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    Luke
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    Three weeks ago I had a small bowel series done at the hospital. I was required to drink two glasses of barium, after which they would x-ray my small intestine from several different angles. The problem was that they couldn’t find my small intestine. The barium apparently reached the area in which they were searching far quicker than normal, too, so they had to call in a specialist in order to get the proper x-rays. I visited the gastroenterologist yesterday morning to get my results, and he said to me that there’s a 99.9% chance that I have Crohn’s disease. He also said that, without a biopsy, he cannot confirm the diagnosis.

    Naturally I am very concerned as this is a disease with which I will live for the rest of my life. That is, if it is in fact Crohn’s disease. He explained that the walls of my small intestine are highly inflamed; so much so that, when I had a colonoscopy done last year, they couldn’t access it because it was “too tight”. My reason for this post is to gain a bit of insight on the matter from those who are more familiar with leaky gut syndrome than I. Could it be possible that leaky gut is the cause for this inflammation? Does leaky gut and Crohn’s function in a similar way? I ask because I don’t have many of the symptoms typical of Crohn’s disease. I don’t experience severe abdominal distress and, while my stools are always loose, I rarely have diarrhoea. The only symptoms consistent with his diagnosis are weight loss due to malabsorption, the urge to defecate sometimes immediately after eating (again, not diarrhoea), and some stomach issues. I always figured these symptoms were associated with candida/leaky gut.

    I have been on the diet for approximately three weeks, and I’ve noticed an astonishing difference in mood. My skin had initially began to clear, but it has since broken out again. I seek a bit of clarity, here. Could this be in the realm of leaky gut?

    I appreciate any insight.

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    goingnatural
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    Many alternative provider’s believe that stomach conditions ranging from IBS to Crohn’s can be caused by candida and other pathogenic fungi/bacteria. Stick the lifestyle out, I’m willing to bet in time (we’re talking 1 + years you will be symptom free). Your body needs time to heal.

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    kjones02
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    Luke;41156 wrote: Three weeks ago I had a small bowel series done at the hospital. I was required to drink two glasses of barium, after which they would x-ray my small intestine from several different angles. The problem was that they couldn’t find my small intestine. The barium apparently reached the area in which they were searching far quicker than normal, too, so they had to call in a specialist in order to get the proper x-rays. I visited the gastroenterologist yesterday morning to get my results, and he said to me that there’s a 99.9% chance that I have Crohn’s disease. He also said that, without a biopsy, he cannot confirm the diagnosis.

    Naturally I am very concerned as this is a disease with which I will live for the rest of my life. That is, if it is in fact Crohn’s disease. He explained that the walls of my small intestine are highly inflamed; so much so that, when I had a colonoscopy done last year, they couldn’t access it because it was “too tight”. My reason for this post is to gain a bit of insight on the matter from those who are more familiar with leaky gut syndrome than I. Could it be possible that leaky gut is the cause for this inflammation? Does leaky gut and Crohn’s function in a similar way? I ask because I don’t have many of the symptoms typical of Crohn’s disease. I don’t experience severe abdominal distress and, while my stools are always loose, I rarely have diarrhoea. The only symptoms consistent with his diagnosis are weight loss due to malabsorption, the urge to defecate sometimes immediately after eating (again, not diarrhoea), and some stomach issues. I always figured these symptoms were associated with candida/leaky gut.

    I have been on the diet for approximately three weeks, and I’ve noticed an astonishing difference in mood. My skin had initially began to clear, but it has since broken out again. I seek a bit of clarity, here. Could this be in the realm of leaky gut?

    I appreciate any insight.

    Luke, look up my story on here. I have had a quite an ordeal. For years, I had a stomach issues. Then, a couple years ago, I found out I had colitis. Then, I had my colon removed in June 2011; ileo-rectal anastomosis. However, over time, I still was not feeling well. I always had the pain on my left side, and I would bloat all the time on my left side. I had chronic indigestion, etc. Then, I found out that I had gastroparesis. It took 8, 12+ hours for food and liquids to leave my stomach.

    So, in Jan. 2012, I had a gastric pacemaker inserted. I do believe this is the best surgery for me because I actually feel like eating again, but I still have to watch certain things.

    Later in the year, I still was not feeling right though. As the device was speeding up my stomach, it was finally affecting me bowel wise in a big way. The doctors were not helping me at all!!! I could alternate b/w constipation and diarrhea. Laxatives were too harsh (no colon-hello!), but then I could feel like I had to go and couldn’t. I hated trying to take anti-spasmodics, Imodium, laxatives, etc. It was not a balance.

    As I started to read more, I first got started on reading a gastroparesis book by Crystal Sateralli. She started me on the right path to alternative methods after she had her pacemaker inserted to help her become stronger. She talked about vitamins, diet, etc. to heal yourself because the pacemaker is a tool that helps, yes, but it still depends on you.

    After that book, I started to read books from Brenda watson, all her products are not good, but her probiotics rock (too strong at first if you haven’t changed your diet and starting cleansing-I am just at the point where I can tolerate some stronger probiotics now). Also, her intestinew, if I can afford it sometimes, l-glutamine is my favorite as well.

    So, what I am getting at here, is yes, I believe sibo, candida, leaky gut is in fact can be the same thing as crohn’s. I would try this out, and I believe this whole year I am just trying to heal my body inside from the abuse of laxatives, ppi’s, etc. that doctor’s told me about. I feel I could have avoided some of that mess, which is why my system became so messed up.

    I am still battling the war now, and my intestines can get very rumbly, which annoys me, gas (thinking maybe I could have gotten sibo, too). I do not get bloated as much as I used to, which is a plus!!! Like I said, I am just trying to clear up the digestion, flow naturally (no rumbly, no constipation, no diarrhea). Also, I have urinary problems, anxiety still at times (better, and I am def. having more energy some days now), and insomia (better, but still an issue).

    Good luck, and keep up posted! Glad you are not having severe symptoms as mine! So, yes, I believe leaky gut, Crohn’s, Candida, sibo go hand-in-hand. If you need anymore advice, feel free to message me! =) I do feel my case is a little different compared to most people, due to the no colon aspect.

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