Project Alicia : embarrassing confession.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

embarrassing confession.

I can't speak for infancy or toddlerhood, but ever since I can remember I've struggled with a very sluggish digestive system. Genetic? Hormonal? Cursed? It's annoying at best. It is also very embarrassing. It's only been in the last year or so that every single time I eat I have extremely bad abdominal pain, at times lasting for days. It doesn't seem to matter what I eat, although I have cut milk and most dairy out of my diet. Perhaps I should just give in and be tested for food allergies. At times I wish I didn't have to eat, but I do realize it is a requirement to sustain life. It sucks to give into a food craving only to have it lay you up for days. Today it was so bad that I called in sick and curled up in a fetal position in my bed. I can't get into the gastrointerologist for 3 weeks. Googling digestive issues is like trying to figure out how the earth came to be. There are so many contradicting theories out there, some pretty deep and intricate, others just ridiculous.

I'm at a loss. Our bodies are so complex, particularly our digestive systems. Every road seems to lead me back to where I started...

I only make this confession with the hope that maybe others have been through this or know someone who has or might be able to offer some advice or words of encouragement.

6 comments:

  1. Check your FB I sent you a couple of messages about this.

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  2. I've had digestive issues that totally cleared up as soon as I stopped eating gluten and dairy. It's really common that people have issues with these. It was crazy how quickly my body changed once i stopped these things. Lost lots of weight, heart rate went down, blood pressure got better, and my digestive system magically got better. Just an idea.

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  3. Like Anna, I was going to recommend looking into Celiac Disease. Many times even with a blood test, celiac disease can come back negative. They can biopsy the stomach, but a more sure test is to do a week trial with a gluten free diet. Good luck!

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  4. Also, have you tried taking a digestive enzyme with meals??

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  5. I usually have the opposite problem, but probiotics really help me. I always notice when I've been lazy about taking them! Good luck!

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  6. I'm such a bad mommy, but I still haven't gotten Kason into the GI....not that it isn't important because it surely is, but other things have taken presedence. I have noticed that he's not consistant...he may go every day for a week and then the next two weeks he'll get off...But we're also thinking, he doesn't make time to go...so we're working on making him make time. Maybe by summer we'll have it all figured out? Hope you get some answers!!!!!

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