This year has been a rough one as far as health stuff goes, who am I kidding; it’s been rough through most of last year as well. My stomach has been giving me fits and I’ve had all sorts of tests done and medications prescribed without any lasting relief. It culminated with a visit to the emergency room the night of William’s birthday where I received pain meds and the advice to go see my GI specialist. The GI guy was zero help and really didn’t have any real advice for me except to call next time I had pain.
It was depressing and I didn’t feel very hopeful, but then a friend of mine recommended a clinic in Seattle that deals with food allergies and I figured I would give it a shot. After talking with the doctor I started to feel hopeful for the first time in a long time. The doctor said that my symptoms do sound an awful lot like they are being caused by food. I had a bunch of testing done and I should find out in a few more weeks. In the meantime, I’m experimenting with giving up dairy and gluten and have been able to see some improvements.
I should also mention that during this whole fun time I have been having ultrasounds of my neck to follow the progress of a suspicious lymph node that became swollen by my collar bone. At the urging of my doctor, I met with an oncologist on Monday just to be safe. He said it is most likely not lymphoma, but either a reaction to what is going on with my gut or a leftover reaction from the shingles. It does seem to be going down which is wonderful.
If I’ve seem somewhat stressed these last few weeks, now you know why.