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#1 Maltese

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Posted 23 September 2015 - 11:25 AM

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Hello All!  First post here and I will try not to write a book.

 

I am a 61-year-old woman who began to experience bowel urgency and frequency mostly after menopause.  Two years ago I had my gallbladder removed due to sludge and have had diarrhea or frequency on and off ever since.  I have mainly used Metamucial and Tums to combat the issue but have not been careful with my diet other than to avoid highly processed and fried foods. I have tried Bentyl in the past to no avail. My frequency issues are worse in the morning but generally ease up after noon. I took an early retirement from work in order to relax and hopefully travel more but the latter hasn't happened as something always seems to come up.   I take no prescription maintenance drugs and my only known medical issue is the need to lose 40 pounds.

 

This past Feb. I fell on the ice and dislocated my shoulder.  Instead of taking the prescribed opioids I thought it better to use Nsaids.  I continued on two baby aspirin daily as I read that aspirin could possibly reduce the incidence of colon CA (my Mom died of it).  Two week-ends ago I went out of town to a wedding and had wine on a Friday and then 2 gin and tonics on Sat.  On Sunday I experienced for the first time ever painful bloating in my upper abdomen after eating, upper back pain and yellow stool.  I have seen my PCP who suspects gastritis and put me on a PPI and also carafate.  The carafate helps a lot with the bloating.  I have not had any gerd or burping or nausea or vomiting or fever.  My blood work was good with the exception of a slightly high ALT enzyme but I know I do have slight fatty liver.

 

I see a university-affiliated gastro doc on Friday (who specializes in women's digestive disorders) and I am wondering what to expect.  What questions should I ask? What tests should be done to try to pinpoint the cause of this latest misery?

 

Thanks for reading and I appreciate any input from your collective wisdom.   







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