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Member Since 21 Feb 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 27 2014 07:25 PM

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In Topic: Gallbladder Issues?

14 December 2012 - 01:29 PM

I was DX with Coeliac back in March 2012 after being unwell and fatigued since Aug 2011. I was lucky to be DX so 'quickly' but that was because I changed Doctors until I found one who would listen!

I've been strictly gluten free since 17 March and I still feel like shite. I was so sick 2 weeks ago that my husband took me to his young Doctor Bond [who's quite easy on the eyes] and he sent me off for ultrasound of my abdo and renal, also did bloods. The results being that I have a gallstone, slightly raised Liver function and high ESR. Good news was that my Coeliac readings had come down, so the diet is working.

Last Monday night I had my first ever gallstone attack...3 of them in a row. Each lasting about 10-15 minutes with a 5 minute break. Now that was painful. For many weeks prior I've had an annoying pain under my right shoulder blade. At the time of the attacks the pain started in the right side and spread out over my belly like a vice and the pain in my back moved to the middle.

Dr Bond has referred me to Prof. Abraham [surgeon] who I can't get into until 13 Feb 2013. I don't want my gallbladder removed. So I'm trying to find out how I can improve it's function. The ultrasound showed that the gallbladder was healthy. I don't know where to go from here.

I wake every morning with nausea and that lasts almost all day. Some days are better than others. My diet has diminished somewhat and I've lost 6kgs this month. Would so like to see this Dr Martin at the Mayo but being in Australia in a country town, that ain't going to happen :P

I'm at a point where I believe I need to get the gallbladder working better and shrivel this stone down enough so I can try a liver flush. Any one have suggestions on how to increase the activity of the flow of bile from the gallbladder?
Many cheers

In Topic: How Many Of Us Assume A Gfd Will Fix It?

19 November 2012 - 01:58 PM

It takes time, longer than 8 months even to fully feel good again (it took me about a year).

This what the doctors aren't telling me. I read on another post that it took the poster 2½ years! Damn. I feel like going back to Dr Wenman, the gastro guy and telling him to stop glossing it over, give us the truth.

In Topic: How Many Of Us Assume A Gfd Will Fix It?

19 November 2012 - 01:55 PM

I was the same way. I did the GFD (absolutely no cheating ever!) for a year and it STILL didn't work for me. So I resorted to the specific carbohydrate diet about 2 months ago...and saw big results in the intro diet especially...I'm still tweaking it to fit me. Haven't finished through all the phases yet. Hang in there! Looking forward to hearing good results :)

I'm so pleased that the SCD is working for you so far. I couldn't get passed the Intro diet before jumping ship. I have no resolve left in me to push myself through the bad bits. Everyday is a bad bit :blink: I'm having trouble getting steamed veggies down my throat, leafy greens and raw carrot, no problem. Will try again but leaving out the intro diet. So all the very best for you, hope you come out the winner!

In Topic: How Many Of Us Assume A Gfd Will Fix It?

19 November 2012 - 01:49 PM

LOL...I've suggested that a full digestive system transplant would be a wonderful idea one too many times...last time hubby said with my luck I'd end up with the Big D, rather than C ;)

LOL :P Yep I'd line up for that at the moment!

In Topic: How Many Of Us Assume A Gfd Will Fix It?

19 November 2012 - 01:44 PM

Well Chaps, I failed miserably at the SCD. By day 3 I was so sick I couldn't eat a thing, day 4 I was a crying mess. My neighbour phoned to see how I was and I blubbered in her ear that this diet just wasn't for me but I was so far down I didn't know how to climb back up. She said "hang on, I'm coming around".
She arrived with a culture of kefir, some raw milk, brown rice and a book called "Nourishing Traditions". Told me I'm to have some kefir everyday, even starting with a teaspoon would do, red meat, leafy greens, oil and vinegar on them, cook in butter/lard not oil......so essentially a primal/paelo way of eating. I'm to soak the rice overnight before cooking it, all nuts and grains have to be soaked before eating.
Well I don't feel any better but at least I'm eating again. Lost 5kgs in 4 weeks. Still no appetite........damn.
I'm a bit worried about the lactose in the kefir and have googled it. Seems there's some debate as to how much lactose is left in kefir after 24-36 hours of fermenting.
My neighbour bought her husband back from the edge of death last year with this diet. His gut was dead from massive infusions of antibiotics for infections all through his body. He gagged just thinking of food which was most unlike him, he loves food! He's been a para since the age of 4 (now 65) and he's looking the best I've ever seen him. Took months but she was able to restore his gut flora using the kefir she believes and a really good diet of fresh food and red meats for the iron. Eat nothing that goes through a factory, she said.

If the nausea would stop, I would feel a lot better about everything!

Off to have a Complex B shot this morning to see if that does anything. Gave myself a B12 last week and that didn't do anything but then my bloodwork shows my B12 levels are normal.

Sent hair samples off yesterday for analysis, be interesting to see those results. Now have chunks of hair missing from the back of my head <_<

I feel I need to be allergy tested for what foods I could be reacting to, might make my life around food a bit easier.

My Doctor has suggested some supplements from www.advancedbionutritionals.com. "Integrated Digestive Formula", "Advanced Probiotic Formula" and "Advanced Adrenal Factor" after my standing BP dropped to 85/71. Anyone know of this company and their products? I live in Aussie and this is an American company I'm not familiar with.

So here I am, sitting in my rocker at 0800 in my PJ's waiting for the Ativan to kick in to quell the nausea a bit so I can shower then eat goodness knows what? Probably a berry smoothie with almond milk and kefir. Wonder how a raw egg would go in that for protein? :huh:

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