Meganxfaye, you need to seek out a GI specialist in biliary issues. There are a number of things that could cause what's going on, but one of the issues may be that a stone could have escaped during the procedure and it's irritating the common bile duct or other areas within that system.
Please don't wait. It's important you find the cause. Are you following a low fat diet? Has anyone suggested the possibility of using a bile-binding resin? Or possibly using Carafate to coat your stomach a bit? Did anyone suggest an MRCP to do some visualization of that area? If not, find a GOOD doc and start asking questions.
In the meantime, low=fat and if you're using hormones in any form see if you can switch to something else and see if that's of any assistance.View Thread
The easiest way is to just take wheat, rye and barley out of your diet - completely - for about 3-4 weeks and see what happens. If you start to notice changes and feel better - and fewer symptoms satisfy you - then you've got your answer.
However, you won't really know medically what's going on. The 'medical' way, depending on your symptoms and your doc's suspicion, would be to have an upper endoscopy with biopsy of the small intestine to rule in or rule out celiac disease. However, a true diagnosis can take up to 10 years to fully show up, and that's one heck of a long time to wait.
You might consider doing a couple of other tests. If you go to Enterolab on the web, you can order a gluten gene test. The results will tell you whether or not you're carrying gluten-sensitive or celiac genes, and it will give you a suggestion as to how 'good or bad' those genes can be. There's also a fuller explanation on the FAQ portion of the website on whether or not you should stay away from gluten, and why - if you have any of the representative genes. If you don't have the genes, you can rule out gluten as an issue.
You can also do a food allergy panel at Enterolab, or some of other companies, that will tell you your IgA and IgG status to certain foods and give you an idea of whether you're currently producing large amounts of antibodies to some of the foods you're eating. If you are, and you take those foods out of your diet, you'll probably end up feeling better.
My husband used enterolab years ago to find out he's got a definite issue with gluten, and more recently with dairy. He's one of a number of individuals who cross-react to casein apparently due to the gluten.
I've never had a problem with gluten - or so I thought - but I got sick last October and ended up in the ER. No one could figure it out. Seemed similar to gallbladder but not enough to really be that. Since I work with a lot of people with gluten issues, and I've seen a lot of presentations of gluten-associated problems, as a "lark" I decided to do the gene test. My test showed one small gene that shouldn't have really bothered me at all. But I went GF anyway and imagine my surprise when I found out my low-level fatigue went away! I haven't had another other bouts of pain/discomfort, so I can't say the pain was due to the gluten, but I do feel better overall. I was consciously exposed to gluten in February after being off it for 3 months and boy was I miserable. Went 'down' like a ton of bricks! So I choose to stay GF.View Thread
If the episode was triggered within that short period of time, I doubt it could have been a diverticular issue, but keep an eye on that side of things. What happened sounds a lot like some kind of antibody generated allergic reaction. You may want to consider getting some testing to see if you've developed an allergy - something along the lines of an IgE-mediated issue, since the time span of reaction would suggest that - to that food.View Thread
It's 'removal' should have happened already if the capsule was pinned on the 13th. It should have passed through your system and have been expelled. Once it's 'pinned' though the tissues, those tissues still keep growing - from bottom to top, so outward - and the growth of the tissues should let the capsule/pin loosen and drop off.
If it's still there then yes, have it removed because something isn't right after this period of time. But make sure it's not there and what you're experiencing isn't just a sensation that's still lingering. Many people have experienced that.View Thread
Gbs, it's unfortunate that your doc didn't tell you the sensation you're having could happen. It can and does happen a lot. The sensation will slowly fade after the capsule falls off and passes through your symptom. The area of the esophagus the capsule is pinned to has a lot of sensation and what you're feeling is the 'irritation' the capsule is causing. It's why when the tissues are having a difficult time due to the presence of acid or bile, some people can feel the discomfort. It's kind of related to the feeling of 'globus' - the sensation of a 'pit' in the throat when the lower portion of the esophagus is irritated. There's a referred sensation from the lower esophagus to the area of the throat.
Check with your doc's office about the amount of the blood.View Thread
It's possible you are, or perhaps you're reacting to something that is added in the way it's cooked. There are individuals who react to pork, to red meat and to chicken. You may want to consider some food testing using IgA and IgA antibody technology. This does not sound like an IgE type allergy, so if you see an allergist ask for other than IgE testing.View Thread
Is the doc you were seeing and who told you he wasn't sure you had U.C. a GI doc? Did he say anything about doing another colonoscopy or a test like Serology 7 (or another version) to look for antibodies that are found in forms of inflammatory bowel problems? If not, get all your records and seek out a second opinion. The unfortunate thing is it can take many years before a true diagnosis can be made in some forms of IBDs, but there's no reason you should continue to be miserable. Be proactive and perhaps a bit pushy. You need and deserve some help.View Thread