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Just read about this and holy crap, does it ever sound like it could be my issue!

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-hepatic-flexure.htm#didyouknowout

Hepatic flexure syndrome is a relatively common medical issue and can cause gas pains and abdominal discomfort. This pain is typically felt in the upper right portion of the abdomen and is thought to be caused by an abnormal accumulation of gas in the area. This syndrome is fairly easy to confuse with other abdominal disorders, so proper testing and medical intervention is important.

Liver function tests are among the medical testing generally ordered when this condition is suspected. If the results are normal, yet the painful episodes are persistent, this syndrome is the most common culprit. There have been instances in which the gallbladder has been removed in the hopes of obtaining pain relief for the patient, but if the problem is due to this particular issue, the surgery will not relieve the pain and discomfort.

Dietary changes are often enough to reduce the painful symptoms of hepatic flexure syndrome. Patient are often told to avoid foods such as beans, milk, and carbonated beverages. In extreme cases, surgical intervention may be required.

 

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So after two upper GI scopes and blood tests, I don’t have celiac disease. I suspected this because despite being gluten free for 2+ years, I still had symptoms. However, once I found out I for sure wasn’t celiac, I tried eating Raman noodle salad (with coleslaw) and had terrible bloating and diarrhea.

So, right now it feels like a balloon inflates on the right side, under my ribs.  I think it’s gas. I take an SNRI (anti-anxiety) med, Cymbalta, and I can feel that area relax and then all of the pressure seems to move into my lower digestive area.  The problem, taking Cymbalta makes me tired and sweaty. I am currently taking 1 pill every 4 days and it helps.

Gluten isn’t the only issue, but I just can’t eliminate everything. I know that meat and pure vegetables don’t seem to give me issues. Starches and dairy can bug me. Sugar doesn’t really bother me.  So, do I have mid life food allergies? Why does gas or pressure originate under my right ribs? I also get hives and itchy skin (mostly arms and legs and around my rib cage).

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I have been suffering weird symptoms for 5+ years. It started after a miscarriage and my graves disease going into remission. After Christmas in 2010 I had sudden and severe back pain that went on to radiate through my whole left side and then became systemic. For years I was red and super bloated and had weird back pain in the gallbladder area.

In the summer of 2014 I went gluten free and and a major improvement in my symptoms, but they didn’t go away.  Recently I had a couple of fungal infections, one itchy rash on my chest and one in my nails.  Also, while the pain was in my gallbladder area, my symptoms would flare after carbs and starches.  I recently went sugar-free, starch free and noticed lots of white specks in my stool which looked like possible spores of some type. They didn’t look like mucous, they were soft and rice-shaped(ish), and didn’t look like bugs. They were totally throughout my stool.  After three weeks I was plateaued and I still couldn’t eat starches without that spot in my back flaring up. I could almost feel it bubbling inside me.

I started CandiGone 2 days ago hoping this was finally the answer to my years of sweaty, bloating, achy hell.

What am I experiencing?

  • neck pain after eating
  • severe dehydration and dry hands & face
  • headaches
  • irritability
  • muscle spasms (probably from dehydration)

I had severe gas pains between my hips for 2 days when I went sugar/starch free and it was so intense I had bruising all down my thigh because it pinched the nerve/vein in my hip. It was so weird, but this is what happened 5+ years ago when my symptoms started and had a numb spot in my thigh.

I have a severe headache right now, but my baby is sleeping so I wanted to write a post for the first time in a long time to mention how this diet seems to help soooo much. I am just praying that I can enjoy carbs and sugar in the future. In the mean time, I’ve dropped a few needed pounds, especially since I’m post-partum still. I’m into my old fat clothes. I would love to drop a pant size still – 15 lbs would be super. Let’s hope this helps!

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Three and a half years ago my symptoms started with an intense tightness in my back, along with weird swelling  and sweating symptoms, inflammation (ESR, CRP), and vitamin deficiencies, severe b12 and ferrtin anemia, and low albumin. I have since been able to tie the symptoms to eating, but could never narrow it down as to what food bothered me.

After 1.5 months of elimination diet, it seems that any carb causes instant bloating in my stomach and fingers, up to my upper arms and the right side of my face.  I have anti-TPO antibodies and have issues with my thyroid. My TSH is normal (1.o) but the free T4 was at the very bottom of the normal scale 9.7 pmol/L or 0.77 ng/L.

I’d like to think that all my issues are thyroid related. I know that wikipedia says:”The thyroid hormones are essential to proper development and differentiation of all cells of the human body. These hormones also regulate protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, affecting how human cells use energetic compounds. They also stimulate vitamin metabolism. ”

The question is, is it central hypothyroidism, meaning my pituitary, given that my TSH is normal? My doctor tells me I’m stressed or have fibromyalgia. I’m at the point where I’ve almost stopped eating, but am not losing much weight. The carb reduction has definitely made me less swollen and my pants are baggy. My face is red all the time and I’m used to being ghost white.  My hair is disgustingly dry and frizzled and turning grey super fast (embarrassing, I’m mid 30s).

Just looking to see if anyone else has had similar problems…any hypothyroid people with this issue?

 

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Was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism in Sept 2009.  Allergy symptoms started January 2010. January 2011 my body seemed to be reacting to everything. In fact, because the symptoms were so pervasive (I had stomach issues and was low in vitamins, iron, B12, Calcium, Magnesium, ferritin…), I had nerve issues (tingling and numbness) and swelling throughout my body, but worst in shoulder, hips and right side of face; as well as weird swelling between my shoulder blades and the right side of my face (vagus nerve issue?).  In October 2012 I realized that food was likely the culprit but couldn’t narrow it down to anything in particular, but not eating meant no sweating and better stomach.

Three weeks ago I gave up gluten and felt a little better (less gas), but still had sweating  and swelling. I think dairy is at least one of the culprits. I read this article today and am going to try the paleo diet. I do know that my salad of strawberries, romaine, almonds and sunflower seeds (sometimes apples and/or mandarins as well), usually goes down fairly well.  I am going to have to learn how to cook though, and give up corn and eggs and nightshades, which I had been consuming a lot of since going gluten free.

I have also read that once the small bowel is damaged (mine is), that other intolerances develop. So, if gluten damaged my small bowel (without villi damage)

Check out this article on milk, gluten & thyroid:

I do think some of the nerve problems are related to the vagus nerve, particularly the right sided face and neck issues. Here’s an article on the vagus nerve:

Sweating and milk allergy:

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I recently switched doctors, which gave me access to my medical records. I found out some surprising things that my doctor never told me. Apparently, I have high triglycerides 2.66 MMOL/L (I’m mid 30s female). This happened as soon as my Graves disease started going into remission. I wonder if I’ve been having mild bouts of acute pancreatitis or papillary stenosis ( a disturbance of the sphincter of Oddi, a muscular valve, that prevents the opening and release of bile or pancreatic fluids into the duodenum in response to food entering the duodenum.)

I also had a colonoscopy and and upper GI scope, and she told me it was normal, but the report said that I had proximal small bowel mucosa with minimal focal intraepithelial lymphocytes, without specific pathology. “It may be nothing noteworthy, but it comes up with inflammatory bowel disease and says can be seen with early gluten sensitive enteropathy.”  So, am I gluten sensitive? Will going gluten free help? I tested negative for Celiacs, but..I have heard gut dysbiosis can make you sensitive to foods you normally can eat. Going to try it for a little while to see if it helps.

t-IgA = 5 KEU/L

 

Update July 27, 2014

So, I have given up gluten for only 4 days now and have noticed a big improvement in my gas and bloating, and believe me, I am/was the world’s biggest skeptic. Two things made me give this a try: a) my daughter has terrible, eczema on her hands and green, mucousy poops, and b) and upper GI scope that says small bowel inflammation, but not Celiacs.  So, I was desperate and gave it a try – half-hearted at first, but after seeing a difference, I’ve been getting stricter, until today…at a bridal shower. I had half a sandwich and BOOM!  My stomach is in agony.  Now, whether it’s gluten, or wheat, it’s the first time I’ve had it in days and boy did it react with me.  Doubled over with stomach pains and gas. It doesn’t last forever, but when I was eating Mini Wheats twice a day, breakfast and afternoon, I felt like every food was bothering my stomach.  I can NOT believe it could be gluten, but my daughter’s poop is already back to a brown colour and her hand eczema is 80% better (until today, when her father, a non-believer, fed her TimBits and a hamburger with a regular bun). Her hand is already more red and she’s been farting and burping. It sucks.

I really don’t want either of us to have this condition, but the gas pains are just too much for me, and I hate to see my daughter face similar symptoms.  Throughout my life my symptoms have waxed and waned and it seems my thyroid has been the breaking point for me – the second it started going into remission my problems with food/gas began.  As a baby I was always constipated (like my daughter), and have had horrible gas my whole life, which was worse during puberty and during University. It was not bad after my first daughter, in fact, I felt great! When my Graves was at it’s worst, my digestion was at it’s best, ironically.  Now, with Graves in remission (but with anti-bodies which haven’t changed from 198), my stomach is a disaster!

So, I will keep you updated on how the gluten-free thing works out. At the very least, my very picky-eater daughter is trying more foods. She actually has latched on quite positively to this gluten-free kick, which was a humongous surprise to me, since she really is a very picky eater.  Maybe it’s not the worst thing in the world, this gluten-intolerance thing.

Good bye, my beloved fresh buns. I will miss you!

 

Update July 31

1 week off gluten and I realize there is more going on than just a gluten sensitivity. I know milk is an issue for me, so I tried soy milk in my coffee and my nose instantly started running.  I had a reaction after dinner last night and I can’t figure out what caused it: I had chicken (I baked myself), potatoes, and a bowl of gluten-free Chex with coconut milk.  I also had a green tea and a iced-tea.  So, maybe tea doesn’t agree with me? Weird.

I used to swell up – go all red and puffy after eating and would sweat. That has stopped!  My thyroid is still not controlled (T4s are the the bottom of the normal range at 10 pmol/l or .777 ng) and I wonder if that was corrected if I’d be less sensitive.

My “allergies” or “sensitivities” started all of a sudden – basically in January 2011 I could no longer eat what I wanted. This is also when my t4 was at 9.7 pmol/l, the lowest it’s been.  So, I think there is a hypothyroid connection here.  In fact, six months later my t4 was at the same level and I was in really bad shape. I was 5 months pregnant at this point and was swollen like I was 9 months pregnant. I started taking lots of supplements for the remainder of my pregnancy, and not sure if that helped, but when I was 9 months pregnant I felt the best I had the whole pregnancy. After my daughter was born, things quickly spiraled back to where they were, although I didn’t realize the food connection because it wasn’t immediate and because I couldn’t figure out which foods bothered me.  But I finally realized that eating made me sweat, in between my shoulder blades and up the right side of my face. Weird, I know.

Just curious what other reactions to food people have had while being hypothyroid and what your free t4 levels are!

Read the comments in the link below. Some of these stories resonate so much with me!!

http://glutenfreegirl.com/2011/05/symptoms-of-celiac-and-gluten-sensitivity/

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For the last 2.5 years I’ve been dealing with symptoms that kind of mimic hypothyroidism. Considering during this time I was going into remission from Graves Disease, it was very difficult to find the route cause of all my ailments: dry hair (fluid imbalances), numbness and tingling, major water retention and swelling (mostly of the belly, but fingers, upper arms, face and legs, as well), fatigue, flank pain, nausea, incontinence, swollen veins, not to mention deficiencies in b12, iron, calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D.

It all started on my right side, shortly after losing a pregnancy. I was “diagnosed” with anxiety and when I quickly got pregnant again, the rest was blamed on pregnancy or “fibromyalgia”.

I have constant right flank pain. I thought, what they missed by stereotyping me as an “anxious hypochondriac woman” was that I had had a catheter when I lost the baby. My first symptom was incontinence.  I thought it must be a kidney infection. I also have a right subscapular echogenic liver cyst . Last ultrasound showed that it was gone.

I swell up every single night with a giant bulge above my belly button and constant flank pain to this day (2.5 years later). I now know to watch my fluid intake.  I will add some additional details after my doctor’s appointment tomorrow (Jan 26, 2013).

Ultrasound Update: So, I have dilated collecting ducts of the right kidney.  Obstruction? No mass – so hoping not cancer.

Update: CT scan came back “normal”. Back to the drawing board.  Now I have a goiter. Must by hypothyroidism (Graves disease is in remission)

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