Can No Longer Digest Fats

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   Posted 3/22/2018 8:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone--haven't been here in quite some time. In my case this is a very good thing. For 3.5 years I have had random/migrating left side pain and other neuro issues.

After seeing many docs I finally found an LLMD who put me on tons of ABX for a year. After the year I didn't feel any better so I switched to the Buhner protocol and quickly started to feel better. After a brief relapse I'd say I'm about 90% better.

Now I only have pain/tingling if I get really stressed/sleep-deprived/angry or do vigorous physical activity involving the limbs like running or drumming.

My whole life I've had a bit of a sassy gut--I'd easily get diarrhea, mostly, especially after a fatty meal. Occasional anal leakage--like a small bit of bright yellow fatty bile-y stuff. But sometimes not. Generally if I ate high fiber and had some yogurt I'd been fine.

In fact when I was on ABX I went paleo and had, surprisingly, the best digestion of my life.

I've been off ABX for about 7 months. At first everything was great, but I slowly became more and more allergic to gluten--now I can't have the stuff for the first time ever. And very recently I can't digest any fats. An egg, an avocado, fish, etc. give me instant diarrhea and headaches and I run to the toilet to release pure yellow fat. I now have to take ox bile/enzymes with every meal. Occasionally everything will be normal for a few days, but this is getting extremely rare now.

I'm here to ask for ideas or advice, as I always got good advice in the past. I figured maybe it could be dysbiosis from the ABX, but the whole time I took them I had a sugar/carb-free diet, took anti-fungals, and supplemented with strong probiotics. Is the inability to digest gluten and fat related to this? Did they damage an already finnicky gallbladder/pancreas/liver/whatever?

Thanks for reading.

Post Edited (dogsblood) : 3/22/2018 8:11:51 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 3/22/2018 8:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear you're having these gut issues.

Question: Are you continuing to take probiotics?

Maybe go back to Paleo for awhile and let things settle down....but still take probiotics.
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   Posted 3/22/2018 9:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, girlie. I actually started a diet called AIP: autoimmune diet protocol. This is how I figured out that it was the fats, as I can only eat meat and most veg at the moment. I'm taking probiotic supplements and eating probiotics as well.

At first I thought maybe it was leaky gut, so I started drinking bone broth. That did not go so well.

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   Posted 3/22/2018 9:26 PM (GMT -6)   
That sounds like a gallbladder issue, I've heard of that happening to people with Lyme. I don't know what the treatment is.

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   Posted 3/22/2018 10:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I have weird digestive issues so I was interested in your question.
It sounds to me like Steatorrhea (apologies for links that aren't working - for some reason they do not for me - being in
Australia might be an explanation)
You should look up Steatorrhea on the internet there are even pictures to help you confirm your self diagnosis.
I would suggest taking liver detox herbs and a liver flush. Both of these help the liver and gall bladder get to a place where it can function more effectively. Artichoke supports healthy bile.
There will be some gut dysbiosis issues - digestive enzymes, a parasite cleanse, a candida cleanse, a colon cleanse will help too. Articles seem to be saying it is infections that contribute majorly to this problem, so cleaning up the terrain and reducing the unhealthy bugs is where you should be looking to.
I know like me you were doing everything towards this any way. That's what I thought too. So it took me a bit a time to get on board and dig deeper and do even more again and again until you see the changes you are working towards.
Parsites were my major issue I was taking a maintenance protocol but it did nothing. Things changed with getting rid of these major bugs. I got confirmation by doing a bioresonance diagnosis and taking a stronger parasite cleanse for 10 days until I could see them urgh!!! I did coffee and parasite enemas to push it along - coffee enemas reduce the herx and help remove toxins in the gallbladder, and parasite enemas give you an idea how thick the infection is. The good thing about it was that it helped me understand what my body needed and get to a place where I was getting better. Major infections like parasites can really pollute the gut and set you back inspite of you taking preventative care.

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   Posted 3/23/2018 12:08 PM (GMT -6)   
It also sounds to me like gallbladder issues. I would try taking an ox bile supplement and see if helps at all. I have chronic gallbladder issues, presumably caused by Lyme, and in an effort to not get it removed, I've done a lot of research on it. Ox bile with meals can help digest fats, so that's an easy experiment. You could also pick up the book, Save Your Gallbladder Naturally, because it has a lot of liver / gallbladder supporting foods and supplements, which might help your fat digestion.

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   Posted 3/23/2018 12:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Fats...or meat?

High possibility: Have your thyroid tested lately?

These infections creat low thyroid hormone production. This means every cell in your body is effected. This effects digestion too (moslty T3 hormone influence).

Low thyroid = less HCL produced = less ability to digest meat.

Been there, done that.

D-limonine will also help (for certain)as it supports liver, gall bladder and general digestion.

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   Posted 3/23/2018 12:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, astro.

Just fats in general, I think, as avocado causes the same thing.

Will look into thyroid if nothing else comes through.

It's crazy because the dr. did a fecal fat test and it came back normal, even though the stool was totally yellow and it looked like a dang Olive Garden up in the bowl with big blobs of oil everywhere.

Colonoscopy was fine; tested neg. for celiac (cause I can't eat gluten anymore either suddenly for some reason). Liver enzymes were fine. Gastro doc was not impressed with me and told me to find an allergist or something. So sick of wimpy docs throwing up their hands when a basic test doesn't spell everything out for them.

Post Edited (dogsblood) : 3/23/2018 12:02:01 PM (GMT-6)

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