Aug 9 3:50pm · Pancreatitis? in Digestive Health

Have you been checked for c. diff?

Thu, Aug 8 8:45am · Pancreatitis? in Digestive Health

But if your pancreatic enzymes are elevated it will show in your blood work not a MRI or CT. I've had pancreatitis attacks where my lipase is through the roof and my CT scan appears normal. A MRI or other scan cannot measure your lipase or amylase.

Tue, Aug 6 11:22am · Roux-en-Y surgery scheduled early September in Digestive Health

The lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This regulates the food to leave the stomach to the intestine. I had a lot of other things wrong that caused me to have the roux-en-y. I had bad acid reflux that was causing stomach acid to go to my lungs. I had a botched nissen fundoplication surgery 2 years ago. I had another hiatal hernia (came back after repaired when I had the fundoplication), I had a very rare condition called chilaiditi syndrome. I was in the ER at least once a month for the past few years with extreme pain. My surgery was March 15th and 4 hours which resulted in me losing the bottom 80% of my stomach, had some of my intestine removed, hernia fixed, and the roux-en-y. I was 205 before surgery and I now weigh 170 lbs. I have stopped losing weight. Due to losing the majority of my stomach I have to eat small amounts throughout the day. I was told when you have just the roux-en-y you also have to do that while it heals. I no longer have reflux and my digestive system is now working as it should. I'm grateful that i found this surgeon and I am feeling better. If you feel comfortable with this surgeon and you've done your research then you should have it done. Let me know if you have any other questions and I wish you the best.

Mon, Aug 5 8:03pm · Roux-en-Y surgery scheduled early September in Digestive Health

Hello, I had a roux-en-y in March of this year. It was part of other procedures that I had to have done. I had the roux-en-y due to delayed gastric emptying. I was told by my surgeon that bile reflux can be a complication of the roux-en-y procedure. The surgeon I went to has 35 years experience and only does digestive surgery. I went to 3 other surgeons before I decided to go with the surgeon I went with. As it was explained to me a roux-en-y bypasses the sphincter which in my case was preventing food from going into the intestines as it should. They said it could also make it so bile could also come back up since the sphincter isn't there to stop it. I got lucky in my case my surgery was a success. After surgery, for about 6 months, no alcohol and I had to learn what foods I can tolerate. Simple sugar upsets my system. I drink lactose free milk. I'm still healing and getting used to the way my system works. But all in all I'm so much better off. I'm a firm believer in getting other opinions. Make sure you do your research, a roux-en-y is permanent. Good luck to you. I wish you the best.

Mon, Aug 5 7:28pm · Relentless bile reflux / pain in Digestive Health

I had a gastroectomy (80%) with the roux en y but mine was for severe acid reflux. I was getting stomach acid into my lungs. I am 6 weeks out of surgery and getting better every day. I had a Nissen fundoplication surgery 2 years ago that did more harm than good. I was told having the roux en y there's a slight chance of getting bile reflux so I'm not sure how in your case it would stop it. You're opening up a straight shot from your intestines to your stomach. I would get another opinion. Do your homework and search for a doctor that specializes in digestive surgery. Good luck.

Sat, Aug 3 2:19pm · Pancreatitis? in Digestive Health

Have you tried taking digestive enzymes?

Sat, Aug 3 2:17pm · Pancreatitis? in Digestive Health

I had a similar situation. Doctors kept telling me it was IBS. I finally found a doctor that figured things out. Keep with it, do your research, and you'll find the answer.