My digestive tract is FRACKED
February 26, 2013 10:13 AM Subscribe
YANMD: Looking for tips to maintan my health until my doctors figures out why my body has decided to stop digesting food. GROSS DETAILS WITHIN (but not many).
posted by angrycat to health & fitness (26 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Went on antibiotics. Diarrhea commenced. Went to Dr. Dr. prescribed Align, an OTC probiotic, and said, 'bring us your poop!' Took Align for two days, the heavens open, the angels sang, and lo, my body was actually digesting food.
Cut to a month later. Two days off the Align. The non-digestion returned with a vengence. Went back on the Align. A week later, nope, body is not happy with food. I am bringing poop to my dr this Friday. Waiting til this Friday because of work obligations, transportation issues, and because I am very visibly disabled (wheelchair user) I am super paranoid about letting other people know, 'hey, I have this other thing going on.' The calculation is that people see me in a wheelchair and after they see me do my thing, they're like, well, she can't walk but she does everything fine -- and then they here about another health illness and they'll be like, 'don't hire her for another semester, she may be hospitalized before spring break.' I work as adjunct faculty, so I have zero job security.
Issue 1: It's hard to know for sure but I think that I've lost maybe ten pounds or so, and I am underweight to begin with. What can I do until this gets resolved to a) keep my weight up and b) get vitamins/amino acids/whatever? (I do take a multivitamin already).
Issue 2: Balancing work with illness. (I am working on this continuously with my therapist, but am looking for other input). It's not that this is a gross condition that is keeping me from keeping it under wraps; it's just that I am, well, petrified, as seen as unreliable because of illness. How have you, Gentle Reader, managed such a situation?