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Is he dying?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • October 22, 2008
  • 09:09 AM

I need help. This has lasted for 5 years now.
Doctors don't know

53 year old male

abdominal distention
abdominal pain
low potassium
low iron
low red blood count

newest syptoms
extremely hard time hearing
blood shot eyes
skin color in hands and arms gets really splotchy
equilibrium off

CT scans with/without contrast
exploratory surgery
egg test
pill cam


We have been to several GI special

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  • Celiac disease:http://digestive.niddk.nih.gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/
    aquila 1263 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 04:31 PM
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  • No, I do not think he is dying, but I do think he is suffering from malabsorbtion. Has he had a full vitamin panel done? The symptoms you describe might be from celiac disease as mentioned, but then it might also be from other systemic diseases, such as Ulcerative Colitis or Crohns. I see he has had loads of testing done, but sadly both of these diseses can take years and years to diagnose. I hope you find some answers soon tho... Kiera
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 22, 2008
    • 04:48 PM
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  • His vitamin panel comes back fine. My problem is the Drs. can't seem to agree on a diagnosis. Even the ones that work for the same group. :confused: Diagnosis :confused: Irritable bowel sydromeChron'sCeliac diseaseIntermittent bowel obstructionIntestinal myopathy (intestinal muscles don't work)Intestinal neuropathy (intestinal nerves don't work)Slow dumping of the stomach It amazes me that I can't get the same diagnosis twice. I have just about decided that they will never figure out what it is. Since he drank beer & bourbon for at least 25 years; BUT is now a sober alchoholic and has been for eight years I truely feel that the abuse that he put his body through, for so many years, has eaten away at the lining of his stomach, intestines etc. Most of the bourbon was straight and 1/2 a gallon a day. No I'm not exaggerating.Please reply with what you think.Thanks,Five years & still waiting!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 23, 2008
    • 09:44 AM
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  • i think you should let him try the homeopathic approach (no surgeries or any form of steroids). the holistic doctor cured my daughter's ibs problems.
    Frank555 2 Replies
    • November 4, 2008
    • 02:55 PM
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