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bekkaz

So Frustrated Just Want To Give Up On This...ughh Experts Advise Please!

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I won't get into my extremely long story but I have been having ongoing stomach issues that started back in Nov.  Before that for as long as I can remember my stomach would swell up after I would eat, and I would like 4-5 months pregnant.  I had two endoscopies, showing erosive gastritis, I had a colonoscopy showing mild inflammation.  My celiac biopsy's and blood tests came back negative.  I tested myself with enterolab, came up positive.  I cut gluten, my stomach continued to really bother me.  I was put on anxiety pills saying that it would also help with my stomach issues.  I had other blood tests done, skin prick tests, etc.  I came up positive on one blood prick test, with needles on my back to Soy, Corn, Chicken, Egg and Dairy.  The next time I had it done on the arm with the little plastic type needles...came up positive to nothing.  Begged the Dr. to do an IGG blood test, they sent that test through Mayo, Mayo sent it to Viacor.  It came back 15x higher than normal to dairy.  These Dr's that I am seeing aren't that serious about these tests.  A naturopath Dr. I seen did some stool testing and found some bacteria's, that I read are part of the normal gut flora, but mine was just really high.  She rx'd me 30 days of Cirpofloxin.  I started feeling somewhat better and started "cheating" and messing with gluten again about 3 weeks ago.  My stomach is slowly starting to bother me again, I am getting that same acid burning feeling and am SCARED TO DEATH to go through this stomach pain again.  I lost 30 lbs in a month and a half.  I am vitamin D deficient,  I have fat malabsorbtion issues, and am not breaking down vegetable fibers either.  I am so frustrated because I just want to know WHAT FOOD IS BOTHERING ME.  Is it freaking gluten, is it dairy or what is it.  I am beyond frustrated, I don't want to cut both of these out if not needed.  I am confused on how to do an elimination diet right to figure this out.  I am really desperate for help and advice.  Honestly, gluten would be easier for me to cut than diary.  While on gluten-free and still eating dairy I was still having some symptoms of the bloating with dairy.  How can I tell what I am reacting to?!?

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Welcome Bekkaz,

 

I am hoping you figure out what is ailing you.  It does sound like gluten problems is a strong possibility.  You seemed to have had a positive diet trial.  I think you should get tested for celiac.  You must be eating gluten for the testing.  Someone will likely list the tests for it to help you know which ones.  When it is done go gluten free.  It sounds likely you should go dairy free right away.

 

Going dairy free is easy.  I should know, as I have been totally dairy free since I removed butter a few months back and milk free for at least a year.   Instead of dairy milk one can use coconut milk, nut milk, or rice milk.  You likely can get gluten free non dairy milk at a store near you.  Instead of butter one can use coconut oil, nut butter, or olive oil.  You can learn to enjoy these things.

 

Ice cream sub:  One can coconut milk, 2 tablespoons honey, 20 frozen strawberries or other frozen fruit.  Whirl in blender.  Wooola, soft serve Ice cream. 

 

New Veggie:  Fennel bulb.  It is good for digestion it has a light licorice flavor.  You can find it in the produce section.  It sort of looks like an onion bulb with green feathery plumage.  Slice and steam or stir fry it.

 

You can find subs, right now you need to do what you know to do.  I think you can, because I have done it.

 

Get well, Get well, that stomach pain doesn't sound like anything to put up with.  ***

 

D

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have you tried using a food journal?  may help identify what is causing you problems.  also, if the rx was ciprofloxican, it's an antibiotic and will probably kill all the 'good' digestive bugs you need in your gut, as well as any infection your doc thinks you have (?) side effects include the big D and nausea.  you might want to add a probiotic to help re-populate your good gut bacteria.  (it takes a minute for your body to get used to taking it every day - sounded like there was a party going on in my intestines the first week or so LOLZ)  i use a food journal combined with (boringggggggg) elimination diet when something just ain't right and i can't figure it out. 

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When you say this :" I started feeling somewhat better and started "cheating" and messing with gluten again about 3 weeks ago.  My stomach is slowly starting to bother me again, I am getting that same acid burning feeling and am SCARED TO DEATH to go through this stomach pain again"  Sounds like you already know what it is ..... 

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