December 27, 2012 at 8:49 am #8430SuzanneMember
I am so thankful for Dr. Osborne and my fitness instructor for helping me discover what has been wrong with me all these years. After watching some of Dr. Osbornes videos and reading some of his articles I now know that I have had this problem my entire life.
After going to so many different medical doctors only to end up sitting in my car after the appointment in tears. Having high hopes on the way to the appointment only to be let down. Not one single medical doctor has been able to diagnose me and any mention of foods that I eat was thrown right out the window. I knew in my heart that this was just not right.
Diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, depression, chronic fatigue syndrome and with the worsening of my symptoms I was on the path to more severe diagnosis. When I asked my Gastroenterologist to test me for Celiac disease or leaky gut he shrugged his shoulders and said he would do it but it was a waste of time. Of course he just did the blood test and as expected it came back negative.
The one thing I believe that amazes me the most is how resistant not only the medical doctors or medical professionals are but the people that I know that are suffering. They truly believe the medical doctors when they tell them their diet has NOTHING to do with the illnesses. I see so many of my friends on Facebook post about enjoying all the horrible foods and then post about having arthritis, migraines, diabetes, fibromyalgia, depression, neuropathy, the list goes on. It is heart wrenching to watch them suffer the way I did, knowing there is such a simple solution. Also have to watch the posts about the many medications they take and complain about the costs and side effects.
I had no idea that gluten could be causing my problems. I finally got enough of it and threw the medications I was taking to ease the symptoms in the trash. Loratab, Tramadol, Prescription Ibuprofen. In the past in effort to control the symptoms I was prescribed medication for high blood pressure (mine usually runs low naturally) Lyrica for the shocking sensations, an anti seizure medications, an anti-depressant…the list goes on. All of this before age 50…something is wrong with this picture…I knew that…My God told me so. One of the medications prescribed was for schizophrenia!
After throwing all medications in the trash I literally pulled myself out of bed, headed the the local gym, signed up with a a fitness trainer, went to the sporting goods store and bought me some workout clothes and decided enough was enough. I was going to force myself to live normally medication free. build up my muscles and get on with life the way it was meant to be.
I worked out a couple of times and got to know my instructor and she has lived the same things!!!! She could almost tell me my symptoms before I had them. She is truly a God send to me and I have no doubt about it because I had prayed and prayed for answers. She made me keep a food diary…after the first few days and monitoring my symptoms she looked at me and said…”You are sensitive to gluten.” I didn’t even know what gluten was! I listened and I did what she told me to do and started educating myself as much as I could. That is how I found Dr. Osborne. He has been a God send to me as well. Between my fitness instructor and Dr. Osborne I believe I am going to make it.
I still have slip ups and have recently learned that I am also sensitive to milk, corn & rice products. In the beginning when I felt so much better for a few days or even weeks without a slip up and I would eat something that gave me symptoms I would get really depressed and think it was never going away and I was doomed for life…today when I have a slip up I know it is short lived and I will return to my normal…today I get angry about the slip ups. It is a continuous learning process for me. I have ordered Dr. Osborne’s Glutenology cookbook also gave one to my fitness instructor for Christmas. Before she got through the book she had already found several recipes to try. It is so helpful having someone to lean on that has lived through it and understands the symptoms.
Eating gluten free during the holidays I got zero migraines and zero symptoms so it is getting much better. I only eat grass fed beef purchased locally from a farmer, fresh farm eggs from chickens feed a vegetable diet, fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. I eat zero processed foods. I made my big pot of turkey soup yesterday and put it in the freezer so I will have a good nutritious meal on days I don’t cook. Today I am working on planning ahead…I have issues with that one and eating without symptoms during travel time. I will continue to follow Dr. Osborne’s instructions and the guidance of my fitness instructor and with the help I receive I know I am on the road to complete recovery.
I am amazed at how much misinformation there is out there about Gluten. I have seen it in magazine articles, online and on national television. This misinformation can cause more harm than good. If left uneducated on the subject you can fall prey to these self promoting destroyers of our health. I read a short article in Good Housekeeping while cycling at the gym the other day…I just got angry at the things they are teaching people. Education is our best defense. Thank you Dr. Osborne for giving us the education and the tools we need for good health and longevity.
Wishing you all recovery and good health,
P.S. Just because a doctor is educated at some big prestigious university doesn’t mean that he or she is incapable of making mistakes. Always listen to your instincts. Do what is right for you and your family.December 29, 2012 at 11:42 pm #10182Lesli LoewenMember
Suzanne, thank-you for sharing your story with us and encouraging us to listen to what our instinct is telling us underneath all of the other noise and mis-information that is going around. I wish you all the best in your continued recovery.January 1, 2013 at 7:58 am #101831desperateladysavedMember
I have been there and done that crying in doctors parking lots. I also have made many of the changes you have been making. I think it is making a difference. It is so good to know that I am not alone. I hope to see you more on the forum so we can be encouraged.
I made some artwork inwhich I tried to illustrate IS 44 verse 3 and 4. My picture shows a man carrying a baby from a fire. As time goes on the baby turns to an old women, but he still carries her effortlessly and with joy. I hope you have that joy in the Lord and can depend on him. The Lord has not failed me yet, but I am having quite a struggle.
DianaJanuary 12, 2013 at 1:13 pm #10220Peter OsborneKeymaster
Welcome to the group Suzanne,
Thank you for sharing your story. It will help to empower others to find the right answers.
Keep us updated on your progress.
All the best,
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