Hey Everyone. Just a forewarning, this might be a bit TMI so read at your own free will…
I haven’t talked much about this on the blog, other than whining about having stomach issues, so without getting super detailed, here’s the problem.
Currently, I am having a very hard time keeping anything I eat in my body for more than a few hours, which in turn is affecting my mood, energy levels, and things I can or want to eat. It doesn’t help that I spend so much time away from any food or bathroom sources, if you catch my drift. I has taken a serious effect on my effort towards exercise, so running has been on the way side. I am also getting extremely bloated when I eat too much or wait too long to eat, in which my abdominal area will distend pretty far and make me look about 5 months pregnant. It’s extremely painful and a heating pad and water is the only thing that really helps.
I have been to the doctor’s in town, where I explained my family history when it comes to digestive issues. I’m one of the unfortunate ones who family is plagued with digestive issues including Crohn’s Disease and Colitis. Yep, I’m that lucky girl.
So with that in mind, the severity of the situation and the length of time in which this has been going on (ie more months than I’d like to admit) I finally went to the doctors and asked for some help. He decided that with my family history it was possible I could have anything from Crohn’s to Colitis to IBS that he would first start with flushing out my system with some antibiotics to see if it would help.
I’ve spent the past two weeks taking bacteria and parasite ridding drugs to see if it would help but unfortunately I ended up with another symptom, going to the bathroom being quite painful (like I’m bent over and crawling to the bathroom kind of pain. Yeah, it hurts) and the pills made me extremely queasy (I have been living off of ginger chews and thank god for them!)
After talking all of it over with my Dad and Mom, I am going back to the doctor this week because I should not be in pain like that, it is not normal in any way shape or form and probably some sort of inflammation of my intestines. When I talked to the doctor the first time he said that if my symptoms didn’t go away or get any better, the next best step would be to get a colonoscopy. I am totally not looking forward to that because…ew. That’s just gross.
Anyhow, there is the situation. Hopefully this will help you understand why I haven’t been blogging much about the food I’ve been eating, making or any exercise (if any). It helps explain my grumpiness (which I profusely apologize for) and will hopefully get batter as we figure out what is going on.
Some people I have explained this to asked if I had changed any of my eating habits and other than eliminating dairy from my diet, nothing else has changed. I have tried to eat as much whole foods as possible to keep anything foreign out of my system, but as you can tell, it’s not helping one way or the other. I have had many tell me that I eat too much fiber, in the form of fruits and vegetables, because I basically have one or the other for every meal and snack, but it’s the best thing I can do when it comes to work in the field.
So there you have it. Hopefully it won’t scare you away and I’ll keep you updated if anything else happens…well, if you even want to know. Too TMI?