Remember, how I said it was possible that I might inundate you with multiple posts a day now that holidays are over…I apologize again. I’ve been working on this post since December and I think it may finally be ready to go.
So, I was dealing with that mystery illness for the past three years. If you hadn’t already guessed from the title, it was a gluten intolerance. After I found out, it made so much sense. Even weird symptoms that I never would have linked together (generalized itching, UTIs, and indigestion for $1000, please) all fit into a nice little package now. Even issues I had as a kid all come together to round out this neat little diagnosis.
As I said previously, there would be a champagne toast to whoever figures out what was wrong with me. And the winner is…my boyfriend and I. After I made an appointment with a gastroenterologist, I was filling out his paperwork and it wanted to know if I suffered from…generalized itching. I did some research on my symptoms and gluten intolerance kept popping up. It had crossed my mind in the past that this could be the issue but I never seriously thought about it. Even though all the information said, ‘DO NOT DISCONTINUE GLUTEN UNTIL DOCTOR TELLS YOU TO DO SO,” I discontinued gluten.
It was like night and day. I felt better almost immediately. Many of the icky symptoms were gone and I felt better. Three weeks later I still saw the gastro guy. He told me it sounded like Celiac’s which was when I told him I had stopped eating gluten. The doctor then told me that in order to get an accurate diagnosis, I needed to stuff myself full of bread for two weeks and then come back for a blood test and upper endoscopy. Umm…HELL NO. Since I was feeling better without gluten, I decided to forego the two weeks of torture just so the doctor could tell me I shouldn’t eat gluten.
So that’s where I am now. I had a relapse last week due to some cross-contamination somewhere in the food chain (God only knows where). It was a wake up call as to how badly I had been feeling…for three years. It was unbelievably awful and I didn’t even realize it because it was routine. Freakish. One day I hope to get over my new-found fear of cross-contamination and be desire to take Xanax before eating (I kid).
For now, I am happy, healthy and excited for 2012. Here are some gluten-free posts to look for in the future:
- Whole Foods is My Homeboy
- The Gluten-Free Traveler
- Jesus Makes My Tummy Hurt (Gluten Where You Least Expect It)