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Forum Name: Gastroenterology Topics
|md1984 - Wed Dec 24, 2008 2:17 pm||
Hi! I've had stomach pains throughout the day especially after eating and often in the morning when i wake up for the past two months. I can't gain weight and lately my stools have been of mixed color. I've done a barium meal test, H.Pylori breath test, full blood test, liver blood test, coeliac screen test and an ultrasound. They didn't find anything wrong with me. Two weeks ago i did a Nutrition Response Test and the doc said that i have some sort of bug and that i have to take certain food supplements (which i have been doing). Two weeks later and i still feel the same. Should i stick to the supplements or see someone else? Thank you.
|John Kenyon, CNA - Sat Dec 27, 2008 12:11 am||
Hi there -
You've had most all of the appropriate tests to rule out most of the more serious problems (successfully) but not a cholecystogram nor HIDA scan, either of which can be used to determine if the gallbladder is the seat of the problem. Based on the symptoms you describe it is entirely possible this could be the case. I'd strongly suggest you request gallbladder problems to be ruled out.
Meanwhile, as far as the Nutrition Response Test and subsequent "findings" and recommendations go, clearly they're not working for you. Nutritional response testing is part of the field of "applied kinesiology", a rather questionable subset of alternative medicine which has been rather soundly debunked as unscientific (despite the use, by its practitioners, of the word "scientific"), and does not conform to any truly scientific principles (for instance, determining you have an unspecified "bug" -- meaning bacterial or viral infection -- based upon a hands-on, non-laboratory-based "reading" of the reactivity of your muscles, etc.).
Yes, I would most definitely recommend you "see someone else", preferably a medical doctor and, more preferably yet, a specialist in gastroenterology (ENT), who can properly evaluate and treat whatever is causing your symptoms. This may well lead you to have the possibility of gallbladder problems explored. I have a feeling this may be what's causing your symptoms, but there's no way to be certain without a scientific medical examination.
I hope this is helpful to you. Best of luck to you and please follow up with us as needed.
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