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Hi all,

The accounts here seem more serious than mine, I wish you all a recovery and victory in your battle.

I am a 44 year old male. I hope someone recognises this as I'm at my wits end here. I live in Spain and the doctors have not found anything other than HeliPylori infection after a stomache camera exam and scrape sample a year ago (after taking antibiotics to address the suspected infection).  I definitely drink too much, but have stopped completely very recently as I feel its got out of hand. I  never drink spirits, just lager, my weight is 220lbs at 6ft so I could do to lose 40 lbs. I am fairly active, I bike regularly and swim, although lately I have lost my drive for all these things. I dont eat sweets, and my diet is 50% very healthy and 50% unhealthy, takeaway etc. My problem started 2 years ago after a very heavy night of takeaway and lots of beer, I had been hitting it hard. I woke up with pains like a blockage on my right hand side below the rib cage and holes in my central vision (I literally had to pull over from driving), terrible headaches which I never get normally. After research online I found what I thought fitted, and open ulcer with substances entering the blood stream. I went to the hospital as my bowel movements stopped 90% , and also went off food for a month as I felt my stomache just wasn't digesting, in fact it was completely silent, just a constant ache. xrays showed my stomache was lieterally full of food, but nothing else. I was given an anema, and nothing came out, so all the food was at the top half of my stomache,  an MRI and sound scan revealed the liver appered normal. Blood tests didn't seem to indicate anything other than a high cholestrol level. Literally my stomache went silent, no digestion sounds at all. If I ate salad, it passed undigested very quickly, but meat just stayed. 

After a month of not drinking, and little food, and a weightloss of about 15 kilos, I went on a course of antibiotics to treat the suspected ulcer. Almost immediately I could go to loo again, but within a week of stopping the antibiotics, symptoms returned, but not so severe.

Two years later my bowel movements are still mainly diarhea, colours ranging from dark to light, and unpleasant smelling. I am certainly depressed. My hair is thinning and falling out in a non male baldness fashion,  and has diffused whitening and falling out.Recently My nails have lost their half moons on the smaller fingers, but otherwise seem ok. But the ache in my side in the liver area is back full on, lower ribs, going round to the back. I am going to do a month of vegetable juicing to give my digestion an overhall, but I am sure its my liver.. thanks for reading, so its so long!

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    Hi Colin

    I have read about your illness above and sounds like you are sufferin. .... The liver can cause lots of different symptoms if not working properly. But just was wondering if you have been checked for coeliac disease because the symptoms you describe appear to be bowel related rather than liver although I'm not a doctor but anything is worth a look at in your case. Hope it all gets sorted soon.


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      Hi Valpa,

      Thanks for your reply. I have just read the symptoms on celiac, and some ring true, but not all. it kind of started all of a sudden two years ago,  I have always binged on bread, pizzas etc. I eat paella, and that has the same effect, thats not gluten is it When I eat bread I do feel very tired and depressed, and just lay down, but I get the same with Paella, and thats rice so that shouldn't happen if it was celiac.. I don't have weightloss now, quite the contrary, the weightloss in the first month was startling (2 years ago),  after the antibiotics it shot back but all the bowel movements have not returned to normal at all. I don't want to gross anyone out, theres just no pipe formations. since 2 years ago my hair has gone down hill, I find myself comparing my hair with other men, even men going bald, and the nearest I can compare it to is as if I suddenly aged half the hairs on my head by 30 years, fine white hairs that fall out. My laptop died because they found their way into everything! Some of the hairloss will be normal male hairloss, but the rest I feel isn't. I do get itchy skin on my arms and buttocks, I was worried that was liver related as I read that is a symptom..I just read on Celiac you can get small blisters on the elbows, tiny clear blisters very itchy that burst when scratched, and I have that very occasionaly, they itch like crazy. I will ask the doctor for a test. Thanks Valpa

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    You sound like you have a gluten intolerance or perhaps just gluten sensitive , the hair loss and itchy skin all adds up and of course the loose bowels ,sometimes the food passes through the bowel too quick and can look undigested. Depression also is another sign , I know this as I have went through it and my blood test showed up that I didn't have celiac disease but after more tests and going private for tests I turned out to be gluten sensitive ( which means you can eat a very little gluten and it's ok) . I think your symptoms are bowel related rather than liver. Ask to go and get a sigmoidoscopy and this will tell you if your bowel is red or inflamed etc. I had this done yesterday ,it's painless and let's you know instant,y what's wrong with you l
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    My problems very similar to yours and one morning I woke up and went to the loo and out came a load of mucous 😢 Then continued for weeks u til I was eventually diagnosed,  up until then I loved white bread,cakes etc,
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