My life without Gluten: Why you should care.

I never use this blog for personal stories especially illness-related stuff,
but I hope that if there is anyone going through what I went most of my life
and I can help that person then this is more than worthy.  A year ago due
to severe stomach pain and frequent heartburn I had my fourth endoscopy done in
a span of ten years.  I had suffered from severe stomach pain and
heartburn most of my life.  While the results of the endoscopies hinted at
gastritis, this time they discovered a Peptic ulcer in the duodenum so I was
sent for more tests to find out what caused it.  The most common cause is
stomach bacteria, abuse of pain killers such as aspirin and ibuprofen and a gluten
allergy.  Since I came negative in the biopsy to all of the above the only
cause left was a rare condition called Zollinger-Ellison
people with this disease have a tumor in the pancreas mostly
malign. This tumor releases high levels of a hormone that increases stomach
acid.  I have to say that my father died of Pancreatic cancer more than
ten years ago so when the Doctor vaguely mentioned this I cried for days so
hard that my voice changed and people thought I had a cold. 
I also suffered from severe migraine that would last for at least three days,
from back pain, brain fog, tiredness, lethargy and was always physically weak. 
The only position I would feel comfortable in was being reclined with pillows
under my back.  I couldn’t even sit or lay down on the floor because
basically every position was difficult and painful for me.  It was as if I
had small needles inside my mid-section.  It was a very uncomfortable
Reading more about gluten-allergy we learned that it is not only genetic and
there are various levels of it where even the mildest one has an accumulative
effect.  So as my hubby suggested I started a gluten-free diet
“trial” for a bit exactly two weeks before the second
endoscopy.  By the first week my heartburn and pain were gone, my back
pain got better, I didn’t have any headaches and for first time in my life my
body felt comfortable inside me.  The endoscopy only lasted about 15
minutes and the doctor did not see anything abnormal.  No ulcer
It’s been almost a year since I’ve been living on a strictly Gluten-fren diet
and it’s the first time in my life that I feel at ease within myself.  If
by any chance I eat something with Gluten by mistake the headache of the
following day would let me know.
If you suffer from two or more of the symptoms I mentioned above try to take
gluten out of your life for a period of time and you’ll see the big
difference.  Get to know your body and feel good in it.
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  • I have no problem with gluten but one of my friends suffered just as you did, changing her diet has transformed her life.

  • Thanks for sharing your personal story. Having recently started eating gluten free myself I can appreciate your experiences and the headaches and stomach aches of accidentally eating gluten from time to time.

  • I dont have a gluten allergy, but I do think I am intolerant. I have been to GI MD a few times, with issues and at one point I thought just cut it out to see, and of course I feel better when I dont eat wheat products! But its hard, I love good bread and pasta, need a good brand to switch to!
    XO Karolyn

  • Meant to add, I'm not on Instagram but saw your pics, I adore your style – the red dress and boots? Wow!

  • Good advice. Thank you.

  • I don't have a problem with gluten, but I know how important is a right diet for those who do. Thank you for opening up, Julie.