So I mentioned my food intolerances in my ‘about me’ but I wanted to let y’all know a little more. Roughly 6 years ago I found out I had major sensitivites to dairy fat. It took a while to come to that conclusion: many tests, doctors appointments, a food dairy, and months of getting sick very often and not being able to hold a social life like most middle school students do. I would go to friends houses we would have pizza or ice cream and an hour or so later I would be calling my room from the bathroom to pick me up. It was terrible, my friends didn’t understand, and even thought I had an eating disorder because I was not able to eat much without felling ill (at that age dairy is a big part of your diet) and I was getting sick so often I couldn’t keep weight on.
5 years later and I am starting to get sick often again. Again came the stabbing stomach pains, frequent trips to the bathroom, and overall discomfort living a normal now college student life. I always wanted to know where the nearest bathroom was and I had a lot of concern. I had bloody stools (sorry if that is TMI), I was losing weight once again, and my energy was draining. The symptoms started in the fall of 2012, cleared up over Christmas, and came back in full swing when I returned to school in January.
I talked to my mom a few times about it and she thought it was just hemeroids but I was not convinced. At this point I was losing A LOT of blood and having a lot of bowl movements that were very painful. Mid to late February I finally went to my trainer and asked to see the doctor. She was happy I had come to her. She had noticed my energy draining, weight dropping, and also thought I had an eating disorder.
The first step was to have some blood tests done and set up a gastroenterologist appointment. The blood tests revealed I was severely anemic and many of my other levels were off. When I saw my doctor she ordered a number of tests starting with a colonoscopy, then an upper GI, a CT scan, and later a prometheus test. My colonoscopy revealed I either what Chrons of Ulcerative Colitis.
My diagnosis was then UC that is confined to the rectum but I had minor inflammation in other places that meant it could easily spread later on if I do not keep it under control. I was put on 3 different medications and after 3-4 months of a full on flare up am finally doing better now. My last test was a fructose intolerance test to determine if there was anything making it worse and also giving me some of the other symptoms I still had. On my last day in New Orleans before coming home I found out I am intolerant to fructose, an ingredient in many many products and even many healthy/fresh foods.
It is not surprising that my breath test was positive because of my previous knowledge of my dairy sensitivity. I am lacking certain digestive enzymes required to break down these things in my digestive tract which is leading to gas, bloating, pain, and a plethora of other symptoms.
I have come to terms with my intolerances and am doing my best to avoid these things but obviously fructose is a hard on and I am still making mistakes. I am feeling a lot better than I was a few months ago and am grateful I am home to learn how to change my diet. Hopefully in the long run it will make me a healthier eater between the UC and multiple food intolerances. I’m just going with what life throws at me and trying to make the best of it!