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Should I see a GI doc?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 21, 2007
  • 04:12 AM

Recently I've been having more frequent bowel movements. When I go there is a sense of urgency. I go large amounts at least one time per day. The stool is almost an orangy brown (used to be dark brown) and is very foul smelling. I'm a little worried about malabosorption. I'm on nexium for GERD and I wonder if that is effecting my digestion. My intestines hurt a lot of the time and sometimes after I eat I have extremely smelly gas.

I'm worried about malabsorption, as I said before, but I'm not losing weight that I know of. If anything I may have put on a few pounds. I'm a bit concerned about celiac as well. Sometimes i'm fine after I eat and sometimes I'm extremely gassy and bloated.

My gp is following my GERD, but has said that I could got to a GI dr. I am doing better with the GERD, but then this stuff came up. I have my next appt with my gp in december, but I'm thinking I should move it sooner. I don't really know what to do, and I hate talking about my bowel habits with my dr. Should I see a GI guy?

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  • Should I see a GI guy?YES. Get a barium x-ray. They can also turn you upside down to see if you have GERD and if you have damage to your stomach/duodenal lining.
    tsvety 5 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 03:16 PM
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  • I had the upper GI series (also called an esophagram or an barium swallow). The test was unremarkable, but my dr. also said that they rarely see reflux on that test. My GP and I discussed pH probe testing, but he said I would need a double probe study and I can't get one near where I am.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 23, 2007
    • 08:19 PM
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  • Did they say anything about your barium test? Did they tell you whether you have damage to the lining of stomach or duodenum, or not? Isn't there any other way to test GERD? Can you not go somewhere else to test it?Did they check your intestines also during the barium test? What exactly does it say on your sheet with the diagnosis after the test?I sympathise with you I had some reflux for some time, because of damaged lining of stomach and small duodenal ulcer. Maybe your doctor should test you also for other things because the reflux can also be a symptom. I do hope you don't have GERD, it is terrible for a while I can't imagine a lifetime with it.:(I am now starting second month of Probitor and my reflux is gone, thank god.:rolleyes: I am also drinking the water from flax seeds prepared like tea and left for 30 mins. /You can also eat it with food 2 small spoons-3 times a day, but it has to be grounded to pouder with something, maybe in your case this will be good cause it will pass through your intestines./ I am taking also spirulina algae. I found both of them to be very helpful for me. Maybe you should try them, they won't interfere with your meds and they are pretty cheap...at least around here.
    tsvety 5 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 09:57 AM
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  • They told me that my barium swallow was unremarkable, with no damage or reflux shown, yet I still had the same symptoms I'd had before. The symptoms are mainly the feeling that there is something stuck in my throat, but my neck as been evaluated and cleared through CT scan. My thyroid is ok as well. The feeling persisted for several months, and only subsided after my nexium was switched to 40mg a day from 20mg. GERD can be diagnosed by pH probe study, which for me would involve a double probe study, but I can't get that near my house for whatever reason. I have a hard time believing that as I live right outside a city with many medical resources.My problem right now isn't the GERD though, its the pain in my stomach/intestinal area. It happens almost every night to different degrees. Sometimes its really bad and other times I can just feel it but it doesn't bother me. I am unsure if there is a food triggering it or if it is related to my medications. That's why I worried about malabsorption. I wonder if there is malabsorption with the supression of stomach acid. I've been on this dose of nexium for over 3 months (with no end in sight), but my nursing books say that it is normally prescribed for 6-8 weeks.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 25, 2007
    • 01:44 PM
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  • They told me that my barium swallow was unremarkable, with no damage or reflux shown, yet I still had the same symptoms I'd had before. The symptoms are mainly the feeling that there is something stuck in my throat, but my neck as been evaluated and cleared through CT scan. My thyroid is ok as well. The feeling persisted for several months, and only subsided after my nexium was switched to 40mg a day from 20mg. GERD can be diagnosed by pH probe study, which for me would involve a double probe study, but I can't get that near my house for whatever reason. I have a hard time believing that as I live right outside a city with many medical resources.My problem right now isn't the GERD though, its the pain in my stomach/intestinal area. It happens almost every night to different degrees. Sometimes its really bad and other times I can just feel it but it doesn't bother me. I am unsure if there is a food triggering it or if it is related to my medications. That's why I worried about malabsorption. I wonder if there is malabsorption with the supression of stomach acid. I've been on this dose of nexium for over 3 months (with no end in sight), but my nursing books say that it is normally prescribed for 6-8 weeks.Could the thing that you feel stuck in your throat be your tonsils?I had this in the begining, they swole like I was getting angina or something, but i wasn't.I really don't know what can be wrong with you. Maybe get a second opinion with ur tests from another doctor? As for the pain, i think it can't be from your meds. What time does it come at night? 2-3 hours after your last meal? It seems to me that if you've had this pains for three months and nexium you are on the wrong pill... :confused: Check the duodenum and intestins if the pain is there... This is all i can think of... sorry...Hope you are well.
    tsvety 5 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 08:08 AM
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  • My tonsils have checked out okay. They have offered me the option of removing them anyway to see if that words, but I don't plan on doing that because, from what I've heard, a tonsillectomy as an adult is brutal. The pain comes on sometimes immediately after dinner. Sometimes it comes on 2-3 hours after. Sometimes it occurs after breakfast or lunch. It isn't really consistant.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 26, 2007
    • 02:04 PM
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  • My tonsils have checked out okay. They have offered me the option of removing them anyway to see if that words, but I don't plan on doing that because, from what I've heard, a tonsillectomy as an adult is brutal. The pain comes on sometimes immediately after dinner. Sometimes it comes on 2-3 hours after. Sometimes it occurs after breakfast or lunch. It isn't really consistant.What do you eat? You probably are on some sort of diet? It is better if you try to note which foods cause you pain later.Where are you from? Can you find flax seed? From some seeds store, maybe?I won't do you any harm if it doesn't help you... :)And I think you will know is it helping after the first two days... I really think is worth the try. Wish you well.
    tsvety 5 Replies
    • September 28, 2007
    • 08:19 AM
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  • I eat what is available to me. I'm a college student and I live on campus with no access to cooking facilities and a meal plan. I eat chicken maybe 2 times per week and beef once every 2 week. I try to get a vegetable in one meal per day (I only like green ones for the most part) about half the time the veggies are raw (cucumbers primarily) and cooked (mixed vegetables...yuck). No nutritional value in the cooked veggies...they have the color cooked right out of them. White rice and/or a potato dish is available at every meal (amazing, right?). I like rice, but I eat it less than once a week because, again, no nutritional value. Cereal is good (because I can keep it in my room). I use 2% milk with my cereal, which I know I shouldn't do. Ideally I would eat it with 1% so it has some flavor, as opposed to with skim. I like oatmeal moderately and I've been eating that for breakfast or as a snack. A typical day looks something like this:Breakfast: Special K with red berries, 2% milk, waterLunch: Spinach wrap with roast beef, mayo, leaf lettuce and tomato, water, cucumbersDinner: Egg white omelet with cheese and mushrooms, hash brown, orange juice, vanilla ice cream.I've felt okay as far as my stomach hasn't hurt. Some gas, 3 bowel movements in 2 days, which is frequent for me (I used to go once every 1-2 days), some urgency when I go, but I'm not having diarrhea. Another thing concerns me, and this is that 2 out of the last 3 times i pooped, I think there was blood in it. Not much blood, and bright red blood so it has to be from down low, right? I don't know really what to do. I'm probably going to try to reschedule my appt. that is with my GP (currently in december) and change it to either the next 2 weeks or the week of thanksgiving. The concerning thing is that I don't have good lighting in my dorm bathroom and I possibly could have been having this bleeding for as long as a month. I don't know...
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 1, 2007
    • 04:51 AM
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