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Fat malabsoprtion treatment

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by nospin, Sep 16, 2013.

  1. nospin


    Hello All, My CFS started in January of 2012 with the typical symptoms. Since then I have 5 blood tests, urine tested for heavy metals and the 72 hour stool sample test. The last blood test was very extensive and tested me for tickborne diseases such s Lyme and many others. The last blood test was reccomended by my Holistic doctor in conjunction with a very well known wellness center I am going to. IN all these test over 1.5 years the only thing my holistic doctor said was significant was the malabsorption of fat. He has me taking a special GI protein mix, with phosphatidyl choline, omega 6/omega 3 oil (4 to1),raw eggs and a slew of vitamins. Mag/cal,zinc, iodine pills. I have also been on a great diet regimen in which I have been gluten free for at least 6 mos, presevatives, processed foods, sugar, dairy, a pretty near perfect diet with lots of fruits and vegetables.

    My chronic fatigue has pretty much gone away, but my cognitive disfunction is ridiculous at this point. Forgetting common words quite frequently, forgetting my thought mid-sentence, taking 3 hours to prepare work routes for the following days when it should take about 1 hour. Extreme lightheadedness and fog especially in the morning. these are about my only symptoms, I have no aches, pains , no digestive pains at all. No other symtpoms that I can think of except extreme brain fog. Actually this is something I have had as far back as I can remember, but now much worse.

    My question is, does anyone have a "fat malabsorption issue" which lead to extreme cognitive disfunction. If so, what did you do? The wellness center I have gone to (and I meet with the preson that runs this place) didn;t even really mention anything about the "fat malabsorption issue". She just talked said to me that diet and supplements are 15% and that I should go for my a colon hydrotherapy, bio-oxidative treatment, perform coffee enemas, and pretty much what is in the workbook that's given to everyone. I have done a lot research on this and acording to what I looked up there could be an issue with my liver or Pancreas. What I have done is ordered a good Lipase digestive enzyme and pro-biotic and add that to my regimen. Besides this, I don't know what else to do or where to look.

    One last thing I will mention in this, I have been talking adderall 60 mg daily for the last 13 years.I know that has got to make ny liver work overtime. BEsides this, I drink very, very little and don;t smoke or take any kind of drugs.

    any help would be appreciated

  2. samronald


    The malabsorption represents a pathological situation and it may be of pancreatic and hepatic. In malabsorption, the most typical sign is steatorrhea, defined as a more than 5g fats/24 hours loss by stool.

    The causes of maldigestion are gastric causes, billary causes and pancreatic causes.
  3. WillowJ

    WillowJ คภภเє ɠรค๓թєl

    WA, USA
    regarding fat malabsorption, I assume this is discovered from a fecal fat test, it's possible to be from pancreas or I think liver is also possible, but it's also possible to be from inflammatory bowel disease (usually this would cause other GI symptoms, but if it's celiac disease and you are avoiding gluten, maybe not; it could be that you are still getting a small amount of gluten which is causing the brain fog? I do not know) or malabsorption (which latter seems to be a rare disorder diagnosed by checking immunoglobulins)

    It may be a good idea to get a referral to a GI specialist and have things checked out.

    all the best to you
  4. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

    I'd try getting off the adderal. I'm finding that even after 8 years of a gf / mostly
    paleo type duet my brain is still very sensitive to anything med or supplement
    that affects my brain.

    I have fat malabsorption too. Even taking prescription creon doesn't
    help enough. I still need vitastop and candidase to keep food moving at

    I just bought papain because natural digestive enzymes from papaya
    mangos and pineapple help too.
  5. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

    Also you didn't mention your sleep. If you're not getting restorative
    sleep then you'll have the problems you mentioned. I've found
    a combo of melatonin, 5htp and klonopin help. Theanine may be
    substituted for klonopin. I found i needed klonopin after getting off it
    and trying theanine. I have nocturnal myoclonus tho.

    one of these supps may be all you need but i need all 3. They
    work differently. The lower the dose the better i can think tho. tc. x

    ps. congratulations on your improvement. My story is very similar.
  6. Snowdrop

    Snowdrop Rebel without a biscuit

    Hello Nospin

    I don't know anything about fat malabsorption but I do have a suggestion for your persistent cognitive fog.
    A large dose of Vitamin D3. As with all suggestions different things work for different people depending on whatever (wish I knew). As it happens, how I discovered Vitamin D for brain fog was by trying to find something to alleviate my pain. I vaguely remembered reading that someone had suggested VitD3 for pain so thought I'd give it a try. I had taken D3 in the past but just 1 pill/day. Again from something I thought I read I decided to try a larger dose.
    It did not help my pain in the least but after two days of taking 6 pills of 1000 IU my significant brain fog improved~I've been sick a long time so this was quite a 'happy' accident.
    The great thing is that a bottle of 200 pills costs under $5 where I buy them so it's not expensive and not at all harmful. Research suggests that a toxic dose starts at 50,000 IU's daily.
    Good luck with finding solutions that work for you.
  7. Mya Symons

    Mya Symons Mya Symons

    I am bumping this conversation up again because I just had some productive test results because of bad stomach pain. They tested my Lipase levels to see if I had pancreatitis, but the results were the opposite of what they expected. I have very low Lipase levels (and probably amylase too). Now I am wondering if this is the cause of my fibromyalgia and CFS. I have had stomach problems and trouble digesting food for as long as I can remember. From what I am reading, if a person is not making enough lipase, they cannot digest and break down protein and fat. This means they cannot metabolize phospholipids and without phospholipids, the bodies cells don't work right and break down early. I have been taking a large amount of pancreatic digestive enzymes and I have a lot less pain in my stomach and abdomen. This might be the root of all my issues and perhaps others here too??
  8. adreno

    adreno PR activist

    I would guess fat malabsorption could be treated with lipase, HCL, pepsin and ox bile.

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