I'm still around here, but I tend to be in lurk mode even more than before (if that's even possible).
I'm in grouchy mode too. Last year when everywhere in N America was having a heat wave, I was in the one area that wasn't. We had the never ending cool grey rainy spring, and summer didn't start until August (and only lasted for that month). So I'm just a little bit sensitive to such weather. Although I have to admit that it's been more 'normal' this year and we've already had more sunshine than we did last 'spring'. Stupid rain today.
I passed on your info and my friend has tried and can't stand the Daiya cheese. At least he's found a milk substitute (I think one of the unsweetened soy ones). I know he's dying for cheese and cheats once a month and has pizza. Limiting dairy is the only thing that's made any lasting difference to his sinuses.View Thread
I haven't seen you (or me) or here all that much for awhile now. Do you still have a copy of that list of dairy substitutes (don't need the gluten free part)? I know someone who's gone mostly dairy free who needs some good cheese substitutes.View Thread
What kind of pain is it - a sharp stabbing type pain, dull throbbing, etc. Before you were put on Dexilant did the doctor test if you have reflux (and what kind of reflux for that matter) or just assume it from where your pain was. Are you on any medications now (for this or anything else).
Also where exactly were you xrayed and scanned? What blood tests have you had done and do you have a copy of the results?
It's a doctor's appointment, so it shouldn't be all that different than your regular doctor appointments. GI's just deal with the digestive tract instead of everything. That means that yes, you should bring up your lack of bowel movements.
Just in case your doctor hasn't forwarded all the info, make a note of all the meds and anything else that your doctor has had you try already. If you've made any diet changes to try to deal with this, mention that too. It's much better to offer too much information than not enough.View Thread
It's pretty clear that your body is telling you it's not happy with what you're doing to it - it's been trying to deal and now has thrown in the towel. Like it or not the first thing you're going to have to do is change to a more balanced diet, including fruit & veg, and plenty of fluids.
You should consider taking fiber (Metamucil or another one) on a daily basis and not just in an emergency. Also you need to drink a lot of water when you increase your fiber intake. Senna is more of an emergency thing and not really encouraged to take on a regular basis (it's possible to become dependent on stimulant laxatives). Milk Of Magnesia is ok for daily use if needed.
The white mucus is normal. We all have it, but usually not enough to see it. It's there as a kind of lube to protect your intestines, so that the hard stool doesn't hurt you.View Thread
Lactose intolerance doesn't generally cause cramping and I've haven't heard of stabbing pains from it. While you may have lactose intolerance, I think it's secondary to something else.
Gas is a really big sign that your body isn't digesting something properly - and as you say it happens a lot with "wheat and oat cereals" I suspect that's your true problem. Would you be willing to try a modified BRAT diet for a little while to see if the gas goes away?
That would be Bananas, Applesauce and Rice (drop Toast as wheat is a suspect), all plain with no added flavorings, sweeteners, etc. All you drink is plain water. Then if the gas and cramping go away, you very very slowly start adding other basic foods, one at a time to see if you get a reaction.
Also if you take any medication, vitamins, supplements, etc you'll have to look at them as many have wheat and/or dairy as filler.
Btw Lactaid milk still has some lactose, although it has less than untreated milk. It's really only a band-aid if you have to cut out lactose completely.
Have you had any allergy testing done? Others here will be able to tell you what tests to ask for that really work.View Thread
I think you answered your question - if you didn't really drink milk, and now are and having trouble with it, then you've been lactose intolerant all along. It also becomes more common as people get older, whether they were lactose intolerant before or not.
The easiest thing to do about it is to switch to non-dairy 'milk' products for the most part, so that your levels are low enough that your body can handle it when you do have some. That way you're not really giving much up and can still give into temptation from time to time.View Thread
First take a deep breath and calm down. I know this is scary but panicking will only make you feel worse. There are many things that could be going on and they have overlapping symptoms, which is why your doctor wants you to see a specialist.
The first thing I'd suggest you do is start a food/symptom diary. Write down everything that goes into your mouth (food, drink, meds, vitamins, etc) and any symptoms you have - even ones that don't seem like they're related. This will give the GI a good picture of what you've been going through and will help with diagnosis.
I know August seems a lifetime away, but it usually takes awhile to get in to see pretty much any specialist. On Monday call the GI's office and ask to be put on the cancellation list. Maybe you won't be able to get in any earlier, but there is a possibility you will. Other than that you'll just have to wait.
Personally I think the likelihood that you have cancer to be very very low.View Thread