Hey, y'all. I've been reading this forum for about a month, and I thought this might be a good place to vent / ask for some suggestions.
So I was diagnosed with Celiac about six months ago. My mom was diagnosed with the same about two years ago before me, but I was really hoping I wouldn't have the same thing... lucky me! Since then, it's been, well, up and down. I've made some really stupid, stupid mistakes that could have been easily avoided, and I'm still struggling with it.
Last semester, after I was diagnosed in the summer (I'm a college student) I was eating at qdoba pretty often and I would always get a bowl with chicken in it, something I thought would be safe. I was still feeling pretty bad, so I looked up allergen information on their website... and the chicken has gluten and dairy in it. :| Of course, I immediately stopped eating that, but the reflux didn't get that much better. Over this winter break, my mom & I went on a pretty restrictive fruit, veggie, chicken, lentil & rice diet, and that helped temporarily, until I got back to school and I didn't have as much time to prepare meals and think about food.
Then stupid mistake #2 happened just recently. I was making myself fruit shakes in the morning, and my boyfrend had some much better tasting protein powder than the stuff I was using, so I started trying it. This past week my reflux has been TERRIBLE, and so I look at it... and right on the front it says "whey" in big letters. I can't tell you how dumb I felt seeing that, knowing that I had been voluntarily ingesting something my body cannot tolerate every day for a week.
I'm fine with avoiding the obvious things like sandwiches, cheese, etc. for the rest of my life, it's just all the other little sneaky ways that gluten & dairy creep into my diet. It's so frustrating!! I'm honestly doing the best I can, but it doesn't seem to be good enough for my body to heal.
To cope with the reflux, I've been taking ranitidine 2x a day. It makes me anxious to do so, because I feel like I'm just treating the symptoms and not the actual cause, plus there are supposed to be some pretty bad side effects from taking them long-term. I just want to be healthy again.
The other thing is that I'm studying vocal performance (opera) at school right now. No lie, I need to be in semi-good voice for coachings, opera rehearsals, voice lessons, classes, etc. almost every single day. I can't do that if my stomach is bloated and cramped and I can't get in a good breath, and I can't do that if my reflux is constantly flaring up horribly. This means that I don't have any patience for trying different diets for healing my gut because I can't afford the symptoms for even a day or two, so I just go ahead and medicate w/ ranitidine because it works temporarily.
I just feel a little defeated right now. How long does it take to heal from this? Will my body ever feel as strong and capable as it did before I was diagnosed?
Thank you for your time.