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30 years of chronic stomach problems

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  • Posted By: sammypvt
  • March 23, 2008
  • 10:17 AM

I am 55 yrs old and have suffered over half my life with stomach problems that nobody seems to be able to diagnose. Here is my brief history.

Born in 1952 I grew up healthy and became a professional golfer. In 1979 (27yrs old) I lost my wife in a car accident. I went for 2 years grieving and ballooned up to 19 stone. My sponsors offerered to pay for a private stomach bypass and I had the operation at the Nuffield trust, leeds, by Professor Johnstone in 1981.

I went down to 12 stone in 5 months and felt ok for a time but then everything went horribly wrong. I started getting bad stomach cramps and on one occassion I was admitted to hospital for a cracked skull because I ran against the bathroom wall to try and knock myself out, the pains where that bad. I was diagnosed with a Gaul bladder problem and it was removed in 1982.

In 1983 I had aquired a terrific amount of reflux and suffered for 2 years. Eventually I had a Hyetal Hernia operation. The pains didnt stop but subsided somewhat. I only got them badly if I had a drink of anything alchohol (I have never been a drinker, no beer, wines or spirits ever) If I drank one or 2 shots, bang my guts played up so I stopped drinking anything and have stayed that way all my adult life (tea totaller).

Over the years I have had Biopsy's, cameras up and down all orifices, I was diagnosed with everything from IBS to Steatorrhea and just recently doctors are saying that after 27 years, that Professor Johnstones bypass surgery probably went wrong somewhere.

All I know about that proceedure was that instead of it taking 3 hours, I was under the knife fro 8.5 hours and was only told there where a few complications. What these complication where, I never found out.

My latest doctors are telling me I may be Lactose intollerant and need to go through all the tests again after all this time to rule out things.

Bottom line is that nobody knows or is willing to hazzard a guess. I have been to many different practitioners and they all have varying views and suggestions.

All I know is that if I eat, say Bacon and eggs in the morning and a spicy meal at night, I single handedly do more damage to the ozone layer over my country than all the refrigerators in existence.

I suffer from really bad gas (every 2 mins on average, starting around 8pm and carrying on till I go to sleep) I then wake up and go to the bathroom 3 times over a period of 1 hour, in order to evacuate yesterdays food waste and each time takes at least 3 flushes to get rid of it. My stool is very pale, extreemly rancid, floats like cork and the water surrounding it is like an oil slick (sorry to be so graphic) I have had loose stool and bad runs for all these years now I am getting to old to keep up with the problem. I cant keep a job down, I got fired once for my bad gas and stinking the bathrooms out. People dont realise that this is an ailment and not a self inflicted problem. I cant look at spicy food or dairy products without my rear end twitching.

Anyone got any ideas.

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