Bilirubin high - concerned.

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Bill Doukas
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   Posted 7/31/2014 3:52 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi,

I had my gallbladder removed last Dec.2013. I am diagnosis with erosive gastritis (no H.Pylori), duodentis, through endoscopy done in Feb. 2014, and IBS -D.

My diarrhea is less but still flares up if I think I eat fatty food. I try to eat right and take probiotics now.

I very sensitive with my stomach and have at times right side pain going to my armpit. Taking protonix. Not sure if it helping or making things worse. I do not have normal days anymore. There has been time the past week I felt fatigue.

Recent PCP visit checked my heart pulse and blood pressure normal and he stated what I feel is from gastritis. I did take couple months ago upper abdominal sonogram/stool test from my gastro and it looked normal. My PCP wanted me to take Pepcid AC which I find to make me congested and Carafate which I didn't get yet. Very expensive. Is medication beneficial for gastritis?

I also recently took blood test which all is good, but my bilirubin is still high. 2.2 H Normal range 0.2-1.2 mg/dl.

What concern should I take regarding bilirubin being still high and my other alignments? I tried to control my stress and worries. Is this psychological what my body is going through? Would gluten play a role with my digestive issues?

Appreciate any feedback and/or similar experiences and suggestions.

Thanks.

Bill

Post Edited (Bill Doukas) : 7/31/2014 3:57:19 PM (GMT-6)


James_a
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   Posted 7/31/2014 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there

there can be many reasons for high bilirubin levels, some medications can cause this increase, liver disease, pancreas disease, infections and so on, Since you have removed your gallbladder we can rule that out, but its still possible to have blockage in the ducts, specially if you are experiencing pain in the right side region only, very similar to gallbladder pain.Its no point worrying needlesslyi, i assume you have done a complete blood work test?

You should discuss your worries with your doctor.

What is the cause of your gastritis? bile reflux from gallbladder removal?

Carafrate can be very useful for gastritis, specially liquid formulation. I found it very useful and you might not see much improvement with it but persist with it if you can.

all the best and good luck.

Post Edited (James_a) : 7/31/2014 5:01:22 PM (GMT-6)


Bill Doukas
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   Posted 7/31/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi James,

Thanks writing to me.

My PCP stated to me bilirubin will always be high. He didn't elaborate. My gastro went over it like that it's not a big deal. I actually had blood work from a doctor who is a family friend to get a second opinion. He check my pancreas/liver enzymes, celiac disease, crohn's disease, and Vitamin D deficiency. All came out good, except as I stated in early post, my bilirubin. It could be true my bile ducts could be block or maybe I feel scar tissue deep in me around the area they made my bigger incision by my abdominal area.

I always had gastritis on and off over the years. After my surgery, my gastritis did get worse. I do suspect bile gastritis. I read bile can go in the stomach more easily if my sphincter is weak.

I thinking getting second opinion by finding another gastro doctor.

Right now I going on Macrobiotic diet to see if it will relieve my symptoms.

I have to experiment for the time being. Also look into my stress and anxiety. How to find other ways to control them.

Bill

Pat Tall
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   Posted 8/1/2014 6:18 AM (GMT -6)   
Check out Gilbert's. See if that is your liver problem.
We have a few other labs AST , ALT that shows up as out of norm along with the Gilbert's. Our docs aren't concerned about it.

Pat Tall
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   Posted 8/1/2014 7:04 AM (GMT -6)   
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gilberts-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20024904

Bill Doukas
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   Posted 8/1/2014 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you Pat for the link. I will research more on this.
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