Bad taste

Hi again
the colonscopy was 4 weeks ago i had it done as result of my all body ct scan which was suggested as they found a little thickening of the colon and wanted to rule out bowel cancer. they did not find any cancer took out a couple of polyps for biopsy which were also clear.
the device i am going to try fits into the mouth and you do exercises with it in the mouth it has had enough success for nice to make it available but i suspect that was done to take some heat away from the nhs. there is no pill swallowing or ingestion involved so worth giving it a go.

i dont know if i have hiatus hernia and you quite properly warn me to find out and not self medicate. there were a whole bundle of notes and side effect warnings in the colonosopy
leaflets but nothing about acid reflux. eating and drinking are an issue the more i eat and drink ia simply pushed my stomach acid further up and into my throat. so the flap that is supposed to close is clearly is not working for whatever reason…

i will certainly try mints and mint tea but do not have bloating just a constant stream of foul tasting acid phlegm.

I realy do appreciate your input and will keep you informed, bottom line seems to be learn to live with it as many others have

wattsy
xx

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I should have looked it up before I opened my own mouth :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

I seem to recall this being discussed quite some time ago; might be worth doing a search on here, it does look familiar :slightly_smiling_face:

Thanks Ann best wishes to you as well

Wattsy

Hi
cannot imagine my doctor prescribing one of these without a confirmed diagnosis which could take forever so have ordered one if it works great if not i will be a few quid lighter and a bit wiser.
wattsy
xx

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Hi

iqoro arrived today have had one go, will let you know if there is an improvement over the coming months.

Meanwhile doctors again this morning regrading acid mouth and excess saliva, usual
blood tests on monday followed by an endscopy probably to check oesophagus and stomach to find out root cause if not hiatus hernia or oesophagus then possibly stroke related, at least i will know. tablets prescribed for acid reflux not working thus far

wattsy

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Sounds like your drs are being thorough. Although the tests aren’t what we’d all want at least it will help find a cause or at least rule certain things out.

Hope you get some answers soon.

Ann

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Ann

tell you now having an endscopy will be a walk in the park compared to a colonscopy which is not to be recommended

wattsy

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Been there, had both and i agree with you!:sweat_smile:

I used to be on Omeprazol for similar issues years ago. The endoscopy found 2 stones in the bile duct which were removed there and then. Haven’t needed those tablets since. Could also be a touch of the Helicobactor virus you’ve got. The endo should spot that in the stomach if you have. I kind of hope its one of those you’ve got, because they are a relatively easy fix. Quicker to fix than waiting for stroke effects to correct themselves anyway😄 Good luck with the endo

I’ve had both - don’t recall either to have been better or worse - neither was ‘fun’ neither hurt, both where to investigate.

Lea had one that saved her life :slight_smile:

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Neither sound pleasant to me but anything that involves me swallowing something would cause me real issues…i have enough trouble getting my tablets down.

Good luck with it and hope you get the answers to whats causing your problem.

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Hi they do sedate you for 30 mins it takes, the equipment they use is very fine and hopefully easier to swallow than most tablets, you recover from the sedation very quickly, and should get report before you leave the hospital.
not much prep required 8 hours fast for food and drink to ensure stomach is empty.

will let you know

wattsy

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glad to hear that, what did they find and which test colonscopy or endoscopy

wattsy

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hi
my doctor keeps banging on about my weight loss 20 pounds since stroke 6 months ago now he calls it unexplained but my calorie intake and physical activity have both dropped off the scale during this time which to my mind is a very sound explanation but he does not listen, beginning to seriously annoy me

wattsy

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As far as I’m aware weight is common post stroke. Your signalling system has been disrupted and that can include your senses such as taste, even the senses/signals controlling you appetite can been disrupted…broken…fried…due to stroke.

You’re not as physically active as you were before the stroke, for obvious reasons, so naturally you are going to lose muscle tone. And you’re not eating as much to feed your muscle mass, so naturally there is going to be muscle wastage hence weight loss! It’s inevitable! It’s not rocket science, its as simple as 2+2=4. I lost 42lbs (3st) in the first year. Has your doctor not considered any of this?

The thing about gp’s is they know a little about a lot of conditions, enough to make a simple diagnosis or to direct you to the appropriate Specialist in that field. There are some gp’s who even have their own little specialist area but none of them know everything, its just not possible. Some will go and consult with others if they’re stumped; some will go away and do a little homework, but these days I think they’re just too swamped to even do that.

Did you have the endoscopy yet? And have the tablets started to work to relieve the acid reflux?

Hi Well said you have put it beautifully they are always looking for a reason for weight loss they label with a medical condition, you re right they sometime overlook the obvious, because they are petrified of missing something so they cover all their bases before treating what you cam to see them for in the first place.

tablets have started to work, making it easier to eat more, bought some powder meals you mix with water which will be lunch on daily basis, had a whole raft of blood tests yesterday, results later today or tomorrow so had shredded wheat blueberries and honey for breakfast , a large peach as mid morning snack and my liquid food during last hour so much better than a week ago,
many thanks for your reply and interest, will keep you posted, endoscopy date will be determined when blood test results are in.

take care
wattsy

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I think with some symptoms they like to rule out any sinister causes first before they can then say it must be due to xyz. I have lost a tonne of weight since my stroke. I’ve forgotten what it is like to feel hungry. My GP did lots of tests to rule things out and then came to the conclusion that it was my stroke…which I had thought & said all along. Can you imagine though if she’d just gone along with me & it turned out to be something more serious.

Good to hear your tablets are starting to help & that you’re eating better.

Best wishes

Ann

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Hi Again doctor just rang with blood test results bit to much protein in my kidneys, traces of inflammation and infection but cannot tell right now the cause or where it is seated , so something investigate further it keeps cropping up however, the stroke doctor brought it up as well. little bit of mild anemia otherwise good to go once again. now arranging for the endoscopy which will be done sometime during the next two weeks. he had me do a poo test as well results not yet in, i made it perfectly clear there would not be another colonscopy regardless of the result, had a negative poo test result before the last one which was completely clear really do not know why i did it really no point.

regards
wattsy

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Hi Ann
yes this feeling hungry lark is pain, i feel hungry but the sick feeling in my tum puts me off eating,as you say it might just be something else so on we go to the endscopy to check the top half of my body, bad news is i have to stop taking the reflux tabs for 10 days before hand which is not going to be nice, the blood test results on my kidneys are concerning will need to go over them in detail with my doctor after the test.
be nice to get it all out of the way.
take care Ann

wattsy

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Hi Ann

just got a bolt from the blue my doctor was very economical with the truth just collected my blood test results i have level 3b kidney failure which means my kidneys are only filtering waste at 44% effectiveness so yes another reason for my weight loss makes the endscopy far less important,

do not know what to say to anyone

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Try not to worry too much about it all (easy for me to say I know). Have all the tests done you need to then speak with your GP about where you go from there. There could be many reasons for the results & also many ways of treating it. You coukd always see another GP whilst you are waiting to get a 2nd opinion if you want to.

Good luck with it all.

Ann

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