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So I've been suffering from digestion issues for a year and a half now.  Symptoms of flatulence, nausea, little appetite, burping and weakness have plagued me for weeks at a time.  Previously I ended up on antibiotics and the symptoms ended up going away shortly after that.  Most recently I was put on 2 antibiotics and a PPI to decrease stomach acid, this is a treatment for h.pylori.  My symptoms got a little better but after I stopped the meds, they came back a few weeks later.  They also did 4 blood tests CBC, metabolic panel, t-Transglutaminase (tTG) and Immunoglobulin A.  All came back normal.  I think the next step my doctor wanted to do if I still had symptoms was to have me consume a dye to see where it's going, or to stick a camera down my throat.  I don't want to have to do these things but I will if it comes down to it.

I've been on David Klein's diet for the bast 3 weeks and don't seem to be getting better.  I have barely seen any improvement.  His book is supposed to cure crohn's and colitis, i'm not sure if I have those.  I think I have symptoms similar to a duodenal ulcer because I wake up to burning in my abdomen but as soon as I drink water or eat fruit it gets better.  

So, should I stick out this David Klein diet?  For how long?  Or should I get more tests done from the gastro doctor?  I don't know what to do.  My life has stopped.  I need to figure this out.


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in my case in particular, I tried eating different things but i think the key was to eat small portions of healthy foods. monomeals are good for digestion for sure but again i think is good to control the size of what you eat, maybe eat more times, less volume. i dont know about supplements or naturopathic medicine. citrus can be hard if you are having heartburn but everybody is different so you should eat whatever is easier to digest for you 

Thanks for quick and helpful response, Mariana! Unfortunately, I see little or no pattern in what seems to cause problems food-wise. Small meals, meditation, etc. sound like good advice. And I should go to bed earlier.

So glad you are back to normal!

yeah, going to sleep early helps a lot, drinking some water, and again, finding an activity that helps you relax, whether its meditation, swimming, painting, singing whatever is that you enjoy.

For what you say below it looks like it all started with work-related stress. I had the same start point: work-related stress... so another suggestion i have for you is to try doing therapy. i know, not everybody likes that and its a long term process but i found that going to see a therapist once a week helped me a lot. just being able to talk about your issues with a neutral person is good. they can help you find your triggers and in that way you can find tools to deal better with stress and life in general.

could you have parasites?  what happened 16 months ago that started your digestive issues?

Thanks for asking. I thought it was stress. I was off to lead an important out of town meeting and worked myself up into a real froth on whether it would go well. Two nights before I left, I started getting the major chest pains. (Had it checked out, of course.)

Started down the conventional path of drugs, which sort of worked (surpressing symptoms without fixing anything, most likely), but didn't want to do that. Through September, had gone from chest pains to weird pressure feelings in the upper body to near-constant nausea. Working with the naturopath, I've been marching backwards through the symptoms, though I still get some nausea and now I'm getting pain in the throat and jaw. Still waiting to come out the other side, so to speak, to when this is all gone. Waiting on most recent blood work to see where we are on some of the issues we've been trying to address.

Stress can eat up your B12, have you had that checked?  Maybe take some supplement and see if it helps.  Or perhaps that stress was your breaking point, the last straw that exposed some underlying long standing problems. Parasites may be part of the problem, it's probably mulitple things.  Parasites are pretty common from what I've been reading, interesting story here from a long time HCRV: https://rawsynergy.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/18/

Keep at it, you're sure to find your way through it! :) 



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