Saturday, January 19, 2013

You Mean I Have What?

Since last August I have been battling some strange stomach issues. This is when my anxiety got really bad because I had no clue what was going on with my body. So the typical anxiety ridden me, thinks omg I have appendicitis, no wait I think I have a cyst, no no I don't, it must be my gall bladder. The weird sensations traveled around my stomach and I felt as if I was going a little crazy. I also had this extremely annoying feeling in my thigh that felt like I needed to stretch it to the moon. Waking up with night sweats because I was so scared I had a real problem. My fear of hospitals and being sick with something made it even worse. Google searches and looking up my symptoms online just made it 1,000 times worse. It literally was ruining my days, every day obsessing about my body, it was terrible.
After visiting my doctor and different specialists on MANY occasions, ultrasounds and lab work- the diagnosis? IBS

How ridiculous! You mean to tell me that after ALL OF THIS, I have an issue that most people and books tell you "it's mostly caused by anxiety and stress"? I still have the weird thigh/leg problem and feel odd sensations in my stomach 90% of the time. 
My doctor told me to take over the counter Miralax, and to maybe cut out some foods such as breads, potatoes and rice. After doing some research about IBS, there seems to be some type of link between IBS and Gluten Intolerance. Cutting out wheat from my diet is something I will be trying, for at least a month to see how I react. I know a few people who have Celiac that are willing to help me on this journey. Because so many people are living this lifestyle, it is pretty easy to find accommodations at restaurants. Grocery stores are full of options too! I will keep you posted on my results. But for to do some shopping to fill my kitchen with wheat free goodies!

Have you been on  gluten-free diet before? How did you react? 

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