Hello all,,, haven't been around much of late part of the reason being I have been quite unwell from before Xmas.
It is hard to describe the symptoms exhaustion, breathing difficulty that seemed to fluctuate, at times the chest can rattle a lot, and pain that I just can't pinpoint, could be the stomach could be the lungs, all I can say with certainty is it is inside. Ohh dear lord the pain at the bottom of the ribs, it was almost impossible to lie down on my side!
When coughing it had a bloody metallic taste.
Stomach pains, Rib pain,,, I questioned Duodenum problems,, Diaphragm problems.
At one stage the stomach rumbling, cramps and trots the the bathroom were to say the least exemplary.
Dr sent me for a chest X-ray back in Jan,,, Nothing
Referred me to a medical consultant,, who palpated my stomach which was really tender listened to my chest and said (confidently to my face) there isn't a problem.
He sent me for a ODG (reluctantly) and it all looked good apparently!
I was using Omeprozol which sort of worked the Dr switched it to Lansoprazole which was much better and provided better relief.
A relative who is a nurse and celiac asked if they had suggested celiac or food allergy,,,, NO
after a bit of research and desperation I went onto a diet of boiled veg salad balsamic vinegar olive oil.
Nothing processed, No Dairy, No grain,,,, I know I really wanted a bar of dairy milk and a packet of crisps for breakfast but had a a plate of steamed broccoli and carrots instead,,,, duh!
The symptoms have calmed but I am still on the Lansoprazole and quite dependant on it,,, unfortunately, but I am hoping I will be able to stop it eventually.
I am literaly afraid to step outside of my present diet, If I don't cook it and know what is in it I don't eat it, I got some chips out of the chipshop a few weeks ago and suffered bad after,,, Called Patrica and she said well they cook battered fish in the same oil so there is gluten in the oil so It is in the chips,, and there is also gluten in malt vinegar. I tied adding an egg to the salad a few days ago (Oh it was lovely) I was in pain the next day with the cough and chest rattling back. I tried a bit of gluten free soy sauce with stir fried veg and you guessed it pain, cough, rattle. I also eat chicken and I can spice the stuff up no end if I like without problems.
I am left that I don't really know what it is but at least I have learnt a bit and hopefully with diligence and one step at a time will be able to widen my diet and get off the stomach meds.
The thing is the medical system has been pretty unhelpful through it all and really I have been quite lucky,, If Patrica had not suggested food allergy I would be at the mercy of a Dr who shruggs the shoulders and looks blankly with pen in hand.
As you have probably realised I am a person who will go to any length to get to the root of the problem,, no half measures.
My reason in writing this is not looking for sympathy and the “sorry to hear you have been unwell” stuff but just to inform you in the hope that my experience may be of use to someone else who is at the mercy of what I consider to be growing incompetence in a very flawed medical system.
If this helps one person I have accomplished something.
Best Wishes, Ray