….ain’t nothin’ right in the world.
Sounds cheesy, but it’s so true.
It’s also the reason I haven’t blogged in days.
For the past month or so, my lower abdomen has been giving me a LOT of trouble. Pain, cramping, and discomfort so severe it has me feeling nauseous and almost entirely incapable of doing anything besides laying on my back.
Stomach pain is not foreign to me. About ten years ago I was diagnosed with IBS and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). Paxil and regular meetings with a God-sent Christian counselor gradually transformed me back into the person I knew was in there somewhere. Regular exercise worked wonders, as well. (To this day, that is one of the main reasons I work out very consistently: I’ve experienced firsthand the healing and restorative power of exercise.)
To this day I am still on a maintenance dose of Paxil, and for the most part the IBS and anxiety have been under control. Praise God!
However, since roughly mid-December my belly has been giving me grief again. I honestly can’t think of anything more debilitating than stomach pain. When it hits, I am useless. I am out of commission. I can’t read. I can’t cook. I can’t crochet. I can’t blog. I can barely even talk. It gets that bad.
So where am I at right now?
I am on day two of eliminating gluten from my diet entirely.
And I am feeling significantly better already.
Could going gluten-free be helping that quickly? I don’t know. But my gut says “probably.”
I have suspected gluten intolerance on and off for awhile now. Several months ago I greatly decreased my gluten intake but until now, have never cut it out one hundred percent. Just three days ago I also began taking daily multivitamins that include a powerful probiotic. I am quite confident that this will help, as well.
So here it is, 3:00 in the afternoon, and I have felt great since the moment I woke up this morning. (Yes, there is wood nearby and yes, I am knocking on it.) Is it a fluke? Or is it a direct result of eating NO gluten for the last day and a half? I don’t know yet.
Two things I do know:
- Not even the teensiest-tiniest bit of gluten will cross my lips ever again if my belly continues feeling as calm and relieved as it does right now.
- This blog may just evolve into a gluten-free eating blog.
If the pain comes back I will be seeking help from a gastroenterologist.
There are so many people who are plagued by miserable, agonizing stomach pain. The reason can be difficult to diagnose. For some, the reason is gluten intolerance. Maybe I’m one of those people, maybe I’m not.
I just wanted to update my dear readers on why my blogging has been so sporadic lately. Thank you sooooooooooooo much to those of you who have been keeping my aching belly in your prayers – continued prayers would be so so much appreciated. And if you or someone you know has stomach issues or gluten intolerance, send them my way and maybe we could continue exploring this together.
For more information on gluten intolerance click —-> HERE.
Your comments are most welcome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading!