Major Gut Inflation

Lately it’s been more difficult for me to get myself to sit down in front of my laptop and write.

Part of this has to do with feeling more ill than usual.

Ever since I’ve returned from Mexico, I’ve been coping with sometimes severe intestinal symptoms.

The other night, I felt like an overinflated balloon. I was so filled up with air, that it was bursting forth from every orifice. I don’t always enjoy living alone, but on that night, I was thankful I didn’t have any house guests.

My GI doc told me that I have IBS, which is common for people with Crohn’s disease to have.(Oh joy, another diagnosis?) He prescribed an antispasmodic, for intestinal cramps, without first discussing this with me.

No thank you, sir.

I am already taking an enormous load of prescription drugs for depression and anxiety. I don’t need something that most likely won’t be helpful, will interact with my other meds, and will cause numerous side effects.

I was relieved to find, however, that my Crohn’s disease is in remission. This is huge! Whatever is wrong with my gut, it’s not something that will likely prevent me from ever getting out of bed. Or something that will demand more serious medications to suppress an overactive immune system.

I’m reading a book by an integrative medical GI doctor, from Johns Hopkins. I found out about it, while reading an article on SIBO-small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, by Andrew Weil, MD.

It’s called, ‘The Inside Tract”, and it’s written by Dr. Gerard Mullin,MD.

Dr. Mullin has worked with numerous patients suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease(Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis), IBS, SIBO, and more.

It’s a really interesting book. Though I don’t agree with everything Dr. Mullin has to offer as advice, I’ve decided to go on a diet that he recommends for people like myself.

Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are near impossible to impact with dietary changes. At least the kind that you most often hear of as beneficial. If you think something sounds healthy, when IBD is active, it’s not. The gut becomes so inflamed and often infected, that nothing gets absorbed. If one puts veggies into his mouth, it will come out very quickly and violently from the other end of the alimentary canal.

I’m waiting on the results of the SIBO test I just took. Should be about a week. If I do have it, diet can make a huge difference in terms of treatment. Even the allopathic doctors-MD’s, believe this, which says something.

Diet is such an overwhelming topic for me. Emotional eating has long been an addiction. Sweets, and fatty foods kind of make me high, at least for awhile, when I eat them. I eat far less of these foods than I did, but there is still room for improvement.

I suppose it’s not just about cutting out unhealthy foods, but about replacing them with foods that can be healing.

I’ve never eaten enough vegetables. In part because they used to give me unending intestinal cramps.

I am confident now, that my gut is fairly healthy. Or at least at a point where it won’t totally reject asparagus, if I eat it.

I’m going to attempt(for the 30th time), to retrain my palate, and retrain my thinking when it comes to food. I know that donuts, and French fries make me feel like shit. So, isn’t it possible, that eating a significantly healthier diet, will make me feel better? I’m no scientist, but the logic here seems fairly straightforward.

I still don’t buy that dietary changes can cure every disease on the planet. Or that prescription medications are evil. Or that natural health remedies are effective enough to replace them.

I do believe, that my time has come, to pay a little more attention to what I put into my mouth. I’d like to befriend my body, and treat her with the respect and care she needs.

She certainly deserves it.


1 Comment

  1. I’m right there with you. As I’ve aged, the inevitable metabolism slowdown has set in; I can no longer get away with shoving carbs in my wordhole all day long and not gain weight. So I’m trying to retrain myself to eat healthier. I have access to wonderful fruits and veggies at work, but I keep ignoring the veggies in favor of the fruits. I’m struggling to lose the weight.

    All that to say: I feel you, girl. I’m sorry you’re dealing with health issues, and i hope you feel better soon (((hugs)))

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