Still here, still in pain, especially in low back that radiates to adbomen. I have gone from 150 prior to illness now to 95 pounds. I have seen several specialist from different hospitals, lots of tests, no help. I still look at my Xrays and wonder about the surgical clips (they look like old fashion hair pins, double sided), there are also several other random metal objects that are much smaller. I can't put on weight, even when consuming high calories, my gut will not process the food, it just seems to "sit" in my guts. A marker study showed most markers did not move, I think a couple of them did, but not far. Consistent with the fact that the food sits in my intestines then every couple of weeks or so, all comes out at once. Nobody I have found is interested in removing the clips. I live in NC. The clips are not near the surgery area.
What surgery was done? You can ask the surgeon what the inert material is, this will help clear doubts. The causes for delayed movement of bowel could be Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), malabsorbtion, inflammatory bowel diseases and various infections of the colon. Blood tests will help detect infections, besides stool examination which will reveal fat malabsorption. Colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy are procedures which are used to study the whole colon for infections and inflammations. Bacterial overgrowth is tested with a breath test. Please discuss these issues with your primary care physician when you happen to meet him.
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