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Brian DK
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 41
   Posted 7/16/2009 10:13 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone,
HealingWell has always been a great place that has helped me in times of needing to hear from others.  Right now I am trying to stay positive and putting my faith in God that I will get past all these symptoms and the general bad feeling of whatever is going on and just have a normal life again. 
I just had surgery 2 weeks ago after being diagnosed with MALS (Median Arcuate Ligament Syndrome).  I have been struggling for over a year now with Gas Pain, Stomach Cramps, periods of Constipation then Diaherria, times when I get so bloated after eating the smallest meal and just feeling of what I call terror because I feel just so off.  After many tests I was diagnosed with MALS, a compressed artery that feeds the intestines. 
I thought after the diagnosis and certainly after the surgery I would be back to normal, 100%.  I know it is only 2 weeks post-surgery but I find myself still with these same symptoms and it scares me because I was really holding on this hope that this was it.  I want so much as I am sure everyone else on here does to be symptom free, or if nothing else, to be able to function normally with everyday life and not be afraid to make plans to do things, and be able to go to the gym and run and play sports without getting cramps and sitting on the toilet just praying for it all to just get out of me.  I've lost 20 pounds over the last year and worry all the time about how foods will affect me.  The amount of gas that is rumbling around inside is crazy.  Sometimes it is so sharp it feels like a knife.  Lately I have tried Beano and Gas-X. 
I don't know what I am looking for.  Maybe someone with similiar symptoms that has somehow managed to overcome it with a change.  I just feel like I could cry.  I have a beautiful girlfriend that I would love to marry, but I don't want to be like this forever and cause her to lose her dreams over my pains and issues.  She has been a rock the last year, and I am so thankful for her.  I'd give up any food, or take any medication if it would help. 
Thanks for listening.

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Date Joined Jul 2009
Total Posts : 34
   Posted 7/17/2009 9:30 AM (GMT -7)   
blush    Brian
Now  Now it has only been two weeks since the surgery, I am no physician but I can safely say after two Cesearean sections that it is going to take a some time for your body to go back to normal. YOu had surgery pretty invasive and now things have to go back to normal. I am sure if you speak to your doctor he would tell you it is early. Be happy they gave you a reason for all your discomfort. In fact your story seems to be identical to mine. I can look 4 months pregnant after eating one stupid meal. I wonder if MALS is what I have rather than IBS. I am going to do some research on this because it sure sounds like it. What is MALS? How is it different from IBS.
 Let Me know and Stay POsitive!!!!
 Maxie J
Hello - IBS Sufferers. I have alot to share

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