Back in July, I posted this picture on my Instagram page.
It got a lot of people worried…so I thought I would fill in my health woes. I’m not sure if you’ll remember, but back when I was pregnant, I was admitted to the hospital with strange stomach pain. The doctors couldn’t decide if it was my gallbladder, an ulcer, or just a whiny pregnant lady. I thought for sure it was my gallbladder. I mean, I was in some serious pain – bad enough that I went to the hospital. The doc told me to lay off coffee and left it at that.
It wasn’t the coffee.
Since the baby’s been born, I’ve been on and off with the crazy stomach pain. I thought it was due to eggs – it seemed that every time I ate an egg, my stomach would go into terrible spasms. I went to my Family Doctor who listened to me and ran a whole bunch of tests. She sent me for allergy tests to see if the egg was an issue. She sent me for a bunch of blood work to see if anything showed up there. And she sent me for a CAT scat to see if, God Forbid, there were tumours.
Turns out that I’m not allergic to anything (yay!) and that, thank God, there are no tumours. However, my blood test did show something. I have Celiac’s Disease.
Now, before this diagnosis, I thought Celiac Disease was a fairy tale…that all this “gluten free” stuff I’d see was over kill.
Lord, how the tables have turned!
My stomach pain is real guys. To me, it’s the equivalent of swallowing razor blades and then having labour-like contractions in your gut. I get the brain fog (here I thought my inability to write my blogs was due to the loss of my muse…turns out, I couldn’t even physically think clear enough to string words together). I felt like I was getting dumber and dumber by the moment…losing my ability to think things through. Nope – Celiac Disease. I also get this horrible itching, burning rash on my hands and legs. Once it even came on my face. Other issues include depression and thyroid problems. All of these (and likely more) are due to Celiac’s Disease.
So – what is Celiac Disease? “Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye, triticale, barley. At present there is no cure, but celiac disease is readily treated by following the gluten-free diet.” (Canadian Celiac Foundation)
The solution is simple enough – don’t eat gluten. Trouble is – it hides in a lot of things like Soya Sauce or even your face creams. I’ve been avoiding it for about 3 weeks now – and though I know that there’s still a ways to go before I really start feeling well again – I can already tell if I’ve eaten something that’s got gluten in it.
So, take it from me guys – if someone you know is suffering from odd stomach pain – a simple blood test is all you need to diagnose this. Avoiding gluten is relatively easy. I know some people who still “gluten binge” every now and then…I don’t think I will be one of those people…the pain that I get is too much for me to take lightly.