3.26.2006

Gluten-Free's the New Way to Be...

Since I was little I have always had stomach problems. In fact, after high school, it was so bad that I had a Costco-sized bottle of Pepto in my car's glove box...as well as one in my purse, and one at home. I've been to specialists, and they've done all kinds of fun tests, but to no end. They slapped me with "chronic dispepsia", which essentially means "there's something wrong with your stomach, but we have no clue what it is". I was reading this article in Fitness magazine, about this woman who discovered that she has Celiac disease...and there was a list of symptoms, of which I had EVERY ONE. So I did some research, and came to the conclusion that this what's wrong with me. Now, I'm a hypochondriac, but this time I was pretty sure I was right. I went to the doctor, and asked to get the blood test that looks for the antibody for gluten intolerance, but she told me that the blood test is not especially good at picking up on it, especially since I started avoiding gluten. However, regardless of the blood test, she told me to cut out gluten and see if that makes a difference. If it's Celiac, then I'd notice a difference within a week or so. So that is what I'm doing. There is gluten in EVERYTHING!!! Today is only my second day of zero gluten...so we'll see how things go...if it makes a difference, at least I'll feel better...if it doesn't, it's one more thing to cross off the list.

4 comments:

Erika said...

Hope your tummy feels more friendly soon!

Erika said...

PS: So I went out and bought Emiliana Torrini's, "Fisherman's Woman." I think she's pretty much a chick version of Damien Rice. I dig her!!!! Her voice pretty makes the CD. The acoustic guitar is so smooth too!!! Pretty much everyone and their mom should own that CD.

Cass said...

Totally!!!

Rebecca said...

Hey, so has it helped? I know that you mentioned this to me at work before...but I have not asked if it worked?
Let me know, i am still not sure what it is that you eat though, I know that gluten is EVERYWHERE!