I've always loved bread and pasta. Always.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with PCOS. My body wasn't processing carbs and sugar. Instead, it was creating cysts on my ovaries with them.
I have always carried my "weight" in my stomach. Always.
I'm a pretty petite person, but my stomach has always had a decent amount of flubber, if you will. haha.
After having Cohen, my body really didn't have time to get to a stand still. Within a few months we were trying to get pregnant. This is great for many reasons, Knox & Sloane being the obvious :)
So, from October 2009 until June 2012, I've been pregnant or nursing, except for a 6 month period before becoing pregnant with Knox & Sloane.
While nursing them for ten months, I felt great. I really had relatively good energy. I ate pretty healthy, but anything and everything. I ate a lot. I don't think I started losing baby weight until they were about four months old. Then I lost all of it and a little more.
I stopped nursing and within a month I was feeling pretty awful. I knew I'd blog about it eventually, but I just kind of wanted answers before doing so. Why was I feeling so awful since I stopped nursing?
My symptoms have been:
- Extreme weight gain in my stomach but no where else. I might have even lost it in other places.
- Major fatigue. Major. I attributed some to lack of water intake, but I couldn't tell a big difference once I increased. It wasn't a fatigue where I could just go to sleep, though.
- Nausea after most meals
- Anxiety - I've always had a bit of anxiety, but mostly when riding in a car and riding in a car in inclement weather. For the past few weeks, I just feel anxious often, but about nothing in particular. It's like I've been fatigue, but so uptight.
I THINK that's about it. So, needless to say, all of these started hitting mid-end June and I've been dragging. I knew something wasn't right.
Finally, I decided to stop complaining and wondering and actually go to the doctor. I went to a new doctor and I love her. She talked to me for probably two hours.
After going over everything..and I mean everything... she immediately said, "I bet you have Celiac Disease."
Okay, so that never crossed my mind.
I'm not sure what I thought was going on. I knew the body does all kinds of crazy things after pregnancy. And who knew, I had been feeding Knox & Sloane gluten free waffles and bread. God was preparing me for my future, I suppose.
She tested me last week and called last night. I do have the Celiac gene and also positive food allergies for the wheat flour, I believe. The nurse was double checking on the allergies with her.
I had an abdominal ultrasound today so they could check everything.
I immediately said that I don't understand how I can actually have the disease because I thought people with it were extremely sensitive and couldn't even have a miniscule amount or even cross contamination with wheat flour. I know one person with immediate sensitivity. She said everyone's sensitivity is different. Luckily, I don't have an immediate reaction. Which from what I've gathered, immediate reactions include cramping and...well having to go to the bathroom....just getting sick.
She said I've always had it. However, it's not been causing me issues, so it's been a bit more dormant, until my body changed due to pregnancy, nursing, etc.
Essentially with Celiac, your body cannot process wheat flour. I am no expert, by any means, so I'm just spouting out what I remember the doctor saying and what little I've read in the past week. Basically in the 1960's, wheat flour started becoming chemically engineered so that it would be mold resistant, bug resistant and to last longer. With this, it made it extremely hard for people's body to process. The way my doctor explained it, that many, many chronic illnesses are often people's bodies reacting to/fighting/rejecting gluten. She's also worked with people with MS, Parkinson, Autism and several other issues and by removing gluten, they improved drastically, especially Autism. She basically said that gluten is causing issues and making ones already present (genetic/hereditary) worse. She's passionate about it.
So, she was right. I do have it. She said that in order for me to feel better...normal.....and not have the bloating and weight gain, I will have to eliminate it from my diet. Otherwise, all of the symptoms I mentioned above will get worse.
So, there is a good chance the PCOS is caused by this. Also, I have a auto-immune skin issue....since I was 11 years old...probably also caused by this. I look forward to both improving.
I'm really not too bummed. As weird as it seems, I'm thankful. I'm thankful to have an answer. I'm thankful to know that my body cannot process something that I've been trying to eat. I'm thankful to know I'll feel normal again. I'm thankful to know that even if I have a bit of gluten here and there, I probably won't have an immediate reaction.
So, feel free to share any sites.....resources, recipes, etc. :) That you in advance!
If you made it through this post, thanks for caring, haha!