This week has been absolutely wonderful – don’t mean to toot my horn but I have zero complaints! The sun has been shining, the weather has been warm, I’m almost completely caught up with work, Ryan and I went to our first Nats game of the season, I had my first salty run, and within a blink of the eye… It’s Friday
On Wednesday I mentioned that I thought a health update was overdue and to my surprise, a handful of y’all commented saying that you were looking forward to my news. Thank you, thank you – I had no clue that people were interested in hearing about my inner workings or my “plumping” system if you will [haha]!
The last health update I wrote was over a month ago, February 21st to be exact, and I wrote it full of emotion. After enduring countless tests and undergoing numerous procedures, hearing “I don’t know.” from my doctor left me feeling hopeless. The person that I thought would have some answers for me had nothing. Blarg. Darn. Shoot. What the heck.
In the back of my mind all I wanted to do was to give up. I thought that I should just accept the fact that my body goes through cyclical periods of pain and I should learn how to “suck it up.” Seriously? Suck it up? Pain intense enough to make me curl up and cry is not normal. So with the encouragement and support of my family and friends, I opted for a second opinion.
I made an appointment with a GI known for his work with GI issues, as well as autoimmune diseases, and hoped that he’d have at least some idea of what could be going on. After we discussed my medical history, reviewed the results from previous tests, talked about previous treatments that I’ve tried, did a physical exam, and re-discussed my medical history he said something…
Sometimes doctor’s don’t even know what’s going on.
Before he could say anything else my shoulders dropped, my smile turned to a frown, and all I could think was here we go again. But then he continued…
There’s only so much us doctors can do. With even the most advanced medical equipment, sometimes things just remain undiagnosed. That’s not to say that in the future we won’t know. But currently, there are still things that we don’t have all the answers for. And in your case, this might just be it. That said, it doesn’t mean that you should be in pain. There are things we can try and approaches we can take to alleviate your pain.
Oh.my.goodness, beauty to my ears. I let out a sigh of relief and continued to listen. He went on to recommend that I meet with a nutritionist and start a new medicine. We planned to meet again in a few months to re-evaluate my progress. I said yes and yes, I could and would do both of those. And guess what… I’ve been almost completely pain free! I haven’t met with a nutritionist yet, but I have altered my diet a bit and I started taking the medicine.
Sure, on occasional I still have off days where my digestive system is on the fritz, but I have IBS, and lupus, and iron deficiency – off days are just part of the game. Everyone has those days where their body feels a bit wonky and needs some TLC, but that’s normal. Think about it… The human body is working 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It never gets a break. So it’s only fair that it “whines” every now and then.
So for the past month or so, my mornings have looked something like this…
Yup, a pill container. After too many mornings of forgetting to take my pills, I spent a whopping 99 cents at CVS and bought myself a pill container. Despite feeling a bit like a crazy old lady, it was one of the best purchases I’ve ever made – I haven’t forgotten once since!
Now for a product review [as if this post isn't already long enough] – bear with me, I promise to keep it brief… If y’all read blogs, you’ve probably read about probiotics. They seem to be the latest and greatest pills to pop since fish oil hit the scene.
About a month ago I was contacted by Ultimate Flora asking if I’d be interested in trying one of their high potency probiotics. I was currently taking a probiotic but hadn’t experienced any success so I thought I’d give it a shot. And I’m glad I did because I started taking the Extra Care Probiotic around the same time I started the new medicine recommended by the GI and the two have done wonders!
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Question: How are you spending your Friday night?Question: Do you take a probiotic? Daily vitamins?