So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??

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    Dr_Pain I have always had gut and bowel problems, it’s like a steep roller coaster. It goes from pooing small hard pebbles with pain like a rabbit to diarrhea with nauseous gut and pain, my family doctor just seemed to blow it off. I finally complained so much about it 3 years ago he finally agreed to do a colonoscopy at age 44. They found nothing but two small polyps that they removed. Yes I do not eat the greatest so it’s partially my fault but food is just so yummy I can’t kick the habit so I just deal with it. Just like my aches and pains muscular and bone/ joints, back and hips mostly. I have been told I have irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal disease. He gave me dicyclomine that I haven’t taken forever, I am terrible at remembering to take pills. I am also currently on omeprozole for heartburn and acid reflux. Chocolate and Mountain Dew is probably the two worst things that make it react along with spicy foods. I think I have gained so much weight that it is just pushing so much on my innerds and creating havoc. I’m glad you are moving in the right direction and we will be right here with you in the coming months and years.

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    twilliams I hope you continue to improve as well. I understand, you have an idea, & it is not a nice description when it happens. Has been happening on & off now for about 25-30 years. Have had all sorts of tests run over the years & no idea or solution. It goes away eventually on its own & then returns at some point. We eat pretty healthily for the most part, I am just fatter than a show dog. I hope they can get to the bottom of yours so you get to feeling better. It is not good to have to go through life like that & the pills are no good at all, if you can help it.

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    calldoctoday I ordered Pizza Hut pizza on my way home from work on Friday, I had bad diarrhea through Sunday no matter what I ate after that. I told the wife, that’s it!! No more fast food. I have also not had a pop/soda since. We will see how long this lasts. I usually cave to temptation and easibility to a fast meal. I gotta do this though. So a diet for me again although it will not be the keto diet like last time.

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    twilliams Hang in there. I thought iceberg type lettuce was the culprit for me, but then found that was not completely consistent.

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    Dr_Pain wow Claude, that is a journey, thank you for sharing. Your inspiration and tenacity is something. I know everyone in this community is happy to see you come out on the other side of this. I have personally never endured anything like what you have been through, but have family who have had similar medical episodes. I know your career is weighing on you, but please continue to take care of yourself. I do believe that God will open another door when one is closed. It sounds like we also have something in common other than Meatgistics, we both married up. I am glad you are still with us to help us all navigate this thing we all call life. Get well my friend.

  • Team Blue Cast Iron Sous Vide Canning Dry Cured Sausage Masterbuilt Military Veterans Power User Regular Contributors

    What a ride you went on, thanks for the update glad you are back. I will leave you with this thought, always remember as you are walking through the valley of death that you are walking and not camping in that valley and you can only walk so far before you climb the peak and reach the mountain top.

  • Team Blue Admin Walton's Employee Power User

    Dr_Pain We chatted a little off line but those pics look so much like what happened to my brother! I actually sent him this link to look at! Incredibly thankful that you pulled through, as we have said, us Tremblays are hard to kill!!! Glad to have you back, take your time with everything, regain your strength!

  • Cast Iron Canning Green Mountain Grill Team Orange Masterbuilt Power User Military Veterans Regular Contributors Yearling

    Dr_Pain I was hoping you would share your story. I realize how personal and hard it must have been to write it. Hopefully it was somewhat therapeutic. Glad things have improved so much. We’ll keep praying for you, and your wife. Glad to have you back.

  • Big Green Egg Team Blue Regular Contributors Cast Iron Power User

    Dr_Pain thanks for filling us in. That is quite the saga. I’m glad you are physically healing. Continued prayers for both your physical and mental well being. Sounds like your wife is a great support system. Isn’t it awesome when us lunkheads marry up!

    I have had two colonoscopies. I have to have them every five years now since they found a polyp during my last one. I have celiac disease and am also prone to diverticulitis. Both are a pain in the you know what!!!

    I do feel that your story may very well help someone here. We need to remember that we are not bulletproof and that there is no shame in health screenings every once in a while.

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    gus4416 said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Well I for one am glad you are still here I have learned for a group that I used to I attended on a daily bases now not so much because I am lazy and it has Ben 25 years that god has a plan for us and it is not up to us to know it and that everything happens for a reason so if your story helps one more person that might be what is supposed to be thank you for sharing I will keep you in my prayers

    Thanks for the prayers and more importantly read this little novel in it’s entirety. I completely agree with you that God has a plan. I totally see that through the struggles He was by my side giving just enough but not too much. I am on a different path than what I had designed for myself but now that things are improving I can see that it is not all bad. My intentions to share the story and the gruesome pictures are definitely to help at least one person. Prevention, prevention, prevention! You don’t need to end up with all the scars if you get those things taken care of early. DON’T DELAY!

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    YooperDog said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain Thank you for sharing your journey, hmmm… I think LOL. None of us like to get prodded or examined especially when we feel okay. But getting things done removes the doubt of any issues. My wife did the same for me and had to drag me to the ER to bring me to my senses, they still had to take my clothes so I wouldn’t leave. Sometimes we just get lucky especially with who we spend our life with. Someone is looking out for us.

    Hahaha, it sounds like we are made from the same cloth. They did have to hide my clothes after the first surgery because although I was in pain, I could not justify the cost of being in the hospital. I promise that I will never go against the counsel of my most trusted one. God definitely sent me an Angel!!

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    kyle said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain thanks for your story. You may have just saved one of us without even knowing it. God bless you and your family

    If I can only impact one…… I did debate back and forth on adding the pictures but I felt lead to sharing in the most raw form, considering that they are what could happen to any of us if we dismiss our responsibilities to our own body. Thanks for the continued support and continued best wishes

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    calldoctoday said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain Thank you for sharing this saga with us, yet so much more to have to experience. I cannot even imagine having to go through that much, but am glad that you have made it & know you will make it all the way through, by the grace of God & your own determination. Hang in there & Thank you .

    Thanks for the reply, friend! It is definitely by God’s Graces but this was amply supported by the Power of Prayers and all the positive best wishes. There are a lot of uncertainties in my future but I am living it day by day and I am reminded daily to stay positive

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    Mean Dean said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain So glad you decided to go in and get it done. Despite the outcome and all the pain you experienced, it saved your life. You are SO right to suggest everyone get a colonoscopy when you are near that 50 year mark. The worst part is the clean out before the procedure, and with the things they have now, it isn’t that bad. My brother did not follow up in time, and short story, he now has a colostomy bag for life. But at least he’s still here, and able to enjoy life.

    Thank you for sharing your story. Perhaps it will save someone else’s life. Many blessings to you, my friend. You are fortunate to have such a loving and caring wife. Praise God that you are still with us. Continue to heal, my friend.

    I do appreciate the blessings of my life and as an exercise giving to my by my counselor, I count them! I am so glad to still be alive, so appreciative of the Angel God sent to me and who I have the privilege of calling my wife, blessed by the showering of love and prayers from my friend, online friends and family. Praising God is definitely part of my daily routine. Thanks for the reply and best wishes.

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    processhead said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Claude, that was one hell of a ride you took. Thank you for sharing the story.
    So very glad you came through it and are still here on the green side of the grass with the rest of us.

    Its hard to understand all the twists and turns the whole experience took you through. Maybe somethings are just not meant to be fully understood right away.

    Paul, you bring about a great point. I did stop recently asking the question “Why??” I am here for the long haul and won’t be so privileged to have answers to all my questions, all of the time. Hindsight is 20/20 and I’m looking forward to some reflection in my old days…… on the green side!

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    John Belvedere said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr. Pain, I can not even imagine what you have gone through. I’m so glad that you have a brighter path forward. Hopefully your story will encourage others to get a colonoscopy even though they are feeling good. You are very blessed and a man of many riches having a wife that truly loves you. Get well soon my Meatgistics brother.

    Hey John, I am so looking forward to the new path I am on because the path I was on (at least that section of the path) is no something I want to experience ever again nor do I wish it on my worst enemy. I LOVE you closing statement “Meatgistic Brother”. Our community does feel like a big family!

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    MT Elk Hunter said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Keep up the faith. No hill is too large for a mountain climber!

    I will live by that expression from here on out. In part because I love hiking and climbing. Thanks for your reply

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    johnsbrewhouse said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain Glad they found things before they became a problem. My doctor is one of the over achievers who doesn’t listen to his patients, thus the reason I don’t see him, but see the P.A… As most don’t know, I only have 1/3 of a stomach due to gastric surgery, so I know where you are at somewhat with the Laparoscopic procedure. It is a long journey when you have normal healing, but even longer when complications arise. I can say I don’t relish the thought of the procedure, but for me the prep is worse since none of them understand what it means to have limited capacity in the stomach and their expectations to consume amounts of liquid physically impossible in the allotted time.
    A 7 cm mass was cause for alarm and two I can see why the Dr. want you in ASAP. Thank goodness it was benign. All I can say, you have been though a lot. By the sounds of you recent post your spirits are more lifted day by day.
    Thanks for sharing your story, hopefully this will add to the value of education of preventive procedures whether we like them or not.

    1/3 of your stomach……WOW!!! I am sure you can relate with the recovery and it’s limitations. I agree that complications make the recovery exponentially more difficult but all of this is “relative perspective”. I have to remind myself daily that there are people suffering much worse physical limitations and pain, and much worse psychological dysfunctions. Thanks again for the pecans. I don’t overdo on them because I was suggested to limit the fiber in my diet but every time I eat one I think about you and lkrfletcher. You guys are the best!

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    johnsbrewhouse said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    calldoctoday Have a video appointment with my primary care ARNP for digestive problem and follow up on embolism. Hopefully she will get me off the blood thinner. Prefer the video since Omicron and the flu are running rampant here.

    I know what you mean with telehealth visit. Since getting out of the hospital I have limited myself to going to church and riding in the car. Prayers for your recovery and hope you can get off the blood thinner

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    twilliams said in So what ever happened to Dr_Pain (Claude)??:

    Dr_Pain I have always had gut and bowel problems, it’s like a steep roller coaster. It goes from pooing small hard pebbles with pain like a rabbit to diarrhea with nauseous gut and pain, my family doctor just seemed to blow it off. I finally complained so much about it 3 years ago he finally agreed to do a colonoscopy at age 44. They found nothing but two small polyps that they removed. Yes I do not eat the greatest so it’s partially my fault but food is just so yummy I can’t kick the habit so I just deal with it. Just like my aches and pains muscular and bone/ joints, back and hips mostly. I have been told I have irritable bowel syndrome and gastrointestinal disease. He gave me dicyclomine that I haven’t taken forever, I am terrible at remembering to take pills. I am also currently on omeprozole for heartburn and acid reflux. Chocolate and Mountain Dew is probably the two worst things that make it react along with spicy foods. I think I have gained so much weight that it is just pushing so much on my innerds and creating havoc. I’m glad you are moving in the right direction and we will be right here with you in the coming months and years.

    We can count our blessings that we don’t live near Chef LOL! Our diets would be shot.

    The good thing about your story is that there does not seem to be a structural or mechanical reasoning for your pain and bowel issues. It is sad that you have to push your doctor to run test but as the expression goes “The squeaky wheel gets the grease”. Making life changes with our love of food (unhealthy foods) is so hard. The two vice you mentioned are mine as well, or I should say were!

    I’m sorry you have to deal with your inconsistency with your GI system which causes pain/nausea as well. I’ll add you to my prayer list. I have plenty time these days to pray for people.

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