Tasker, ask your primary, but I don't think air in the biliary tree is a normal finding. The liver/bile duct system is a fairly 'closed' system that typically doesn't have air in it. The digestive system itself can have 'air' possibly due to swallowing it or maybe due to bacterial 'digestion' products.
If you have some form of air/gas in the biliary system, it would suggest it's moving/refluxing/passing from the digestive system into the biliary system. That would suggest a non-normal process. And if air/gas can move, by extension (in my mind) it could also suggest that bacteria or small particulate matter could also move. The outcome of that might not be a good one.
I don't know how in the heck something like that could in any way be your fault. You're doing everything you can to stay well, correct? So...............your fault? Nope.View Thread
Agirl, you need to check with your doc and have some testing done. Acid reflux and gallbladder issues can have symptoms that make no sense, or they can be completely 'typical.' Symptoms of either issue as well as others can simply seem to come out of the 'blue' with no warning. Make an appointment and get the situation checked out.View Thread
Have you had a colonoscopy done? Was a redundant bowel found? If nothing was found that was anatomical in nature, have you considered checking into food intolerance issues? Many individuals find that specific food groups can cause mild to moderate constipation that dissipates once the problematic food is removed from their diets.View Thread
They will have to rule out the possibility of an ulcer, but please make sure they re-check your common bile duct perhaps through the use of an MRCP. Some people have issues soon after or long after the removal of their gallbladder. It seems that for some reason the common bile duct or the opening to the duodenum of the duct can spasm, and it can cause a variety of symptoms. Unfortunately, docs can be slow to recognize the problem.
If the stool that you're producing is very very light in color - something along the line of white or gray - make sure you inform the doc it's happening.
In the meantime, when you do eat, make sure it's low-fat.View Thread
Tasker, it's possible it could be signaling that your doc should do a follow-up. In some cases the air could be 'reflux' from whatever anastomoses was done between the end of the common bile duct and the duodenum, which may be no biggie. But in other cases it could suggest there's some kind of leak possibly due to formation of an fistula of some sort.
How long did you go GF for? It can take from weeks to months to really see a change in some individuals. And did you consider teaming a GF diet with a dairy-free one? I know it sounds drastic, but 50% of those who react with antibodies to gluten find those antibodies cross-react to the casein protein in dairy.
You might also want to consider doing a food intolerance panel such as the ones offered by Enterolab or Genova. They're excellent for finding things when other less specialized blood tests don't.
Also understand that it can take up to 10 years for histological/endoscopic confirmation of a diagnosis of celiac disease. The symptoms can make life totally miserable and it's only when other symptoms like brain-fog, rashes, peripheral neuropathy and such show up does an endoscopy pop positive.View Thread
It's very possible. Celiac and even the 'lesser' gluten-sensitive issues can cause whole body pain and a host of other symptoms that mimic diseases like fibromyalgia, RA, etc.
If your wife hasn't been tested for either celiac disease or gluten sensitivity, have her do it. Make sure the tests that are used are more than just the blood tests that are done by the usual blood labs. They're just not good enough to find the issues. In many cases the markers don't go systemic until long after the symptoms start - for many it can take up to 10 years to be correctly diagnosed. Consider doing fecal antibody tests by a lab like enterolab. Or do the gene test that will tell you whether or not the genes are present. If the genes are there and symptoms are present, halt gluten immediately. Docs say the only 'gold standard' is the biopsy, but even that can take a long, long time to show a positive result - and until it does patients suffer every day.
If she doesn't want to test, have her take all gluten (wheat, rye and barley) out of her diet for at least 4 weeks and see if any changes are found. If they are, she's got an answer.View Thread
It could be pancreatic, but it could also be stomach related. Have you discontinued drinking? If not, do so. How about finding out the cost of having some blood work done? Check to see if a clinic, doctor, or hospital near you can give you a hand getting that done since it's going to be an important aspect in knowing what's going on. Pancreatic issues are nothing to gloss-over as you already know, so if the discomfort is due to a malfunction of that organ you need to take lifestyle and possibly medical steps to change the situation around.
There's really no easy answer I know of in this situation.View Thread
Snmack, are you carefully watching your gluten intake? And have you made sure that you aren't consuming any 'hidden' gluten? Have you been checked for cross-reactivity to substances such as casein, the major protein in diary? As many as 50% of those with celiac can cross-react and it can result in miserable problems.View Thread