I have been struggling with abdominal pain for several years. Sometimes I would have bad bouts of severe constipation. My abdominal pain is always present, sometimes worse than others. I was hospitalized a year ago for a week. Couldn't keep any food down and was severely constipated with lots of pain. I haven't felt good since then. The GI doctor put me on an elimination diet which I did for 8 weeks. I also had breath tests done. After, those, the doctor put me on a no gluten, fructose and lactose diet (which sucks). I maybe felt a little better (I have been on that for a month now). I also was diagnosed with SIBO and just finished a 10 day treatment of Rifaximin. I felt really good while taking the antibiotic. And continued to feel good for about a week and now I am very constipated and my stomach hurts. Is this constipation normal after taking the Rifaximin. I am taking probiotics twice daily so, do I need to be patient and give my digestive tract time to get back to normal. I have had many major abdominal surgeries, one was after a car accident. I had to have my spleen removed and I have lots of adhesions. I have a narrowing due to adhesions where the stomach empties into the intestines. The doctors don't want to do anything with it at this time. I am looking for answers. Any input on the current constipation and diet would be a huge help! I also take quite a large dose of Prilosec. Thanks!
Don't know if this will help but after antibiotics lots of time the normal flora in the intestines is dead and has a time returning to normal, usually causing loose bowels instead of constipation. For this I normally take pro-biotics at the end of a antibiotic therapy.
But I had the opposite problems for years, not constipation but instead liquid bowels, and dealt with it for 5 years after adhesions from hernia surgery. I too complained it to my Doctor and then one day after reading a article on Gluten Sensitivity I decided to remove dairy and gluten from my diet for a month and see what happened. Not only did I return to normal I was able to slowly add gluten back to my diet and realized it was the dairy that was giving me the problems. Now I am fine and can even tolerate some dairy, I just can't suck down a large glass of whole milk like I used to.
I fired my Doctor on my next visit. For 5 years she could have recommended I abstain from dairy or gluten but all she did instead was try to push more pills. Since then I have learned that gluten and dairy sensitivity is increasing in the country because so many foods are processed and the intestines literally become inflamed from daily irritation.
Going back to eating meat, vegetables, fruits, and nuts was the best thing I ever did. I lost a lot of weight and felt better than I had in years, the only downside to it was a lot of cooking for yourself, you have to make every meal just for you.
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