Ok, for anyone following this post, here's an update. The IBS thing never did seem to go away so I went back to my regular doctor and wound up seeing a specialist (gastroenterologist).
This past Monday, I had an abdominal ultrasound to check my liver, gallbladder and other stuff.
I'm reporting this, in case anyone is wondering why, to perhaps help or assist anyone else who may be going through or who has gone through what I have been experiencing.
Let me back up some first.
First blood test was January 7, 2009. It was revealed that my total cholesterol was somewhere under 200, don't remember the exact numbers, wanna say around 190 mark. My liver enzyme counts were slightly elevated, as were blood sugar counts.
As of April 8, 2009, total cholesterol 159, good cholesterol still somewhat lower than it should be (remedy is more exercise). Liver enzymes still mildly elevated as were blood sugar levels.
Bad cholesterol was 102, anything under 130 is good! So good news there.
For about two weeks now I have been taking a pill called Levsin. It has made a tremendous difference in the IBS symptoms. My wife loves to give me that little pill cause it puts me out in about 30 minutes! :shock:
So fast forward to yesterday. Spoke with the specialist.
I have what's called fatty liver changes. My gallbladder looks good, pancreas looks good, my liver has fat accumulations that are usually associated with people who drink way too much alcohol or a diet too high in fat.
I'm not much of a drinker, but have always liked rich foods, you know, sauces and pork and fried chicken and fried fish! Etc...
Well, those days are over, for now at least anyway.
So the IBS apparently has been a symptom of me having a fatty liver.
With a healthier diet, more weight loss and more exercise, I should get better, is what they are saying.
Wish me luck everyone, my next blood work is in three months. I have to get crackin' not to be confused with cracklin' as in pork cracklins which I would lovvvve to sick my teethe into right now!
Y'all take care and take care of yourselves! Hopefully with some discipline I will have a much better report in three months.