Dizziness, confusion and irritability after eating. PLS. HELP.

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n61
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   Posted 12/6/2012 4:16 PM (GMT -6)   
I found this forum and hope maybe someone else has experience some of what I am going through because I may literally be losing my mind. That being said. Here goes...
 
I am having a very simple problem, that obviously has a very complex solution, because I've been to a large number of doctors and no one can figure it out.
 
Short version, whenever I eat solid food, no matter what it is, I get dizzy, mental fogginess, and irritated. If I expel the food from my stomach or let it digest, once my stomach is empty, I feel fine. Anyone else experience this and had any promising diagnosis? This has been going on for six years 2006-2012.
 
Medical history:
Heavy drinker most of adult life. Quit in 2006.
2006: Asked for scans/bloodwork of my liver/gallbladder and pancreas. All were normal
2011: Symptoms got much worse, got an Abdominal ultrasound (they said liver and gallbladder and spleen were normal), MRI, CT scan, blood work. All were normal
2012: May. Went to hospital for 2 days with extreme upper right abdominal pain, amylase and lipase elevated 3x normal. Cleared up in 2 days. Released. Got all the same tests as in 2011 all normal.
 
Since then the symptoms have been getting worse. Anything I eat, I almost pass out. I've heard that early stage cirrhosis could have this symptom and could gallbladder disease. They refuse to retest, but I know something is really wrong. I lose my balance, slur my speech, have trouble typing, eyes want to roll back into my head, all after eating something. Even just a little bit. No food, I feel great.
 
Problem is I've gone from 195 to 169 lbs in 3 months b/c I'm afraid to eat b/c I can't work or function when I do.
 
Anyone going through something similar and have any advice, similar test results, suggestions.
 
Starting to fear I have liver disease and they missed it, b/c we all know how much doctors care. :S
 
Thanks in advance.

hep93
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   Posted 12/6/2012 4:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, n61. I'm not sure you are posting in the right place, since your tests show that your liver is normal. I would suggest testing for fatty liver disease and autoimmune hepatitis. Try to eliminate fatty foods and also red meat.

I've had cirrhosis twice--prior to liver transplant and now 13 mos. out from transplant (cirrhosis and transplant due to hep C.) I've never had the symptoms you describe, except for a little nausea after cancer treatment and surgeries.

Perhaps others will be able to offer more suggestions. I'd try another doc--a hepatologist or GI specializing in liver disease--who is affiliated with a large transplant hospital.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

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**David**
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   Posted 12/6/2012 8:41 PM (GMT -6)   
If it is your liver (which I doubt it is), then you need to have a biopsy by a hepatologist to be certain. Most doctors do care, they don't show it most of the time. They aren't there to hold your hand, just to fix what's wrong.
nullum beneficium impunitum...

Rusty08
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   Posted 2/19/2013 1:24 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this response is very late, but I was browsing the site and came across it. It really doesn't sound like liver disease. Have you been tested for celiac disease? Maybe you're having reactions to gluten? I'm not a medical professional, so please see you doctor if this has not sorted itself out yet.
You may not agree with what other people say, but you can still learn from them.

Mae be here
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   Posted 2/19/2013 5:07 AM (GMT -6)   
What David said.

WE do the hand holding here though :) So feel free to spout, and as he said, I would go to a hepatologist, if nothing else to rule out liver disease. If they refuse to retest, go to a different one.

One thing that troubled me if that you said if you "expel" the food you feel fine. Purging is very bad for your health, it causes an electrolyte imbalance that can wreak havoc on your heart, not to mention your esophagus. Your stomach acids will ruin your teeth too. Look up bulimia, not saying you have it but will let you know the damage that purging will do to you. You don't need any further problems.

Good luck to you dear :) Let us know how you make out.
Mae

Caregiver for brother's liver transplant

Blessedly rec'd liver 1/13/2013 at Mayo Clinic, FL

hep93
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   Posted 2/19/2013 12:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Rusty, welcome to the forum. Would you please start a new thread (hit New Topic) and tell us about your liver disease? And thanks for your input.

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

Post Edited (hep93) : 2/19/2013 11:26:15 AM (GMT-7)


hep93
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   Posted 2/19/2013 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
N61, I just wanted to add that it could be gall bladder disease or an allergy. Have you been to a different doctor yet?

Hugs,
Connie
hep93
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"But that was yesterday, and I was a different person then."

Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Liver transplant recipient, Oct. 27, 2011, at Mayo Hospital, Jacksonville, FL

LPMGMa
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   Posted 10/27/2014 8:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if n61 ever figured out what was wrong? I have the same situation after I eat I prefer to skip meals to avoid so much confusion. Especially since I'm in school and studying goes well until I have something to eat. Then my mind acts like there is a barrier and I have to wait to feel better. I've even changed what I eat and tried to pay attention to if the confusion was caused by certain foods, but to no avail have I figured it out.

themiz
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   Posted 10/27/2014 9:50 AM (GMT -6)   
LP, Welcome to the Hep fourm. You have posted to a thread that is 2 years old. If you have a liver disease, feel free to start a new post and tell us about yourself. We don't know about the original poster. He/she only made 2 posts, and has not been seen since.

Your symptoms do not sound like liver disease to me, but I would suggest you start with a GI doctor, and begin testing to find what is going on with your digestion system. A good GI can figure out if it is a GI problem and refer you to another specialist, if it is not. Best of luck! Big Hugs
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“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran
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