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#1 Clementine

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:21 AM

I am sure 99% of us, if not 100%, have GI involvement. I not only have GERD (which is well managed), but the last few months, everything I eat goes right through me. I won't go into detail but you get my drift. I have tried adding different foods to my diet. I do not eat fast food, eat mostly whole foods and am vegetarian. I'd expect to get ill if I ate junk food often, but I don't.

I wonder if this is caused by fibrosis or if it's a side effect of Nexium or Cellcept. I just worry about malnutrition from all of this. Maybe I am the exception to the rule and I should be taking a multivitamin.

I will need to discuss this with my Dr. but before I opened up to him about it, I wanted to try to resolve it by altering my diet.

About a year ago, I had this problem and my rheumatologist lowered my Cellcept dose by 1 gram, but I am not sure that was the cause because I had also just started taking Prozac.

Thanks for listening....your thoughts are appreciated.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:31 AM

Maybe you need to eat something a little more 'stodgy' for a little bulk. Pasta maybe?
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#3 Sheryl

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 02:36 AM

Jennifer,
I get some of those same issues. Usually it is because of bacterial overgrowth. Read up on it and then when you see your doctor ask him if this could be your problem. If it is your Doctor may prescribe an antibiotic to clear up the situation. If it is an ongoing situation then you may need more fiber in your diet. My doctor prescribed Colestid so that my body can absorb nutrients from my food it gives my bowels more fiber. Otherwise my food also ran through me without my body getting any benefits. I hope you get to the Bottom of this situation. Keep us informed on what you find out.
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:34 AM

About 5-6 years ago I was incorrectly diagnosed with Celiac disease and I know what you mean that it goes right through you. Then when the sclero started they said that my symptoms were due to my not following the "celiac" diet. Then when they actually did the biopsy test at Mayo Clinic it was confirmed that I never even had celiac disease. So I believe this is part of our disease. If you try to stay away from "glutten" it should help a great deal. Now mind you about everything has "glutten" in it but it might be worth a try. This is most breads which is hard. I can't honestly say if food will go through me like it did before as I don't eat much now and actually drink a nutrient drink each day and take a multi-vitamin. I have no appetite and nothing tastes good and I have to force myself to eat but I don't end up eating much.

Good luck and I know what you are going through. The hardest part is always being near a bathroom every time you eat as you know what is going to happen. It makes traveling or going anywhere really hard.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:52 AM

I'm sorry Tangie,
Miserable. I too am going thru a bit of a GI problem but that's from my stem cell process. Please talk to your GI doctor soon as you don't want to become malnourished.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:59 AM

Hi Tange.... Oh, how I can relate :blink: I've dealt w/"something" like this for well over 2 years... Sheryl can attest to that!

It's really frustratating, that's for sure! I was told that probiotics are good for the gut... since I love yogurt, I have that nearly every day.

I hope all who are battling withthis problem can get it figured out!

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 05:11 AM

Jen:

That happens to me and I became very anemic and lost weight. Doctor makes me take two centrums a day, which is probably not right for everyone, but that's what he makes me do.

Yesterday I had that along with the dry heaves from eating a hamburger and salad. Aching today from abdominal muscles be so stressed yesterday and still itching. :(

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 06:07 AM

I can relate to you. Yes, it gets pretty frustrating. Be careful with it because you can get dehydrated fast from it. My body doesn't absorb very well anymore so I'm always close to being dehydrated so when this happens alot, I get dehydrated real quick and end up in the hospital alot.

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Posted 19 April 2008 - 01:31 PM

Tangelo, I can also say that I am having similar problems, I would go up to 20 times in the morning, constipated at first then diahrrohea. I am too scared at times to leave the house.

I saw a Gastroenteroogist a few weeks ago and am due to have a Gastroscopy Monday week, she will also take a few biopsies of the stomach to rule out certain diseases. I also had to have stool tests ( yes, I know, revolting) and also had blood tests to rule out bacterial overgrowth and Celiac disease. I was also changed from Nexium to Pariet, I will probably go back to Nexium though.

I was told to eliminate certain foods from my diet to see how I go, the list is the following if you are interested.

Avoid: apples,pears, watermelon, stone fruit, onion, honey and mango.

It is ok to eat: banana, citrus food, kiwi , berries, grapes, canteloupe/honeydrew and all vegies.


I can honestly say that I feel so much better this week, you may want to bulk your food up with rice (wholemeal if you can) or pasta to try and stop the diahrohea,. I only go to the toilet once a day now and I certainly don't have bowel cramps anymore.

Hope this has helped some
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Posted 19 April 2008 - 04:30 PM

Hey Jen,

I see that you said you were vegetarian. If so that is new for you. I know you've talked about trying it but I didn't know you did it for sure. That could make a difference in your bowel habits.

Sorry you are having such icky problems.

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Posted 20 April 2008 - 05:30 AM

Celia,

Thank you for the information... I'm going to see if that works for me... eliminating onion and apples.
I've always loved most veggies and fruit, but the above are the ones I have been eating more of lately.
I've noticed I cramp up after having onions though :(


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Posted 21 April 2008 - 12:18 PM

Hi Jen, last time I saw my GI Dr , she said that diarrhoea /loose bowels were most likely due to bacterial overgrowth and that if it continued that would need antibotic treatment. Don't know whetrher that could be the cause of your problem?
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