From when I was child I remember I always had bad stool. On Bristol stool scale it has been about 6. Also there are small pieces of undigested foods, probably almonds. I also always had dry itchy skin and low energy.
My nutritionist suggested me to try betaine hcl (600-1200mg per meal). After the second day I had perfect stool and good felling in stomach. I don't remember when the last time the stool was so ok. And no undigested foods inside. But the third day again not ok and I started to feel pressure in my stomach. I stopped with hcl and tried it again a few days later. Again pressure in stomach. I stopped with hcl and started with licorice and glutamine 10 days ago.
Yesterday I went to doctor for gastroscopy. Result for h plyori is negative. But mucous membrane is redden. Everything else is ok.
I am thinking now how to continue. I still use licorice and glutamine. But I am not sure if I should try again less ammount of hcl, or should I try enyzymes or probiotics or aloe vera, maybe combination of all.
Thank you for any opinion/suggestion.
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on March 08, 2013
at 09:37 PM
Licorice (DGL) before meals is good. As for HCL, I suggest only trying it when you most need the extra acid ... like when eating a heavy meal loaded with fat. Otherwise don't inflame your stomach with unneeded HCL or enzymes.
It sounds like you have IBS. IBS is best tackled with diet modification, .. and patience. A strict Paleo diet, which really amounts to no dairy, grains, or starchy veggies, is a good starting point. You will also need to test to see if other foods (eg, eggs) bother you. Supplementation in the form of fermented veggies (eg, sauerkraut) can be helpful.
My IBS was killed through dieting, and taking antibiotics to kill off H. pylori. It was a very long process. Yet with determination I think most folks with IBS can at least alleviate their worst symptoms.
PS - not sure why your mucous membrane is reddened. Do you take NSAIDs regularly?