Hi Jan316, I'm still around but not posting as often. To tell you the truth, I have no idea of why docs don't tell patients all they should know, but I assume it's because they believe we'll panic...................?
I'm doing quite well. Thank you for asking.
The visceral manipulation courses are taught to physical therapists and other qualified individuals. You might want to consider going to the IAHP.com website and looking to see who you can find in your local area. Key in the city/state and in the other area, click on the Visceral Manipulation category. That should bring up some names. Look for someone who has taken at least 3-4 courses in the visceral modality. But even better would be someone who has taken classed in visceral and neural modalities. Alternatively, call the Barral Institute and ask for a referral to a highly qualified person in your area.
Greengirl, you don't want a GI doc. Most of them deal with the narrowly-defined paramaters of 'strict' GI issues. If you feel the issue could be food related, and from your description it just may be, find a functional medical doc to work with. Someone who has a great understanding of food intolerance issues.
There are several tests that can be used to try to figure out what's going on. But once you find out what foods are problematic, keep in mind that it will take quite awhile to normalize your system. It's not quick or easy.
The breathing can be intimately related to food issues, as can diarrhea, constipation, bloating, brain fog, rashes and other skin problems, sinus issues and a host of other symptoms.
And if you're going to be tested, make sure IgG and IgA-based testing systems are used. Don't let the doc rely on an IgE-based testing system which is more typically used to pick up issues that are 'immediate' - a couple of minutes to hours. IgG and IgA systems detect reactions to food that can be 'delayed-onset' which are more typical of food issues.View Thread
MixedPickles, consider what might be the slightly 'screwy' possibility that you might be having symptoms that reflect food intolerance issues.
A few years ago I would have scoffed at the idea that food could literally make a person sick and just about ruin their life, but I've had to change my mind since I've been working with a number of individuals in which that exact thing happened. It can happen at any age, and can result in very different symptoms in everyone I've worked with. They range from fatigue, joint pain, headaches that won't quit, tight musculature, rashes, GERD-like symptoms and irritability to anxiety and low-grade depression among others.
We had one lady at the office who had thrown-up everyday for 8 years (her estimate) and had been told it was GERD. Nothing helped until she got tested and she took out the 'offending foods.'
The 4 'biggies' we seem to see at the office are: gluten (wheat, rye and barley), dairy, eggs, and soy. But they aren't the only ones 'out there.'
Many docs scoff at the notion of food testing, but it's slowly becoming more recognized and if you've run out of options, spend the money and get checked. It's possible it could change you life. Find a functional medicine doc and at least inquire.
if you do test, make sure they check using both IgG and IgA antibodies. The IgE testing won't do you much good since that form is looking for an immediate food reaction, and the symptoms that are seen with GERD-like conditions aren't typically IgE-related. IgG are 'delayed sensitivity' antibodies and are more likely to be involved. Metametrix/Genova has a decent test that covers about 90 antigenic foods. It should also include the portion of the test that measure IgA total levels, and the IgA-gliadin and IgA transglutaminase testing. (And NO I do not work for Metametrix or Genova. But I have used the test kit extensively and have a decent understanding of reading the results and extrapolating on what should be 'done next.')
I don't have food intolerance, but my husband does. So between seeing what he went through, and what a few hundreds of others have gone through in the office, when I see someone that doesn't seem to greatly respond to the meds, I'm no longer surprised when those people find they have food intolerances. And after seeing person after person get better and get their lives back, I now understand that 'food can kill/harm/maim.'
If you've run out of options, consider testing................or try some elimination diets. You can do it by taking one of the food groups out of your diet completely for 2-3 weeks and see if you note any changes - even small ones. If nothing happens, add that group back, wait a couple of weeks and try another one, etc.View Thread
In addition to the probiotic suggestion, which I highly recommend, you may want to ask to be check for food intolerance issues. Although it may sound strange, many individuals find that after they've gone through numerous tests and have been told there's nothing wrong, if they check to find out if there are foods their body might be reacting to and delete them from their diet, a lot of the symptoms disappear.View Thread
Although much of the literature says it's rare, that doesn't seem to be the case since it's being seen more and more often. Sit and talk with your doctor about some of the medications that are typically used for forms of IBD can be used to help to bring the situation under control.View Thread
Chicagogal, I think your best bet to get an answer to your question might be by asking your pharmacist. I would have thought that the problem might have shown up earlier if it was going to happen, but a lot of things change as we grow older - no matter what our age.
I understand that anything that predisposes a person to dehydration - even things like medication for high blood pressure since it can promote a lot of urination - can result in the formation of blood clots. So could it be a combination of several things that resulted in the clot formation...................???View Thread
The unfortunate thing for some is removal of the gallbladder can result in the unregulated release of bile into the small intesting and a 'fast-forwarding' of the contents through the system. The whole thing can cause miserable gas, diarrhea, and a lot of cramps due to the 'extra' stimulation of the small and large intestine. If that's part of the problem, you might want to ask your doc if you could try some form of bile-binding resin to see if it helps. A low-fat diet might also help with that problem.
One other thing you might consider is the development of food intolerance issues. They can and do develop later in life and can make a person miserable. Other symptoms, in addition, to those you mentioned might include muscular pain, joint discomfort, headaches or migraines, rashes, 'brain fog,' etc.View Thread
I believe certain forms of BC are known to predispose someone toward forming blood clots, and it's possible that could easily result in the ischemic state within the circulatory system in the mesentery of the bowel..View Thread