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T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Apr 14, 2018 - 08:08pm PT
Hang tough Moose,
hope you can find some relief.


Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2018 - 08:13pm PT
hope you can find some relief.

Thanks, Tad, but relief is not a problem here, if you get my meaning.


Jebus H Bomz

Sacramento, CA
Apr 14, 2018 - 08:20pm PT
Lay off the colace, Loosestool!

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Apr 14, 2018 - 08:34pm PT
It's a tough one Moose. Auto immune, hypersensitivity, genetics, diverticulitis, single causative agent ..................and the pros and cons of blind, broad spectrum antibiotic make it difficult. Battle of the flora or worse? Certainly there has to be Gastroenterologist in your area that can come up with a correct diagnosis. I will ask several local friends that have dealt with similar difficult to diagnose GI problems in the past if they have any recc for a specialist.

Boulder climber
Almost solving the metaphysical mystery
Apr 14, 2018 - 08:36pm PT
Moose, just sent a PM to you. I hope you get it.
Meanwhile, here is a chap I can personally recommend as being an excellent GI:

Eric Stone, MD ó Western Montana Clinic - (406) 721-5600 Highlight
"The doctor took the time to go over my medical issues. I wasn't rushed or made to
feel like I was a burden." "Dr. Stone is a very careful and capable doctor. I am very grateful
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Apr 14, 2018 - 08:58pm PT
Dr. Simon Lo is generally considered the top of the heap of gastroenterology in the SoCal area. He works out of Cedar's Sinai, and I've heard nothing but wonderful things about him from complex patients and other GI doctors.

8700 Beverly Blvd
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Phone number (310) 423-6082

The other option in your neck of the woods would be a GI doc working out of one of the academic medical centers who deals with motility disorders. Think UC San Francisco or UC Davis.

Guys like that deal with the cases the community GI guys can't handle---but they see them every day.

Good luck

Apr 14, 2018 - 11:00pm PT
You've destroyed your system with all those antibiotics you've been gobbling down all these years ......

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 14, 2018 - 11:05pm PT
Who said the Taco is dead?

Iím really touched by your sympathy and willingness to help. I also appreciate the humorous part of this thread; it helps me stay positive. Most of you donít even know me in person. Itís a real treat for me.

Iíll follow your doctors recommendations.

Feralfae, I didnít get your email. Try citkowicz gmail com.

Love you, people.


PS. Werner, I know that.

Social climber
Apr 14, 2018 - 11:28pm PT
hey there say, moose... you and your family are i my thoughts and prayers this eve...

just stopped by to see how you are doing...

night now...

feralfae, good to see you and others, have left more
'trail info' for the moose...


Mountain climber
Colorado & Nepal
Apr 15, 2018 - 01:16am PT
Hi Moose,

I've had numerous cases of amoebic dysentery from the Himalayas which became inflammatory bowel disease. One thing you could try is lots of fish oil. I read that a study in Australia found it cleared up inflammatory problems in more than half the cases and 97 people out of a hundred saw at least some improvement. It took a couple of weeks, but it worked for me. It somehow helps the lining of the bowel to renormalize. I also stopped going to Nepal and haven't had anymore problems.

Meanwhile, hang in there. Your gut produces most of the serotonin that your brain uses, so these issues really screw with your mind also. Just keep telling yourself, you're not going crazy, it's your gut that is.
Ezra Ellis

Trad climber
North wet, and Da souf
Apr 15, 2018 - 03:43am PT
You certainly may have an autoimmune / inflammatory bowel disease component.

However, the story about taking an antibiotic and it flairing is concerning for clostridium difficile.

See some one soon.

I Hope you get better .

Please check mayo clinics website on C. Difficile

Santa Monica, CA
Apr 15, 2018 - 08:09am PT
Moose for sure you should check for a GI at Stanford Hospital. Youíre right there...push hard for an appt. Can any of your current doctors help you get in there to see someone? Hope you get better soon.
Crazy Bat

Sport climber
Birmingham, AL & Seweanee, TN
Apr 15, 2018 - 09:53am PT
You are describing what I went through for a couple of months. I had taken two different antibiotics in a short period of time. The first doctors treatment for the explosive flux was antibiotics. Of course things got worse. I was a candidate for C. diff but for some reason never succumbed. Yogurt and probiotics did nothing for me. Finally my doctor gave me some sample packages loved bovine serum albumin to mix with fluids and drink. Mixing it with a soft drink was like adding a scummy powdered mentos to the soda. It was like magically coating my bowels with calamine lotion. Within 24 hours the races were over and within a week I produced my first true turd in 6 months. May your turds return. My gay queen ass sure missed them. LOL
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Apr 15, 2018 - 06:04pm PT
Hang in there, Moose! Shitty problem, but I suspect it can be solved before you go broke buying toilet paper. Be grateful we still aren't using Sears catalogues or old Reader's Digests for that function.

Social climber
Apr 15, 2018 - 07:09pm PT
Ahhh but it's those fudgey Bristol 4 sausages after a bad choklit binge that really use up the bog roll.

Sending you good thoughts Moose for a recovery from what ails you.

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 09:12pm PT
Good news. After taking Refaximin for four days, I see a big improvement. The doc was right, i did have SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). The antibiotic is working.

Bad news. It will come back. There are several diseases that would cause this problem. My doc has no idea why itís happening to me.

Good news. I got a few really good leads from you, my friends, so I will follow up and get to the bottom of this problem.

Right now, Iím just happy I can go to Indian Creek tomorrow, even if Iím quite weak from the sickness and a bit queasy from the antibiotic. Iíll get better and stronger, I know.

Woot woot!


Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Apr 16, 2018 - 09:25pm PT
so I will follow up and get to the bottom of this problem.


Trad climber
Upland, CA
Apr 16, 2018 - 09:27pm PT
Moose, you take good care of yourself. Have a great time at the creek. I hope we can connect sometime over the summer.
Fecal transplant might be a good option for you. Hope you find a specialist who will help figure out this very complex chain of events.
Jon Beck

Trad climber
Apr 16, 2018 - 09:37pm PT
Sounds good Moose, see you on Wednesday

Andrzej Citkowicz far away from Poland
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 16, 2018 - 10:56pm PT
Cosmic, what did you do? I donít know this pose. Is it a Cosmic yoga?


Phyl, thanks! Stay in touch..

Jon, see you at IC.

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