I am new here so I am going to tell everyone a bit about myself and my stomach problems. I am now 31 years old. When I was younger I was allergic to lots of foods (dairy etc.) but nothing actually bothered me too much. Beginning in my last year in law school (approx. age 27) I began having weird stomach problems. Mostly consisting of bloating and immediate rushing to the bathroom after meals. I saw 10+ gastro doctors and had every test under the sun – nothing was found. I tried every herbal and prescription med out there. In the end they diagnosed me with IBS and Gerd – because they had no idea what it was.
Fast forward, in Nov. 2009 I went to another gastro doctor. They ran one more test – scan of my gallbladder and found it was functioning at 14%. The next day they took it out. And if I thought my stomach problems were bad before it was taken out – I had no idea what was in store for me!
For the first 3 months after the surgery (lapro) I had immediate dumping syndrome to everything I ate – from bread to crackers – everything! I tried everything under the sun again for bile reflux – nothing really worked.
About 2 months ago I started researching more items and came across an item called BioGest – its an herbal pill that has digestive enzymes coupled with some other goodies that i would take after every meal (1-3x a day) and it helped. No more killer stomach ache after meals and i could function somewhat. However, if I took the pill and ate a small meal – sometimes it would actually be more pain from the pill.
I then started drinking Kefir once a day and I felt somewhat normal again.
This was my routine everyday for the past 6-8 weeks. However, I will admit I had major bloating – but I didn’t care. I was able to go to the gym and eat everything – cookies, everything!
Starting about 2 weeks ago I started getting really really really itchy! I suspect that the kefir has become a problem and/or my skin is getting so dry from the combined stuff that I cannot function. I want to scratch everywhere until I have no more skin. I did find when I cut out the kefir I was less itchy so it may be the culprit.
So I guess i’m now looking for something to replace the kefir because taking the BioGest alone helps after eating but does not keep my stomach calm during the day. I would still say if I don’t eat breakfast and start with lunch no matter what I have only a few minutes to get to the bathroom.
Anyways, I have tried and researched everything under the sun and I am happy to give any advice that could help others but am also open to hearing others opinions.