Just checking in with a quick health update. As some of you may know, I’ve been on a long journey to figure out the cause behind my chronic stomach pain, digestive issues, nausea, acne, and gum problems, among other symptoms. In my last update I shared that my doctor was going to be testing me for celiac, leaving me eating gluten for three painful weeks. The test came back negative, but I definitely have a poor reaction to gluten (acne, stomach pain, constipation, bloating), so I’m back on that gluten free train and feeling a little better.
Well, it’s been a minute since I did any updates on what’s new with my medical journey, so let’s dive right in!
Since I last gave a health update, I spent a few months not really moving forward with anything. Then, in the last month or two, with the help of my coworker, have been doing some research into autoimmune disorders wondering if that could be the cause of my problems. A lot of symptoms matched up with several autoimmune disorders: my swollen, painful gums, joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, tingling hands, the list goes on. One disorder we kept coming back to: SLE, more commonly referred to as Lupus.
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I hate to say this….. but I’m glad Christmas is over. Who am I??? I’m usually so so sad once the holidays are over, I just want to go into hibernation and skip January and February. In all seriousness though, this month has been really difficult. If you’ve noticed I haven’t been posting, it’s because there has been a lot of things going on that have been taking my attention. I will be working harder at the start of the year to get back on track with posting and especially bringing new recipes to Odessa Darling.
Well, it’s been a while since I talked about my stomach problems and at this exact moment, I’m being constantly reminded ‘hey I exist remember me’ by what I refer to as the baby sharks in my stomach SO let’s dive right in, shall we?
The last time I updated, I talked about the low sulfur diet my naturopath had me on to see if sulfur and sulfates were the root of my stomach problems. Spoiler alert: they’re not. With the huge amounts of elimination diets I’ve been doing this year, my naturopath and I have basically come to the conclusion that more likely than not, my problems are not due to the foods I’m eating (to an extent, I’ll still be following a mostly-Paleo diet because it does make a difference to cut out grains and dairy), but rather the fact that my insides just do not work the way we need them to. My pancreas doesn’t release enzymes when it’s supposed to, my gallbladder doesn’t produce enough bile to break down the foods I’m eating, and my digestion is slow and painful. The frustrating thing is that we can know all of that, but it doesn’t lead us to a solution. How to make me feel better.
Some days, I wake up and I just know. Today is going to be a rough day.
Other days, I wake up and I’m fine. I’m great. But at some point in the day, inevitably: I eat. And the pain ensues.
We finally planted our garden a few weekends ago!
Planting our garden makes it officially spring, to me: the rain gets to fulfill its purpose in making our plants healthy and happy, the sun encourages them to grow taller, and the days getting longer give them more time to soak in the sun and sprout up.
Well, Its been a minute since I talked about all this, but after my third visit to the naturopath I’ve been seeing yesterday, I figured it was time for another post about this. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know I’ve been dealing with stomach issues (severe pain/nausea/digestive issues).
I’ve been following the Paleo diet since the beginning of the year… Read The Post
The picture above is just classic Odessa. I’m probably laughing at a joke I made, while my boyfriend is looking at the camera like Jim from the Office thinking, “Oh-kay. This girl is crazy.”
It’s funny how I can write on this silly little blog a few times a week, and you can read it, but you don’t really know all that much about me. I know when I’m reading a blog, I want to know about the blogger behind the screen, because a face, a voice, and some background can really change the way you read. Here are some things about me that, unless you know me pretty well, you probably don’t know yet!
As promised, here is my recap for the month of January and my experiment with eating paleo/doing an elimination diet to see if my health problems are caused (at least in-part) by food.
Little forewarning: a couple of tmi parts, because it’s a post about GI problems.