Really need some help. Several years ago I self-diagnosed myself with some sort of gluten issue after my stomach pain and reflux responded to a gluten-free diet. But I've been binge eating (gluten and non-gluten) on and off since then and totally out of control due to some stressful situations in my business, and the pain has come and gone accordingly.
I just had my yearly colonoscopy and endoscopy. The result is I have very bad diverticulosis (not diverticulitis - the infection) on both sides of my intestines. My GI doc said it's usually only on 1 side. He also told me I have moderate gastritis. He did several biopsies that showed I do not have celiac disease. He diagnosed me with a gluten sensitivity.
The reflux from several years ago seems to have resolved even when I gluten myself but the pain in my stomach area (between breasts and belly button) almost makes me cry. It's a burning, bloating ache, like eating too much junk at the circus when I was a kid. When I have this pain even clothing touching my stomach is painful. In addition to the stomach pain my eyes burn, I feel weak and all I want to do is lay down and cry.
I bought a juicer and have been juicing a 'mean green': organic kale, celery, cucumber, green apple, ginger root, lemon. I also juice organic carrots. As I drink the juice it feels (and tastes) amazing and it feels like it's coating my stomach and the pain eventually resolves.
If I stick to a gluten-free diet, and by that I mean single-ingredient foods (fruits, veggies, organic fish, etc.) I think I would be pain-free. I also take Barleans Oil and turmeric, both for inflammation, which is what gastritis is. I was told NOT to eat processed foods labeled 'Gluten-Free' because they contain ingredients that are not as healthy as the single-ingredient foods mentioned above.
I bought some organic bananas yesterday and had one several hours ago. I am so sick now as I type this that I can't think straight!!!! I did a search for 'are bananas gluten free' and found the info below on www.glutenhatesme.com:
Bananas contain a protein called lectin, which is also found in many of the “night shade” foods that some people with Celiac or gluten intolerance have trouble with. Lectin is somewhat similar to gluten and can create an autoimmune response. This is due to the body confusing lectin with gluten. Some researchers even speculate that gluten sensitivity is actually a lectin allergy that was previously unknown. I also found that many of the foods, including bananas, have been processed with GMOs which can contain lectin and can cause gluten-like symptoms.
I am going to try the Paleo diet and keep a close eye on every single thing I eat. I appreciate the opportunity to post this and would love any and all feedback and support.
Thanks very much.