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My appendix burst in April of 2009; a few days after I had surgery to remove the burst appendix and the related infections. 30cm of my small intestine and a small part of my colon had to be removed. It\'s been almost a year and a half since then and I\'m still experiencing problems. My bowel movements are still loose (and sometimes acidic if I\'ve had anything with caffeine); I\'ve been taking protein shakes which actually help substantially, but if I stop for more than a couple days they go back to being loose again. I also get a pain in my upper stomach if I run for more than a couple miles, and I feel like I\'m going to puke. Last but not least, my ability to drink alcohol is all but gone; I can\'t take more than a few shots or beers without getting that pain in my upper stomach again and puking. Is something else wrong with me? Is it just a slow healing process, or will I always be like this?

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replied November 25th, 2010
Appendix and Appendicitis Answer A17304

Welcome to the forum and I am glad to help you out. In view of the symptoms of chronic diarrhea and the history of recent surgery, there's a possibility that you're suffering from blind loop syndrome. Blind loop syndrome occurs when part of the small intestine is bypassed and cut off from the normal flow of food and digestive juices.

The bypassed portion of intestine, known as a blind loop, leads to a series of problems. Food can't pass through the loop, and digestive fluids stagnate. As a result, food ferments, encouraging bacterial growth and interfering with absorption of essential nutrients. Antibiotics, vitamin B12 supplements and lactose free diet are the key to treat this ailment. Please consult a gastroenterologist for the same. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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