...I finally signed up here and have spent the last couple of days trying to figure everything out! The information I have recieved from the posts and blogs have been incredible. Thank you for that everyone!
My story, condensed and in a nutshell, is this:
I have had digestive problems for probably 11 years or so. Nothing too serious, just the occasional flair up of what I called my "sensitive stomach". Almost 5 years ago I had an attack that lasted for about 4 months. In that time I lost almost 40 pounds and got to the point where I could not leave my house. Even taking the kids to school and picking them up became a major issue for me. I was a wreck, my husband was a wreck, my children were wrecks. I repeatedly called to make an appointment with my doctor only to be told to take Pepto Bismal (what?). It got to the point where I wouldn't eat anything save for a bowl of Cream of Wheat or oatmeal (plain of course) and an Ensure. Just to keep THAT down, I would take between 8 and 10 Immodium tablets a day.
Finally got a doctor's appointment, and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. They gave me a default diagnosis of Colitis, as in: "we cannot figure out what it is, and it LOOKS like Colitis, therefore it must BE Colitis." Great medicine, huh? So I was given a list of foods to avoid (fried, spicy, blah blah blah) and sent on my merry way. The problem was that it never really went away. I would avoid the foods I was supposed to and when I would have a flare up would revert to eating my Cream of Wheat and oatmeal...only to still feel awful.
So we got a new medical plan, and I got a new GI doctor, and after years of misery I got a new and improved diagnosis of Celiac on May 30, 2007. Within the first couple of weeks I have seen a difference in my body. The constant rumblings in my stomach have almost disappeared as have the almost contant trips to the ladies room. Hallelujah!!!
I have still had some problems with bloating and discomfort and went through my food diary to see what I have been eating that would cause it. AAAARGH!!! Say it isn't so...I have been eating cheese, and lots of it...I LOVE cheese, any kind, any way. I have always said I could give up chocolate before I could give up cheese, guess I jinxed myself cause it's the cheese that is going. So now I can add that to my list of things that I just cannot have anymore!
So there's my story...boring, huh? Next one should be a tad more interesting. Intrigue (does the mother in law really not get it, or is she trying to contaminate me purposely?!?)! Bias (my brother loves beer so assumed it will be what I miss the most, thereby leading him on the ultimate gluten free beer taste test!!!)! And bake goods (what's up with all the palm oil people?!?)!
Peace and love,