So, I haven't felt worth a shit in probably 5 years or more. The last 8 months I've had constant nausea and diarrhea and all kinds of other fun symptoms and have lost 35 pounds since (and I've never been a big guy). About 6 weeks ago I was just so sick that I went to the ER, they recommended me to a gastro specialist. Saw them and finally got in for my colonoscopy and endoscopy today. (Ever prep for one? That's a fun day/night you'll never forget.) For the most part things were normal, but there were a few abnormalities. They ended up taking 6 biopsies and removed a 3mm polyp. Now because of all my symptoms and the what they found today, or lack there of, the doctor thinks I may have celiac disease (basically gluten intolerance deficiency). But obviously, I won't know for sure until the biopsy results come back in 5-7 days.So, I did what every man with a computer would do and got home and researched it. It actually makes sense, this celiac disease. I eat a lot of pastas and breads and drink LOTS of beer, which are the WORST things to consume with this disease. I actually haven't drank hardly any beer for the last 3 weeks because I was getting to the point that half way thru my 2nd beer it'd come back up. But, all my symptoms match right up, including symptoms I didn't even realize were relevant. Like my chronic back pain, and this new symptom that started about 4 months ago where my hands are constantly weak and occasionally go numb, like when you fall asleep wrong and wake up with a "sleeping" limb. It's weird, I've been dropping shit left and right because I think I'm holding onto to something and then when I pick it up it just falls to the floor. Not a good thing when I work cars all day and my bikes in my spare time.Anyways, I'm just nervous about the results. I have been for the last month. And now that the doctor brought up a whole new disease I've never heard of and I MAY have to give up all the things I love to eat and drink I'm pretty bummed out. What bums me out the most is KARMA! I've been talking shit for so many years about people being gluten-free, thinking it was just the new health fad. Only to find out, like a cruel ironic life changing joke, I may have to live the rest of my life gluten-free. I'm actually considering starting the new diet now just in case, because I need to start feeling better, like 4 years ago.If any of you suffer from this or just want to give me words of encouragement, it'd be appreciated. Thanks.Scottie
Thanks for your responses, it's good to know that it's not as uncommon as I thought. I'm just stressing out about everything, work, bills and money mostly, and overwhelmed which doesn't help matters. I guess what threw me off was that I've been sick as hell, throwing up 2-5 times a week sick, and there was no sign of an ulcer or ulcerative colitis. So obviously something is going on, and now I have to wait a week or more to find out what. Scottie
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