I was diagnosed with IBS 27 yrs ago. For the longest time I never heard of anyone having this problem. But unlike most people that do suffer, I can not eat vegetables esp the leafy greens, spices, even the root vegetables. It's like broken glass going through my system. Even a little black pepper can set it off.
A few months ago I went into a specialist to find out about Bariatric Surgery. It was decided that due to the issues of my IBS and the higher chance of "dumping" happening post surgery, that I should do the Optifast diet program with the same doctor that does bariatric surgeries. I managed for over a month with the 900 calories a day Optifast diet. I lost 26 lbs total. Then around a month ago I started having Diarhea pretty bad. I assumed it was an IBS attack due to the fact I was also stressed out due to family issues. But now its been over a month and I don't think I have had more than 3 days of no diarrhea, and its not even that alone. It's now into a "dumping" issue. I don't go more than 30 minutes after eating/drinking when I am running for the bathroom. And sit there for at least 30-60 min. In all my history of IBS I have never had an attack last more than a day or two especially when I make sure my diet is "IBS friendly". The doc ordered two stool tests but still waiting for results.
Has anyone heard of any of my symptoms...something I can mention to the doctor the next visit? Something we can test for?
Went to family doc today....all stool tests came back negative. All Blood work is normal up to the beginning of this attack. Family doc gave me Anti-spasmodic to tide me over till Tuesday when I see the Bariatric specialist. Even tho family doc never heard of Habbas Syndrome she quickly scanned 2 articles while I was in office and said she will look into it further and see what others think of this issue. She was aware of the incidences of gall bladder leakage after abdominal surgery and she knows the medicine he mentioned. She said she might give it to me if the condition continues and if the specialist decides its out of his hands...also I am to ask the specialist to refer me to the gastroenterologist for a colonoscopy since its been 4 yrs, (and there is also a history of bowel cancer, and celiac disease in family)....
Still having Dumping issues. Anyone with some thoughts or ideas to share?????
A hard and stiff abdomen often causes stress, strain and digestive disorders like ibs, indigestion, bloating, flatulence, chronic constipation or diarrhea etc. Hence ideally our belly should be small, soft, tender, yet, at the same time strong, supple and flexible to support our body. This may sound absurd. But I assure you that it is very much possible. Anyone, with a little bit of practice and patience, can make it happen himself. If we observe the breathing pattern of infants and young children. we will find that usually their breathing is relaxed and effortless. Their chest do not move much, rather their chest and belly gently move up and down simultaneously during breathing. Whereas we usually breathe moving only our chest and shoulder while our belly remains more or less static or stiff. No, I am not talking about so-called "abdominal breathing" in which, the chest is forcibly kept still and only the abdomen moves. I am telling about "normal" breathing involving simultaneous effortless movements of chest and abdomen. So our target will be to very slowly involve our belly to move while breathing and to gradually reduce stress on our chest and shoulders. The most important thing is proceed slow but steady. Never apply any force or pressure during this process. Be patient and wait for results to come automatically. At beginning, by put your palm of your hand on your belly and observe whether your belly is soft and tender, or stiff and hard; whether it is moving up and down in breathing or remains static and fixed. Do not try to keep your chest still. Allow it to move on its own. Then try to relax your whole body, particularly your abdomen, chest and shoulders. Do not use force to push up or down your belly. Do not unnecessarily try to take deep inhale or deep exhale. Rather just watch your breathing. Keep focus on your belly. Feel your belly. Just observe your breathing pattern and relax. Keep in mind the target- that ultimately the stress on your chest and shoulders will be reduced and your chest and belly will smoothly and automatically move up and down together in breathing. Such movements will be not big or heavy, rather small, quiet and easy. Also observe closely the breathing patterns of people around you. After some time, you yourself will be able to find out who is breathing normally and healthily, and who is not. Gradually and slowly, after months of practice, your belly will start to move automatically together with your chest while you inhale and exhale. You will enjoy it. Your body and mind will get multiple benefits. It is worth trying for at least a couple of months. Let us hope for the best. Good wishes.
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