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Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 25th, 2015, 8:48 pm
by Scboy
My neurologist suggested that I get a full gastrointestinal work up and I am in the middle of the process. So far I've had blood test and stool samples for various parasites and bacteria. All negative. Colonoscopy was normal. Upper endoscopy normal. The one thing that is abnormal so far is that my ct scan of my abdominal revealed that I have 10-12 small lesions less than 1cm too small to characterize but suggestive of cysts. My dr said nothing by to worry about probably cysts. Anybody else know about liver cysts. I don't know what to think. Of course I setup an appointment with a Liver specialist at Duke. Perhaps not necessary but better safe than sorry. I have a lot of bloating and tingling by body wide. Especially after I eat. Liver function tests are all normal. So don't know if liver has anything to do with it. Diet modification has improved my symptoms a great deal though.
Tests I have left are for carcinoid, leaky gut(from the colonoscopy) and breath test for bacteria overgrowth.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 25th, 2015, 8:58 pm
by leaflea
Hey Scoby, what is carcinoid? I did have 2-3 incidental cysts on ct between kidney and liver tests from two years ago. Dr. never even mentioned them to me, I found out when I read the radiology scan 6 months ago. Liver tests are fine, kidney not as fine but not dire either. Good luck!

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 26th, 2015, 4:38 am
by leroyb
Cancer I think?

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 26th, 2015, 7:44 am
by Scboy
Carcinoid is a slow growing cancer that forms in the gastrointestinal tract mostly. The reason I am getting tested for this is because one of my symptoms is flushing and that's one of the primary symptoms of carcinoid. I probably just have food sensitivities but getting tested for carcinoid just to be safe. It's a blood test and urine test.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 26th, 2015, 9:03 pm
by SecretAgentMan
My money is on leaky gut. That's what I had and treating for it cleared up most of my issues.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 27th, 2015, 12:55 pm
by Scboy
Yes the doctors think leaky gut as well. I am glad they at least recognize that it exists. My gastro dr say it exists we know, but the exact cause and how to treat it is still being studied. I do feel much better with diet modification and a product call GI Sustain from a company called Metagenics. I am going to start taking probiotics again soon. I tried probiotics in the beginning but I couldn't handle the side effects terrible pins and needles body wide, flushing, and extreme bloating. Doctor told me hold off on the probiotic as my digestive system may not be ready for probiotics that I need to heal some first. I do feel like I'm going in the right direction and I am feeling better. It's going to be a while before I'm 100 percent though.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 27th, 2015, 4:50 pm
by SecretAgentMan
Mainstream medicine has a lot of catching up to do. In the alternative/holistic medicine circles leaky gut has been understood for quite some time now. A good supplement to take is L-Glutamate, which is helpful in restoring and healing the intestine walls where the lining has been damaged to the point of being 'leaky'. Another good supplement to help overcome leaky gut is Interfase Plus by Claire Labs. It is designed to help break down the colonies of candida that reside in the intestines. Candida is the yeast that goes fungal when it gets out of control and crowds out the good bacteria (pro-biotics). A few months of healing and recovery time are recommended while a neutral diet is maintained to help the process along. Pro-biotics are usually taken near the end because if you take them too soon you are sort of just wasting money. They won't take root because the candida just crowds them out.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 27th, 2015, 5:26 pm
by Scboy
Thanks SAM!
You have helped me a lot. Where do I send the check. : ).
The product I'm taking GI Sustain by Metagenics is a powder mix and is loaded with L-glutamine. Is that the same or similar to L-glutamate? It seems to be working but the problem is it's very expensive. Amounts to $77 a week. The dr recommends 3 months of it.
Did not know about the probiotics when to take them. I think the fact that it give me severe side effects is more proof that leaky gut is the problem.

Re: Getting a full gastrointestinal work up

PostPosted: August 27th, 2015, 6:51 pm
by SecretAgentMan
Scboy wrote:Thanks SAM!
You have helped me a lot. Where do I send the check. : ).
The product I'm taking GI Sustain by Metagenics is a powder mix and is loaded with L-glutamine. Is that the same or similar to L-glutamate? It seems to be working but the problem is it's very expensive. Amounts to $77 a week. The dr recommends 3 months of it.
Did not know about the probiotics when to take them. I think the fact that it give me severe side effects is more proof that leaky gut is the problem.


Ops, you are right it is L-glutamine. That is what you need. My doc had me on a supplement called Enzycore by Standard Process which may be a cheaper alternative to the product you are taking. Here is the link: https://www.standardprocess.com/Product ... s/Enzycore

I basically took one capsule 3x a day, before each big meal. You can ask your doc since this would be significantly cheaper. $33 for 150 capsules will last you almost 2 months assuming the same dosage I took. Also keep in mind some probiotics contain cultures with foods you may be sensitive to like dairy. When you shop in the supermarket refrigerated section where they keep them you will note that some say dairy free and others do not. That might be the source of the inflammation too. Definitely wait until you are further along to take them though.