Does anyone else feel like they are driving themselves crazy trying to figure out what causes their stomach issues? At first I thought my issue was just chocolate milk and ice cream since I ate dairy on a regular basis and those two were the only ones that caused immediate symptoms. I still often got chronic and urgent diarrhea but didn't connect it to dairy since I probably had milk products at least three times a day and grew up in a house where we had a glass of milk with every meal.
Fast forward to this year and I decided I was sick of being sick so I decided to try cutting ALL dairy, my issues improved immediatly. No more unexplainable running to the washroom, no more sitting in the washroom with my stomach spasming uncontrollably... I've found the problem I thought. But realized although my symptoms were 80% better I still was experiencing loose stools 3-4 times a week, and major bloating. My sister suggested getting tested for celiac and at first I thought she was crazy until I looked it up and read the connections with lactose intolerance and celiac. We do have two cousins who have been diagnosed so it wasn't a long shot. After looking at celiac symptoms I also realized that perhaps this was the solution to my adult acne, fatigue, and daily mild headaches. It HAD to be celiac, well the test ended up being normal.
Now a friend who HAS celiac (blood test diagnosed) has told me to try going gluten free anyways and perhaps I still do have issues with it. I'm tempted to try this however I am starting to feel like a major hypochondriac. Although milk definitely doesn't agree with me, maybe the rest is all in my head? My husband thinks I am overreacting and yet gets annoyed with me that I am tired all the time even though I sleep a solid 8 hours every night. And WHY do I have acne at 25 years old when I eat NO processed foods, why does my stomach look great in the morning and then pregnant by evening?