after an almost definite diagnosis of celiac disease, we are back to the drawing board as today my team of doctors for the past 1.5 months announced that they can’t find anything wrong with me. that’s right. my stomach was visibly irritated and inflamed during the endoscopy, but they don’t know the reason for it and i’ve tested negative for everything they considered to be important, so they’re sending me on my way. and, after being doubled over in sickness and weakness for a long time, i don’t even have the words to say how irritated i am, but i guess it’s not their fault that they can’t diagnose me with anything concrete…and after spending several thousand dollars, i think i’m done getting tests for a while. :)
so today, wheat, i end my week-long avoidance of you due to my doctors telling me that they thought i was sick because of your tasty goodness. please accept my apologies and let me come back into your life. i love you, wheat.
it was a false alarm.
the doctors told me i could eat you, so i did… and became violently ill shortly later. i have my eye on you, wheat. i don’t know what you’re doing yet, but i will find out…even if it takes a team of allergists and GI doctors. curse you, wheat. tonight i snuggle up with my rice cakes.
so, for those of you interested in my medical history, i got pretty sick about a month ago. i’ll spare you the details, but i never really recovered. first i thought it was whatever virus i had lingering around. then we suspected that the milk we were drinking might’ve been bad. then we thought i was becoming lactose intolerant. (self-diagnosis is so much fun!)
then today i started experiencing the same stabbing stomach pains but now to the point where i was in super amounts of pain. at this point my self-diagnosis of intolerance to lactose was becoming suspicious…so i finally sucked it up and went to the doctor’s where i was diagnosed with a stomach ulcer.
BAD NEWS: i have a stomach ulcer. and it hurts.
GOOD NEWS: i can still eat all the cheese i want!
so apparently stomach ulcers aren’t really caused by stress or diet or anything and that was all kind of a myth somebody started at some point (although they can be worsened by stress and diet). i guess most of them are all pretty much to blame on viruses and bacteria now. whenever i got sick about a month ago, i either had a virus or some sort of bacteria that messed up my digestive system pretty good, causing my stomach acid to get all out of whack and now here i am…on a steady diet of aciphex.
my line-up for the next couple weeks:
and while i’m in pain, it’s not all bad. i can still eat ice cream and this will resolve itself sooner or later. they can get pretty awful if left unchecked, but it seems i’m pretty good for now.
and the really good news? most stomach ulcers (including the type i have), feel better when you eat! so tonight i get to sit on the couch and totally pig out with all the diary i want. :)