Posted 7/14/2011 2:03 PM (GMT -6)
I am at my whit's end! Ive been having issues with digestion since I was 19 (Im 29 now) have been seen by all kinds of Dr's, naturopaths, specialists, and it only continues to get worse. I am at a point now, that it is crucial that this somehow gets fixed, because I am almost 30 weeks pregnant, and my poor baby is struggling to get any nurtition. My labwork is a complete mess, I'm extremely deficient in EVERYTHING, am now anemic, and have very little blood. I don't bruise anymore because of the lack of blood due to lack of nutrition. I am about to go see yet another Dr tomorrow, and I neeeeed more ideas on what this could be so Im not wasting my time and another $200 there.
So, here are the facts:
It started out with not being able to digest vegetables. All veggies come out, just as I had chewed them. The problem would come and go, with lots and lots of diarrhea involved, and eventually became a more regular thing, and now, for the last few years I have not been able to digest any vegetables at all, ever, and a lot of vitamin capsules come out whole when I poop as well. Now, over the last few months, the condition has worsened... Now, everything is diarrhea, but its not just whole peices of food anymore, now it is extremely acidic. It burns my butt to poop, and it burns so bad that it often makes my anus bleed. I react to all foods now, but the foods that bother me the least are meats and fats (I dont understand this! because so many people say, oh, you just need more fiber and nutritious alkaline veggies, but those are what kill me!) My PH is extremely acidic. I can barely keep my eyes open. No amount of sleep or rest is ever enough. I feel horrible all the time, and have been dealing with it, but now, I am worried about my kid.
Here are the things I have tried, and tests I have done:
Probiotics (all sorts of kinds and brands)
Stool culture (Large ammounts of a bacteria that starts with an E were found, I cant remember the name) I also had a lot of lactoferrin)
Allergy testing (came back allergic to 21 foods. I then did an elimination diet which helped a little tiny bit, briefly, but then got 10 times worse)
Liver cleanses with olive oil and lemon (they helped a little, but I think it would be dangerous to do while preggo because of the epsom salts)
Raw foods diet
Gluten free diet (sometimes helps, but I almost feel like its in my head because its so sporatic)
Strict Candida diet (helped with a rash I had around my eye, but did not help with the digestive issue)
Colonics (helped a lot, but only for a day or 2)
BUT HERES THE WEIRD PART..... I FINALLY FOUND SOMETHING THAT IS GIVING ME BETTER RESULTS (not good enough obviously) but I think this could at least lead to a more proper diagnosis, then cure........ Grapefruitseed extract. My ND had me try that a couple yrs ago with no luck, but now, my midwife had me try it again at quadruple the dose, and its doing something! So now I need to know why. It is an anti-microbial, so it is killing bacteria. As it is right now, if I do not take it before and after every thing I eat, I get the severe burning diarrhea that is basically just liquid. Now on the other hand, its not perfect though, because Im still getting diarrhea and undigested food.... just less of it, and with a lot less burning. So, after reading some other posts, I am now wondering.... do I have something that is caused by a bacteria that has been in me for 10 years? If so, how do we fix it? Or, do I have an insufficient pancreas? Or, is my gallbladder bad and the bile is what burns? Please, if anyone has experienced any of this, or has any ideas, please help! Also, I was on birth control for 10 years (quit it about 4 yrs ago) which I am hearing can cause liver/gallbladder problems and PCOS, which can cause food allergies and digestive issues. I was half diagnosed with PCOS last year (hormonal imballance suggested it, but I did not do the ultrasound on my ovaries, honestly, it was only because I was SO ANGRY at all the dr's I tried to get to do that test on me for the last 10 yrs who poo poo'd it, and low & behold when they finally did it, guess what, yes, there was a problem! grrr! Help : )!