So I guess I'm allergic to Milk, Wheat, Soy, Tomatoes, peanuts, peas, Shrimp, Tuna and corn. Along with some pollens. It seems I developed EoE from it, I don't have heartburn, at least I don't think I do. Sometimes I get a burning below my sternum but its usually pretty light. I mainly just belch all day long. Constantly belching. I eat I belch, I drink water I belch. Only time I'm not belching is when I'm laying down. My GI and Allergist don't want me to restrict my diet too much. So far I've been two weeks into a Low-Fodmap and elimination of the foods I'm allergic to. Which holy shit is hard to do. Dextrose/Maltodextrin/Soy Lecithin and Milk are in everything.
Now, you're probably going to ask if I've been tested for low stomach acid. Well the thing is, I have an extremely rare heart disease and a thing called Protein Losing Enteropathy. Basically I leak out protein. My albumin and protein levels are always half what they should be despite how much protein I eat. I'm always overweight in water, typically on the lower half of my body. Yet I am underweight in muscle/fat. I'm 5-6% bodyfat with very little muscle.
I'm also on coumadin so none of my doctors at Stanford will do any type of invasion action to check me out. I've had an Upper GI Series(twice), Hydrogen(lactulose) Breath test and now the allergy test. They will not do an EDG because of the coumadin.
Back when I was eating wheat/corn/legumes/etc all day I could eat all the time, I was never gassy, I belched occassionally. Now I can barely eat three times a day because I'm always gassy.
I want to try Betaine HCL however everytime I take pills I burp and I can taste the pill powder in my esophagus/throat. And I have a hard time swallowing pills because of my EOE. Even though according to the Upper GI I have no problems with my throat and I have no motility(esophageal or intestinal) issues. Not sure if there is a way I can open up the capsules and put it in some banana puree before I eat to help it go down or will that irritate my throat?
I noticed when I eat more fats and less carbs I have less edema(water retention) but my stomach also feels like shit when I eat more fats. Even if I limit my fats to MCT Oil and Coconut Oil only(except for the fats found in meat).
Chewing gum after meals helps with not belching but I usually spit out all the juices I get from the gum because it has mannitol and sorbitol(high fodmap). Also does anyone know if high carb would cause edema?
Also what's up with SCD and all the fructose at the beginning of the diet? I tried the intro and phase 1 but it was just way too much fructose. I have elevated liver enzymes already and my edema just went crazy trying that.
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on April 15, 2013
at 10:24 AM
I'm not an expert on this by any stretch, but to me, it sounds like it might be, or related to, SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overload.) Might be a good idea to read up on it to see if your symptoms match and see if its treatment helps.
on April 15, 2013
at 02:13 AM
high carb causes water retentnion but not necessarily edema, improperly functioning lemphaic and kidneys cause edema. glucose and glycogen in the body hold on to water, when you lower the amount of these in the body you will also lose water weight. other good things for digestion, liver, edema, and gas are dandelion tea, peppermint tea, cleavers herb tea, celery, sea weed.....
look into a paleo ketogenici diet.......meat, fatty meats, meat fat, offal, egg yolks, broth, bone marrow, fish and seafoods and seaweeds and greens......stay away form refined fats and oils for a while, it may take up to a year for your body to get back into balance, but I doubt it, you may find you are able to start eating coconut oils, raw dairy, when your digestive organs, including your liver and gallbladder and your adrenal glands start healing.
think about taking some supplements as well, I am going to assume your body has issues assimilating nutrients since you are underweight, start with a digestive enzyme like pancreatin(soleray brand), a good probiotic like garden of life brand primal defense, fermented cod liver oil and a multivitamin such as new chapter brand multi's. also think about taking sam-e for your liver.
it seems like a lot, but its not, its totally doable, and the supplement part is temporary while your body heals.
cut out any coffee if you are drinking it, maybe taper down with green tea, get plenty of sleep, take time off your life to RELAX, you have to do that, get your body into a healing rhythm, get some sunshine and fresh air each day