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04-10-2017, 09:29 AM   #1
Glockola
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Post infectious malabsorption

Hello all, 25 year old Male here, from Sweden, Stockholm.
Did anyone watch the news as of late? We just had a terrorist attack here =)

A few years back I had an undiagnosed gastroenteritis for a few months while residing in south east asia.
The infection/inflammation managed to mess up my bowels permanently.
I now suffer from chronic stomach pain, diarrhea, chronic anemia, fatigue, some hair loss and all the other things usually associated with IBD.
The pains,.heart palpitations and chronic fatigue have made living a normal life impossible.

Anyone else that ever heard of something similar or perhaps suffer from similar debilitating symptoms?
04-10-2017, 10:15 AM   #2
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You might have IBS more than IBD. the onset of IBD can seldom be traced to single infection, but by contrast post infectious IBS is very well-known:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2721231/

Are you under treatment by a gastroenterologist? Has there been a colonoscopy to look for ulcers or other changes that could indicate IBD?
04-10-2017, 11:33 AM   #3
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Thank you for the informative answer.

I seem to suffer from post infectious malabsorption.
"IBS" should not include malabsorption of nutrients with anemia.
And gastroenterologist seem to rarely check for amounts of fat in stool, to rule out issues with nutrient absorption.
The anemia and fatigue is the worst symptoms besides the painful intestines with diarrhea.
04-10-2017, 12:18 PM   #4
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It is very common for IBS patients to suffer from malabsorption of nutrients, including iron:

http://www.livestrong.com/article/53...-of-nutrients/


IMO you should definitely consult a gastroenterologist. A colonoscopy plus an MRI or other imaging technique to assess the small bowel would go a long way in determining a definitive diagnosis. Once you get a proper diagnosis therapy can be optimized.
04-10-2017, 12:28 PM   #5
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Welcome. I am sorry for what you are going through and I am also sorry for the terrorist attack in your country.
04-10-2017, 12:59 PM   #6
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Thank you Scipio, you seem very informed on the subject.

I been to a gastroenterologist in Thailand.
Did a colonoscopy and gastroscopy. They found some minor inflammation which seem to be residue from the previous infection.

The anemia seem to confuse the physicians as it is most often seen in celiac and IBD. Cant stand the heart racing and constant dizzy spells.

The healthcare in Sweden is incredibly slow and not very helpful.
Perhaps I should try some prednisone or budesonide to see if inflammation could be part of the problem?

Scipio, would you mind tell me what condition you suffer from?
04-10-2017, 01:10 PM   #7
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I have Crohn's disease.
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