Hello all! I had just come across this forum and I must say I'm grateful I did! This is my story:
5 years ago (5-1-10), I had to have emergency Gallbladder removal surgery due to a golf ball sized stone that was stuck in the bile duct. At that point I was only 19 and weighing aprox. 245lbs. After the surgery, The doctors told me to stay away from greasy, fatty foods, and lettuce for a few weeks. it was after I had healed and had stopped taking the pain killers when my symptoms started. at first I wasn't too worried. After about 2 years of frequent runs it became worse, yet still wasn't too bad i was still capable of eating. My anxiety over the months had increased 50% when it came to eating anything. I have tried COUNTLESS medicines, all of which only gave me relief for about 2 weeks. Welchol was given to me as a trial, worked AMAZING!! but the cost of it was over $180 for a 2 week supply, I have been on Dicyclomine 10mg, which is a gastrointestinal anti-spasmodic. other than horrendous heartburn the dicyclomine was so much of a relief to me, Immodium helped but was in major discomfort and constant pain due to not able to pass bowel. Eventually, I had to quit my job of almost a year, and unable to keep a steady job due to this plague of a condition. I have delved deeper into the natural remedies, and have found many things that have helped a little bit. I am currently unable to eat even the slightest thing without running to the bathroom for over an hour each time, I've had 2 hemrrhoidal ruptures within the past year and a half, colonoscopy, endoscopy, blood tests, etc. I am currently weighing 132 and dropping. no muscle, no ability to digest the nutritional shakes that cost so much. I will admit the ONLY things that I have had major and consistant relief are the following: Pepto Bismol Max (2 large mouthfulls a day, aprox one full bottle a week), xanax, clonopin, codine, hydrocodone, and the most preferred marijuana. It may be a highly controversial form of medicine, but it has been the ONLY thing that i can eat without worry, I can actually have a life outside the bathroom, I too have an anxiety for taking medications, especially those in which that are narcotics or cause more harm than good.
I can not work anymore, if so cannot hold it. Cannot file for disability (tried and been denied 2x) so if anyone can benefit from my story or has any natural cures for this awful condition i'd be forever grateful. I have no health insurance and no way to even affford any medications other than the pepto.
Feel free to contact me directly if need be. I live to help others naturally since i have nothing better to do than learn new things for natural cures.
Thanks for this forum,