Hi there, I have multiple food intolerances. For 5 years I've been lactose, soya and alcohol intolerant. In the last 6 months I've had to give up dairy completely and gluten. I also find if I eat too many nuts (particularly peanuts) I have an issue. So far all the tests I've had show I'm not celiac but I'm having a gastroscopy and colonoscopy in a few weeks as ive been suffering from unexplained iron deficiency anaemia (I'm a 52 year old woman). The specialist said that that's unlikely to prove positive for celiac as I've been gluten free for too long so she's also doing a genetic blood test.
The issue I'm having is that in the last month, despite giving up all these foods and eating well, my stomach is getting progressively worse, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea. I know I'm being tested for Crohns and malignancy but the GI specialist says she doesn't think that's likely, and I agree, I think it's more likely to be me having a sensitive stomach.
The only thing I can think I've done differently in the last month or so is that, due to family commitments, we've eaten out a lot, which is something we don't normally do. I always check menus and speak to restaurant staff and explain my issues and go for GF, soya and dairy free options, but I definitely feel worse after eating a restaurant meal than I do at home (oh and I don't bother about cross contamination at home and that doesn't seem to cause an issue).
Does anyone else have this issue? Am I missing something? Am I going to have to give up eating out?