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Chronic distended abdomen (look pregnant), constant constipation and intestinal parasites. Any suggestions?

Answered on May 15, 2014
Created May 13, 2014 at 11:42 AM

I've completely eliminated processed foods, sugars, grains, dairy, nuts, seeds, legumes, starchy vegetables and fruit. Leafy greens and raw vegetables make me sick.

I've tried probiotics, digestive enzymes and just recently ox bile. Everything relieves constipation for 1-2 days, then stops working. Nothing relieves the severe bloating.

I'm on antibiotics and herbals for the parasites, but am not sure if they are causing the digestive issues since the digestive issues have been on going for awhile.

Does anyone have any advice on what I should do next? Even when I wake up in the morning, my stomach is really bloated (I have a small frame too, 115 lbs 5"4) and I'm always constipated. Prior to the Paleo diet, I was eating a lot of rice; now I'm finding it difficult to remain satiated and satisfied since my diet is so limited (I also have many food sensitivities and allergies). EDIT: I shortened and edited this post because it was a bit overwhelming. I've tested positive for candida overgrowth and several other bacterial/viral infections which complicate treatment for my disabling chronic illness (I'm currently in treatment, but have received no assistance with my digestive issues). My issues are a bit complex, so I thought it would be best to remove them from the post and only focus on my digestive issues.

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on May 14, 2014
at 11:11 PM

i have done a lot of reading into the subject.

if you stick with wild caught fish, shrimp, shellfish, and if you want more of a red-meat go with truly wild game like boar or venison (grass-fed beef or lamb would be nutritious as well, but make sure no soy or flax is fed) if you stick with meats like this you aren't risking soy. science doesn't know if it's ok yet.

good luck!

4bf47833e2e71bbbb6946dcec7dfd5da

on May 14, 2014
at 11:09 PM

i would be cautious about the chicken you are eating. all chicken in the world unless specified is always fed soy and/or flax, which even if organic, are non fermented and have hormones in them (phytoestrogens). some say it's not a problem but it's what i call a risk-food. foods that are risky shouldn't be eaten. you can search-engine search for anecdotes about the hormones in soy messing with womens' cycles, i feel it's a real threat! the ancient chinese only used it to fix nitrogen into the soil and illustrated this in their pictographs.

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on May 14, 2014
at 10:58 PM

yeah, definitely switch GI's until you find a good one. you shouldn't be suffering like this.

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on May 14, 2014
at 09:27 PM

My primary treating doctor recommended high doses of magnesium. I've tried many different forms and haven't had results. He said to keep rotating them (and take no more than 1,200mg a day), so hopefully I'll find one that works. Even when I go have days of going somewhat regularly (due to taking laxative herbals, etc), I'm still always bloated. That's interesting you've found relief from bloating by taking antifungals, I've tried those (as well as Cat's claw, olive leaf, pau d'arco, etc etc) and having had any results. Maybe you have a bit of SIBO and they help battle the bad bacteria.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:23 PM

I use to have ovarian cyst ruptures when I was younger, so it is possible. I'll make an appt with the gyno (I haven't been to one in a few years :\) and rule this out. Thanks!

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:22 PM

As of this past weekend, I can now only tolerate chicken or free range beef or lamb (without seasoning, although I'm going to try salt tonight) and yellow/green squash and fennel bulb (although that's a caution FODMAP food, so I'm going to be discontinuing it). I am seeing a gastro. She's been relatively useless and has repeatedly told me to just go on "evacuators". I've had an endoscopy and I think I may have had a ct scan with contrast awhile ago. I may be trying a colonscopy next and I will probably also be switching gastros.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:18 PM

Thanks, I'll try that!

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:28 PM

Also, I wasn't sure if an elimination diet was the next best step since I always have these symptoms (even before eating or when fasting). I wasn't sure if there was something else I was missing that may be the culprit. I only just recently read about the HCL/Betaine deficiency and begun adding ox bile to my regimen.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:16 PM

3) I've went to MANY doctors, I have a chronic illness (tested positive for multiple bacterial/viral/fungal infections). I went on a parasitic regimen, but it didn't get rid of them. Regardless, it's been over 6 weeks of varying treatment and I can't get rid of them. 4) I've been trying an elimination diet, but I don't have many more things that I can eliminate. Do you have any recommendations for a specific protocol? I was debating between trying FODMAPS or SCD, but I think that scd recommends you start eating boiled carrots, and I can't eat those (they give me blood sugar reactions).

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:15 PM

Oops, I edited my question before seeing your response. I thought it was a bit over whelming, so I shortened it up a bit. To answer your questions: 1) Yes, I've seen dozens of doctors and am currently seeing one of the top specialists for my condition. I've tested positive for intestinal candida overgrowth among other things. 2) Every time I do a gallbladder/liver flush, massive amounts of stones are released and I get relief for a few weeks. You can do them with juicing as well. If you google images, you'll see what I'm talking about. So, we can agree to disagree on that one.

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on May 15, 2014
at 01:36 AM

Are you actually having symptoms of parasites? (Diarrhea or loose stools for more than 2 weeks, chronic exhaustion, itching anal area, especially at night, unexpected weight loss >10 pounds in last 2 months, abdominal cramping and pain.) Has your doctor diagnosed parasites?

If so, and the medicine your doctor prescribed has failed to kill them, others have benefited by taking food grade diatomaceous earth along with prescribed treatment.

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on May 14, 2014
at 07:47 AM

I have a very similar health history as you. For constipation, I find relief with mega dosing vitamin C (buffered, 6-10 grams / day) and magnesium (any -ate form, such as malate or glycinate will do, 400mg / day). Also, I've found relief from bloat on certain antifungals, like goldenseal and Alli-Cinn (garlic and cinnamon combo). Garlic is amazing. Good luck!

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:27 PM

My primary treating doctor recommended high doses of magnesium. I've tried many different forms and haven't had results. He said to keep rotating them (and take no more than 1,200mg a day), so hopefully I'll find one that works. Even when I go have days of going somewhat regularly (due to taking laxative herbals, etc), I'm still always bloated. That's interesting you've found relief from bloating by taking antifungals, I've tried those (as well as Cat's claw, olive leaf, pau d'arco, etc etc) and having had any results. Maybe you have a bit of SIBO and they help battle the bad bacteria.

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on May 14, 2014
at 03:52 AM

prob not related, but worth confirming if it has not already been ruled out...

ask your doc to do a physical exam (hands on feel) for an ovarian cyst (or cysts). i just watched a news program where a woman went from doc to doc (none did a physical exam), she had a bloated stomach & looked pregnant. they just gave her pills for constipation etc & told her to change her diet etc...Turns out she had an ovarian cyst (or cysts).

do a google image for 'ovarian cyst bloating' to see examples of the stomach 'bloat'

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:23 PM

I use to have ovarian cyst ruptures when I was younger, so it is possible. I'll make an appt with the gyno (I haven't been to one in a few years :\) and rule this out. Thanks!

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 14, 2014
at 02:03 AM

so what DO you eat right now? are you seeing a gastroenterologist? they could do testing like upper gi endoscopy/colonoscopy, pill cam, ct scan with contrast if you haven't already had all of these done.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:22 PM

As of this past weekend, I can now only tolerate chicken or free range beef or lamb (without seasoning, although I'm going to try salt tonight) and yellow/green squash and fennel bulb (although that's a caution FODMAP food, so I'm going to be discontinuing it). I am seeing a gastro. She's been relatively useless and has repeatedly told me to just go on "evacuators". I've had an endoscopy and I think I may have had a ct scan with contrast awhile ago. I may be trying a colonscopy next and I will probably also be switching gastros.

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on May 13, 2014
at 09:31 PM

try fasting for 18-48h then restart your gut with bone broth.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 14, 2014
at 09:18 PM

Thanks, I'll try that!

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on May 13, 2014
at 01:55 PM

Holy self-diagnosis, Batman! Or have you had a doctor confirm all these problems you have? Seriously, see a doctor.

Gallbladder flush? Quackery. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/gallstones/expert-answers/gallbladder-cleanse/faq-20058134

Candida overgrowth/SIBO? Catch-all diagnosis for vague symptoms… show me the proof of such a condition.

Intestinal and liver parasites? What? Go to a doctor, get diagnosed and then get put on an anti-parasitic.

What can you do? Instead of trying a bajillion and one things to try and "fix" yourself… do a simple elimination diet and get everything back to normal. It will be bland and boring, but if something is the problem within your diet, that should fix it.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:15 PM

Oops, I edited my question before seeing your response. I thought it was a bit over whelming, so I shortened it up a bit. To answer your questions: 1) Yes, I've seen dozens of doctors and am currently seeing one of the top specialists for my condition. I've tested positive for intestinal candida overgrowth among other things. 2) Every time I do a gallbladder/liver flush, massive amounts of stones are released and I get relief for a few weeks. You can do them with juicing as well. If you google images, you'll see what I'm talking about. So, we can agree to disagree on that one.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:28 PM

Also, I wasn't sure if an elimination diet was the next best step since I always have these symptoms (even before eating or when fasting). I wasn't sure if there was something else I was missing that may be the culprit. I only just recently read about the HCL/Betaine deficiency and begun adding ox bile to my regimen.

E51315465d18501adc49f74b4b80672b

on May 13, 2014
at 02:16 PM

3) I've went to MANY doctors, I have a chronic illness (tested positive for multiple bacterial/viral/fungal infections). I went on a parasitic regimen, but it didn't get rid of them. Regardless, it's been over 6 weeks of varying treatment and I can't get rid of them. 4) I've been trying an elimination diet, but I don't have many more things that I can eliminate. Do you have any recommendations for a specific protocol? I was debating between trying FODMAPS or SCD, but I think that scd recommends you start eating boiled carrots, and I can't eat those (they give me blood sugar reactions).

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