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Monday, July 9, 2012

The One Where I’m Sort Of Feeling Better


I have mentioned in some recent posts that I haven’t been feeling at that well and my clothes haven’t been fitting right despite eating well and working out. And then last week I mentioned that at my doctor’s appointment last week I had indeed gained 13 lbs!! Who knows if it was more because I had actually been feeling better and losing some since the week before my appointment… Anyways all that being said there seem to be two issues going on. I know some of this stuff is personal so I will try to be as candid as possible yet still maintain some privacy. But if you have any specific questions or want to know things I don’t explain please email me and I will be happy to talk with you that way.

So, problem numero uno:
I have been on a certain medication for about 5 years now and have had no issues with this medication whatsoever. Well when I went to pick up that medication at the end of April I noticed that it was different than usual. I initially thought it was a mistake and called my pharmacy to ask, to which they replied that no, it wasn’t a mistake. They were no longer carrying the previous medication and that the new medication was a substitute. Um, well ok, thank you for informing me of such changes…
I went online and read about the “new” medication and saw that it was the same major ingredients and a substitute for my previous medication but that it was a different manufacturer and some different minor ingredients. The forums I read were some mixed reviews on people having no effect on the new medication and some people saying they didn’t handle it well. I decided to give it a try, I mean what else could I do without knowing exactly how I would respond. And since I had no issues with the previous medication I didn’t think it would be a big deal. Boy was I wrong.
At first it I didn’t really notice a difference at all, my mood was fine, I wasn’t having any weird side effects or anything. Throughout May I felt my clothes getting a little bit tighter but I honestly thought that was due to the fact that I wasn’t working out, like AT ALL. So of course I would probably not fit into my clothes as well. Then June came and I deemed June my “no soda month” along with starting a weight-loss competition with a friend and so I thought surely I’d start feeling better. But I only felt worse. After about 3 weeks of healthy eating, working out and no sodas I thought certainly something is wrong if I feel even worse than I have in a long time. And that’s when the light when on in my head – that medication switch!!! The more I read, the more convinced I was that this was in fact the culprit. I had a doctor’s appointment but a week out from that I just couldn’t take it anymore and I quit taking the medication. Within a week I felt so much better! After talking to my doctor she agreed that it was in fact the medication and that I should stay off of that and all related medications, which is fine with me, the less I have in my system the better (Which means aside from a nasal spray I am prescription free!!).
So, yes, I am starting to feel better now that I know what the issue was, but I am less than thrilled with the 13lbs that decided they could reside on my body. And unfortunately my doctor told me that due to the fact that I put weight on due to a medication over a period of about 2 months that it would probably take just as long to get it back off. Bummer!!  But the good news is that I at least already have good habit established!!

Now for problem numero dos:
I mentioned in my last post that my doctor was looking at some possible allergies that I may be experiencing.

I have always had a milk allergy for as long as I can remember. [Red flag number 1]

I have always had to be careful of dairy products in general and the older I get the more careful I have to be. I usually experience a lot of bloating and gas (TMI?) if I am not careful with my dairy intake. [Red flag number 2]

Recently I discovered that I was allergic to avocados! What? Who is allergic to avocados? And why all of a sudden? This has seriously bummed me out! Apparently it’s a rare, but can be a serious allergy. I don’t have to completely avoid it, but anything more than a bite or two I’m in a lot of pain and I feel like my throat has a golf ball in it and like my chest will explode, neither are fun feelings! [Red flag number 3]

About 3 years ago I was diagnosed with IBS and up until about 6 months ago I was taking medication for it [Red flag number 4]

My allergies this season have been almost unbearable. I take an OTC allergy pill each day and use my allotted 2 squirts per nose per day of my steroid nasal spray and most of the time I still want to cut my head off because my allergies are so annoying. [Red flag number 5]

After talking and explaining all this, my doctor told me that it would not be unreasonable to go and have some allergy testing done to see if there are certain things that may be causing me all these issues. She also said it would not be unreasonable for me to be allergic to something like Gluten and that I might consider doing a trial of removing it from my diet. She did a blood test that day but I came back negative for Gluten intolerance; however, I’ve decided to experiment on my own.

I AM REMOVING GLUTEN FROM MY DIET!

I know this may seem absolutely ludicrous to some and may seem like a pain if I don’t need to remove it and so here are my reasons:

I know something is not right with how I am feeling (even still after stopping the medication – and I do know that sometimes it takes a while to leave my system…)

I am constantly bloated

I feel like over the past 2 years no matter what I do I cannot become more fit and toned.

I can be extreme sometimes ( ßyes I did just admit that)

I have been doing some research on going Gluten-free and other than it being a pain and a bit more expensive there is really no down-side to it. In fact, many times it’s a more healthy option.

I am excited to try new foods and new recipes and to learn to eat as clean and as healthy as possible.

Obviously I am still reading and learning and I won’t be perfect at this right away. But I am looking forward to learning more as I go. Will this be a forever thing? Maybe, maybe not; I would like to think that it will be a lifestyle change for me for the better, but I cannot say for sure. Along with my Gluten free diet I will be cutting out dairy as well. I already do this as much as possible but I want to me more strict about it from here on out. My main goal is to only put into my body that which my body can process and use for good. I want to feel the best that I can and I truly believe that starts with the inside out. And my insides can only be the best they can be if I give them proper resources.

I hope you will continue reading as I start this new journey and if you have any advice or experience I would love to know!!

2 comments:

Erin said...

You poor thing! That had to be really frustrating to go through, but I am glad you are feeling better. I know a few people who went Gluten Free due to severe food allergies, and it's really helped them. Definitely worth a try!

Rain said...

I have heard people who cut gluten out and it really has changed everything for them including mood and bloating, energy, etc...
I am sorry about you not feeling well....it sounds like you are doing the right things to figure it all out though!