Pita, there are a couple of things you need to talk to your doctor about. Achalsia is typically handled in a couple of ways all of which have the aim of lowering or decreasing the resting pressure of the sphincter at the base of the esophagus (LES). Botox works very well for many. It relaxes the tightness that holds the LES closed and food can move through. Docs can also disrupt that pressure by dilating the LES. Another method, a surgical procedure - myotomy - can also be used. In some, oral nitrates (like those used for heart problems or calcium channel blocking meds can also be tried. Meds might help while you're waiting for the next botox injection. You might want to call your doc and talk to him/her.View Thread
Is there anyone in your family with food intolerances or a history of celiac disease? Check to find out because both conditions can have hereditary components and might be the cause of your discomfort.
Did your doc take biopsies during the colonoscopy? Did you personally read the results of the doc's reports and the pathologist's report? If not, get a copy and read it. Sometimes there are small comments in those reports that may suggest something should be followed up on that doctor's may overlook.
Have you tried probiotics? They're not hype, and they possibly might help, so try them. There are a number of good brands on the market that might give you a hand until the underlying cause of the malady is found.View Thread
Steve, I don't have this condition, but in the medical setting I am in we see people with the same types of issues. I'm wondering if you've ever been tested for food intolerance issues which can often present with symptoms of GERD or gastritis or other GI issues. Foods that you've eaten you whole life can suddenly seem to 'turn' on you and all hell breaks loose. And those foods can often fall into the category of the foods we're supposed to eat and are healthy for you.
Are you having any other symptoms that don't seem to fall into the 'GI' category, like brain fog, joint pain, rashes, fibromyalgia or other?View Thread
It does sound a lot like SOD. To my knowledge, an ERCP with manometry would have to be done. That, in conjunction with your symptoms, would allow the docs to make a diagnosis. Did the doc suggest trials of any form of antispasm meds or calcium channel blockers?View Thread
Have you read any of the articles suggesting high doses of a specific probiotic prep, VSL#3, can help some with U.C. There have been a number of clinical trials with some fairly decent results.View Thread
Artzwear, it's not that difficult these days. 17 years ago when my husband first found out he had gluten issues it was torture. But it's gotten so much easier. Many of the major companies now offer GF products, and if you read the labels of the products you buy, you'll soon have a list of those that have to be 'replaced' and those you can happily eat without worry.
Many celiacs cross-react to casein, the protein in diary. So you may want to get checked for that. If you don't cross-react, it's possible you may have to just cut back on dairy for awhile and down the line try reintroducing it. It's possible your GI tract - as it regenerates - will easily be able to handle dairy in the future.
Look for hidden gluten. Many don't realize that things like soy sauce have a wheat base. But there's an excellent GF soy sauce that can be purchased. When you go to restaurants, tell your wait person, and if you have to ask to talk to the chef. Many are quite knowledgeable and will happily make changes or substitutions, or will be able to make suggestions as to what you may want to try.
Also, take a closer look at your grocery. I'm not sure where you're located, but many of the larger chains in the West now have GF sections, or they've placed GF items on the shelves with the regular products and you're going to have to search a bit to find them. Go online and see if the stores have a pdf file with the GF products they offer - some do.
Don't worry, it gets easier with time. And you're going to feel so much better. Look forward to that!View Thread