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Mon, Sep 9 11:36pm · Pancreatic cancer—Whipple procedure in Cancer

Has anyone had the Whipple procedure, and how long did it take to start eating fairly normally again? And how long did it take to regain enough strength to resume fairly normal activities like some gardening, driving, and shopping?

Mon, Sep 9 11:30pm · Want to talk about treatment after a Whipple Surgery for Pancreatic Ca in Cancer

My friend had a Whipple on Aug. 6, 2019. He was sent to a nursing home on Aug. 14, where he was very unhappy, refusing to eat any of their food. He came home on Aug. 30, with home health aides taking care of him for two four hour shifts per day. He has lost a lot of weight and can’t seem to swallow solid food due to a “gag reflex.” He is still very weak and uses a walker to get from bedroom to living room and back.
I see your father had the Whipple procedure in 2011. If you get this message, I would be interested in knowing how your father is doing now, and how long it took for his recovery.

Sat, Aug 3 3:14pm · Obstructed bowel prevention - Miralax everyday in Digestive Health

I just had an exploratory laparoscopic surgery for intestinal adhesions and bowel obstruction. Had never had any surgery in my 84 years. This was a complete shock.

Thu, Feb 7 1:08pm · Hearing Loss: Come introduce yourself and connect with others in Hearing Loss

Hi. This is Sylvia. I experienced hearing loss in my left ear in my 50’s. Shortly after, I developed Ménière’s disease and have very little hearing in that ear.
I wear hearing aids in both ears and am fine with face to face conversation, but have trouble distinguishing words in a large room like a gym or swimming pool. This makes it difficult to follow instructions in exercise classes. I’m thinking possibly cochlear implants might help. Does anyone have experience with a cochlear implant?

Dec 31, 2018 · Gluten-free diet in Digestive Health

How were the pears prepared? I can’t believe that a whole fresh pear could have any gluten unless it was cut with a knife that had previously sliced a gluten containing item like bread or pastry.

Dec 22, 2018 · Gluten-free diet in Digestive Health

Yes. I have been Gf for 15 yxears but I am always interested in hearing about new products or tips for preparing Gf foods and where to find places to buy them. In my opinion, celiac disease is simply the culmination of a long term sensitivity to gluten, in that it does not appear overnight. Looking back, I can see that there were many instances where I suffered reactions to gluten, but attributed it to something else. I can see the symptoms in my family as well. My mother was crippled by severe rheumatoid arthritis and my older sister had at least two babies stillborn, and one that died shortly after birth, and she became diabetic later. I had always been rather anemic, had osteoporosis, became hypothyroid, and was diagnosed with “IBS,” at least 25 years ago, because nobody thought to test for gluten. Looking forward to some lively dialogue.

Aug 10, 2012 · Digestive issues in Digestive Health

Hi Kayleigh,

Sounds like it could be celiac. Go to celiac.com and see what is involved with gluten sensitivity. You may find it sounds like what you have. It may be hard to find a doctor who believes that your symptoms could be gluten related.
I had problems for years and finally found the solution when a nutritionist the Dr. sent me to mentioned wheat and gluten issues. Duh–my daughter had celiac disease when she was a toddler, and it does run in families. So I went gluten-free for several months and voila, the problems were gone. I got the gluten test later( I stoked up on pasta and pizza for several days before the test and amazingly, I had no problems with the gluten) and the test scores were all very high for gluten reaction.
Sometimes people act as if a little bit of gluten shouldn’t be a problem, but I find I sometimes have symptoms of gluten ingestion. I go looking for the culprit and sure enough, I might find the container of sherbet lists “modified food starch” as an ingredient. I think that most food starch these days is corn or other non-gluten source, but back a few years, you were taking a chance.as it was mostly wheat.
Good luck in finding the source of your problems and I hope you are soon feeling better.

Aug 10, 2012 · celiac disease: coping with change in Digestive Health

Hi Paula,
You might try celiac.com. for tips on gluten-free diet. I’ve been gluten-free for nearly ten years and there is very little that I miss from the gluten world we live in. Just had a big bowl of Greek yogurt and fresh fruit salad for breakfast.
I went breadless for several years until I found Rudi’s bread–I love their cinnamon raisin toasted with crunchy peanut butter for breakfast. Then there is Udi’s–they have a whole grain bread that’s very good for toasted cheese sandwiches, they also have hamburg and hotdog buns. Trader Joe’s carries them at a reasonable price.
Both Rudi’s and Udi’s are from Denver area, I believe.
And there is lots of pasta made with brown rice or corn. My family can’t tell the difference, once the sauces are on. There is even a lasagna, and you don’t have to cook the noodles separately—just layer ’em in with all the other ingredients and let it bake till done.
Having been born and raised on a farm, I have always loved fruits and vegetables, so that is the basis of my diet, along with dairy, meat, brown rice, and beans and legumes. I’ve seen the gluten-free diet called low in fiber, but with all those fruits & veggies, beans and brown rice, I think it’s higher in fiber than the typical American diet of processed foods.
You have to read the labels on everything and get informed on hidden sources of gluten. Who knew that soy sauce is wheat based? Or that root beer is made with a barley enzyme? And nearly all cereals have barley malt or just malt flavoring. Things like licorice sticks are basically wheat flour with color and flavoring added.
I’d suggest joining a support group locally. It’s a help in comparing notes and experiences with others, and in finding new gluten-free products and restaurants.
Welcome to the gluten-free world, and I hope you will enjoy the ride!