For the first time ever, a patient-driven book has been written about sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. The Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Survival Guide is a groundbreaking resource every sphincter of Oddi dysfunction patient, friend or family member of a sphincter of Oddi dysfunction patient, GI doctor, primary care physician, naturopath, and functional medicine practitioner should read. Regardless if your sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is mild or severe, you will find this guide helpful.
This guide is a culmination of patient experiences, research, and the author's own personal experience with having sphincter of Oddi dysfunction for 17 years. For 13 years, the author was misdiagnosed, unable to find a doctor to help her. Read about how she found good doctors, treatments that worked, and coping strategies that helped.
In this book you will find information about:
The science behind sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, including information about anatomy, the three types of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, prevalence (affects women the most), and symptoms. The most common symptoms are pain in the upper right quadrant under the rib that sometimes radiates to the back and shoulder, and nausea or vomiting.
The potential causes of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction is most prevalent in people who had their gallbladders removed (post-cholecystectomy syndrome). Also learn how hormones and medications may contribute to sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
Finding an sphincter of Oddi dysfunction doctor and obtaining a diagnosis. Learn how to NOT waste your time with mediocre doctors or doctors who refuse to diagnose or treat sphincter of Oddi dysfunction. Learn how to find the best doctors and about the most common tests used to diagnose sphincter of Oddi dysfunction.
Sphincter of Oddi dysfunction treatments, including natural remedies, medications, and procedural and surgical treatments.
How to cope with sphincter of Oddi dysfunction and live a quality life utilizing support groups, mental health therapy, spiritual support, and staying positive.
Dealing with hospitals and healthcare professionals and how to become an empowered patient.
The truth about sphincter of Oddi dysfunction your doctor and medical journals won’t tell you.
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About the Author
Brooke Keefer is the proud mother of three sons, a stepdaughter, stepson, and has two grandchildren. Brooke has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany. For over 15-years, she worked as a not-for-profit director, lobbyist, advocate, and wrote, managed and reviewed grants in the field of children’s mental health and juvenile justice. Brooke has several disabling conditions including sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, chronic pancreatitis, and fluoroquinolone toxicity syndrome (caused by a long-term adverse reaction to the antibiotic Levaquin). She now dedicates her work to bringing awareness to these diseases, writing health articles, advocating for patient rights, and recently started a digestive health blog called Have a Healthy Gut at www.haveahealthygut.com. Brooke is the founder of the Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction Awareness and Education Network, a 501c3 not for profit organization. She manages its website, www.sodae.org, and Facebook page and support group.