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Old 01-01-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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Not enough stomach enzymes

Hi,
My partner has had ongoing issues with his digestive system for several years now and I find it really worrying and I hate to see him suffering. My fear is that it will develop into something worse down the track.
We are both in our forties now.
It started with constantly loose motions and so he went and had tests done on his stomach and was told by specialists that his stomach was not making enough enzymes to process, lactose, maltose, and one other I cant remember, maybe sucrose or fructose. Anyway so they told him to try reducing the foods that contain these things which is really difficult to do because they are in everything.
They also said to cut back on insoluble fibres and eat soluble fibre cereals instead such as kellogs guardian. He also takes this soluble fibre supplement that looks like kitty litter.
He was told its probably a combination of genes and age causing it.
Anyway its been a few years now at least and he is plagued by bouts of diarrhoea regularly and now he has developed a painful thrombosed haemorrhoid.
It scares the hell out of me seeing him with these problems and I try to get him to go get a second opinion but so far he hasn't. Im really scared that it may develop into cancer or some such thing and that Ill lose him. Am I over reacting? Is this sort of thing common?
If the body cannot process these common enzymes properly nor fibre then wouldn't this have a negative effect on the body long term?
Are there any alternative measures he could take? Ive thought about suggesting naturopathy but not sure if its just quackery?
He drinks moderately although daily most of the time. Could it be alcohol causing the problem?
Any advise appreciated.

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Old 01-01-2013, 10:12 PM   #2
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Re: Not enough stomach enzymes

Hi I've been having tummy problems for a long time now drs can't figure it out I get nausea and diarrhea. I started taking a food enzyme supplement with each meal and it seems to help some. The nausea has subsided but I have this terrible left quad pain which I think is trapped gas. My pain used to be on the rt side.

So maybe try the supplements mine are by natures sunshine.

If I ever get constipation issues, which hasn't happened in a long time, I take miralax and non stimulating stool softners. Sometimes takes a couple of days but work real natural and there's no straining. Also tell him to always sit on the toilet the same time everyday and take long calming breaths to relax. Push that water intake of course. Cathy

 
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Old 01-01-2013, 11:47 PM   #3
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Re: Not enough stomach enzymes

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Hi I've been having tummy problems for a long time now drs can't figure it out I get nausea and diarrhea. I started taking a food enzyme supplement with each meal and it seems to help some. The nausea has subsided but I have this terrible left quad pain which I think is trapped gas. My pain used to be on the rt side.

So maybe try the supplements mine are by natures sunshine.

If I ever get constipation issues, which hasn't happened in a long time, I take miralax and non stimulating stool softners. Sometimes takes a couple of days but work real natural and there's no straining. Also tell him to always sit on the toilet the same time everyday and take long calming breaths to relax. Push that water intake of course. Cathy
Hi Cathy, thanks for your advise. I have looked into these supplements and read a lot of info claiming that there is no proof that they work and that the body even recognises them as enzymes and doesnt just eliminate them. I guess its worth a try but they don't really have a good rep.

 
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:14 AM   #4
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Really? I didn't know that but hey ya never know, right? Cathy

 
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:13 AM   #5
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Really? I didn't know that but hey ya never know, right? Cathy
Yes, you don't have to look far to find out. Just do a google search.

 
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