Yes, that'd be me - but I tried to take it easy on him today.
He told me my scopes looked good, even into the jejunum, that the biopsies were clear, no evidence of celiac or IBD or collagenous colitis or tumors or aliens. I mean, it's really good to know that I'm not going to pull a "Space Balls" move and have a little slimeball jump out of my stomach and start singing ragtime. :) However, this still leaves us to the conundrum of: why do I weigh 118 pounds, down from 135 in September? Why do I get the same epigastric pain when he palpates my small bowel every time? Oh, and that ever-elusive answer of why do I have diarrhea 15 times a day?
Well, he did say something about the possibility of a herniation of my small bowel into the mesentery (the tissue that attaches your intestine to the posterior abdominal wall). But he and I both think that is pretty unlikely. So I will pass on the laparoscopic surgery for now, thank you very much. I give him props for thinking of that possibility, though - how random, yet interesting!
In the meantime - this is the best - his goal is to make me constipated. I'm not even kidding you. He asked if I ever pushed the cholestyramine enough to constipate myself (I said to him, "And what is that term again, constipation?"). So that is what he wants me to do. And also take VSL #3, which is a hot new-ish probiotic with 8 strains of bacteria that is supposedly undergoing FDA approval for treatment of IBD, SIBO, and IBS. And drink Ensure and always have Gatorade on my person. He said with as much diarrhea as I have, a little constipation wouldn't hurt.
Now, after he palpated me, I have a terrible tummy ache. That always happens after he palpates my upper abdomen...it's sore for the rest of the day. I don't usually have too much pain other than when he does that, and it's only in my epigastric region, nowhere else.
Okay, that's my update for the minute, thanks for listening :)
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