I am Nicole and that is not me in the picture. LOL, but he’s a cute little guy I thought I’d add to make you smile. I am here to share my story and the great (and not so great) information and products that I have found in my quest for being healthy and living gluten-free.
A little about me, I have had stomach issues all of my life. Over the years, doctors could never find what was wrong with me and always attributed it to nerves. In 2004 my problems REALLY got terrible, to the point where I was spending 20-25 out of 30 days in terrible pain, taking handfuls of painkillers and all sorts of “gas” remedies you can think of.
I went into my doctor explaining that I knew that there was SOMETHING wrong with me and I needed to find out what it was. She referred me to a gastroenterologist where for the next year or so between the two of them I had every test imaginable. They ruled out everything they thought they could and finally said that they believed that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and that I just needed to make sure that I had enough fiber daily. ***sigh***
I was VERY frustrated with this diagnosis! I am kind of a nutritional nut, I don’t eat very many processed foods, I take vitamins (good quality ones) and supplements. I prefer to use natural remedies because so often medications usually fix one thing and cause 2 other problems!!
I spent another couple of years struggling with trying to make sure I had enough fiber. Back to my regular doctor where I got prescriptions for Bentyl (the antispasmodic) and DARVOCET for the pain! YES, my pain was that bad. I was in the emergency room 4 times for the pain. Crazy right?!
FINALLY in mid 2010, I was reading a nutritional newsletter article on how IBS is often misdiagnosed Celiac disease or Gluten intolerance. It listed 10 or 12 symptoms of which I had every single one except one. I started to do some more research online about this, reading articles from Mayo clinic and reputable sources. I went back to my doctor with this information, by then I was no longer insured 😦 so she suggested that instead of my doing the blood tests for this, do a gluten-free trial. Go several weeks gluten-free and then eat something with gluten – like pizza or something and see if I get sick.
I started a gluten-free trial in the fall of 2010 when I was armed with a little more information. In the FIRST week several symptoms disappeared. I was excited! By the third week of my trial I felt SO much better I decided I was NOT going to eat anything with gluten! As far as I was concerned, this is the solution I’d been looking for!
Over the next few months, I changed everything in my life that was gluten – lipsticks (yes!), mascara, make-up, shampoo, body lotion, toothpaste, prescription meds etc!! It’s everywhere.
In one year I have had 3 migraine headaches! This is huge as I was getting them weekly. I have NO joint pain. I no longer look like I am 9 months pregnant. I am not exhausted 24/7, in fact, I have more energy than I‘ve had in 10 years! Most importantly – I seldom have that terrible stomach cramping that was dominating ¾ of my days! This only happens when I am accidentally glutened or when I am dumb enough to knowingly eat something I know I shouldn’t (this does not happen very often as nothing is worth that pain!).
Let’s be clear, I am NOT a doctor, by no means an expert or even claim to know everything on the subject, but I am very happy to share with you what I’ve learned through trial and error! There are so many foods out there that you CAN have without issues!
Here’s to living AND LOVING a Gluten Free life!!
Absolutely NONE. I am not a doctor, professor or a nutritionist. I am a self-diagnosed, gluten-intolerant woman who has searched, researched, failed and finally succeeded at living and LOVING a gluten-free life.