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Aug 28, 2019 · Is it Diverticulitis or IBS? in Digestive Health

@kanaazpereira , hi there and thank you so much for sharing the link! All the information we all can have, the better 🙂. Yes, I have read this information bf when trying to figure out what was best for my body. I have been tested for Celiac's as well as many other autoimmune diseases, but so far, all are negative. I have stuck to the FODMAP diet for so long simply bc it is the only diet restriction that works best for me. I am aware that it is mainly a guideline and temporary elimination diet, so from time to time, when my inflammation seems low, I will reintroduce a small amount of restricted food. I am still in the process of reintroducing. It's more of a long term diet for me, simply bc that's how long it is taking me to reintroduce one food item at a time. I am especially thankful, though, that I have found something that seems to be working for me, and has been a huge part in helping me get back the quality of my life. Thank you again!

Aug 28, 2019 · Is it Diverticulitis or IBS? in Digestive Health

@tennisgolf , @courtneyt , hi to both of you. I have been reading through this thread and agree with everything I have been seeing. I just wanted to add to if a future olonoscopy rules out other things, and leaves you with a diagnosis of IBS, that you might also want to have a pelvic floor exam done by a pelvic floor therapist or a specialist who deals with pelvic floor dysfunction. I was having similar pain in same abdominal area for years after several surgeries in that general area, which eventually became worse throughout the years. It all came to an excruciating painful climax last March. Eventually, after having test after tests and exam after exam, which ruled everything else out, I was told by both my Internist and my GI, that I have IBS-C&D, pelvic floor dysfunction, interstitial cystitis, fibromyalgia, and BE. I have also had a whole year and a half to do all of my research and everything seems to be flowing with what my team of specialists are telling me (I have a GI for ibs, and BE, a rheumatologist for the fibromyalgia and chronic pain with relation to my CNS [nerves], a pelvic floor physical therapist [in relation to not being able to relax my muscles due to adhesions from surgical scar tissue as well as from stress], and a Urogynocologist for my IC [painful bladder spasms]. Sometimes poop and gas backs up in the intestinal track right where your pain is that you're describing is and there's a physical manipulation you can do that my therapist taught me in order to get it flowing again. Obviously, it's also extremely important and most beneficial to follow a restricted diet for this as well. Since my IBS is both constipation and diarrhea, but more so constipation, I follow the Low FODMAP diet, which you can Google. But, also, in addition to this physical manipulation I'm talking about, the muscle/fascia tissue needs some kind of consistent therapy to loosen up to where those tight restricted muscles and nerves can learn to relax again and push out whatever waste needs to be pushed out, without the pain. They can do surgical procedures to remove some of the scarring, but it's usually not recommended (unless your case is severe and nothing else has worked) since this will be yet another surgery, with more possible scarring. I am not completely better, but I am making much progress from where I first started. In addition to the helps I've mentioned already, I do physical therapy stretches and now as of recent, strengthening stretches at home, daily, which my therapist taught me. I am also having to take a nerve relaxer as well as a muscle relaxer daily to help while I am still a work in progress but my rheumatologist is hopeful that I will be able to only take as needed in the near future as I continue to get better, from time to time, whenever I get a flare up. He has put me on the lowest dosage for both of those meds, and neither of them are habit forming, thank God for that, bc they really have helped relax me as well as keep the chronic pain that I used to feel, at bay. I don't know if any of this will help you, but I just wanted to share a little bit of my journey with you. And, if you have any questions about anything that I said here, please let me know here in the thread, or feel free to send me a private message. Keep us posted on whatever you find out and on how you're doing!

Aug 27, 2019 · Esophageal spasm in Digestive Health

@jadillow , I'm not sure I can be of much help; I am certainly no doctor, however, you seem to be describing something that I have felt many times as well. I went to the ER once when the palpitations (in my throat area) got so bad that I was afraid it might be my heart. When they hooked me up to the heart monitor they said something about me almost being in V-Tac if I had had one more "tick" on the monitor (I think I had 4 rapid consecutive ticks on the monitor and they said 5 would have put me in v-tac, if I'm remembering correctly). All tests came back normal so they eventually said it was thyroid related, which makes perfect sense since I have had thyroid cancer in the past, with a total thyroidectomy, and am now on thyroid med. I know if my levels rise or lower, but particularly rise, it can cause the flutter/palpitations that you are describing. So, obviously, my question to you is have you had your thyroid levels checked lately? If not, you might want to consider that. Hope this helps somehow and please keep me posted.

Aug 19, 2019 · Post-operative Gastroparesis in Digestive Health

@ken82 , what kind of surgery did you have that brought you to your gastroparesis? Thank you

Aug 19, 2019 · Post-operative Gastroparesis in Digestive Health

@ken82 , thank you for replying! I'm so sorry to hear about that; however, from the thread I've been reading, you seem to finally be in a good place, now, with all that you've had to learn along the way. Your knowledge and experience is enabling you to be a great help to many others!

Aug 19, 2019 · Getting Off of Omeprazole in Digestive Health

@kozlo52 and @tigreyes2004, I apologize for jumping into the middle of this thread and maybe this question has already been addressed, but in regards to your friend being on gabapentin, that seems like a massive dosage she's taking – how long has she been taking it, and has she told either her prescribing Dr or another one of her Drs about the memory loss, and if so, what did they say? I'm definitely interested bc I have been on Gabapentin for a year now, but only 300 mg, twice a day, and 100-200 mg once a day (so that's 700-800 mg total each day). I take it for many diagnoses, including pelvic floor dysfunction, IBS-C&D, Interstitial cystitis, and fibromyalgia, as a nerve relaxer to help with chronic pain that stems from all of those. I have also been on other meds like Cyclobenzaprine 5 mg (flexoril) (muscle relaxer) daily, and Oxybutinin 5 mg as needed for bladder spasms from the Interstitial cystitis. So, I was also wondering if your friend is taking any other meds that could either be the culprit of her memory loss, or ganging up with the gabapentin to cause her memory loss. I just turned 45, but have always had memory problems; my Dr says it's probably caused by stress; however, I definitely (as well as my family) have also noticed my memory getting worse since being on these various meds, so I was just curious to find out more about your friend, and if she has found anything out about her memory loss. As far as the weight gain goes while taking Gabapentin, I've actually lost weight since being on it. Because of my IBS and IC, I've had to be on the Low FODMAP diet as well as an IC diet (low to no acid diet), and so thankfully, the gabapentin hasn't gotten me there! I went from weighing 123 (I'm only 4'8"), to weighing 92 lbs. My Dr actually has me trying to gain now, so I believe at my last appointment I had gained a whopping 3 pounds, ha! Anyway, thank you for any more information that you can give me.

Aug 17, 2019 · Barrett’s esophagus-friendly diet in Digestive Health

@jackiem95, thank you for your input on the book! I understand your dilemma bc I also have IBS- C&D, along with IC, and BE. Thankfully, @riflemanz64 , and other's on this thread who were previously interested in the book, do not have IBS, and were strictly speaking of it towards the sole benefit of improving their BE symptoms. And, for that, alone, I know it works bc it's working for my mom, @riflemanz64, and a couple of other BE sufferers that I personally know, which was why I first recommended this book. So sorry it won't work for us, though, due to our IBS.