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Hack my intestines.....

Answered on July 20, 2015
Created July 14, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Ok so this might sounds worse than it actually is, but its my reality!

Some background: (sorry if its TMI!!)

8 yrs ago I was doing Adkins very successfully, was just eating most proteins and not much else. A very stressful family situation occurred and sent me into a physical tizzy which I am still recovering from,resulting in explosive diarrhea and extreme intestinal inflammation, pain, nausea (I couldn't even sit down they were swollen like balloons).

I was living in Mexico at the time. Went to several gastro dr. got some relief from the swelling but never got the diarrhea under control. Living on Imodium and basically unable to leave the house. I refused steroids which were always offered, and refused all forms of sedatives. Dr's didn't seem to have any interest in me after I refused these meds, I knew they were just diagnosing me with a standard 'typical' IBS etc. diagnoses, since they didn't want to do any extra effort to really find any other issues, I continued to look for new dr's. Went thru about 6 within a year, all pretty much labeling me the same way.

testing for parasites, ameba's etc. all negative; but high amts of mucus and undigested foods in stool samples.

We moved to Costa Rica, the family stress was no longer existent from this point. found a good gastro dr. who sent me for allergy testing; turns out a whole list of food allergies, all of which I was eating daily. I was about 110lbs at the time, I was absorbing nutrients and looked thin but healthy, but my digestion was completing within 20 minutes (from another test, xray with some liquid dye). I was in the bathroom for the entire day every day, terrible squeezing sensation and spasms. Removal of the foods helped but my system was not calming down. Living on Imodium, still going from 7am to 5pm all day, worse after eating anything. Never had issues during the night, but always awoken by grumbling painful intestines and running to restroom.

Additional colonoscopy confirmed diverticulitis, no ulcers, tissue samples confirmed inflammation. Found to have some fibroid tumors in uterus, but small and hadn't had any issues/symptoms. Still high amts of mucus and undigested foods in stool samples. I was living a very stress free life in general but of course stressed over the gastro issues and not being able to do anything far from the bathroom.

We moved to Taiwan a year later, found a great MD who himself had leaky gut, he sent me to a accupuncture dr. and after 2 months of treatment (and starting LDN) I was getting some relief. Still living on Imodium but not quite as much. Additional food allergy testing confirmed new/additional food allergies, the list was getting longer. MD suspected leaky gut, crohns tests were negative (we have crohns in the family). Still mucus and diarrhea daily but less explosive.

(fyi: liver testing for effects of Imodium proved no impact; confirmed by crohns specialist who said his patients survive on Imodium for 10+ years and its ok...just in case you are thinking!!!)

Stopped LDN, Imodium down to 1-2 day (from 3-4). Weight gain of about 30 lbs and started playing tennis again, dropped about 10 lbs when trying. Eating a SAD diet still.

Moved to Colombia, loss a bit more weight, feeling good, issues started to develop weight increased back up to before, highest weight ever 145. Issues created by eating out at unfamiliar restaurants or at peoples home. Suspected cross contamination, still SAD.

After 2 years became pretty fed up, was absorbing info on Paleo, January went 100% primal, 7 months later down those 30lbs of pure fat, off all gluten and all processed foods.

I still have spastic intestines. I only take Imodium every other day max 1/2 pill, sometimes can go a whole week without any (if I eat at home). I think its like a bad habit now.....

I started Digestive Enzymes in late June, I'm getting more regular taking them. My digestion is much improved, only going daily from 1-6 times on a normal day, less pain but still squeezing, no nausea--on that poop chart posted this week I'm usually from 4-7 (before was always 6-7). No mucus at all detected in stools, color is better with DE, brownish red, only noticeably yellow (normal for me these last 8 yrs) when I forget the DE. A bad day for me is squeezing and pain for the morning, worse if I eat, up to 12 times and finally diarrhea.

I have tried Probiotics, they generally give me diarrhea. The ones from Sisson are super strong and I have broken them apart and reduced to small amounts. I do keep this in the back of my mind to keep trying, just need to recapsulate them in smaller amts and work up I guess.

My diet is 100% primal trying to convert to paleo (withdrawing parm cheese is my main obstacle)

Still have severe intolerance to beef, soy, corn.

Nightshades bother me. Lime kills me. Other intolerance's include yucca, citric acid, processed salts, casein's, egg yolk

I can eat lamb 1-2xs month, more and I start to have issues with it. (could be because they douse lamb in beef juices for taste as I found out recently), not a safe food for me in restaurants.

I eat fish, chicken mostly some pork, egg whites, crave veggies but have to be careful as they set my digestion off, very limited fruit. Occasional soaked dried nuts. White wine only 1-2 glasses on weekend, red bothers me.

I do not/have never been able to take any kinds of pills/meds well, including vitamins, I prefer to eat healthy instead (also because I have to import things to get 'pure' pills). DE haven't bothered me in any way. I take 2 after every meal, never felt a burn, but definite digestive improvement.

I do have terrible ezcema on my hands lately, had previous ezcema before but never this bad. I believe its a lack of sun, always raining or cloudy here, I'm talking the last 3 years pretty much all the time. El nino or la nina is hitting us hard here. I have Sissons Vit D just afraid it might bother my tummy.

My questions are: What can I do to help my system keep improving?** I've considered GAPS but since I'm seeing some results now I'm wondering if I should just keep on this path. (also because we are moving again soon and would be hard to do GAPS from a hotel until we get our apartment set up, months later)

Additional digestive issues could be improved by?

Is it possible that i might have liver lack bile issues? lack of enzymes or what not? (I'm not too informed about this area so hack me here too!!)

My goals are to be off Imodium completely, heal my gut and hopefully eventually be able to eat those things that I can not tolerate right now. Go to the bathroom like a normal person, once a day or whatever is normal for me, certainly not 4-6 times; I would like to get a morning life again....

I will continue on primal/paleo to the end of days!!!

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

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on July 14, 2011
at 09:44 PM

I make kimchi similar to sauerkraut, except adding more stuff. Example: Cabbage, salt, turnips, radishes, onion, garlic, ginger, hot pepper flakes, fermented fish sauce (if you can have that), dried shrimp, a small amount of shredded green apple.

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

(1035)

on July 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Drink a little of the well fermented Sauerkraut juice, first. Just a teaspoon or so. And wait to see how it digests. Don't eat the cabbage shreds until you have passed the SK juice test. If you do well, you can go on to try a few shreds.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on July 14, 2011
at 06:40 PM

i don't eat yucca in any forms, but only down to parmesan cheese to be 'paleo', I'm working on it!! I made some fermented cabbage, but too chicken to try it!! Also made pickles but the first time I tried it I paid, wasn't sure it was that or cross contamination or who knows. I'm thinking in time to add these, since I am mucus free that means no inflamation...good sign. Living overseas I dont know where I'd get starters for kimchi....any other way to do it?

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Glutamine is great for a leaky gut as is coconut oil in heavy usage. You need to eliminate dairy and yuca for sure. I also would have you check your omega 6/3 ratio......my bet is its not gonna be pretty. I bet you need a ton of supplementation. Adding fermented carbs like Kimchi Kraut and pickles all may help but I bet your index is bad.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 05:10 PM

just checked on gallbladder and its definitely not close to the area of pain, swelling....way too high. But still worth checking just to be safe

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Albert I've really not had access to good medical care, its a shame, you'd think I'd find one with all the tries throughout various countries! I'll check into that....The only thing that was mentioned by the dr. in CR was that there was an issue with the connection between the colon and and the ileum, so swollen it was almost closed and thats why I would get like a pulsating, swelling in that area I could see thru the skin. I haven't had that for a long time, so the imflamation is going down....

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:25 PM

am making some chicken broths, but no organic products here so not sure if i'm doing myself any good?? Coconut in any form, have to watch it tends to give me dirreaha too! Well, just about everything does!! :) Maybe thats something to work up to slowy...because I heard that from others..baby steps!

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Glycine, glutamine, pretty much all of those in some form. Good tip, I'm thinking Atkins with the ridiculous idea that eating nothing but muscle protein is a great idea probably provided too much methionine and too little glycine. Loren Cordain considers this to be danger in pregnancies.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Kelly -you are way worse off than I am in the tummy department, I can hardly complain now! I can't offer any help, since I am up a creek myself. But just wanted to wish you good luck!!!!!!!

32123f4f25bdf6a7b70c9c2a719386ed

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:52 PM

I would do GAP's. You could prepare most meals in a crock pot as they are made up mostly of soups and stews. Saurkraut wouldn't be too difficult to make and keep in a hotel especially with the help of a vegitable fermentation starter making it it quicker to ferment.

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0dbd7154d909b97fe774d1655754f195

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on July 14, 2011
at 04:16 PM

Geltain/bone broth is said to be healing for the gut. I think it is because it is high in glycine.

Also, coconut oil is purported to help heal inflamed intestinal tissue.

I have a friend who swears by taking a tbs of coconut oil per day - she used to never leave the house and now we can actually go out together!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 06:40 PM

i don't eat yucca in any forms, but only down to parmesan cheese to be 'paleo', I'm working on it!! I made some fermented cabbage, but too chicken to try it!! Also made pickles but the first time I tried it I paid, wasn't sure it was that or cross contamination or who knows. I'm thinking in time to add these, since I am mucus free that means no inflamation...good sign. Living overseas I dont know where I'd get starters for kimchi....any other way to do it?

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

(1035)

on July 14, 2011
at 09:41 PM

Drink a little of the well fermented Sauerkraut juice, first. Just a teaspoon or so. And wait to see how it digests. Don't eat the cabbage shreds until you have passed the SK juice test. If you do well, you can go on to try a few shreds.

Be1dbd31e4a3fccd4394494aa5db256d

(17969)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:22 PM

Glycine, glutamine, pretty much all of those in some form. Good tip, I'm thinking Atkins with the ridiculous idea that eating nothing but muscle protein is a great idea probably provided too much methionine and too little glycine. Loren Cordain considers this to be danger in pregnancies.

Df37dee1b45f564770863d8a74016cbe

(1035)

on July 14, 2011
at 09:44 PM

I make kimchi similar to sauerkraut, except adding more stuff. Example: Cabbage, salt, turnips, radishes, onion, garlic, ginger, hot pepper flakes, fermented fish sauce (if you can have that), dried shrimp, a small amount of shredded green apple.

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on July 14, 2011
at 05:13 PM

Glutamine is great for a leaky gut as is coconut oil in heavy usage. You need to eliminate dairy and yuca for sure. I also would have you check your omega 6/3 ratio......my bet is its not gonna be pretty. I bet you need a ton of supplementation. Adding fermented carbs like Kimchi Kraut and pickles all may help but I bet your index is bad.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:25 PM

am making some chicken broths, but no organic products here so not sure if i'm doing myself any good?? Coconut in any form, have to watch it tends to give me dirreaha too! Well, just about everything does!! :) Maybe thats something to work up to slowy...because I heard that from others..baby steps!

0
05cc72558eef3131bd61444dc8092a1b

on July 20, 2015
at 10:34 PM

Are you eating any dairy products? If you do that might be what you are oversensitive to. I can't even have ghee. My eczemas vanished when i cut them all out. I even cut out all meds that contained lactose monohydrate and I felt like my asthma got better too. (but that might be something I just believed in)

Also, check out resistant starch which I'm trying out right now. It seem to work very well for me at least

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on July 14, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Not a medical professional here, but before I even got to your question about liver enzymes, I thought gallbladder, maybe? Find it unreal that none of the docs you've seen (from your post) checked into the possibility of blocked bile ducts or something. Just a thought. Your story truly sounds awful -- I hope it gets better. Glad to hear you've found some improvement.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 04:28 PM

Albert I've really not had access to good medical care, its a shame, you'd think I'd find one with all the tries throughout various countries! I'll check into that....The only thing that was mentioned by the dr. in CR was that there was an issue with the connection between the colon and and the ileum, so swollen it was almost closed and thats why I would get like a pulsating, swelling in that area I could see thru the skin. I haven't had that for a long time, so the imflamation is going down....

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on July 14, 2011
at 05:10 PM

just checked on gallbladder and its definitely not close to the area of pain, swelling....way too high. But still worth checking just to be safe

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