Hi there Suzy. I think I've read some of your replies before, but couldn't find them today during scrolling through the posts. If you're having so much trouble with "D", have you been evaluated to find out why? I can't remember if I read your posts before, and if you've had gall bladder surgery or some other digestive disorder causing diarrhea.
After my GB was removed, I suffered from bile salt diarrhea meaning that anything I ate or drank turned into an emergency run for the bathroom, which was not always successful. I'd already been suffering from IBS-D, but this was 1,000 times worse! I've had great luck with a bile acid sequestrant called Colestid. Is this something you might need?
My reg doc 6 weeks ago when i started showing probs did Blood work, Upper Gi/small bowel follow thru, and one measly stool sample.
His assesment was GERD and IBS (caused by excessive GERD or cleocin vag that i took).
I don't buy that it's GERD anymore. My GERD has always shown a marked improvement with behavioural modification. If i ate right, stopped coffee, smoking etc...it would go away. I've cut out everything except rice, oatmeal, steamed root veg, steamed fish, soymilk, cultured milk products, baked apples, lost 10lbs, started exercising and i'm still having problems - actually i'm getting worse.
I think i have a bacterial or parasitic infection that he didn't find/test for. My prior significant other was from North Africa, and i seemed to get a lot of yeast and bacterial infections after contact with him.
My symptoms actually seem like Giardia. But i don't know, maybe i have a thyroid problem, who knows......but the fact that i keep getting B.V. tells me it's in my GI tract too.
I'm pushing my ob/gyn for Flagyl oral and i've told my reg doc i want to see a gastroenterologist so they can start running some real tests and see if they can find anything.
Hi again Suzy. I'm glad you're being such an advocate for yourself, and pushing the doc to refer you to other specialists. The unfortunate thing about diarrhea is that it can be caused by so many things.
I hope you get some answers and relief soon. Please keep us posted on your results.
I have run into a number of people on the internet who swear by the SCD. Personally, my GI track problem are not severe, so I have never followed it myself, but I have benefitted from cutting down on carbohydrates - particularly grains. Have you read Elaine Gottschall's Breaking the Vicious Cycle?
Nope, i haven't read the book, but i've seen a couple websites about it.
It seems to make a lot of sense - especially about the homeade soups, i remember now that a friend of mine with crohns made her own soups and it's a good way to get easily digestible nutrients. They say the gelatin is good for easing inflammation of the colon.
I've sworn off all wheat and gluten for the moment anyway so it would pose no hardhsip for me.....it's a holistic way of thinking that you starve the bad bacteria/microorganisms....It sounds interesting I'd like to know if it works for a lot of people.
I recently started the SCD diet due to all of the good things I read about it on the internet. I followed it strictly for a week straight, and after about three days my constipation went away and my stomach didn't bloat up after I ate. I felt much better, then last week I cheated - a lot - and I had another flare up with my stomach. So as of yesterday I am back on it and am going to stick to it as well as I can.
Also I want to mention that I don't have any of the serious intestional diseases that many people on the diet do so I don't follow the rules quite as strictly. I eat fresh as much as possible, but I do eat some canned vegetables, use a little bit of salad dresisng, and eat canned meat (tuna).
I figure at this point, I no longer care about enjoying everything I eat, I just want to feel better - so you might as well give the diet a try.