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Gastrointestinal inflammation, lupus, and schlerosing cholangitis

Posted by
Kelly Esler on February 07, 2003 at 23:46:56:

Hi Dr. Stoll, I have gone over some key info. throughout your site and would like to commend you for following your gut and doing your best to integrate homeopathic and alternative medicine with allopathic medicine in your practice and in this genre. I am 34, a female who has recently been dignosed with sle. I began 5 years ago with hives and I only recently have realized how horrible and toxic I was being to my body, having been overweight for 20 years. After having a baby my thyroid was low and my gall bladder began to "fail" although there were no stones. I have a history of ulcerative colitis and the surgeon who did my gb surgery suggested schlerosing cholangitis because he noticed stenotic ducts. I believe he is correct. I have frequent yellow stools and right upper quadrant pain. My symptoms don't stop there by any means. During the time that my gall bladder was "failing" the worst (grey stools, etc.) I developed deep abdominal fat pannicultis, night sweats, and other bizarre symptoms. My gall bladder was removed April 2002 and high ssa antibodies as well as double strand dna antibodies showed up on tests in June. ALTHOUGH my ana is ALWAYS NEGATIVE. To wrap up -- I have 3 questions: I believe I had way too many x-rays of my abdomen during all this, 8 flat plate x-rays, ct-scan, and barium enema x-ray series all inside a month in which I was hardly eating. After the last (barium series) that morning I woke up with a full body sweat, bleeding gums, etc. I believe these x-rays are the reason for the wierd dna antibodies. Number 1 - how can I really combat the damage that my gall bladder failure and the radiation did to my cells? I have purchased tons of things, antioxidants, liquid minerals, bioflavanoids, etc...and I just don't know where to begin...#2 I don't have joint pain and other "typical" lupus symptoms although I do have the red malar rash - what do you think about the tons of x-rays I was exposed to being a precipitating factor for this atypical lupus? and #3 - I have liver pain that seems to be growing worse. It feels like parts of my liver are pushing against my ribs esp after I eat...I don't know whether this is inflammation like the colitis or bile collecting in the liver due to the cholangitis or worse. Please tell me what the best tests are (with the least amounts of radiation) which can tell me if this is inflammation or worse. I go to the gastroenterologist in a couple of weeks and if I spew all this out to him I think he will think I am just a hypochondriac. I need to know how best to combat the inflammation I feel in my intestines and liver area. I am planning to make a complete overhaul in the diet area to combat the leaky gut syndrome and lupus, but I am very concerned with the liver symptoms. So far, the only liver tests I've had up to now are blood tests which have turned out okay. Please help. I'm desperate. Thank you.



Re: Gastrointestinal inflammation, lupus, and schlerosing cholangitis

Posted by Happygal on February 08, 2003 at 07:22:21:

In Reply to: Gastrointestinal inflammation, lupus, and schlerosing cholangitis posted by Kelly Esler on February 07, 2003 at 23:46:56:

Hi Kelly,

Walt may give you some specific suggestions. In the meantime, if I were you, I would read the article on this website "How to be Healthy" and follow the advice in it about practicing the three legs of the wellness stool. It sounds like it would be very useful in helping your overall health, which will of course then help your specific problems as well.

It has worked really well for me.

Best wishes,
Happygal

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Gastrointestinal inflammation, lupus, and schlerosing cholangitis (Archive.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 08, 2003 at 10:22:29:

In Reply to: Gastrointestinal inflammation, lupus, and schlerosing cholangitis posted by Kelly Esler on February 07, 2003 at 23:46:56:

Hi,Kelly.

Begin by starting a search for a competent complementary physician in your area (see the holistic practitioner archives). Next, listen to Happygal.

Finally read the liver archives and get some real liver function tests rather than the liver death tests which you have certainly had.

This has progressed to the deepest functions your body has and will take a couple of years to totally resolve.

Let us know what you learn and how you do. We can probably adjust your program as you go. You will need a local complementary practitioner to do the physical assessment as we go.

Your sharing your progress on the BB will help others regain hope. If someone like you can get well ANYONE can!

Walt

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