All posts tagged: gut disorder

Gluten free & blogging resolutions

Hello and happy 2015 to one and all. I was a little (a lot) lax with my writing for this blog last year. All of the IBS/ FODMAPpy health stuff going on plus taking on more responsibility at work meant that I simply didn’t have much headspace left for the extra-curricular. I kept up a little more with sharing pics on my Instagram and live-tweeting various gluten free happenings (see my thoughts on #FoodUnwrapped for a recent example), and periodically on Pinterest; I find micro-blogging a lot easier to dip in and out of. I now have the IBS and coeliac stuff more or less under control, though as fellow sufferers (I don’t like the word – it sounds a bit self-pitying, but how else can we describe ourselves…?) will know, gut disorders are an unpredictable beast, so you are never 100% ‘cured’. It would be remiss of me to promise to blog daily in 2015, or even multiple times a week, because I know that with the commitments I have, in all likelihood it wouldn’t happen. I’m very envious of those …

Another day, another hospital appointment.

I realised this week that I have been asking doctors for answers for almost two years. As I have written about before, even though I stick religiously to the gluten-free diet, I have ongoing health problems that seemingly cannot be explained by coeliac disease. For a while I worried that it was all in my head, but I have since found countless stories from other coeliacs on Facebook, Twitter and online forums that chime with my experience. At this point it is likely that as well as coeliac disease, I also have IBS, or SIBO, or some other gut-related condition. IBS is the front-runner, and as this can only really be diagnosed through process of elimination, I have had (and am still having) every gut-related test under the sun. I have had a range of advice to help deal with the symptoms. A Dietician put me on the FODMAP diet, a Gastroenterologist recommended I try yoga, mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy, another Gastroenterologist prescribed me peppermint oil capsules to ease the pains…though some of these have helped to a degree, …