- I probably ate something unsettling - I'll feel better in a few hours.
- Yeah, I don't feel good, but I can't go to the doctor because...(work, busy, finances, don't like needles, afraid there actually IS something wrong, etc.).
- Maybe other people feel the same way, and I need to just tough it out.
It's easy for me to list the excuses because I've made them all. I can't even pinpoint the time when I started experiencing discomfort because it was a subtle, slow, downhill slide. All I know is the symptoms increased to a point where I could not brush them aside any longer.
In January of this year, I finally decided it was time to take action. I reached out to a friend of mine who is a P.A., and she recommended a G.I. doctor. Being a fairly meticulous note-keeper, I gathered all of my notes on symptoms, along with medical history, and prepared for my first appointment.
While I could sit here and type out a wordy dissertation on all the events that occurred between the first appointment and today, I think it makes the most sense to list the highlights - for your sanity and mine.
- 11 vials of blood to test for celiac disease and other levels
- 2 fat malabsorption tests
- Endoscopy and colonoscopy
- Bone density test
- Parasite test
- EnteroLab test for gluten, casein, soy, and egg sensitivities
- Breath test for SIBO
- MRT blood test for food sensitivities
Curious about the results? Here we go...
- Test: blood tests for celiac disease and other levels
Results: high liver and kidney numbers; negative celiac blood panel
- Test: fat malabsorption
Results: 2.5x normal
- Tests: endoscopy and colonoscopy
Results: no significant abnormalities but indications for further testing
- Test: bone density
Results: osteoporosis (ongoing from early college)
- Test: parasites
- Test: EnteroLab test for gluten, casein, soy, and egg sensitivities
Results: non-celiac gluten sensitivity (G.I. doctor said the gluten results were high enough to say "celiac" if it makes things easier), and sensitivities to casein, soy, and egg.
- Test: breath test for SIBO
- Test: MRT blood test for food sensitivities
Results: sensitivities to so many foods I eat on a regular basis
It's overwhelming, isn't it? I think it's time to take a break - just typing it all out is exhausting! I'll come back and go into more depth on the MRT test results and how they have changed my life so far.