I'd agree with LilMiss... any time you take antibiotics, it's a good idea to take probiotics along with. They offer you some protection from having the "bad bugs" take over after the antibiotics wipe everything out. You want to take them 2 hours or so after the antibiotics. They wouldn't be a good idea if you have a severe immunodeficiency or pancreatitisView Thread
A lot of people have trouble after their GB is removed, but doctors seem to be in denial about it, oddly. Look up "Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction" - that's one possibility.
Have you been following a low-fat diet? without the GB you may not be able to process fats as well. Also, do you know if the docs have tried you on a bile-binding med like Questran? (Is that what you're on now?) Sometimes that helps with post-GB issues.
Since you're getting "different answers from everybody", I'd definitely recommend asking your various doctors for copies of your records. Just tell them you want a copy for your files - no big deal. Take a look at them yourself - they're not as hard to understand as you may think. A lot of times doctors will tell you what they decide is important, and keep the other details to themselves. Since you're getting mixed messages from them, taking a look at the records yourself could be very informative. Often we're the only ones who actually will take the time and read through our whole record - doctors are too rushed.View Thread
I would add that the missing signatures, combined with the problem of poorly combined boards, makes it difficult to respond to people's questions. They post a question, but I don't know if they're here from the IBS board, the UC board, the hep board... The answer would be different if I knew they were already diagnosed with colitis versus an IBS-er here for the first time. So sometimes I don't answer the question because I don't feel I know the context.View Thread
GERD was my first thought when I started reading this. It tends to be worse at night, because when you're lying down, it's easier for the stomach acid to go northward. It's especially likely if you're eating late at night and/or drinking alcohol, but there are a number of contributing factors. I'm not sure whether you can aspirate the acid (inhale it into your windpipe/lungs), but it's possible that's what's happening.
Recently I had some bad reflux (mind you, I never get heartburn - you can have reflux w/out it) and the acid seemed to get into the back of my sinuses. That caused me no end of coughing, runny nose and sinus irritation for days after. I can imagine what you're experiencing could be similar, just that the acid hit further down.
You may need to see a gastroenterologist. They may want to try different meds, and they may want to do a scope to see if there's any damage.View Thread
Argh, I typed this whole thing and it just disappeared. grrrr... Okay, Take Two:
You definitely need to see a doctor - a gastro specialist. It sounds like you've got something going on that needs treatment, and heck, sounds like you getting diagnosed could help the rest of your familiy as well. I'm not saying this to scare you - not at all - in fact, getting a diagnosis means you know how to treat this thing. There are a lot of digestive disorders that have very similar symptoms - they can be hard to tell apart, esp over the internet - but they do require specific treatments. (for CD, the treatment is simply diet)
The one thing that really calls to me (but I'm biased) is Celiac Disease. That's an intolerance to wheat, barley, rye and (some) oats, which causes damage to the small intestine. That damage causes you to not absorb certain nutrients (depending where the damage occurs) and often leads to nutrient deficiencies and lactose intolerance. It can hit you "out of hte blue" at any age, but it's life-long and can wreaking havoc for years before you notice obvious symptoms. 1. You said you were losing weight - that's a classic symptom. 2. Now, you're hungry all the time and gaining weight - that could mean your body is missing out on some nutrient and keeps demanding more food in an effort to get it. 3. CD is genetic, and your sibs have similar symptoms. Also, Italians are one of the harder-hit nationalities, along with Irish and other northern Europeans, although it's not limited to European descendants. (looks like your last name is Italian?) 4. CD can cause acid reflux, and acid washing into your sinuses can cause excess mucus, the bad taste in your mouth, etc. (CD is certainly not the only cause of that, however).
Again, I couldn't possibly diagnose you by internet, even if I were a doctor. I'm just saying the shoe seems to fit, and it's somethign you should ask your doctor about. There is a blood test that's more or less reliable (It can miss a few people though). Be sure to ask your doc to run the "full Celiac panel" rather than just the single test (IgA). The single test is not very reliable at all - lots of false negatives.
Do you have any other conditions or does anything run in your family - even if they may seem completely unrelated to your gut? Are you on any meds?View Thread
With this weird new format, with IBS, colitis, and hepatitis people all lumped together, I don't know what condition you suffer from, but many of us with digestive disorders have been there. I went to the ER once, and I'm one of the lucky ones
You might want to seek out one of the member-created "Exchanges" like the Irritable Bowel Syndrome one created by LittleMerrySunshine or the Crohns/Colitis one, depending on what ails you.View Thread
Another thing that helps is moist wipes/baby wipes. I'd go for unscented. It's impossible to get really clean with just regular TP during bouts, and anything left behind can cause irritation (as can too much TP rubbing!).View Thread