So it begins....

      So in September of 2011, I returned from a 6 month mission trip from Japan and South Korea. The trip was great! I had so much fun and I fell in love with Korea!  However, the day we left Korea, I got sick to my stomach. My stomach was cramping up so bad that I couldn't even move. My body was shaking, I was dry heaving, and I felt like I was going to puke; all while not being able to leave the potty....(yuck I know).  So I took some Pepto Bismol, waited for it to kick in, and tried to get ready and pack my stuff up in time to go to the airport.  I slept on the flight, but my stomach was still hurting, but manageable.  From there on out, I had the worst stomach pain all the time. I could hardly eat and sleep was my only means of escape from it. I was excited to go to sleep but hated waking up knowing that it was going to start all over again.  My diet included crackers, root beer and water, that was about all I could eat without having too many issues.  After a few months, I finally went to see a doctor. Several tests and some awkward moments prior, they couldn't find anything.  Feeling super discouraged, I went home and my stomach hurt more than ever. I thought it was going to explode. I didn't know how far my belly could stretch.   My mom had heard though how probiotics help with certain things such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), which was what I possibly thought I had.  So after taking the probiotic I started feeling much better, after about 6 months maybe I was able to stop the pill completely.  

    I was doing great until the summer of  2014 when it started up again.  So I kept doing what I was doing, taking Pepto when needed, trying myself to figure out what was wrong with me and just handling the pain.  I started to keep a food journal to see if I could pinpoint what set it off, totally random I could eat the same thing two days in a row and one day I'd be fine and the next my tummy would hurt.  So I tried cutting out gluten for a week, no changes then I thought maybe it was lactose, I felt better for about a week and had my symptoms all over again.

    So FINALLY I decided to go to the doctor, a different one of course.  He then referred me to a GI (Gastroenterologist) specialist.  Who then after talking to me requested a colonoscopy and an upper endoscopy....yeah super exciting. I had to drink this nasty stuff called GoLytely which I couldn't get down easy any possible way, cause of my stomach already rejecting any food that went it, so scarfing down a nasty drink didn't make it any better.  I tried my best hoping that they would figure it out without the colonoscopy.   So after both my tests, they told me that I tested positive for Celiac's disease!   They told me it takes at least a month before I can start feeling better. Unfortunately, is why when I tested it the first time it didn't do much.  Although, I read that usually when people stop gluten their symptoms tend to stop right away, so even though the doctor said that's what it was, I have my doubts. Maybe when I start feeling better I'll become a believer.   Lets hope that day comes soon....


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