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Gastrointestinal ***l - Please help!

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  • Posted By: suffrin
  • August 31, 2009
  • 08:26 AM

Hi All! I am new to this site and am looking for help in resolving the many GI issues (and other related?) that have basically ruined my life. To be honest, I am at a point where I don't think I can live like this much longer. I hate to sound so dramatic but that's the way I feel. I mean I had to leave an awesome job which was basically prepping me for management, now have a strained marital relationship, and barely get to spend time with my 2 yr old son as I spend hours at a time in the bathroom due to issues (6) - (11) of this ailment.

Currently, I have the following issues starting from mouth to anus:

(1) At times have difficulty swallowing.
(2) Burning sensation in chest and at times in throat usually after meals and at night.
(3) Hard, forceful, uncontrollable burping - very embarrassing especially at work and around friends and family.
(4) Often time bring up what tastes like recently eaten foods to the back of my throat - usually after a series of the 'burps'.
(5) Stomach always feels extremely uncomfortable, full, and at times painful - I often wiggle and move around as if trying to escape the extreme discomfiting and painful feelings.
(6) Feel as if there is a bulge on the left side of my abdomen under my ribs. I can feel it internally and externally. Almost as if something is out of place or something is sitting on top of another organ or something. Physician says that he cannot feel it (or it may be a rib) even though I have had other people feel the same area and ask "what is that?" or "that can't be normal". When I bend over forward on the left side it is almost as if my breath is being cut off. I can feel it even more when I sit on a chair or to use the bathroom. Don't have this issue when I bend over on the right hand side. (Note - I don't get hungry anymore and if I chose not to can go for 2-3 days without eating or getting indication of hunger-weird).
(7) Passing stool is ***l! I literally think the reason why I don't sleep and dread going to bed is because I know that when I wake up I will have to use the bathroom and thus the horrific experience will ensue. I don't evacuate in one shot - it actually takes anywhere from 3 - 7 passings for me to feel like I have remotely finished. I have to manually evacuate stool from my anus/rectum as I never feel completely empty. Hemorrhoids make this process truly an exercise in mind over matter because once they get into the mix I literally feel like someone has lined my TP with napalm. I also feel as if I have a bulge in my anus (or rectum) that impedes the passage of stool thus the messy cleanup. Add the disturbing amount of mucus and this whole process actually takes hours!!! Yes, this is my morning routine 24 - 7!
(8) The shape and form of my stool is abnormal. It is never fully formed. At times it comes out grainy like sand and at other times chunky like sloppily formed meatballs or what looks like curves or bends in them. Always messy.
(9) The muscles around my anus/rectum are always tight - clenching, especially after the first bowel movement. Thus making the ensuing bowel movements more difficult to pass and even more difficult to manually extract.
(10) Tingling in left leg from left buttock down to thigh followed by periods of weakness. I also at times lose control of my left leg and it buckles (I usually almost always catch myself in time before I fall).
(11) Back pain almost daily
(12) Pain in my testes - at times sharp stabbing pain when I try to stretch my abdomen or dull constant pain after bathroom use and during the day.

In the past 9 years I have seen more internists and gi specialists till I can't stand to bear the site of another person in those long white jackets. I've been diagnosed with IBS (which is basically saying they don't know what's wrong with me), GERD, depression, anxiety, and other things which I think is utter nonsense. I have taken anti-depressants in low doses, antacids, nexium, omeprazole, and a host of other medications whose names I forgot since I have long tossed the bottles. I have had several colonoscopies, endoscopies (slightly inflamed stomach lining which doctor dismissed as non-serious), CT Scans, MRI's, barium meals, celiac sprue test, all yielding no results. I really have become bitter towards doctors and the medical field as they have given me nothing but ridiculous responses and an attitude that "it must be me because they can't see anything wrong".

I know this is a monster post but I need help badly. I don't think I can keep living like this. I feel like it is not only destroying my body but my mental health as well. I was once and athletic person who literally had many options open to succeed in life and now I am reduced to where I am today. This has severly affected every area of my life and I feel like I am no longer living just surviving each day. And the worst thing is that people who depend on me are suffering as well.

Anything anyone can send me to help with this would be considered a blessing because I feel like I am on my last leg and if that gives well......I just don't know.:(

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  • Been there, done all of that, plus severe bleeding from behind. The bulge is your colon. During a bowel movement you can press there with your forearms to help empty it. This unhappy colon presses against muscles and nerves, hence the leg buckling. The back pain may be from that too, or (less likely) from kidneys being affected. Testes have tubes and circulation involved in the area. My difficulty swallowing had to do with mucus in the tube to my tummy, trapping air and blocking the way. It causes hard burping as it presses air through mucus. Often swallowing would fail, with much pain and then it would all come out.Make this experiment. For 7 days, eat only brown rice cooked in water, topped with steamed veggies (cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, cucumber) and a little salt. Additionally, overcook veggies in water, discard the veggies and keep the remaining water in the fridge up to a day, to drink in between. For the rest, drink only water (6-8 glasses per day). Supplement only with slow-release vitamin C, about 500 mg per day. And take a good probiotic. In this way you eliminate meat, soy, milk, oils, eggs, yeast, wheat, overdose of vitamins, sugar etc. If you are better in a week, add deep ocean hake fish, without oil, steamed in a microwave. Then add some fruit, then beans, then fat-free cottage cheese, etc. If it gets worse, start from the beginning.Try to start all this by fasting for one day, only drinking the broth from cooked veggies, as well as vitamin C. I went without solids for a week (to try avoid bleeding) but my bowel movements continued and normalised, and the bleeding stopped. The whole system has to reset. For example, bile has to be added to the mix and has often stopped. We end up with days' worth of waste in us, hence the weird stool forms.In my case, I react alarmingly to meat, but fish is ok. This is hard for a Boer. I also need to be careful with soy, milk, oils, yeast and sugar. Others in my family are almost the same, my mom cannot even have fish. Others definitely no soy, yeast etc. Wheat is fine all round so we bake our own soda bread, with no yeast or soy and not much milk. We also now make fresh carrot juice and lots of fresh mung bean sprouts. All our problems are gone (some very serious) and we have much more energy than before. I don't know if it will last, but for now it works. Sprout your own mung beans - only from those meant for sprouting, other seeds have been poisoned for bugs. Eat a lot of sprouts (if it works for you), raw, discard the green hulls. And always stir some powdered ascorbic acid into rice before it boils, to remove molds. Try to eat everything immediately after cooking and not to keep leftovers, due to molding. Eliminate all toxins. Never take antacids, drink a glass of water instead.I know the above diet from our Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) doctor. My mom (80) had very bad circulation together with eczema on her legs and feet. Plus difficult high blood pressure and a slow, irregular heartbeat. Very tired. Also incontinence, and she had two light strokes. Having a good medical fund she went to all the expert Western doctors, in vain. The TCM doctor cured all of it. She has been off ALL medicine for over a year, only taking his herbs at times, and none of that either for 2 months now. She could hardly walk and now does 5 km per hour on a treadmill. He also fixed her hernia, that her Western doctor wanted to operate on - one could feel it from the outside, it got smaller and now it is gone - only from acupuncture and herbs. I myself had this history of severely bleeding hemorrhoids, sinusitus etc. All gone now, on the above diet. Mine seemed to be mostly from not digesting meat properly, which then disrupted the balance further down the system.You may well cure yourself with diet alone, but also consider visiting a few Chinese shops / restaurants in your area. Ask their oldies who the best TCM doctor is around there. (Note however that many of them only believe in Western doctors.) Research this TCM doctor a bit, once found. Here in South Africa we have a council they should belong to, one can reclaim their fees from medical funds etc. All this is needed but proves nothing yet, so ask many real Chinese as well - there is an invisible energetic side to their most useful doctors. If s/he is from Taiwan and a Taoist/Buddhist, they seem to try harder. Expect results even after 1 or 2 visits. Try www.acufinder.com
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies
    • September 1, 2009
    • 03:39 AM
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  • Been there, done all of that, plus severe bleeding from behind. The bulge is your colon. During a bowel movement you can press there with your forearms to help empty it. This unhappy colon presses against muscles and nerves, hence the leg buckling. The back pain may be from that too, or (less likely) from kidneys being affected. Testes have tubes and circulation involved in the area. My difficulty swallowing had to do with mucus in the tube to my tummy, trapping air and blocking the way. It causes hard burping as it presses air through mucus. Often swallowing would fail, with much pain and then it would all come out. Make this experiment. For 7 days, eat only brown rice cooked in water, topped with steamed veggies (cabbage, broccoli, pumpkin, carrots, spinach, cucumber) and a little salt. Additionally, overcook veggies in water, discard the veggies and keep the remaining water in the fridge up to a day, to drink in between. For the rest, drink only water (6-8 glasses per day). Supplement only with slow-release vitamin C, about 500 mg per day. And take a good probiotic. In this way you eliminate meat, soy, milk, oils, eggs, yeast, wheat, overdose of vitamins, sugar etc. If you are better in a week, add deep ocean hake fish, without oil, steamed in a microwave. Then add some fruit, then beans, then fat-free cottage cheese, etc. If it gets worse, start from the beginning. Try to start all this by fasting for one day, only drinking the broth from cooked veggies, as well as vitamin C. I went without solids for a week (to try avoid bleeding) but my bowel movements continued and normalised, and the bleeding stopped. The whole system has to reset. For example, bile has to be added to the mix and has often stopped. We end up with days' worth of waste in us, hence the weird stool forms. In my case, I react alarmingly to meat, but fish is ok. This is hard for a Boer. I also need to be careful with soy, milk, oils, yeast and sugar. Others in my family are almost the same, my mom cannot even have fish. Others definitely no soy, yeast etc. Wheat is fine all round so we bake our own soda bread, with no yeast or soy and not much milk. We also now make fresh carrot juice and lots of fresh mung bean sprouts. All our problems are gone (some very serious) and we have much more energy than before. I don't know if it will last, but for now it works. Sprout your own mung beans - only from those meant for sprouting, other seeds have been poisoned for bugs. Eat a lot of sprouts (if it works for you), raw, discard the green hulls. And always stir some powdered ascorbic acid into rice before it boils, to remove molds. Try to eat everything immediately after cooking and not to keep leftovers, due to molding. Eliminate all toxins. Never take antacids, drink a glass of water instead. I know the above diet from our Chinese Traditional Medicine (TCM) doctor. My mom (80) had very bad circulation together with eczema on her legs and feet. Plus difficult high blood pressure and a slow, irregular heartbeat. Very tired. Also incontinence, and she had two light strokes. Having a good medical fund she went to all the expert Western doctors, in vain. The TCM doctor cured all of it. She has been off ALL medicine for over a year, only taking his herbs at times, and none of that either for 2 months now. She could hardly walk and now does 5 km per hour on a treadmill. He also fixed her hernia, that her Western doctor wanted to operate on - one could feel it from the outside, it got smaller and now it is gone - only from acupuncture and herbs. I myself had this history of severely bleeding hemorrhoids, sinusitus etc. All gone now, on the above diet. Mine seemed to be mostly from not digesting meat properly, which then disrupted the balance further down the system. You may well cure yourself with diet alone, but also consider visiting a few Chinese shops / restaurants in your area. Ask their oldies who the best TCM doctor is around there. (Note however that many of them only believe in Western doctors.) Research this TCM doctor a bit, once found. Here in South Africa we have a council they should belong to, one can reclaim their fees from medical funds etc. All this is needed but proves nothing yet, so ask many real Chinese as well - there is an invisible energetic side to their most useful doctors. If s/he is from Taiwan and a Taoist/Buddhist, they seem to try harder. Expect results even after 1 or 2 visits. Try www.acufinder.com Thank you so much for responding to my post!!! I will make a list of what you prescribed and try it ASAP! God willing, it will help. I will get back to you with the results. And once again, thanks for taking the time to provide me with information on how I might find relief.
    suffrin 1 Replies
    • September 2, 2009
    • 07:29 AM
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  • Only an honour. You can also email me on curlystooge (at) c9web (dot) co (dot) zaUntil later :)
    Curly Stooge 319 Replies
    • September 3, 2009
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  • Sounds like you have acid reflux which is Gerd and Iriitable bowl syndrum,you will have to see your DR about both. Hi All! I am new to this site and am looking for help in resolving the many GI issues (and other related?) that have basically ruined my life. To be honest, I am at a point where I don't think I can live like this much longer. I hate to sound so dramatic but that's the way I feel. I mean I had to leave an awesome job which was basically prepping me for management, now have a strained marital relationship, and barely get to spend time with my 2 yr old son as I spend hours at a time in the bathroom due to issues (6) - (11) of this ailment. Currently, I have the following issues starting from mouth to anus: (1) At times have difficulty swallowing.(2) Burning sensation in chest and at times in throat usually after meals and at night.(3) Hard, forceful, uncontrollable burping - very embarrassing especially at work and around friends and family.(4) Often time bring up what tastes like recently eaten foods to the back of my throat - usually after a series of the 'burps'.(5) Stomach always feels extremely uncomfortable, full, and at times painful - I often wiggle and move around as if trying to escape the extreme discomfiting and painful feelings. (6) Feel as if there is a bulge on the left side of my abdomen under my ribs. I can feel it internally and externally. Almost as if something is out of place or something is sitting on top of another organ or something. Physician says that he cannot feel it (or it may be a rib) even though I have had other people feel the same area and ask "what is that?" or "that can't be normal". When I bend over forward on the left side it is almost as if my breath is being cut off. I can feel it even more when I sit on a chair or to use the bathroom. Don't have this issue when I bend over on the right hand side. (Note - I don't get hungry anymore and if I chose not to can go for 2-3 days without eating or getting indication of hunger-weird).(7) Passing stool is ***l! I literally think the reason why I don't sleep and dread going to bed is because I know that when I wake up I will have to use the bathroom and thus the horrific experience will ensue. I don't evacuate in one shot - it actually takes anywhere from 3 - 7 passings for me to feel like I have remotely finished. I have to manually evacuate stool from my anus/rectum as I never feel completely empty. Hemorrhoids make this process truly an exercise in mind over matter because once they get into the mix I literally feel like someone has lined my TP with napalm. I also feel as if I have a bulge in my anus (or rectum) that impedes the passage of stool thus the messy cleanup. Add the disturbing amount of mucus and this whole process actually takes hours!!! Yes, this is my morning routine 24 - 7!(8) The shape and form of my stool is abnormal. It is never fully formed. At times it comes out grainy like sand and at other times chunky like sloppily formed meatballs or what looks like curves or bends in them. Always messy.(9) The muscles around my anus/rectum are always tight - clenching, especially after the first bowel movement. Thus making the ensuing bowel movements more difficult to pass and even more difficult to manually extract.(10) Tingling in left leg from left buttock down to thigh followed by periods of weakness. I also at times lose control of my left leg and it buckles (I usually almost always catch myself in time before I fall).(11) Back pain almost daily(12) Pain in my testes - at times sharp stabbing pain when I try to stretch my abdomen or dull constant pain after bathroom use and during the day. In the past 9 years I have seen more internists and gi specialists till I can't stand to bear the site of another person in those long white jackets. I've been diagnosed with IBS (which is basically saying they don't know what's wrong with me), GERD, depression, anxiety, and other things which I think is utter nonsense. I have taken anti-depressants in low doses, antacids, nexium, omeprazole, and a host of other medications whose names I forgot since I have long tossed the bottles. I have had several colonoscopies, endoscopies (slightly inflamed stomach lining which doctor dismissed as non-serious), CT Scans, MRI's, barium meals, celiac sprue test, all yielding no results. I really have become bitter towards doctors and the medical field as they have given me nothing but ridiculous responses and an attitude that "it must be me because they can't see anything wrong". I know this is a monster post but I need help badly. I don't think I can keep living like this. I feel like it is not only destroying my body but my mental health as well. I was once and athletic person who literally had many options open to succeed in life and now I am reduced to where I am today. This has severly affected every area of my life and I feel like I am no longer living just surviving each day. And the worst thing is that people who depend on me are suffering as well. Anything anyone can send me to help with this would be considered a blessing because I feel like I am on my last leg and if that gives well......I just don't know.:(
    skaprie1 3 Replies
    • September 3, 2009
    • 11:29 PM
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  • Sounds like you have acid reflux which is Gerd and Iriitable bowl syndrum,you will have to see your DR about both.Well I feel for you! Have you tried going to a chiropractor, you may have a rib out causing distress on your left side and pinching nerves that are causing all of your gastro issues.Also, I recently had alot of trouble with my bowels and ended up with the colonoscopy and the endoscopy as well but with no identifiable issues so I was prescribed an antibiotic that pretty much cleared up the problem. I had been on antibiotics several times the previous year with gall bladder infection and removal, a hysterectomy and antibiotics after surgery then on antibiotics in Dec 2008 for pnemonia, all those antibiotics killed all of the necessary bacteria in my intestinal track ect thus causing chronic diaharrea (sp) I'm sorry I dont have the name of the antibiotic I took to help but maybe your dr will know what you may need. I had to go to a gastrointerologist for this help as my pcp also just diagnosed me with ibs. Anyway good luck, wish you all the best.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
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  • Hi All! I am new to this site and am looking for help in resolving the many GI issues (and other related?) that have basically ruined my life. To be honest, I am at a point where I don't think I can live like this much longer. I hate to sound so dramatic but that's the way I feel. I mean I had to leave an awesome job which was basically prepping me for management, now have a strained marital relationship, and barely get to spend time with my 2 yr old son as I spend hours at a time in the bathroom due to issues (6) - (11) of this ailment. Currently, I have the following issues starting from mouth to anus: (1) At times have difficulty swallowing.(2) Burning sensation in chest and at times in throat usually after meals and at night.(3) Hard, forceful, uncontrollable burping - very embarrassing especially at work and around friends and family.(4) Often time bring up what tastes like recently eaten foods to the back of my throat - usually after a series of the 'burps'.(5) Stomach always feels extremely uncomfortable, full, and at times painful - I often wiggle and move around as if trying to escape the extreme discomfiting and painful feelings. (6) Feel as if there is a bulge on the left side of my abdomen under my ribs. I can feel it internally and externally. Almost as if something is out of place or something is sitting on top of another organ or something. Physician says that he cannot feel it (or it may be a rib) even though I have had other people feel the same area and ask "what is that?" or "that can't be normal". When I bend over forward on the left side it is almost as if my breath is being cut off. I can feel it even more when I sit on a chair or to use the bathroom. Don't have this issue when I bend over on the right hand side. (Note - I don't get hungry anymore and if I chose not to can go for 2-3 days without eating or getting indication of hunger-weird).(7) Passing stool is ***l! I literally think the reason why I don't sleep and dread going to bed is because I know that when I wake up I will have to use the bathroom and thus the horrific experience will ensue. I don't evacuate in one shot - it actually takes anywhere from 3 - 7 passings for me to feel like I have remotely finished. I have to manually evacuate stool from my anus/rectum as I never feel completely empty. Hemorrhoids make this process truly an exercise in mind over matter because once they get into the mix I literally feel like someone has lined my TP with napalm. I also feel as if I have a bulge in my anus (or rectum) that impedes the passage of stool thus the messy cleanup. Add the disturbing amount of mucus and this whole process actually takes hours!!! Yes, this is my morning routine 24 - 7!(8) The shape and form of my stool is abnormal. It is never fully formed. At times it comes out grainy like sand and at other times chunky like sloppily formed meatballs or what looks like curves or bends in them. Always messy.(9) The muscles around my anus/rectum are always tight - clenching, especially after the first bowel movement. Thus making the ensuing bowel movements more difficult to pass and even more difficult to manually extract.(10) Tingling in left leg from left buttock down to thigh followed by periods of weakness. I also at times lose control of my left leg and it buckles (I usually almost always catch myself in time before I fall).(11) Back pain almost daily(12) Pain in my testes - at times sharp stabbing pain when I try to stretch my abdomen or dull constant pain after bathroom use and during the day. In the past 9 years I have seen more internists and gi specialists till I can't stand to bear the site of another person in those long white jackets. I've been diagnosed with IBS (which is basically saying they don't know what's wrong with me), GERD, depression, anxiety, and other things which I think is utter nonsense. I have taken anti-depressants in low doses, antacids, nexium, omeprazole, and a host of other medications whose names I forgot since I have long tossed the bottles. I have had several colonoscopies, endoscopies (slightly inflamed stomach lining which doctor dismissed as non-serious), CT Scans, MRI's, barium meals, celiac sprue test, all yielding no results. I really have become bitter towards doctors and the medical field as they have given me nothing but ridiculous responses and an attitude that "it must be me because they can't see anything wrong". I know this is a monster post but I need help badly. I don't think I can keep living like this. I feel like it is not only destroying my body but my mental health as well. I was once and athletic person who literally had many options open to succeed in life and now I am reduced to where I am today. This has severly affected every area of my life and I feel like I am no longer living just surviving each day. And the worst thing is that people who depend on me are suffering as well. Anything anyone can send me to help with this would be considered a blessing because I feel like I am on my last leg and if that gives well......I just don't know.:( Read m y web page on www.kerrymaidmentinfo.co.uk and see what I have gone through, Ive just had my colon removed altogether and im 35, i couldnt take my daughter to school for 4 years and missed all of her young schooling as shes now 9. It ruined my life too. The problem is not GI related, you need to see a colon specialist, if your colon does not function properly and empty it poisons your system causing many of the symptoms you have, its from a build up of toxins, the blockage is prob a prolapse but is easily diagnosed with a proctogram defectaion test. I, too had had enough & at times wanted to die. I set up my webpage to help other people like myself, I had to fight every step of the way to be taken seriously. As the bowel and vagina are so close together it will cause pain in sex, sometimes urinating, it affects every single aspect of your life. I couldnt work & now i cant as im incontinent but it still beats constipation. I really feel for you, see my page then contact me. Dont give up, you've just been pushed in the wrong direction, you need to see a colon specialist and urgently. If mine had been diagnosed properly and early enough I wouldnt of lost my colon x
    crunchiejoe 61 Replies
    • September 4, 2009
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