For the Love of all things Holy (& unholy for that matter). I have been struggling with an autoimmune disease for a couple of years now. I hurt everywhere in all my joints. I have daily headaches, exhaustion, IBS (welcome to the TMI post) and really elevated inflammation blood results that refuse to come down. I’ve been seeing a Rheumatologist but he’s not 100% sure of my diagnosis (RA, Fibromyalgia or Lupus) enough to pin one specific one as of yet. He’s tried and made a few diagnosis that he’s changed later (being RA & Lupus) but nothing seems to really ‘fit’ what’s going on and most of my tests come back with all the signs that point to on or the other except the one they’re looking for. I’ve been pretty miserable as I’ve refused to ‘try’ the drugs for RA as a test because, well… it’s a low dose chemo pill and I just don’t want to do that right this second. I also can’t take pain meds because I’m highly sensitive/irritated by them and would really rather not lie in bed sick as a dog all day long as opposed to being functioning but in pain.
I worked in healthcare a long time and over the years I’ve learned enough to be able to do research on what’s going on with me by looking at multiple options and come to a conclusion that I think is spot on.
Food Intolerances – specifically gluten and dairy. I have done allergy tests that all came back negative BUT an intolerance is something they can’t diagnose or test for. UGH. Just my luck.
As of today, I’ve eliminated everything from my diet for the next two weeks besides fresh fruit and veggies. That means NO coffee!! AAHHH! I *hope* to live through this. LOL Seriously, if you’ve never met me in real life you’ll not quite understand that I don’t fully function without coffee. Already this morning I have stood outside of my husbands truck as we dropped my car at the shop, for five minutes waiting for him to jump in his UNLOCKED side and unlock the doors for me. I didn’t even think of that. LOL The brain fog won’t lift.
Supposedly, I will start to see a difference in the next few days on how I feel if the food intolerance is indeed my problem. After the two weeks are up I can slowly start adding things into my diet every few days to see what the ‘problem child’ might be.
I am absolutely convinced that Gluten & Dairy are my culprits. I’ve been doing a ton of research and everything I’m struggling with are the same symptoms of these specific food group intolerances. CRAZY! Why didn’t my doctor suggest this BEFORE suggest a chemo type medication for life? He can’t make money if I find a fix that doesn’t include him. Cross your fingers that I figure this out because I’m tired of feeling like shit nearly every day of my life.
Have you ever done this? What was your outcome? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.
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