TChap, it could be the amount of the fiber in the beets that's of assistance in helping you evacuate. Evidently the amount in a single beet is fairly high. The fiber would absorb a fair amount of the fluid in the fecal material and add 'bulk.'View Thread
Queenhif, go back to your doctor and have his office work to push through his recommended medication. In some instances the insurance company can balk at a specific medication, but your doc can change to another brand the insurance company WILL approve, or they can say that nothing else will work for you and push the issue.View Thread
Kimina, it's possible you could be producing an allergic reaction to those specific foods. It's not unheard of. You may want to check with an allergist and ask for some IgE/IgG testing - not just the usual IgE testing alone.View Thread
dwood, it's possible the casein in the dairy is the culprit. If you're having a problem with that component you'd have to cut out cheese completely because the reaction is not similar to the one you have if you're 'allergic' to lactose. With a casein reaction, you produce an antibody reaction which can, over time, cause a myriad of other symptoms more problematic than constipation or more frequent bowel movements. Some food testing might be able to straighten out the issue.View Thread
They wouldn't be able to bypass the whole of the small intestine otherwise you wouldn't be able to digest and absorb your food. If there was a blockage of the common bile duct, the things that might be done is to remove a small section of it and reattach it to the small intestine, or use another alternative method to route the products of the liver - the bile - into the small intestine.
Have you discussed the issue with your doctor? He might be able to give you a better idea of the anatomy you now have. Or he/she might be able to suggest some imaging studies that would give you an answer.
A surgery that's been around for quite awhile, but the common bile duct is still in place, is the Roux-en-Y procedure that does reroute a portion of the stomach and small intestine, but I don't think that's what you're talking about.View Thread
Are you completely gluten free? Many with celiac disease cross-react to casein, the major protein in diary. Have you been tested for that because many with that issue experience severe constipation. And the unfortunate thing is depending on what pain meds you're taking, that can also add to the constipation.View Thread
SherryLynn, you might want to check into the possibility that the 'GERD' might be due to a food intolerance to something like gluten which is found in wheat, rye and barley. Gluten intolerances can produce symptoms that resemble severe acid reflux although that's not commonly known. And the 'rash' that can result from gluten can be absolutely miserable.
Either ask your doc to test you, or go off of all wheat, rye and barley for about 3 weeks and see if your symptoms change.View Thread
Oh, and consider trying some probiotics. They might go a long way toward helping the situation. There are several very good brands on the market that don't cost a large amount and do a good job.View Thread
I'm glad to hear the biopsy was negative. I'd like to insert a cautious 'but' to that statement.....please get a written copy of all of the results of your tests and read them. If there is any wording that says 'correlate with symptoms/clinical findings' ask your doc some questions. Many times the pathologists will be a slight bit suspicious because the specimen doesn't fit the complete criteria for a true diagnosis....with that wording they're trying to get the GI docs to take a closer look at things and unfortunately that may not be relayed to the patient.
You said you were having trouble with oatmeal. Were you eating it with dairy? How about a two week trial of taking all forms of dairy out of your diet and see what happens? Some of the symptoms you're describing could be caused by food intolerances You could also ask the doc to consider some testing for food intolerance issues. The big "4" foods that seem to cause the majority of problems are: gluten, dairy, eggs and soy, so it might be something to consider. There are a couple of labs that have fairly comprehensive testing panel that look at about 90 different foods, and at least one of them - Genova - now seems to be partially covered by several insurance plans.View Thread