Friday, February 14, 2014

Still Chugging Along

It has been a while since my last post; I have been occupied with a weird stomach ailment. For a couple of weeks I was feeling nauseous and even dizzy a couple of times. I thought I might be pregnant so I took a pregnancy test. BFN. Then last Tuesday I started to feel like my food wasn't moving through my system properly. I would eat and then within an hour or two I would feel completely disgusting. I lost quite a bit of weight (8lbs in 7 days). I started a food journal and have realized that I am likely gluten and lactose intolerant... suddenly. I have celiac in my family and from the research I have done it can be triggered by pregnancy, stress or some autoimmune event. Looks like I have been triggered.

Since making this realization I have cut gluten out of my diet and am feeling 100% better. In the throws of this flare up I contacted my gastroentologist and have been scheduled for an upper endoscopy and a colonoscopy on Feb 25th. I am not looking forward to it, but in order to get an official diagnosis I need this done.

The only drawback about this is that in order for the tests to be accurate for celiac, I need to continue eating gluten. I just can't make myself do that - I felt so awful.

In the midst of everything the day came for me to start taking BCP in preparation for a potential FET in May. So, I have started taking it as well. I have to admit that I sway back and forth about moving forward with a FET. Our life is pretty awesome just the way we are. But. I know that if we don't try this I will always regret it.

So, we move forward. Hopefully I will have some concrete answers about my health in the next couple of weeks and I can figure out how to live gluten free. Thousands of people do it every day so I should be able to figure this out!

2 comments:

  1. Celiac! Oh dear! My colleague Lily is gluten and lactose intolerant and we talk a lot about recipes. I hope you have a milder variety and not get sick for 4 days from a breadcrumb in your tea.
    I suppose the good news is that you can always eat vegetables and unprocessed meat/fish.
    Maybe for the next 10 days you can have your final batch of cookies you like, your favourite icecream, a last pizza, a snack of cheese? Because all that will be gone after completely going gluten and lactose free. If you have trouble finding blogs / recipes let me know and I can ask her. I think there are also different forums.

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