I honestly feel that God led me here and I really mean that. I am a 33 y/o male and I've had issues with my stomach as far back as I can remember. They have gotten quite a bit worse over the past two years. I have a dull aching pain in my lower right abdomen, pretty much all the time. Its not as sharp when I am standing for some reason. Also I have always had problems going to the bathroom if you know what I mean. Seems I have to take stool softeners or laxitives. The Doctor told me to eat more fiber, put me on colace, told me to drink more water and eat a lot of fresh fruits and veggies. I did all of that and had zero improvement.
Also I was diagnosed as a type two diabetic about ten years ago. So if it turns out that I have this disease as well it will really cut down on what I am able to eat on a daily basis. Lately I am always tired, I can sleep for 8+ hours and get up and it seems I'm yawning again two hours later. I've also been having some headaches and pain in my left jaw. Up until lately I never got headaches. I've noticed some joint pain in my left knee as well and lower back pain. Some sinus issues too and again I've never had any problems with my sinuses.
I have been mentioning my constipation issues to doctor's in the past and they all pretty much ignore me. Also they say the lower pain in my side is probably coming from the constipation. Its frustrating to say the least. A few months ago I was hospitalized for being dehydrated. Just before that I was treated with sterroids and antibiotics for an ear infection. It has since cleared up but I still have a fullness in my ear, kinda hard to explain. They did a CT scan of my stomach and all tests came back fine, they did a ton of blood work as well and didn't find anything. An upper endoscopy showed that I had gastroparesis (slow stomach emptying), my blood sugars have been perfect for two months now and I am eating smaller meals but the stomach pain is still there which leads me to believe that I also have celiacs. After reading a ton of threads on here its like a little light bulb came on in my head. To know that its not my imagination, there may actually be a reason why I feel like I'm 80 instead of 33. Why I am plagued with all of these other health issues.
I have been gluten free for about a week or so I thought. I'm still learning and seeing that some of the things that I have eaten over the past few days probably still contained gluten, McDonalds fries and trail mix from the grocery store to name a few. Tomorrow I will start eating nothing but meats, fresh fruits and veggies and see how it goes. I'll lay off the milk, soy and nuts as well. Just wanted to introduce myself and thank everyone for putting this awesome site together. I'm not looking forward to cutting out the gluten but if it means I will feel better it will be worth it for sure. Sadly I don't have any type of health insurance at the moment because I am not working so having a lot of test done is out of the question. I'm hoping my issues will go away in time with the new diet.