By dietcherry Latest Reply 2012-08-30 05:16:11 -0500
Started 2012-08-13 12:46:53 -0500

Last week I had an endoscopy and biopsy of my upper gastrointestinal tract performed to determine the cause of some tummy issues Ive been having.

Food sensitivities and allergies, too little/too much stomach acid, bacterial infections, and an imbalance of gut bacteria are just some of the things that can cause a miserable experience for those who live with them.

If you are currently having issues and/or have successfully treated them, could you please share with our members? Thanks!

40 replies

granniesophie 2012-08-29 17:27:50 -0500 Report

Renee, I am so glad your tummy troubles turned out not to be serious! Good bacteria is everything :)

dietcherry 2012-08-29 17:31:04 -0500 Report

Bless you and thank you! Yes it is and I found out the hard way but hopefully this will help someone else somewhere down the line :)

granniesophie 2012-08-29 17:25:50 -0500 Report

It turns out mine may be pancreatitis! I have a CT scan with contrast on Friday and then if it is, and the doc suspects it is, off to the hospital I go!! 3 months of stomach misery and really intense pain and becoming gluten free will have gone by with no relief. I actually hope this is the answer, but if not, they keep on looking!

dietcherry 2012-08-29 17:41:56 -0500 Report

We will pray that whatever it may be will be cureable with no lasting side effects! Is there a class action suit against Byduron?

dietcherry 2012-08-29 17:05:34 -0500 Report

Well my results are back and it is officially…nothing! No Celiac, no gluten-intolerance, no problems with my proton pump, and stomach lining is pink and healthy.
Gastro Doc said to get a good acidophilus BIFIDUS supplement and to start eating Activia to restore my good gut flora cuz I apparently wiped it out when earlier this year I used a colon cleanse twice and then soon after was on an antibiotic for 3 weeks. Thanks be to God it isnt anything serious :)

jayabee52 2012-08-29 17:18:38 -0500 Report

Thanks be to God! Now Suzy is having stomach problems.

dietcherry 2012-08-29 17:34:27 -0500 Report

Yes James!!! I let my imagination run wild that something serious was happening and yet it was something so simple instead. I wish Suzy health and healing with what she is experiencing :)

jayabee52 2012-08-29 17:47:55 -0500 Report

But it is better you got it checked out rather than putting it off, worrying and waiting and worrying some more.

sue says thanks !

JSJB 2012-08-30 05:16:11 -0500 Report

Just finished the article and found it very informative. Thanks James
Like reading your links

dietcherry 2012-08-29 20:30:00 -0500 Report

True dat! I shared the link you sent me about EPI with sophie above; thanks! It was an interesting read and taught me something new :)

Nana_anna 2012-08-19 20:49:35 -0500 Report

I have "IBS"…its due to stomach issues also. Mostly gastro…I haven't had any tests like you have. I am waiting until, I really can't stand it anymore :)

dietcherry 2012-08-19 21:28:44 -0500 Report

Well the endoscopy isnt pleasant although it isnt horrible either. It was mostly disconcerting seeing the Dr holding the scope waiting for me to fall asleep! It looks like a skinny snake with a small lightbulb on the end of it lol I had a sore throat the rest of the day but salt water took care of it.

Irritable bowel was one of the things I was anticipating having since so many of the gastro symptoms overlap many intestinal issues. But my symptoms occur within my stomach and this rules out lower GI diseases and syndromes—according to my extensive research.
I wish you recovery of all your symptoms—-I know how misery-inducing they are! God bless!!!

mkhojh99 2012-08-19 14:19:38 -0500 Report

I recently had one because Im taking 2 generic prilosec a day and as a pre op thing for gastric surgery. I was shocked to find out I had a giant ball of undigested food in my stomache. The doc told me I have nerve damage from diabetes…in which the signal that tells my stomache to push the food to the next part doesnt work right. I have been having lots of ahhh tummy issues since May. My other docs that I kept saying somethings wrong…I had a VERY BAD spout of constipation and so was told oh just take stool softners. Well I do take them now because that constipation I had scred the hell outta me. It was just like cement or clay in me…freaked me out. But no one wanted to do more about it. So I called myself to get an upper gi done. Glad I did!!!

jigsaw 2012-08-19 15:25:40 -0500 Report

mkhojh99…Sounds like gastroparesis?

mkhojh99 2012-08-19 19:40:50 -0500 Report

thats what my co worker said too…I have a few of the symtoms but not all

mkhojh99 2012-08-27 17:49:50 -0500 Report

not sure…all he said was that but didnt tell me it was the gastroparesis…my next upper gi is sept 10th

jigsaw 2012-08-28 10:09:52 -0500 Report

There is a test that I've heard can confirm gastroparesis. Either way, keep tight control of your bg, if your not already doing so! I hope your test has good results.

jigsaw 2012-08-19 06:36:57 -0500 Report

Did you get the results from your tests?
You know, this may sound ridiculously simple, but side effects from my meds were causing bloating, constipation, cramps and acid reflux. I knew my diet was not the cause, and I don't eat near bedtime. You would not believe how many doctors I saw! None of them were able to determine the cause. They all recommended Tums or an acid reducer for acid reflux. They also recommended a stool softener for constipation. Medications to cure the side effects of other medications that I was taking. I don't think my cabinets would be able to accommodate all the recommended meds.
After cutting back on my dose of Metformin, Most of my symptoms have subsided either completely, or in part. At one point I stopped the Met, and all my symptoms disappeared completely. I do take Met currently, but in a smaller dose then previously.
My point is DON'T RULE OUT MEDICATIONS AS THE POSSIBLE CULPRIT! All my doctors assured me that side effects from my meds were not the issue, and yet it was.
Whatever the cause, I hope you are able to determine it. Gastrointestinal problems can be extremely complicated to figure out.

dietcherry 2012-08-19 20:53:36 -0500 Report

My results will be back by Thursday at the latest. The first Gastro Dr I saw diagnosed me gluten-intolerant. After cutting out gluten (although I willingly admit I may have missed some as it is extremely difficult to eliminate ALL gluten from the modern diet) I was still suffering.
I got a second opinion. After hearing my symptoms my new Dr explained that he didnt think I was even gluten-intolerant and had probably received a false-positive on the first test. According to him, because of the concentration of gluten in our food, folks who ordinarily wouldnt react to it, increasingly are. I have reintroduced gluten to my diet, but in even smaller amounts now.

We determined I do not have insulin resistance so I quit Met the end of May after taking for 4 months. My problems didnt originate with my Met use although it sure caused a rumble in my tummy all on its own!
In my first moments of wakefullness as the anesthesia wore off, he did tell me that I didnt have an ulcer! So that was good news :)

jigsaw 2012-08-20 07:52:41 -0500 Report

So far it's good news, and hopefully it will remain so.
I had two endoscopys and a needle biopsy on my pancreas because of a suspected cyst. So far no bad news, and hopefully nothing is developing. I'll be going for my annual MRI soon, as they are keeping an eye on it.
Soooo, I know the anxiety that one can experience. Like me, you will tackle the cause and kick butt! Good thing we're on the same team! (-;
Probably, the worst part is the anxiety, and after that I'm sure you'll be fine!

dietcherry 2012-08-20 20:54:58 -0500 Report

You know I wish you the best with that; Im trying to stay calm and carry on lol and hoping it will be something fixable——enough with the "chronic" conditions already!! Heres to our good health!

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-08-19 01:35:06 -0500 Report

Hi Dietcherry,

Each of those tummy issues are treated in a different way. Has your doctor mentioned which tummy issue you’ve been having? Well for food allergies there’s an allergy test your doctor can do to determine what food allergies you might have whether to shellfish, eggs, peanut or other foods. Once this has been determined then that food needs to be avoided.

Food allergies are manifested by a breakout of rash and itching all over the body. Other severe reactions that need emergency attention can be swelling of the face, throat or tongue. Other nuisance food reactions can be milk or grain intolerance which cause bloating, abdominal pain, flatulence and diarrhea.

Lactaid taken before dairy products such as milk, ice cream, butter or cheeses will help tremendously. For beans and grain products stomach intolerance there’s a product called Beano that you can take before the offensive food is consumed which helps lower the stomach discomfort they cause. After consuming offensive food you can resolve the bloating problems by taking Gas X extra strength or the house brand version of this product which will include 180 mg of Simethicone per chewable pill. For most effectiveness take Gas X within a couple of hours of consuming the offensive food not to exceed 5 pills per day.

For stomach acid, depending on the severity and the frequency of the acid reflux then treatment is recommended accordingly. If you occasionally get heart burns after a meal due to high fat food content then chew a couple Tums or a tablespoonful of Maalox or Mylanta. If you get acid reflux a couple times a week then take either Pepcid ac or Zantac OTC twice daily before meals for 4 weeks.

But if you get acid reflux several days a week regardless of food then Prilosec OTC daily 30 minutes before meals for 4 to 8 weeks would be recommended. Check with your doctor if you get frequent acid reflux your doctor may want to recommend an endoscopy to diagnose your condition.

As for bacterial infection your doctor will have to determine whether you do or don’t have it and then prescribe appropriate antibiotics. However, restoring bacterial flora or the good bacteria in your gut that’s been partly eradicated by the use of antibiotics then using probiotics will be an effective course of action. You can get OTC Probiotic products such as Align or Culturelle which will do wonders to restore good bacteria into your system, reduce bloating, flatulence and diarrhea.

Because probiotics include live good bacteria, they will multiply in your gut and spread. So, I would take one pill daily for 2 to 3 months then layoff for couple months then you may repeat the treatment if you need it.

The most important factor is for your doctor to diagnose the condition you have then the appropriate course of treatment can be determined. Hope this was helpful.

dietcherry 2012-08-19 21:13:33 -0500 Report

Thanks for your response George! My biopsy results will be back sometime this week. We know I dont have an ulcer but anything else is still possible. I used to take probiotics regularly and then just got away from doing it. I gave up gluten and dairy at the same time but continued to have issues so have reintroduced both to my diet with no worsening of symptoms.

Ive done my homework both online and with library books and my symptoms seem to most closely align with gut bacteria imbalance and too much stomach acid. All sources also cite that having too little acid results in the same symptoms as having too much.
Anyway thank you again for all this truly valuable information Im sure will be most helpful to others as well!

Pharmacist George
Pharmacist George 2012-08-20 00:48:36 -0500 Report

Hi Dietcherry,

You are quite welcome. I did not suspect that you would be Gluten intolerant because if so you would have known it long time ago. When the biopsy result comes in then your doctor will be able to diagnose your condition and consequently prescribe an appropriate course of treatment.

In the meantime I suggest you start a course of probiotics anyway because It will do some good to your gut lining and will help restore your flora. It may also relieve some symptoms you might have. Probiotics won’t interfere with hardly any medications your doctor may prescribe but will give you a healing head start.

Yogurt contains Lactobacillus which is a probiotic form and yogurt brands that are fortified with probiotics such as Activia make even better daily snack choices. Good luck and let me know if you have further questions.

Set apart
Set apart 2012-08-15 06:07:02 -0500 Report

Like you DC I love my coffee and have found I am still okay with it! About one month ago I was at work and experienced some stomach cramps that folded me over, couldn't even straighten up! They were so bad I went to the emergency room, then boom they were gone! Doc wanted to run tests since I am T1, bloodwork was perfect! I've had them one other time since then, now I know ,that my traditional Hispanic spicy foods may be the cause. Although I am not ready to give it up completely I am now staying away from green stuff, ie chili, jalapeños, etc. I suffer a lot from my stomach, it's ongoing for me! Good luck with school am so proud of you! HUGS!

pixsidust 2012-08-13 21:08:00 -0500 Report

I can say that while adjusting my foods to being Diabetic
I have also had to adjust them because my stomach does
not always like what I like…alas

I confess Imodium AD has become my friend.
I do find myself with a sour stomach frequently
which seems to be relieved if I throw up the stomach acids
Its never been food that I toss up.

So I try and avoid acidic things, eating too late at night
and too much caffeine that makes mince meat out of my gut
I can however have mexican food without the hot sauce.
I am without insurance so doing a scope is not happening
in the near future, so am hopeful for your answers.

I wish you all the best, and hope you get viable
solvable answers. Hopefully you can share and I can learn.
All love to you Renee! So sorry you are troubled.

dietcherry 2012-08-14 11:31:41 -0500 Report

pix thank you for always being concerned for others!! Some caffeine drinks wreak havoc on my stomach too—-strong bitter coffee (my fave) being the worst offender. Acid, bloating, and frequent BMs are laying me low so I am anticipating something solvable, as you say BUT there may be more than one problem happening :( You know I will share all I learn and thanks for the love——love back to you :-)

jayabee52 2012-08-14 11:58:27 -0500 Report

If you love the coffee but the acid is wrecking your tummy, may I suggest "cold brewing" your coffee with the Coffee Toddy system see it here ~ You can buy it at Amazon or Williams Sonoma. (Google "Coffee Toddy" to find it)

I have one, bought when my 1st wife had her GERD.

It brews up a very smooth brew without the bite of the Acid drawn out by the hot brewing. Since it is a concentrated coffee and you reconstitute it, you can make it nearly strong as you want it.

So if your Dr says it may be the acid in the coffee having that effect on you, you MAY NOT have to give up coffee completely.

dietcherry 2012-08-14 12:18:59 -0500 Report

Oh boy! Its only $35 at amazon and free shipping—-I thought it was going to be as much as my Keurig brewer; its in my cart!

dietcherry 2012-08-14 12:11:24 -0500 Report

You wanta hear something crazy? I hated coffee my whole life—-the taste, the smell; a couple of years ago a family member was in the hospital alot and someone offered me a cup and I accepted cuz I was practically living there and sleeping in the waiting rooms. I couldnt believe how much I loved it!!! So its only been awhile that Ive been drinking it and now Im hooked——could this be the source of my problems? Maybe…I LOVE what youre telling me about the Coffy Toddy——I will look in to it and thank you!

jayabee52 2012-08-14 12:25:37 -0500 Report

I abused coffee most of my young adult life. In college I drank 3/ 12 c pots per day by myself in addition to the coffee I drank in the cafeteria. The coffee toddy makes a really nice cup of joe. Too bad I don't drink coffee anymore.

dietcherry 2012-08-14 12:41:30 -0500 Report

WOW! Ive been drinking 1-2 cups in the morning and sometimes a cup about 4pm to fight the afternoon slump. Im returning to school this Fall and Id really like coffee to join me lol but we will have to see.

jayabee52 2012-08-14 02:11:45 -0500 Report

if you can, sleep with the head of your bed elevated to about 30 degrees. My 2nd wife, Jem, had GERD and had to sleep with her head elevated. I got used to it quite quickly as we slept in an adjustable double bed.

Come to think of it my 1st wife had GERD also and we put the bed frame feet on 2, 5 gallon plastic buckets for a time. Somehow she got over it eventually.

As i recall she asked in the health food store and the person in the store recommended "slippery elm bark" and that seemed to help her with the GERD.

dietcherry 2012-08-14 11:34:00 -0500 Report

James I raised the head of my bed 6 inches (it looks really funny!) and have experieced a reduction in symptoms——I think. Its either this, eating Tums-which my Gastro Dr told me to do, or both. I know Tums arent a long-term solution tho.

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