First off, I want to thank you all for the time and effort you put into your reponses. I very much appreciate it. I bought him meal replacement bars to start adding in more nutrients into his diet. Suprisingly he hasnt began losing weight until these past couple of weeks, so he has certainly been keeping calories somewhere (he also has a fairly sedintary job, so he isnt very active throughout the day=less calories being burned).
I responded to each of you below. Again thank you, I have a list going and am taking the day off in 2 weeks to go with him to his GI appointment.
Nothing in November was out of the ordinary, its so strange. We didnt travel, change our eating habits, change soaps, foods, jobs anything. ordinary month… He has been taking probiotic pills but doesnt see much of a result, however they arent huring, so he continues.
They tested for Celiac, but it came back negative. Otherwise they havent testing for any other allergies. He has been keeping a food (and bathroom) diary for the past month or so, but we havent seen any pattern, at least yet.
He just turned 29, has never had a colonoscopy before. When I picked up his perscription this morning for prescription strength imodium I asked the pharmacist about creams/ointments he could use and she reccommended one. I bought it, but I dont think he has applied it yet, hopefully it will help.
His PCP prescribed him prescription strength imodium, but it doesnt work 100% of the time. He is finding he basically a swinging pendulum, he is either (most of the time) having severe diarhhea or he is incredibly constipated, so much that he has a pain in his upper left side. At this point they havent found any bacteria or blood in the stool, and nothing out of the ordinary with the blood samples. However I have heard of a test where you drink something and then breath into a bag every few minutes for an hour or so and they test the air in the bag. I guess it helps diagnose upper tract bacteria not showing in stools… I am hoping to request this to be done. He has no diabetes or thyroid problems. Overall he is very healthy and doesnt have any underyling conditions that we are aware of.
I quickly read through these resoonses this morning before heading to the grocery store for his prescription. I totally agree that he could have fallen into a cycle where he is still underlyingly sick, however at this point isnt getting enough nutrients to form any solid movement, so it seems worse. When we had him on the BRAT (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) diet he became incredibly constipated (and sick of the food after a month… lol) I bought some oatmeal he can eat at lunch. I also got some meal replacement bars for times he isnt feeling well enough to eat. I bought a few types to try, Kashi, Cliff, and some others. I am definitely going to try my best to get him eating somewhatnormally, but altered to what he can have. Even something small like a meal bar to get some calories and more fiber in.
C. Diff. I have never heard of this before. I googled it, the symptoms are fairly dead on except they havent found any blood in his stools yet. How do they test for this? You said you had multiple tests? What is treatment like?
Shakes are a good idea. I got meal replacement bars today at the store. A bunch of different brands to see what he likes. Hopefully I can get more nutrients and fiber in him. I also restocked his multivitamins
Interesting, low testosterone causing symptoms like these. Something to definitely mention at the GI. Not sure my HB will be to thrilled to hear me asking, but its better than constant diarhhea!!
thank you for all the tests you listed!!!! I have written them all down! After 3 months of this I am totally being that wife walking in with a list! As my DH was saying last night, “just find something, anything wrong and fix it, I dont care what it is, make it go away”
“super strong antibiotic given to girardia patients” **writing this down!!** thanks!
wow, whats pretty interesting. I will definitely read your post to my DH, I could make sense of this all if thats the case.
“GAPS DIET” Ive never heard of this, Im surprised with the ache he has mentioned and with such a long duration of diarhhea they havent mentioned to try this out to help. Ill mention it to him and see what he thinks. When he went to the CT scan they asked if he has been having any pain. He pointed to a place on his upper left and they said it was probably the large intestine. He gets the ache when he is constipated and also right before he has to run to the bathroom. I am starting to think it is where everything is “sitting” and is getting worn out and painful. Maybe this diet would help with that?