Maybe it’s my age. My husband seems to think so. Or my diet, which I will admit isn’t all that fabulous. But I’m having … stomach issues.
Dr. Google says it’s likely to be irritable bowel syndrome, but I need to go rule out more serious issues first. I have been tested for celiac disease twice and came up negative, and have gone gluten free in the past with no change so I am somewhat confident that’s not my issue. But there are other diseases that can manifest themselves in this ugly manner too, such as Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and so on.
A little apprehensive, if I must be honest. I also have GERD, diagnosed via EGD a year ago, and have been on Zantac ever since. I stopped taking the medication in hopes that it was the cause of my problems, but unfortunately the fix wasn’t that easy.
I’m going to call my GI doctor tomorrow to see when they can fit me in, and try some diet modifications in the meantime.
My main symptom seems to be caused by an abnormal gastrocolic reflex. The results are less than spectacular and I really have to be careful what I eat when I’m out and about, and in fact I’ve pretty much stopped eating out altogether — it isn’t worth the risk.
I’ve increased my fiber intake and made a point to consume more whole foods — food that remembers where it came from. I cut down on a lot of processed foods long ago but we all have our favorites, don’t we? I also need to eat less high-fat food because that seems to be a major trigger of my problem. Which is unfortunate, as I’ve just mastered a really delicious pizza omelet. I need to substitute the pepperoni in it, perhaps?
Best case scenario is that this is just a temporary condition, although with it going on for 3 months or so, my hope for that is dwindling. Next best case would be IBS which is a functional bowel disorder that I hope can be managed with dietary changes. Since autoimmune diseases run in my family (my daughter has celiac disease and one son is IgA deficient) I do worry it’s something worse, but hopefully not.
Now that I’ve aired my personal problems here for the world to see, don’t hesitate to share yours and make me feel less alone.
About Monica: Monica has been writing professionally since 2000 and has two published books — Teach Your Baby to Sign and Baby Talk. Her writing appears in a number of websites. The mother of four children, Monica is a cloth diaper and natural parenting enthusiast. She also sews custom fleece soakers, shorties, skirties and longies at Mama Bird.