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my body does not digest vegetables properly, are there any

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my body does not digest vegetables properly, are there any digestive otc, drugs that I can take to help. What might be the cause. I have problems digesting almost any type of vegetables, olives, corn, peas, beans, etc. Its like the only digestive process they go through is chewing.

Dr. Saha :

Hello,

Dr. Saha :

Welcome to Just Answer.

Customer:

hello

Dr. Saha :

Do you have diarrhea?

Dr. Saha :

How many times do you pass stool?

Customer:

Sometimes, I have some IBS type symptoms. Sometimes my stool will be normal and at the end it will be watery, I go 1-3 times a day

Dr. Saha :

Vegetables have cellulose which is not digested.

Dr. Saha :

So this can increase the volume of stool.

Dr. Saha :

Digestive enzymes would not help.

Dr. Saha :

The sugar portions of the vegetables are absorbed.

Dr. Saha :

Chewing is a good habit to break down it.

Dr. Saha :

In IBS too there can be increased frequency sometimes.

Dr. Saha :

As your MRI & all blood tests are normal, it would not be much worrying.

Dr. Saha :

Please feel free to ask, if you have any query

Customer:

But is it normal for them not to be digested at all? Im not trying to be gross but if I eat an olive it looks just like it did when I ate it. also Its like I have these attacks to give you an example, earlier this evening my lower intestines, stomach started growling and gurgling severly, I had no pain, but I had gas and felt very fatigued, I had a bowel movement, my stool had clear mucous in it and lots of undigested food, I feel better, but my stomach is still growling a bit. I also have problems with lettuce & rice as well. I seem to digest meats ok.

Customer:

my ferretin was 545 and RBC was normal but borderline high

Customer:

saturation was a bit low @ 17%

Customer:

esr & crp normal

Dr. Saha :

How is RBC count exactly?

Customer:

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Customer:

theres my test

Dr. Saha :

Please wait. I am looking to the test results.

Customer:

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Dr. Saha :

Thank you for waiting.

Customer:

no problem

Dr. Saha :

The RBC & hemoglobin levels are within normal limits.

Dr. Saha :

Ferritin is higher but saturation is lower than normal.

Dr. Saha :

Higher saturation is seen with hemochromatosis.

Dr. Saha :

High ferritin level can be present with other conditions too.

Dr. Saha :

Do you have any history of liver disease?

Dr. Saha :

But your liver tests are normal.

Dr. Saha :

Bilirubin, AST, ALT are normal.

Customer:

My MRI said I had a mild fatty liver without evidence of focal suspicious lesion

Dr. Saha :

In infection or inflammation, there can be higher level of ferritin but CRP, ESR are also normal.

Customer:

normal appearing mrcp

Customer:

can IBS cause it?

Dr. Saha :

Mild fatty liver can be a factor.

Dr. Saha :

IBS would not cause it.

Customer:

so could the mild fatty liver cause digestive issues

Customer:

or could I possibly be lactose intolerant?

Dr. Saha :

Do you tolerate milk products?

Customer:

I tried cutting off all dairy and felt like I had some improvement, but not all symptoms disapeared, coffee also seems to be a trigger. The weird thing is if I eat these proccesed chicken patties from wal mart I will almost always have an episode

Customer:

I have also been tested for gluten intolerance

Dr. Saha :

Did you have hydrogen breath test?

Customer:

no

Dr. Saha :

Most people with lactose tolerance can tolerate some amount of milk or milk products.

Dr. Saha :

As you feel some improvement after cutting off dairy, you can discuss with doctor to have a hydrogen breath test.

Dr. Saha :

This test often help to diagnose if there is any such problem.

Customer:

There is a test at walgreens that test for allergies, lactose intolerance, etc. do you know if it is a reliable test?

Dr. Saha :

Please write the name of the test.

Dr. Saha :

The brand name?

Dr. Saha :

There may be a problem with chat. I am changing to question & answer format.


 

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Customer:

sorry for the wait

Customer: replied 3 years ago.

you there ?

Yes.

I did not see any reply, so I thought there can be a problem with chat.

So I changed to this format.

Please feel free to ask, if you have any query.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

did you see the walgreen test kit I posted above

Thank you.

I just got it.

It is an allergy test.

It can detect milk allergy but lactose intolerance is different.

Lactose intolerance is due to lack of enzyme, lactase.

This test would not help to detect that.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

What do you think is wrong with me?

IBS is likely to be causing those symptoms.

Anxiety, stress can be associated.
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