Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Celiac, Lactose intolerant, Crohns?

I am a basket case. I should say my body is a basket case. Let me start from the beginning and hopefully make it shorter than it really is.

A little over a year ago, I started having severe lower abdominal and pelvic pain. It would be so bad that I would have to stop whatever I'm doing and hurl over in the fetal position because the pain was so intense. (Now, I am pretty confident that I have a high pain tolerance---I did gymnastics, softball, diving, among others, I've been hurt so much, it doesn't phase me.) So, a year ago, I went to my doctor and she had me get an oral and IV contrast on my lower torso. Everything came back fine other than slightly enlarged kidneys. The only prescription I had was to try adding probiotics to my diet daily.

Fast forward a year later. I'm back at the doctor with the same, consistent, brutal pains. I told her that I have been feeling full a lot faster, I'm still having to go to the bathroom almost immediately after my sharp pains and that they're more intense than they were a year ago. She told me she is concerned. She also told me that I could possibly have IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), celiac disease, or ovarian cancer. My thoughts: "Sweet doc, you say this so nonchalantly and cancer could be eating away at my baby machines."

The next step she told me to do: take a different probiotic twice a day, start taking dicyclomine when the pains won't subside, get 5 different blood tests done, another gross test and go see a gastro ASAP.

So...that's exactly what I did. He told me pretty much the same things and then even more! He ordered more blood work and told me he wanted to schedule some sort of device that goes into my stomach and takes some biopsy's, because there is a possibility I COULD i hope not have crohn's disease. He's advice to me until I get this procedure dairy for TWO WEEKS.... I REPEAT NO DAIRY FOR 2 WEEKS! For those who don't know me; to say I LOVE ice cream is an understatement. I can eat it everyday if I could. I also love milk, cheese and ANYTHING dairy. It's killing me! I CAN'T EVEN HAVE PIZZA!!!

Now, his reasoning for no dairy is to see if it helps my stomach settle down. He also thinks I could be lactose intolerant. GREAT!! I'm allergic to my favorite food group :::tear:::

Tonight my family ordered chinese food for dinner, which is the first meal, since I've been to the gastro, that I actually got full!

Do any of my fellow blog friends had or have any of these dietary problems? I need help on what to eat, what I can and CAN'T eat.

Needless to say, I can't wait for this 2 week dairy free trail to end.

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