May 27, 2014 at 1:21 am #8528
I have suffered abdominal issues for about 30 years since I was first diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis and then IBS back in the 70’s. I’ve had my gallbladder removed, had Graves Disease with Goiter, have osteoarthritis, anemia, chronic bronchitis, have had bouts of diverticulitis, had radical hysterectomy two months ago due to uterine cancer and have had difficulty losing weight despite trying different diets and workouts. Over the years I have become quite housebound because of not knowing when my insides would “act up” and now because I seem to have developed a mild case of agoraphobia. I have hypertension topping out at 235/135, which landed me in the emergency room and I’ve been on high blood pressure meds since and my levels have been stable. I have had quite a bit of memory loss and have difficulty piecing things together easily that were always once quite easy for me. It has changed who I am as a person, which is unacceptable. I am on a quest for answers to finding my way back to feeling good and finding myself and it feels like a very lonely, frustrating journey at times.
I found out I was Celiac through an online friend in Canada, who was Celiac herself, and suggested I get tested, which I did. I am the first patient of my family doctor that has Celiac and he told me I probably knew more about it than he did, so my quest for knowledge as to what to do has been limited to reading books on the subject and information I could find online. I went ‘standard’ gluten free about four years ago. I am now trying to go Paleo, but I find it challenging as almonds seem to bother me greatly as well as so many other foods that are Paleo. I am hoping to get the Cyrex Labs Array 5 testing done sometime in the near future in hopes it will make it easier to know where I stand and what foods I should be avoiding. I have a long journey back to health, but I feel like I was shown the right place where I belong at a critical point in my journey. I have been in and out of trying to eat grain free because I feel good when I eat grains and corn, but I know they can mimic gluten in the body and I’m trying very hard to eliminate them completely due to that knowledge, plus I never really get better or feel better in the bigger picture. Cancer certainly changed my perspective and has made me want to try harder, despite never feeling well without grains. I also am scheduled to see a doctor for my thyroid as I’m having other weird symptoms lately as well. I’m so happy to be a part of this Gluten-free society. Thank you so much Dr. Osborne for sharing what you know and knowing what you share. Everyone deserves to feel as healthy as possible. In body, mind and spirit, I AM a Gluten Free Warrior and I’m eager to continue to learn what it is that will bring me to my own healthy state of being.May 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm #10377
You might want to check this post out regarding thyroid problems.
Eliminate grains. I wouldn’t run a Cyrex panel. You would be better served to look at allergies in a more comprehensive manner. Check this out as well:
All the best,
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