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Old 10-14-2013, 11:25 PM
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I've been suffering from persistent G.I. issues for 6 months now. This all started after I took tetracycline for 18 months for acne, my dermatologist told me this was safe.

I suffer from abdominal pain which feels like an inflammation, nausea, diahrea as well as random joint pains. The symptoms can leave for up to a few weeks but always return.

I've been to many doctors and have had stool samples, blood tests, CT Scan, colonoscopy, gastroscopy and everything came back negative except for mild gastritis.

Doctors really have no answers for me.

Just wondering if anyone has suffered with similar problems. I am worried I could have Crohn's but the tests came back negative from my colonoscopy.

I've tried probiotics but they seemed to make my diahrea worse.

I talked to a naturopath and they recommended I use Glutamine for my G.I. issues.

Any input is appreciated!
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Old 10-15-2013, 07:07 PM
Location: Mid-Atlantic east coast
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You may have a clostridium difficile infection caused by the long-term use of the tetracycline. Maybe show the below to your doctor and get tested:

From the Live Strong website:

"Tetracyclines modify the normal flora, or the normal bacteria, found in the body. The patient may develop yeast infection in the mouth or vagina, itchiness and skin infections. Enterocolitis, an inflammation of the colon and intestines caused by clostridium difficile may be present in patients. The organism is able to grow freely in the colon because it is resistant to tetracyclines and because it does not have to compete with the normal bacteria for nutrients. A clostridium difficile infection may cause diarrhea and abdominal cramping. The patient should report the occurrence of diarrhea to a physician who can determine if further medical care is needed."

Read more: The Side Effects Of Tetracyclines | LIVESTRONG.COM
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Old 10-19-2013, 08:46 PM
Location: Sector 001
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Try a gastric emptying test.

Perhaps gastroparesis? Gastroparesis is a delayed emptying of the stomach. The major symptom is loss of appetite and nausea. Other symptoms.. burning sensation (gastritis), GERD. Alcohol seems to worsen the condition and symptoms.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:15 PM
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I'd go see a gastroenterologist if you haven't.

They see this kind of thing all the time, would figure it out quite quickly.
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:56 PM
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You mention tetracycline for acne. Did you eventually take Accutane by chance?
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