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This post may be a little long but there's a long history...
I was born constipated. By the time I was 18 the hemorrhoids were so bad I couldn't walk straight. I had surgery and the doc said I had fissures and ulcers along with the piles. Over the years I had three more minor surgeries. Since then I've been stuck with a significant anal stenosis so for the past 30 years I've been taking nightly Milk of Magnesia so that I can pass a stool. About two years ago I started having stomach trouble, waking up sick with diarrhea every night, often all night. Next day, doubled over with cramps. I went with only 2-3 hours of sleep a night for about a year and half with an occasional decent night to hold me over. I slowly eliminated certain meds, mostly (daily) nsaids and gabapentin trying to find the cause but to no avail. I finally went to my GI and he did a colonoscopy and endoscopy and found "a little irritation" but nothing else. He diagnosed me with SIBO about four months ago and I've been on the low-fodmap diet since but with little to no improvement.
The diet has helped my sleep quite a bit, which I attribute to the lack of caffeine, sugar, and chocolate but I'm still in tremendous pain every day (and I don't cheat on the diet). I belch constantly, both after eating and not eating and my belly sometimes looks like I'm pregnant because of the swelling. I've reduced the milk of magnesia which sometimes helps but then the constipation causes the same symptoms (apparently?). I've lost 15 pounds in the past few months so I'm down to 145 and I don't want to lose much more, if any.
I'm 56 years old and the sole wage-earner in my household so I HAVE to figure this out. Could it be the Milk of Magnesia? After all these years? I'm including an x-ray my chiropractor took of my lower back that shows all the bubbles in my gut. He looked at it and said "Whoa! Feeling a little gassy?"
Thank you for reading this. I'm open to any and all ideas.
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