Gut health updates
If you’ve been a long-time reader of APOG or have known me personally, you know that I am without a gallbladder. I had a rollercoaster summer about 8 years ago when after eating dinner, I woke up the next morning uncontrollably vomiting. The nausea and inability to keep food down lasted about 8 weeks with numerous tests, doctor visits and the removal of both my appendix and my gallbladder.
Fast forward to one month ago at Paleo Fx. Up until that point, my diet and digestion were relatively ‘normal’. I use that word loosely because after you have a critical digestion organ removed, the body never really hits normal again. I have been eating with a Paleo focus for about 4 years while still being careful of the super high-fat, low-carb approach due to my body’s inability to digest fats without support.
When I arrived at Paleo Fx, my lovely roommate Kelly and I headed to the hotel restaurant for a light dinner and a drink. I had grilled chicken with olive tapenade and grilled zucchini as well as a couple of glasses of white wine. After dinner we retreated to our room to get some rest before our big day. About an hour later, I experienced extreme sharp pain and vomiting that can only be described as the same pain I felt before I had my gallbladder removed 8 years prior. I feared pancreatitis, but stayed for the weekend and kept my diet light. While at Paleo Fx, I lived on Kombucha (Thank you Kosmic Kombucha!!) and bananas. Any food with a bit of fat caused building pain that could only be settled with rest and heat to the area.
The following two weeks were a blur of work travel and more painful episodes when I ate. I began to fear each plane ride as they were hellish hours of pain and nausea 30,000 ft up. As I continued to travel, I experimented more with food and how I felt fasting. Was it fats or no fats? Protein or processed food? The more time pushed forward the less answers I had.
I came home and immediately followed up with a series of doctors’ appointments that left me disappointed and frustrated. I’ve had blood drawn about 8 times with ‘normal’ results, I’ve had an ultrasound scheduled with nothing to show and now I am taking antispasmodic medication about 20 minutes before every meal. I have lost a total of close to 10 pounds (awesome but not how I intended to) and yet I have no answers for how I am feeling.
The process feels as miserable as it sounds and I am hoping with a naturopath MD and an Autoimmune Protocol in place, I’ll be able to heal my gut. I share this with you not for sympathy, but for an understanding of how and why I eat the way I do. Not to mention, if there is someone in the world that is going through a similar struggle, know that you’re not alone. I’ll keep you all posted as I continue on this journey, as I’m sure its going to be one that I will be on and adjusting with for some time.
To your health,