This is the second of three posts about why I decided to quit eating gluten. Read the first part here.
After playing phone tag with the doctor for three days I was finally able to speak with him and this is how the conversation went:
Dr.: So I just wanted to let you know that your CT scan and blood work came back normal, so it doesn’t show anything. Are you still experiencing your symptoms?
Me: Yeah I am.
Dr.: Well it’s up to you, but you can move forward with the other tests if you want.
And that was that. I felt like he truly didn’t care about making me better, and I slightly felt crazy for experiencing my symptoms. It was at that moment that I decided to stop playing into the games and just figure out a solution on my own. The CT scan showed there weren’t any blockages, so I knew it wasn’t anything that required surgery (or so I deduced). So, that day, I decided to start eating some fiber and drinking Kefir to see if it helped. Well, I drank Kefir and felt even sicker. My whole stomach hurt and I was basically glued to the bathroom. With my Dr. WebMD experience, I did some searching and found that it was clearly a sign of lactose intolerance, and often times, a gluten intolerance can cause this intolerance. Hm.
This got me thinking, since I had toyed with whether I had a gluten intolerance or not before I went to the doctor. There are more than 300 symptoms associated with a gluten intolerance and over the past six months, I had experienced several of them (constipation, diarrhea, bloating, gas, nausea, loss of appetite). Why not try an elimination diet – since I know that it has worked for some people (and MOST doctors will suggest this)? I also know that blood work often comes back negative for a gluten intolerance because it depends on how much gluten you have in your system for antibodies to react to (the antibodies are what are measured) and since I wasn’t feeling well before the test, I hadn’t really eaten anything.
Well, going off gluten is easy to say, but hard to do. But then, I really started thinking about it, and there isn’t much gluten that I still had in my diet. I cut out my cereal and I really didn’t as much pasta as I used to, I think subconsciously because it made me feel so awful.
But that meant no more beer (no more Summer Shandy!).
No more grabbing a slice (not like I really did that anyways).
Of course, one of the first things I looked up was Chipotle – and yes, I can still eat my usual (I get the burrito bol).
To be continued…
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