I have breathed a sigh of relief to find this board. After reading through many of the posts I realise that some of the problems I have been experiencing seem to be commonplace. I have a few questions but will tell you briefly about
my medical background.
I am 25. I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis 10 years ago when I was 15. When I was 16, as a result of complications with my RA, I developed colitis and had a full illeostomy - they removed my whole large bowel, along with some or all of my illeum. During this time I had a bag and no major complications. about
6 months later, I luckily had a full reversal.
My digestive system and bowel movements have never returned to normal. For the last 9/10 years I have had (fluctuating) diarrhoea, wind, cramps, particularly after eating certain foods like dairy foods, read meat or wine. I have also had recurrent thrush.
I am beginning to wonder whether I am suffering from food intolerances or yeast infections as a result of the operation. Obviously I have a history of immune reactions with my RA, and I also had eczema as a child and teenager, which now comes and goes.
I would be so grateful if anyone who might identify with this could respond and let me know how they have dealt with the problems. Also any tips on what could fix this would be massively appreciated.
When i had the operations, I was discharged and taken off their 'books' very quickly and didn't receive much after care or follow ups, and have spent many years ignorning these problems in fear that the doctors wouldn't really listen to me. It would be great to hear others' experiences.