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  • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

    Have total chemical labs run, checking your levels on all of the Vit & Minerals.  My husband is always low on Magnesium due to the diarrhea.  Bad to be low on that, which causes other issues.  He also has a colostomy which has given him back his quality of life, as he is not homebound.  It also allows him to eat more of the things he likes.  Before, he was down to mashed potatoes and that...

    August 25 at 11:58 PM view post
    • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

      We went to the Mayo Clinic in MN last year for the same illness.  The Dr we saw there was Dr. Ryan Hurt.  He suggested 3 drs to see in the US ~ 2 are in Lousiville, KY and 1 is in Portland, OR.  The one in Portland is Dr. Robert Martindale who we are seeing and he is amazing!  Not sure who the ones in KY are but could likely find out if are in that area.

      July 14 at 2:11 PM view post
      • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

        My husband has same enteritis as all of you.  He used Tincture of Opium for years and that was the most successful of all of the anti-diarrhea meds for him.  I did not like the "ebb and flow" of taking it though, as he was often in a state of withdrawal which caused paranoia, depression, etc.  He then had major obstruction last year (with weight down to 99# on a 6'2" frame) which resulte...

        June 29 at 1:40 AM view post
        • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

          My husband has suffered from small bowel radiation damage for years with both diarrhea and bowel obstruction.  We almost lost him last summer, as he was in the hospital 4 times in 4 months with obstruction.  We finally found a Dr. in Portland, Oregon that has helped him. My husband had surgery and now has an ostomy and although a major procedure it has given him back his life.  The Mayo Clinic in ...

          May 17 at 3:58 PM view post
          • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

            Hello again,  I wanted to add to my previous message.  My husband finally had surgery in Sept and his intestines were "glued" to the side walls and pelvic floor and grayish in color, pretty much dead.  They were able to remove them and find a small amount of reasonably healthy bowel to create a stoma.  He has been on TPN and a catheter but otherwise doing much better.  The colostomy has been ...

            January 08 at 2:34 AM view post
            • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

              Hello, my husband (cancer survivor w/ radiation enteritis) had a very bad year with 4 trips to the ER.  His blood pressure was very low also, one time it was due to very low sodium and one time it was due to infection.  I assume you have regular blood work but make sure they check ALL of your blood chemistry ~ magnesium is particularly suspect to being low, plus potassium, calcium, B12 and Vit D.&...

              January 08 at 2:22 AM view post
              • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

                Hello, My husband is 7 years past colon cancer but has had the radiation enteritis now for about 5 years.  His symptoms are exactly like yours.  This summer he has been in the hospital 4 times ~ 3 with small & large bowel obstruction, but the 4th time it was infection.  That last time his bp dropped to 85/47 and was low for some time.  He has tingling in his extremeties alot due to mal-a...

                August 27, 2014 view post
                • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

                  Hello, my husband was recently back at the Mayo Clinic in MN ans we saw a Dr that specializes in the science of nutrition and blood chemistry.  My husband suffers from chronic radiation enterities and also colitis, both cause by radiation therapy during his cancer treatment 7 years ago.  We are optimistic that this doctor understands what is going on and is going to help.  His name is Dr. Ryan Hurt and...

                  March 17, 2014 view post
                  • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

                    Hello, my husband has has radiation enteritis for several years now and just recently we went to see a Palliative Care physician.  She is awesome and is researching help for him from all avenues ~ skin dr, nutrition, support groups, Mayo Clinic MD Anderson, etc.  We are hoping for some help to make him feel better, as he never feels well at all.  The mal-absorption is a big issue and the diarrhea. ...

                    December 22, 2013 view post
                    • beejaypea has replied to a post on the message board

                      Hello My husband is a colon cancer survivor but also has radiation enteritis as a result from his radiation treatment.  We saw an oncology surgeon a few months ago and he suggested a drug called octreatide, which is an injection.  It treats short bowel syndrome where the symptoms are the uncontrollable diarrhea, same as the radiation enteritis.  There is another called Gattex that just became ava...

                      May 27, 2013 view post
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                      Colon Cancer
                      Diet, Radiation, Side Effects, Supplements

                      Looking for help with radiation enteritis solutions in Pacific NW

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