Warning: May be TMI for some people, but welcome to the life of a person with celiac disease or gluten intolerance. It’s all out there!
Today is day 15 of the digestive problems. I have had the big D every morning for fifteen days. Did I mention fifteen days? That’s a lot of days. Even the doctors I’ve talked to have said it is extremely excessive. While I haven’t tried something like Imodium, I have been taking some natural anti-diarrhea medication. I don’t take it a lot though because I only have the morning bathroom trip(s). The rest of the day nothing happens. However, during the rest of the day I have a gnawing, hunger like pain in my stomach. I’ve talked with a friend about this, and she has gastritis (inflammation of the lining of the stomach). Her gastritis is so bad that she gets ulcers.
On Sunday morning I went to an acupuncturist. He “listened” to my pulse and then inserted some acupuncture needles in my body. Finally he did some moxibustion therapy. I’ve been to him one more time since then, and I will go again in a day or two.
On Monday I went to an M.D. She had me do some tests for parasites and infections. I called today, but the results still aren’t in. The doctor I spoke with today said she would call me if the results come in this afternoon, and if not then I will call again tomorrow morning.
My hanai mom is worried about me. She’s definitely putting on her mom hat on this one. She wants me to call her later today. She has an M.D. who is really into integrative and natural medicine. A lot of my Maui family go to see him. I’d like the test results to come in before I go see him though, since he’ll be wondering if I have a parasite or infection.
I’m really hoping that this can be resolved by the middle of next week, but I’m unsure if it will. I’m even down to eating just a BRAT diet now (bananas, rice, applesauce, and homemade gluten free toast). I did have a papaya this morning as it is good for the digestion, and it has soluble fiber which is good for diarrhea. I am also thinking I will allow myself avocado at some point soon. A small amount of chicken I am also willing to allow myself so I have some protein for healing.
A friend gave me some Enteric Coated Peppermint gel-caps that she says helps her gastritis, and her dad’s IBS. I am also taking L-Glutamine to speed the healing of my intestine. Finally, I am taking some heavy duty probiotics to try to re-establish some good flora.
So, that’s where I am on day 15. What would you do?
UPDATE: The medical office called and told me that I do not have any parasites, or giardia. They also said that although the other tests are not complete yet, the cultures are not growing anything and therefore will likely come back negative. This means we’re at a stand still. She recommended I go back to my regular physician downtown for a follow up, but I have decided to try to go see my hanai mom’s doctor. He is also the doctor of my SIL, BIL, MIL, and niece. He has figured out tough cases for many people on the island, and so I am hoping he can find a solution to my problem as well. However, it looks like they might not be able to get me in to see him until next Thursday. Because of things I have going on, waiting that long to figure out this problem is not really doable. So, I am trying to make it so they can get me in sooner. If I can get my test results to them ASAP then they can squeeze me in at an earlier date as I won’t b