Have you been tracking what you eat? Every single bite? As a previous poster mentioned, that's going to be helpful with both the symptoms AND the weight loss. I suspect you'll find that you're managing to eat a lot more calories than you realize.
Do they have you on antibiotics for the ulcers? If not, discuss that with the doctor. The enormous majority of ulcers are caused by a specific bacterium, but that fact is a relatively recent discovery and not all doctors are aware of it. If your doctor doesn't seem up on that info, you might need a specialist. If you *are* on antibiotics, you might need a change in type or dose, or you might benefit from probiotics to restore the "good" bacteria. My understanding is that they can use a very specific antibiotic for the ulcer-causing bacteria, though, and it leaves the good bacteria pretty well intact.
It certainly wouldn't hurt to try natural probiotic foods-- yogurt, buttermilk, and various naturally fermented things. Talk to your doctors about "prebiotics," too. Certain types of fiber are necessary to keep your naturally bacteria colony happy, and you may have been missing out on these because they don't always fit with people's idea of a "bland" diet.
But I would guess that tracking is going to be your best tool.
because I don't have a lot of familiarity with this particular ailment/condition, I'll give you the advice that my co-worker got:
get tracking. Really. She even got an app for her phone, so that she could track on the go, and it let her put in symptoms related to what she ate, as well (I think it was called something like my symptoms).
Tracking not only food but symptoms based on what you eat is a great way to have an intelligent discussion with your doctor, your nutritionist, or whoever you will be seeing.
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My late husband had very bad Crohn's Disease - stress certainly can and does influence how our digestive system works, or not :-( My Stepfather (nearly 94 yrs) has had ulcerative colitis which has required significant intervention with meds, too, and also ulcers, but back then they did surgery as a matter of course, and now he is paying the price for what and how they did it.
Are any of the Drs you have seen an Endocrinologist? If not, I would suggest that you ask for a referral to one. When they made the diagnosis they did, did they do a Gastroscopy? If you haven't had one, then I suggest you ask for one so that they can make (perhaps) a definitive diagnosis and get you on the appropriate treatment plan.
As mentioned before, stress can impact on this sort of thing significantly. If you are still finding it difficult dealing with the stressors in your life, then ask your Dr for a referral to a Counselor who will be able to teach you some good relaxation techniques and give you the tools to help with the stressors. Do you get some time-out from your son? If not, then perhaps looking at having at least an hr or two off each week to do YOUR thing without worrying about him, would be very beneficial for you both. I have 2 great nephews who are autistic - one is 4 and the other is in his 20's.
Good luck, and HUGS, Kris xxxx
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I encourage you to explore Easten medicine. I would talk to a naturopathic doctor about some of the following: -probiotics -accupuncture -meditation - a whole foods diet - yoga
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I am a 33 year old woman. I'm spilling the beans, I am 5' 8" tall and I weigh 245. Back in 2004ish I was over 300lbs, don't know how over because I never set foot on the scale. I am on a rollercoaster. I know what it takes to lose weight because I have done it. I once got down to 216, then I got pregnant, was in an abusive marriage, gained stress weight. Now I am a widow, and my son who has autism is 5, and I am down from 285 to 245. In July I was down to 236 but I am going through a flare up of whatever I have and I'm kind of out of it.
Anyway...... My digestive health is not good. I got my gallbladder removed in March. I have been to the doctor 20+ times for digestion issues and got diagnosed with ulcers in my stomach and in my esophagus. I also have gastritis. I suspect I may have Crohn's, Ulcerative colitis, or simply IBS.
I am on my 4th doctor. None of the previous ones are really helping me. They all want to drug me up and give me medication for my issues, I have migraines with a history of medication too. My liver enzymes were abnormal too for awhile, all the meds are messing with my digestive tract. Monday, September 30th I will go back and see doctor number 4. Hoping I won't simply eat the words "BLAND DIET" and hear something more specific.
I have a novel of food I cannot eat. You'd think I'd be dropping weight like crazy but it's all the high carb stuff that doesn't bother my system. I had a terrible reaction to cucumbers and apples last week I thought I was going to die.
I AM going to see a new doctor. I have that in the works. I guess I am looking for more support. It's frustrating to work out 5 days out of the week and still gain weight. I realize my metabolism is off. I am just having a hard time figuring out a diet that works for me. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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