Keriamon - the only time I ever experienced heartburn was during my pregnancies - 1987 and then 1990. But each time I didn't even need Rolaids, my husband would suggest one or two slice of bread, followed by a full glass of water. Also, walking up and down stairs helped relieve my heartburn. I mentioned it to my OB and he said the baby was probably pressing on something. Then oh about
7 or so years later, I started having heartburn. 1997 or 1999 (my cancer was diagnosed in 1999). But it was intermittent, not constant. Just a few times a year. I recall only several extreme bouts but never enough to go to the ER. The heartburn always passed. The best way I could describe was I could feel it getting worse, that's when I needed Gavisgon and also it felt like I had a huge weight on my chest. But again, this only happened 2 or 3 times, over several years. Later when they noticed the gallstones ("hundreds of them" I was told), they said I was a gall bladder attack waiting to happen. While under for colon surgery, it made sense to take it out. They also said something to the effect - you won't even miss your gall bladder.
Famous last words huh?
I've watched for the yellow bile D but I've never had it.
My mulitiple, daily bm's started right after my temporary ostomy takedown. And they've never stopped. Unless I stop eating. The best strategy I've found to be the most helpful is 6 very small meals a day, plain food, Colace each evening and to keep my stress level as low as possible. And to avoid all the foods that irritate me. Lately I've noticed that maybe 2 cups of yogurt a day might have been making my situation worse, not better (I was allergic to milk until the age of 3 but can tolerate small amounts of dairy). If I have ice cream I don't usually feel well later. I used to ignore all the stomach rumbling after eating yogurt, thinking the good outweighed the bad but I couldn't find my brand of yogurt while on vacation last week. So I just didn't eat it (and eat much of anything really). I ended up having 6 out of 7 great days! So now that's another elimination I've determined that for now, I need (no yogurt).
I've never experienced the severe heartburn I had prior to GB removal again. Once out, I never had it that bad again. Sometimes I get it but it's mostly just trapped air and a lot of belching. Which is very different than the chest pain I had.
Post Edited (Marsky) : 6/13/2008 1:10:09 PM (GMT-6)