Friday, August 21, 2009

Years of Unanswered Questions

Since I was a little girl I was always sick. My immune system was failing me. I could never seem to get better. All I knew was that every time I ate pasta or bread I would immediately have a migraine and stomach pains. I knew at an early age that I hated anything that had to do with pasta or bread. This was back in the late 80's early 90's. As I got older the migraines got worse, the constipation got worse, and my immune system got worse. I went to doctors (mostly pediatricians and general practitioners) more than an adolescent wants to. Every time the came back with: IBS, Traumatized Colon, Anxiety, Growing Pains, and absolutely no answer as to why I was getting migraines and why they were getting worse as I got older. When I reached my 20's I started to feel fatigued, joint pain, anxious, sleep apnea, bleeding in the toilet, depression, Migraines that would last for 2 weeks straight. I was loosing jobs and the doctor's comments were once again the same. I was put on anti-anxiety meds and an arthritis medication for my migraines and joint pain. I had had enough. I decided to research my symptoms and try to find a doctor that specialized in what I was feeling. Results for my search included: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, and a list of Auto-Immune Disorders. I decided to look for an Immunologist. I found one! He is also an allergist and worked with his wife who specializes in Internal Medicine. My prayers were answered! I could kill 3 birds with one stone!. He took some allergy tests on me and also had my blood taken. Two weeks later I got the call that I had Celiac Disease. I had no idea what that was, it never came up in any search results. But, boy was I happy to have an answer for once. Needless to say when I realized what my diagnoses entailed, I was not pleased. No more chow mien? No more donuts? No more Ritz crackers and Cookie dough ice cream? What a loss! I have so far been 3 months Gluten Free and finally feel so good inside. I can finally live happily even if it does mean I can't eat the foods I crave, it is still worth it.

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