• 2 months ago

    Chronic GI Issues

    Hello,
    I've never posted in an online message board but after reading lots of conflicting articles online I figured I'd I've this a try in case anyone can help. One year ago I had a cholecystectomy and ever since then I've been having some severe digestive issues. After eating I will have severe cramps, foul smelling gas and diarrhea (both smell like sewage and could knock out a horse), and I can see undigested food, mucus, and is usually rather "explosive". There are some foods that I consider "safe" or that my stomach has adjusted to, but if I'm eating something I haven't had or eaten in a while then I pretty much know I'm going to start with the severe cramping, gas & diarrhea about 20mins after eating.

    I'm not sure if this is related, but about 8 months ago I mentioned this to my PCP and she did a stool test and I tested positive for EAEC (enteroaggregative e. coli). I'm not sure if it's still present but it's now exactly a year that I've been having these stomach/digestive issues.

    I haven't been and don't want to go back to the doctor for something that might just be simple digestive issues. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas as to what this might be? Perhaps just IBS?

    I truly appreciate any insights or suggestions people might have.

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Chronic GI Issues

    I had similar issues. My Gastro-enterologist prescribed Colestipol [generic for Colestid HCL]. It worked quite well. I originally took 2 pills per day [mornng and nite], after a year reduced to 1 pill at night.
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Chronic GI Issues

    I have experienced the same symptoms since having a cholecystectomy eight years ago. I manage it somewhat successfully by taking one 2 mg Loperamide Hydrochloride tablet (generic Imodium) each day, and another if I eat a trigger food like butter or cream sauce. When a doctor says you won't miss your gall bladder, they don't know what they are talking about.
  • 8 days ago

    RE: Chronic GI Issues

    Long before I knew I had UC, that's kinda how it went for me. I had my colon removed but about 15 years later developed Crohn's and similar symptoms showed up. Now I had my gallbladder removed too but I didn't notice any GI changes. I tried Colestid also but it didn't do anything. I have a twin sister who had her gallbladder removed and she will suffer some GI distress if she consumes any thing that is high in fat.

    So, it's hard to answer your question. I went misdiagnosed about the Crohn's for three years so sometimes you have to get a second opinion.
  • 5 days ago

    RE: Chronic GI Issues

    i had a similar problem but not a severe so i tried ACTiVIA yogurt and it really worked just like it said it now it take it twice a day and feel much better
  • 5 days ago

    RE: Chronic GI Issues

    My ibs and a few other symptoms were constantly being individually treated. Turns out, all of them put together added up to being Celiac Disease. Totally changed my diet and low weight. Endoscopy/Colonoscopy showed stage 4! I was Blessed it had not turned to cancer. Get to a dr. to do these tests, and Good Luck to you!