Do you have a recommendation for a good gastroenterologist?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia and ME & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome' started by alexisvirg, Mar 20, 2013.

  1. alexisvirg

    alexisvirg Member

    Hello, I am looking for an open minded "outside the box" creative thinking gastroenterologist. I am in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Along with chronic fatigue and chronic myofacial pain syndrome, I have hypochlorhydria (low stomach acid) but can not find a specialist who will take me seriously.

    If anyone has a suggestion for an exceptional specialist anywhere in the U.S., I would be very grateful. The wait lists in Canada are very long and it is tough to get a referral accepted so I am willing to travel.

    Thank you in advance!
    Alexis

  2. MicheleK

    MicheleK Moderator

    Hi Alexis,

    I don't know anyone who fits that description but I hope you find someone who does.

    It is so frustrating trying to find the right doctor for ourselves.

    I too decided after a while to travel within the US to get the care I needed. I have never regretted it.

    All the best in your search.
    MicheleK
  3. alexisvirg

    alexisvirg Member

    Hi MicheleK,
    Thanks for responding. I appreciate the kind words. The search continues...
    Alexis
  4. Mikie

    Mikie Moderator

    I think if you put your location in the title of your post, you may get more responses. Good luck to you.

    Love, Mikie
  5. Saoirse3

    Saoirse3 Member

    His name is Geronimo Sahagun, and he's in Anchorage, AK. Very likeable and well versed and he's fairly easy to get in to see. You can Google him.
  6. alexisvirg

    alexisvirg Member

    Thanks for your recommendation. I will definitely google him. Thanks again for your help!
    Alexis
  7. mbofov

    mbofov Active Member

    Hi Alexis - for what it's worth, many of us with CFS have low stomach acid. My chiropractor who does muscle testing discovered mine and my CFS doctor just recommended I take hydrochloric acid with meals. Digestive enzymes alone were not enough.

    I take two 325 mg. capsules right before most meals although if it's a particularly heavy meal, I'll take 3. Protein or meat especially is hard to digest. I used to take 3 regularly but my system seems to be working better so now take two most of the time. You can buy this at any health food store. It's helped my digestion enormously.

    Mary
  8. alexisvirg

    alexisvirg Member

    Hi Mary,
    Thanks for your suggestions. Unfortunately, I can't tolerate enzymes and have tried many different kinds. I am also not able to tolerate hydrochloric acid. My stomach can take it, but it burns my intestines so bad I can't stand it, even with doses as low as 50mg. I have started experimenting with adding calcium as a buffer when I take the acid and that has stopped the burning. But, now I am getting some weird stomach pains that have caused me to stop the acid/buffer experiment for now. I don't want to do any serious damage to my stomach lining so I am going to give it a bit of time before trying again.
    Thanks for responding to my question,
    Alexis