Brief summary of my 2009…
3 weeks of rectal bleeding in jan/feb led me to gastroenterologist in march, who said i had internal hemorrhoids, but then also suspected celiac disease bc i had been feeling very sick for no good reason for 2+years, which was tested and found to be positive. gluten-free diet has gotten my pcos under control, in addition to my many celiac symptoms. early september, i started to get sick again, even with my careful eating. every meal i ate, i became nauseous and would gag for about 5 minutes. every meal. no matter what i ate. it was so frustrating bc i had just gotten used to NOT being sick anymore. i knew what had been wrong, but now, mysterious nausea was in my life. also had severe back pains every so often on my right side, and also grew a strange lump on my right hip. so i began my quest to find out what was wrong. i went to my primary, who consistently said i was too young to be worried about anything. lump was a lipoma. didn’t know why i had nausea or back pain. but she found blood in my urine. so i went to a urologist , who ordered a ct scan. found a stone in my right kidney, but nothing to worry about yet tho’ it could be the cause of back pain. however, not the cause of nausea. by this time, i was gagging for over a month, every meal. went to my gastro again, who ordered another CT scan in case anything changed. nothing changed. still a small kidney stone, but nothing else was wrong. fed up with my mystery, i stopped going to drs. my primary basically made me feel really stupid for even going thru all the tests and dr visits. after about 3 months, it eventually disappeared on its own, tho’ not completely gone. then came the holidays, which wreaked havoc on my diet… ate lots of things i shouldn’t have… felt like, i wasn’t 100% anyway with GF diet, so i let loose. my periods, which were coming every 35 days, increased to every 40-ish days. i was getting tired all the time, living with frequent headaches, and bloated. oh gluten, why does my body hate you so much?
And now it’s 2010.
i’ve gotten my eating under control once more. no more holiday gatherings to mess with my head and tummy. but i have to say, it really sucks having to be so careful about food. it’s one thing to say i’m going to be healthy and eat better, eat more naturally, and eat organic. but there’s gluten in just about everything!!! even the healthy, organic stuff. around the time that i was gagging, i also started to become a little adverse to meat (but did not cut it out of my diet). probably bc greasy food made me more nauseous than other foods. and i still have the nausea gagging every once in awhile, about once a week. so there’s only so much salad I can eat. i’m finding it harder these days, but i’m still fighting my urges to eat wheat bread, pasta, and other foods with gluten in it bc i know how terrible i feel when i do eat it, and how it causes my body harm.