…Ever watch "Mystery Diagnosis" on Discovery Health? The show where doctors end up telling the patients everything is all in their heads—then it’s “real”?
…The other night, HA was surfing and ran across a desperate gal who was sick after every meal. She lived in the john almost.
…She finally made an appointment with a gastroenterologist, but didn’t think she could drive two hours “without incident.”
…She found a doc nearer her home and he turned out to have discovered a syndrome in which bile can become too acidic and cause the charming “trottos” after eating.
…His name is Saad F. Habba, MD, and it’s called the Habba Syndrome.
…He studied some Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients who hadn’t improved on antispasmodics or the high fiber they put you on for that. Also, they did not have cramping or pain—just urgency after meals. (For more differences between IBS and Habba, go to http://habbasyndrome.com/_wsn/page3.html.)
…He tested them and ruled out IBS. He prescribed low doses of cholestyramine, a cholesterol-lowering drug often prescribed if people get diarrhea after having their gallbladders removed.
…On the TV show, the woman was better the next day! The patients in his study experienced almost immediate relief, too.
…For more info, go to http://www.habbasyndrome.com/. HA noted that he does not treat for this immediately—and requires batteries of tests to rule out other conditions.