Posted 09 October 2009 - 07:02 AM
A while since the last post here.I gave up coffee per the Perricone recommendation on Oprah. I can't say that all my IBS-C symptoms are gone (pain remains under my right rib cage, right where my gall bladder sits and I still struggle with a slow GI movement and other pains, plus poor appetite). But I can say that my symptoms have improved. It's not clear what the reasons are. I know that I have milk allergies, though despite this I often put milk in my coffee to reduce acidity. Stress is another contributing factor.Anyway, I've lost a few pounds, which according to Perricone is due to removing the "organic acids" found in coffee.One of these days I'm gonna get a doctor to believe me that my gall bladder is the source of my problems and that the gall bladder either has an undiagnosed dysfunction or, as I suspect, gall stones are being missed because they're either too numerous or too small, or both.Going back to my symptoms and diagnosis for a moment: I have 4 of 5 cousins on my mom's side of the family that had virtually identical symptoms to my own, but they were diagnosed with gall stones, had their gall bladder removed and guess what? Their symptoms totally disappeared after surgery. When I told this to my GI specialist he literally chuckled and tried to suggest that their problems (all four cousins?!) were "in their heads" and that removal of the gall bladder frequently results in loose bowels because of the unfettered release of bile into the GI tract which simply provided relief of an otherwise psychological problem. A pretty far-reaching and unmerited at-a-distance diagnosis, if you ask me. And, quite frankly, symptomatic of GI specialists and doctors in general when they come up against pathologies that they don't understand.So he gave me an SSRI and sent me on my way only for me to end up sleeping on my parents' couch for the next 6 months.Good job, doc.