Thursday, April 18, 2013

Let's Get Real

So I don't have too much to say today and I'm not really in the mood to write too much. I do want to put a few things out there though. About 2 years ago, I started suffering from stomach issues. There's really not much worst than having your stomach all weird 75% of the time. No fun at all. Anyone that has known me or followed my blog over the past year knows that last year, I went to the gastroenterologist, had some blood work and other tests done, and was "diagnosed" with IBS. Unfortunately, the problem with IBS is that there really isn't a cure and there isn't medicine you can take. It's just about adjusting your diet and finding a way to make it more manageable. Fun right? Not. On top of that, she also learned from one of the tests that I had the H. Pylori bacteria in my tummy. {Ummm...gross} 2 weeks of antibiotics later, that was gone, but the IBS was still there and it probably always will be.

When the doctor diagnosed me with IBS, she also thought that I may have a gluten intolerance so recommended that I go gluten free. Naturally, I followed the doctors order and cut out gluten. No bread or pasta for this carb loving runner. Oddly, my symptoms got worse. I went to get a physical with my primary care doctor and he recommended allergy testing. Turns out, I'm allergic to wonder I always felt like my stomach was filling up like a balloon about to explode when I ate it! Not only was it rice, but other foods I loved and ate often like oats and eggs. You know what gluten free products use a lot of? Rice and oats. Awesome.

So this led me to following the FODMAP diet which isn't so but except again, it says no wheat. I ignored that. Over the past year, I've found the foods that do and don't irritate my stomach. I know the triggers and I try to avoid them. Sometimes it's hard because some are foods that I love like broccoli, brussels sprouts, watermelon, pears, yogurt, ice cream, legumes, so on and so forth.

Now I guess you're wondering why I'm going on this rant about all my problems. I have a few reasons.

  1. My life is far from perfect and I have my issues just like everyone else.
  2. I want to be real and share my struggles in case someone else is feeling the same way that I am.
  3. I'm still not better. Ask my friends. They see me suffer. Some days I can't keep food down. Some days I'm running to the bathroom. Some days I'm miserable.
  4. I want to know what's wrong.

I have an appointment with my gastro doctor today. Thank goodness because they past few weeks have been miserable. I have left work early 3 times and I just don't do that. I want to know what's wrong. I honestly think it's something more than IBS. If it's affecting my life more than one day a week then there has to be something else. I'm willing to fight now to find out what's wrong with me. I've only run 3 times in 14 days. Because I can't and don't want to. I don't want to because I'm in pain.

So there you have it. It sucks. Feel free to reach out to me if you've had similar issues before or are experiencing this now. I hate not knowing what is wrong. I'm ready to figure it out. Whatever it takes. One day and one appointment at a time. Here it goes...

Okay I'm stepping off of my soap box now and throwing out one more thing. One of my colleagues is walking in the March of Dimes March for Babies walk. In fact, he's walking for his daughter who died of SIDS in 2010. I couldn't imagine how he feels or the suffering his family went through. He's a great guy, a fellow runner, an Aggie and above all else a great dad. If y'all feel called to donate to his cause, please take a look at his donation page here. He's raised $2200 so far and has a goal of $2500 with 10 days left to meet it. He didn't ask me to put this out on my blog {I'm not even sure he knows that I have one}, but I felt called to share this with y'all. I made my donation this morning and feel so good about it!

That's all I have for y'all today. I know I said I didn't feel like writing a lot, but once I got started, I couldn't stop. I'm not in the mood to proof read all of these words now, so I'm hoping that my ranting and rambling makes sense. Happy Thursday my loves, one day until Friday!

Until next time...
Gig 'em and God bless,


  1. Amy,

    Have you seen Dr. John Mathias in Houston? I have had two friends with VERY similar issues to yours...they kept getting wrongly diagnosed as Celiacs and IBS by other doctors. One of them was nearly about to die from starvation because her body was rejecting everything she ate. If you have not seen him, PLEASE go to him. He is the best gastroenterologist in Houston. He literally saved my 2 friends lives....their issues started out exactly like yours, too.

  2. Aw, I'm so sorry to hear that - I can't imagine how that must be. I hope you figure out what's going on so that things can get better!

  3. Ugh, I feel your pain. I have been diagnosed with IBS, since everytime they go in, they don't find anything major, but I know better. My dad, my aunt, my cousin - all have severe chron's. If you've read my blog, I too have a horrible food intolerance and running just makes it an all around fun race day LOL. I've learned what bothers me and what to steer clear of. Thankfully when it gets a little flared up, a whole lot of tums/rinitadine and lemon water helps.
    I hope they get you sorted out asap!!

  4. I have gastritis, inflammation of the stomach, but I think I have something else. My doctor wants me to go to a GI doc but I just plain don't want to. My stomach hurts when I think about eating or want to eat. I have cut out coffee, citrus, spicy, and peppermint but I still get these weird pains like how you described the rice situation. Ughhhh maybe I should really go to the GI doc. I just know if I have an allergy I love ALL food too much to give something up!! Love your honesty and putting yourself out there as always girl!

  5. No fun! I have symptoms of IBS when I am really stressed out, and it is really a pain!

  6. Ok so I can't remember if I have ever commented about my issues when you have talked about this before!? So part of MS can be "bowel issues" and my GI doc dx me w/ IBS a year or so ago. My issue is constipation (sorry if TMI). It is so annoying. I never had any problems before MS. Sometimes I wonder if meds I'm on makes it worse? I also have to take Prilosec every day b/c I get horrible stomach aches if I don't. Not heartburn but really bad sour stomach and pains. It is horrible. Anyways I tried gluten free a couple of times and no luck w/ feeling better. My allergy doc suggested that I do a couple other things but I was lazy. I should try dairy free to see if that helps. Anyways I feel your pain. It is an everyday issue and no fun. So if you ever want to chat/vent send me an email. I can relate. Thanks for sharing. xoxo

  7. Thinking about you, Amy! Good luck figuring everything out, I hope it goes as smooth as possible!

  8. That "unknown" comment was from me, Sara Salinas, haha! It never asked me for my name...

  9. Praying for you to get some answers, Amy! xoxo


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