I am from Sweden lived in Philippines in 25 years on a remote island Polillo.
I have had trouble with diarrhea for 4 years at least and it has become worse these 2 last years and also have I losing weight a lot.
I have been hesitant going to a doctor here for my problems because of the cost. I have no health insurance but I am also skeptic about their knowledge. I think it is just as well I did not go as the symptoms are so vague and beside doctors here are simply not familiar with this desease. (maybe because it is common in Caucasians than people here.)
Through the internet I had some possible diagnosis
Pancreatit, bile acid malabsorption, ulcerus colit and colon cancer.Irratable bowel movement and that was about it. I had ruled out parasites as albenazole (?) would have taken care of them.
Some simple tests like blood in feces would rule some suggestions out. So I planned a basic bloodtest first.
Celiac which seemed to fit also but I ruled out because of my misconception that celiac started when younger age groups.
Then everything changed when I read that it was common among people in my age group. In fact that seems the most common age group when it starts.
Then there was news that more than 1 percent of the Caucasian population had it. Gluten intolerance or celiac desease.
It seemed more and more clear that this was it. I had a lot of symptoms seemingly also related, mouth sores irritability depression oxalate kidney stone etc
I just have to avoid wheat and barley. Rye is almost nonexistent here.
That is the simple solution. In internet they write about endoscopy ad biopsy. Good heavens. Also about some unclear bloodtests.
The solution is simply avoid wheat and barley. Of course this is not so simple as luncheon meat hot dog knorr cubes contain it I soon realized. But still it is the only way. If I feel much better after a few weeks or months the whole thing is clear.
What puzzles me now is why did I not notice in some intuitive way that wheat was bad for me.
Usually the body feels when something is unhealthy and there should have been some correlation with my wheat intake and the diarrhea.
The explanation is of course that I ate daily bread so I never had a clear period when I felt better.
But still it surprises me that I did not have some kind of negative feeling towards bread. In fact I may have but I brushed it away. Strangely I had a definite negative feeling against oatmeal. I even vomited after eating it. And it seems oatmeal is not strictly forbidden.
Also I noted that beer had a negative effect on me in the sense that it seemed yhat my prostate seemed to swell up after drinking it so avoided beer.
Hopefully my villis are repairable.
My basic bloodtest showed low hb but no blood in feces which also confirms my suspicion.