You may be wondering my status after my last post. Well, I ended up seeing that doctor that is usually really good at figuring out tough cases. He uses some untraditional methods, but he still was unable to locate the true cause of my illness. So, I ended up seeing a physician’s assistant at the regular medical offices (my doctor was still out of town). He agreed that it sounded like gastritis, and so he gave me some prescription medications to help my body feel better and to give things a chance to heal. He also ran some more tests, including the Celiac panel (though I knew it would return negative after 5 years of being gluten free). Nothing came back positive. So, I’ve been on 40mg of omeprazole and on a generic of carafate for the past three weeks. I am coming up on the last doses of them both. Hopefully when I am done taking them my body will be able to operate on its own.
The diarrhea has ceased. I think my body was doing something called “gastric dumping” where the acid from my stomach was going into my small intestine. This can cause diarrhea. The sucralfate (generic carafate) can cause constipation, and I had some of that. But, I’ve been able to achieve some balance in my body.
Much of this all took place while I was traveling. Devin and I went to Seattle for two weeks. From there I had to keep calling the doctor’s office to try to speak with the P.A.. I’m pretty sure they were annoyed with me by the time I finally got a hold of him. I was just a nervous patient without answers. I wanted those test results to have something conclusive, but they didn’t show anything. I’ve come to the conclusion that since celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder, and since I’d had so much gluten, that my body just went into serious inflammation. Since gastritis is inflammation of the stomach lining, it makes sense.
The P.A. suggested I eat somewhat bland foods. Nothing spicy. Nothing acidic. Damn. Those are like my favorite categories of flavors right there. Well, even though I was traveling I was able to make this happen. I did some more research on what people with gastritis eat. I was still able to satisfy my cravings for certain foods I’d been looking forward to on this trip. I even had plenty of french fries. I just avoided the ketchup, and I didn’t have any sodas or fizzy drinks. I also skipped fresh tomatoes for a long time. I did eat spicy tacos one night and paid for it. I learned my lesson. I’ll do another post on what all I ate in Seattle. There were a ton of places I could eat, though I ended up eating at only a few places because of where we were located for the majority of our trip.
I’m going to continue to avoid acidic and spicy foods for a while more. I’ve also decided to go dairy free again. My face hasn’t been this clear in a very long time. I’m also reducing my coconut intake, as it seemed to be problematic when I had diarrhea. Most almond and rice milks contain xanthan gum, which my body also doesn’t do well with in large amounts. So, I’m on soy. I know it’s not the best option, but I am sticking to organic, non-gmo soy products. I need to be sure my body is happy.