Fat Malabsorption and Vitamin D Deficiency

Approximately 2 months ago, I noticed that there was white globs in my stool. It looked exactly like fat to me so I assume it is probably fat. I've noticed it in my stools quite often over the past two months. In this same amount of time, I have started to experience extreme fatigue. I am a 41 year old female.


About 6 weeks ago, I had some type of severe R sided abdominal pain that lasted approximately 2 1/2 days. I went to a local clinic. The physician there poked around, and found a tender region around the gall bladder area (per the M.D.) She ordered an abdominal US which was normal. The severe pain went away, and I now only feel pangs and occasional jabs of pain or weird sensations in the R abdominal area. I next paid a visit to my ob-gyn last week for my annual check up and told her about the problems I was having.

She did bloodwork, and it came back that my Vitamin D level was low. I do not have the test results in hand yet so I don't know the exact numbers. The nurse called and recommended taking 3000IUs of Vitamin D3. I asked about my cholesterol which was only 159. I thought this was kind of unusual because I've gained weight since I had it checked 3 years ago plus I haven't been watching what I eat at all. I'm approximately 30 lbs overweight.

The last time I had it checked, I believe it was closer to 200. Based on my symptoms, it appears I'm having some type of fat absorption problem. Whatever is going on has definitely presented a myriad of related symptoms over the past 2 months. Is there anything I should be looking out for or asking a GI doctor about when I go in for a visit? Also, are there some specific tests I should ask for whether bloodwork, imaging or scope?

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Really long question
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

This is a REALLY REALLY long and complex question that would need an entire consultation in order to do justice to. Unfortunately, you can ask away and get dozens of different tests and you may still end up confused and with no more answers than when you started.

That is because the number one most likely problem that you are experiencing is Gluten Sensitivity, but unless you have the most severe form, known as Celiac Disease, then it will end up being undiagnosed regardless of how many tests you end up getting and how many questions that you ask your doctors and how many doctors you go to.

So, please see my page above on Gluten Sensitivity and the page on Diagnosing Gluten Sensitivity so that you are prepared for your confusing and likely not very productive doctor visits. I hope that you find the answers that you are looking for and that you feel better soon. Let me know if you have any questions once you have done some reading and spoken to your doctors.


Kerri Knox, RN

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