Friday, September 30, 2011

What's New?

You may have noticed that my posts have been few and far between lately. That's because I haven't been feeling well. Lately it seems that no matter what I eat, I get abdominal cramping, bloating, and . . . other stuff.  In addition to gluten, dairy, and nuts I've cut out soy as well as all nightshades and still feel awful.

I have an appointment to see a gastroenterologist at the end of October (earliest appointment available) so until then I am subsisting on foods that seem okay. I am completely baffled by my current situation. In the past I've been able to identify a specific food issue through an elimination diet. That has failed me this time, as this problem is more pervasive.

My fun of experimenting with recipes has been curbed, since I am unsure of what I can or can't eat. So I haven't had much to write about. And the last thing I want to do is become all whiny (where's the fun in that??).

I am such an impatient person. I wish there was a special medical office you could go to where you could see all necessary specialists in one day and have all required testing done so you could find out what the heck is wrong with you sooner. *sigh* But I suppose if such a place existed, they wouldn't accept my insurance. :)

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know what was going on, and I'll keep you posted on any developments. Maybe I'll even be able to share a safe recipe or two. :) -- Tina.


  1. I'm so sorry! I have a friend who is going through the same thing only she thinks it's related to all grains. She's trying a grain free gluten free diet to see if that helps. I hope you get some relief soon.

  2. How frustrating Tina! I hope you figure out things soon so you can start feeling better!

  3. Sorry to hear you are unwell. I am impatient on docs and results and all that. How do green smoothies sit with you? Or pure fruit smoothies? Sending your insides some comfort!

  4. Thanks Barb, Sara & Julie!

    I appreciate the support. :) I am eating very bland and safe foods right now while I wait for my gastroenterologist appointment.

    Thanks so much for the well-wishes. I'll keep you posted on what happens. -- Tina.

  5. Sorry you aren't feeling so well. I know what you mean though. Almost a year ago, I was back to having digestive issues, and I tried eliminating all kinds of things from my diet. None of the changes really helped either. I could not for the life of me figure out what was bothering my tummy after 15 years of doing well on the gf diet.

    So I saw a gastro and he sent me for a bunch of yucky tests again. He wasn't sure what was wrong with me and wanted me to go in for another scope too, so we scheduled that for a month out. Luckily in the meantime I saw a neurologist for a (seemingly) unrelated issue and she tested my thyroid and liver.

    Turned out it was my thyroid (Graves' disease) causing so much gastro distress, a common symptom. Now, as I am on the road to recovery, the gastro issues have mostly disappeared, thankfully. So, make sure you get a thyroid check as many doctors don't seem to connect that the two can be related.

    Hang in there!

  6. Renee,

    Thanks for sharing your experience -- it's always helpful to know you're not alone!

    My doctor did test my thyroid levels (she does that regularly since I have hypothyroidism) and they were normal.

    I am feeling a bit discouraged, so I really appreciate your comment.:) Thank you so much for your support! -- Tina.

  7. Hey Tina,
    This is the last day of October! So, I am looking to see how you are doing...hope for you to post on here soon. Take care!
    Tootsie Rolls are gluten free!
    Love, Kay

  8. Hi Kay,

    I'm doing okay . . . there are days when the last thing I want to think about is food, which is why there haven't been any recipes lately. Hopefully I'll get inspired soon and have something to share! Thanks for checking in on me -- it means a lot! :) Tina.

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