today…

by Janetha on September 22, 2011

in product review,random rambles

today was different than a typical thursday.

today…

…i didn’t get to eat breakfast because i couldn’t eat or drink after midnight last night. i was REAL hungry, REAL thirsty and REAL sleepy (no coffee).

…i got to work at 7 AM so i could get all the essential daily to-dos done so i could head to the hospital.

…i had an endoscopy of my upper GI. (i have no idea if that is even the right terminology of what went on, so sorry if i botched it.)

image

today…

…i got poked by more than one needle. I HATE NEEDLES!

…i got knocked out with anesthesia.

…momma b came to the rescue when i woke up with water + a kind bar. love that lady.

image

today…

…i don’t get to drive and my car is stranded at my office. hmmm.

….i came home in the middle of the day. it was weird.

…i saw just exactly what penny & randy do while marshall & i are at work. which, as it turns out, is exactly what they do on weekend days when we are home.

IMG_4715

penny in the cave (under the table) with her baby. she never strays far from her baby.. that bat was her FIRST TOY EVER and she refuses to destroy it. she loves her baby.

IMG_4729

he is a basking basset. he loves the sunshine and soaks it up–i think he knows winter is coming & his basking days will be over soon.

today…

…i got four packages. get your minds out of the gutter!

i love mail. i usually don’t blog about the mail i get because who wants to see my mail? chances are, only me. i don’t want to come off as someone who screams LOOK AT ALL MY MAIL!  but these four packages are worth sharing—someone might be interested.

package 1: new chocolate chip cherry torte larabar flavor.

IMG_4719IMG_4724IMG_4721

i had no idea that larabar was sending these and it was a little creepy at first.. but then i realized they have my address because i bought their item in the great fundraising act auction. super nice of them to send the new flavor—which is delicious. my favorite larabar flavor is cherry, so i knew i would like this one. all their other chocolaty flavors are straight up sweet, but the addition of the tart cherries in the new flavor balances the bar out perfectly.  marshall has already eaten two of the four bars they sent, so it’ll be nice when this flavor is available in stores. anyway, thanks larabar! (totally just typed larabra.)

package 2: new supply of scivation xtend BCAAs.

IMG_4742

marshall & i have started using a branch chain amino acid supplement. i first read about BCAAs on jamie eason’s 12 week trainer program, which i am still following (workouts only).  quoted from jamie’s program: “Branched Chain Amino Acidsare  building blocks of muscle mass and size. Metabolized directly in the muscle, BCAAs, may improve nitrogen retention by sparing other amino acid groups for repair and rebuilding.”

i saw christina post about this brand and immediately ordered it. we went through the watermelon flavor lightening fast, so i ordered two canisters the second time around. watermelon was sold out, so i picked grape and apple. i can’t wait to try them out.

package 3: lollihop snack box.

IMG_4735

lollihop is a new company that specializes in sending out a monthly mixed box of delicious and snack food. the taste box comes catered to each individual depending on the diet and lifestyle you lead. each box includes 8 snacks—all organic—and costs around $20 (including shipping). they sent me this box for free to try out but didn’t ask me to review the contents. however, i tore the box open upon walking in the door from the hospital, and since i was so hungry, i immediately opened these pretzels and paired them with some sunbutter from my pantry.

IMG_4737

tasty combo. thanks for the snacks, lollihop!

package 4: FROM SUSAN!

IMG_4758

i saved the best for last. susan is a sweetheart. she sent me some fun things as a thank you for the great fundraising act. um, no, sus.. the pleasure was all mine. and the reason the auction was such a hit was because of all of YOU. so.. i wish i could share this awesome package with everyone.. but that’s not really logical. how about you come over and i make you donuts?

IMG_4759

the card was the best. WOW, what a gem. i LOVE funny cards.

IMG_4760

thanks sooo much, susan!

today…

…i realize i like having a day job. it’s weird to be home alone in the middle of the day on a thursday. what do people without kids or day jobs do day in and day out??

…i can’t workout. which means i am stuck here at home (remember, i can’t drive). alone. sitting on my butt.

…i am grateful for health insurance. i still have three more procedures scheduled to try to figure out what’s wrong with my insides.

yeah. i haven’t mentioned it on here because, well, there hasn’t been a reason to.  i don’t know what is wrong with me.. but something is wrong. i have really bad abdominal pain and bloating nearly every day and my stomach sticks out 8 to 10 inches by the end of the day. while the bloating issue has been going on for years and years, the painful part has only been happening for a few months. i don’t think it is anything serious, therefore i don’t want to bring a bunch of attention to a false alarm, but thought i would touch on what’s going on. now you know.

well.. i have plenty of time on my hands. guess i will get started on dinner.. even though it’s only 3:22.

xo. janetha g.

p.s. today is also my brother in law’s birthday. happy birthday, bills!

{ 177 comments… read them below or add one }

Andrea@WellnessNotes September 22, 2011 at 11:16 pm

Sorry about your stomach issues. I hope they’ll figure out what’s going one soon!

Cool mail!

Get better soon!

Reply

Toronto Girl West September 22, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Sorry to hear you had to get all poked and probed and stuff. Here’s hoping they find an answer soon.

Do you think you’re gluten intolerant? Your symptoms sound similar to the ones my gluten intolerant friends have had.

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

i sure as shit hope not. i love gluten.

Reply

Carley@Chef&theAcademic September 23, 2011 at 12:03 am

I hope you’re feeling better soon and they figure out what’s up! I had some problems for a few years and none of the doctors I visited were a lick of help. I finally got a referral to an amazing specialist and it’s made all the difference. At least you have those wonderful pups to keep you company!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

dang, i need a referral to an amazing specialist!

Reply

Amy September 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

Ah I hope they give you some answers – sooner rather than later. Feel better Janetha!

Reply

Kate September 23, 2011 at 1:24 am

I got a colonoscopy two years ago because I had a bunch of stomach problems. The doctor said that it was IBS but I eventually figured out I am intolerant to soy (thanks vegetarianism).

It got better once I cut out soy, but my problems didn’t really go away until a few weeks ago. I live in Moscow now and vegetables aren’t heavily available (or cheap). I think I was eating too much fiber. I really don’t know though but I am glad my stomach issues have gone away and it wasn’t gluten!

I hope you can figure out what is wrong with you soon! It can be very frustrating to know something is wrong with your body but not know how to fix it.

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

isn’t it crazy that even healthy foods can lead to GI discomfort? i wish it was cut and dry, but that’s totally not the case. and wow.. enjoy moscow! that’s rad.

Reply

RunEatRepeat September 23, 2011 at 1:37 am

You just need some healthy California air :) You’ll be fine.

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

can’t wait to get some! just what i need!

Reply

Ellen September 23, 2011 at 2:19 am

Oh dear, well rest up, take good care of yourself, and I am sending lota od good thoughts/vibes/happyhealing thoughts your way:)

Reply

Elaine September 23, 2011 at 2:49 am

i’m glad to hear you had a restful day after your procedure, but i’m sorry that you’re going through all of that :( i hope they are able to give you some answers soon after all your tests. i do hope you feel better soon! glad you’ve got your pups to help!
i gotta admit…i’ve been having the same issues (bloating, feeling really full after everything i eat, pain, etc.), but i do not have insurance at the moment. just trying to pay attention to what i eat and what makes me feel yucky (even though it seems like everything does). i wonder how many others are also walking around with undiagnosed issues with their “insides”?

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:49 am

soooo many people, i am sure. it sucks that health care is so expensive. frustrating.

Reply

cathy September 23, 2011 at 5:51 am

sorry to hear about your thursday, j! hosp + needles + being bored at home + being told you look tired by your mom…not the best of days!
seriously, i do hope you get a diagnosis which is helpful AND goes towards ridding you of your internal discomfort.
four packages is fun, though! never rains but it pours! good luck getting those last two larabars before marshall!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:50 am

he’s totally going to beat me. he is a larabar hog.

Reply

Meg September 23, 2011 at 7:20 am

TWO THINGS:
1) I think it’s fabulous how we both tried the refreshing watermelon flavour of BCAA’s first and LOVED it :) You HAVE to let me know how the apple and grape are and which you like best :) Did you just take them during your workout? That’s what I have been doing… two scoops during workout.

2) I have been looking for someone like you!!!! I was contemplating for the LONGEST time if I should do Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer or not. I don’t like “following a meal plan”, so I didn’t want to do the meal plan thing, but the workouts looked really good! How are you finding it? What made you decide to just do the workouts and not the meal plan portion? :)

xoxo good luck with everything girl! I will be praying & thinking of you <3 They will figure everything alllllllll out :) xo

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

so the grape tastes like cough medicine.. not a fan. i wish it was the watermelon. haven’t tried the apple but i will let you know. i know julie golean got the apple, too. maybe she’s reviewed it? i haven’t checked. i do 3 scoops and drink it before, during and after my workout. (1 scoop for each) and on my days i don’t work out or i do cardio (hahaha–never) i do 2 scoops.

re: jamie’s plan. i was looking for a weight training plan to follow and hers was there. i like it because it takes the guesswork out of making sure each part of each muscle group is properly trained (ie: rear delts vs front). i don’t follow the eating plan because i feel like i eat a balanced diet that works for me–her outline is basically how i eat already (pairing protein with carbs) but i refuse to give up fruit “except for in the morning and around workouts”.. although i saw in phase 3 she does carb cycling and i am interested in learning more about that. might be something fun to play around with.

thanks for the thoughts and prayers!

Reply

melissanibbles September 23, 2011 at 7:25 am

I’m sorry you’ve been feeling bad. I hope they can figure out what’s going on and fix you right up!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:54 am

thanks! please send me a post of It’s OK later today ;)

Reply

Hope @ With A Side Of Hope September 23, 2011 at 8:04 am

I’m sorry that you are having problems with your stomach. I hope they figure out what is wrong and you feel better in no time. :) I definitely know how stomach issues feel. I have a terrible stomach. I was hospitalized when I was 4 and 8 for my stomach. My issues have never been properly diagnosed or resolved. I was just told that I have ibs but lately I’ve been feeling so bloated. Ick. I hate that feeling! Feel better girlie :)

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:55 am

dang, being hospitalized at such a young age must have been scary! sorry you had to deal with that.

Reply

Heather September 23, 2011 at 8:07 am

Gah!! I just read this – I sure hope everything went ok yesterday and that you feel better soon!

Reply

Trisha September 23, 2011 at 8:13 am

I’ve been through this before…I had EVERY test done in the hospital they could to figure out why I looked like I was pregnant when I clearly wasn’t. And the pain was pretty unbearable. I hope they figure out what is wrong before having to every test! Good luck!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

did they ever figure it out?

Reply

Diana September 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

Oh Good Luck with everything ( from a fellow major stomach problem child)! Let us know the results…

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

for sure!

Reply

Sarah September 23, 2011 at 9:29 am

Sorry to hear about your GI woes. I hear ya; I’m a long time IBS gal or whatever you want to call it. Bloating and pain sucks, big time. Hope you feel better soon xxxx

Reply

Michelle @ A Voracious Appetite September 23, 2011 at 9:32 am

Awww, I hope you feel better *today*! Good luck sorting out the GI issues. It may not be fun at the time but once everything is figured out, it’ll be more than worth it :-)

Reply

Lisa September 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Sorry to hear about what you are going through. I started having GI issues in my twenties and had the endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, as well as many other embarrassing tests. I finally had a colonoscopy (first one about 10 years ago) and they found polyps. Removing them helped with the IBS. I have GERD and take Prevacid religiously every day. I’m also on Zelnorm now which is being medically supervised by the FDA (so the dr has to dose it out). Those with the combo of 1000 mg of Magnesium every night seem to be working but it’s never 100%. At any random time by stomach will bloat out like I’m 7 mos pregnant. I hope they figure out what it is soon and you can feel better! Love reading your blog!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

dang, you have been through it all! at least they did find something and helped make it a little better. i am hoping it’ll be the same case with me. thanks for commenting!

Reply

Jessica September 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

I don’t comment much but do read your blog and absolutely love it — you are so sweet and so giving! I hope it s nothing serious!!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:57 am

awe–thank you jessica!

Reply

Naomi(onefitfoodie) September 23, 2011 at 11:23 am

LOVE YOU, mama! hope you feel better soon!!! lots of time to cook up some new fabulous recipes?!?! oh those packages are sweet! I used extend for a while, and switched to another BCAA but xtend is great!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:58 am

hahah i wish. back at work today! but i am happy to be able to drive and work out. it was just one day off. which BCAA do you use now?

Reply

Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 23, 2011 at 11:32 am

I’m hope that all your fun and SUPER thoughtful mail brightened up your day in spite of your tummy troubles and hospital visit.

I am very intrigued by that Extend stuff… I will have to check it out for shizzle. I am a sucker for stuff like that to add to my workout nutrition ;)

I am sorry about your tum… an old college roommate of mine had very similar symptoms and after lots of testing it turned out she had severe Celiac disease… perhaps it’s some kind of allergy/intolerance?

Good luck! I’m thinking about ya!! <3

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

i am thinking it has to do with some sort of food. i am scared to find out WHAT though—i don’t want to give anything up!

i am like you–always wanting to find new things for supplements.

Reply

Sarah @ Sarah's Modern Bites September 23, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I think that if it DOES turn out to be an allergy/intolerance.. giving up things you love will be difficult however the bright side is that you will feel BETTER (yay!) and it will open up a whole new world of food you can have and maybe have never tried!

I am hoping it is nothing more serious than an allergy or something manageable like that <3

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm

thank you for looking on the bright side for me!!

Reply

Alta September 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

I’m with Sarah – I hope they figure out what’s going on with your tummy, but even if it is an allergy or intolerance, I promise it won’t be the end of the world! You’ll feel so much better it’ll be worth it. I swear I eat more variety now than I ever have in my life. I eat gluten-free, dairy-free, mostly grain and legume-free (except peanut butter – love me some peanut butter!). The docs (mis)diagnosed me with IBS, and even though I tested negative for celiac disease, my dad has it, and my brother and sister both have gluten issues. So I eventually went gluten-free to try to figure out what was going on with me – was also having lots of pain and looking super-preggo. It’s taken a few years and trial and error (cause the docs all basically wanted to try to give me various meds that didn’t work, or basically told me I’d have to live with it) but I am finally to a point where I’m feeling good again! No more bloated belly, and none of the miserable symptoms. And it’s amazing how much more energy you have when your body isn’t out of whack like that. Anyway, I didn’t mean to ramble on. I hope you can find some answers and start feeling better. Don’t give up until you do find the answers – no one should have to “live” with those issues! Hugs!

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thank you for sharing your story! I definitely am on a mission and will do whatever I need to to feel better. xo

Cassy September 23, 2011 at 11:48 am

hope you fele better ASAP!
stomache issues are no bueno!

i need a donut pan! it’s the next on my ‘to buy’ list.
LOVE that Randy. Seriously. LOVE HIM.

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

gracias mama. <3 you

Reply

Cassie September 23, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Aw man! I hope you feel better! I am sure the doctors will figure out what is going on and you’ll be back to your old self super soon. I can totally empathize with the sitting around bit. I just moved to Kenya and neither my husband or our car are here yet. So when I get dropped off at the end of the work day I’m essentially at home. All night. By myself. Thank goodness we have a small gym on our compound b/c that kills about an hour, but I don’t even have TV! Hopefully Marshall will be home soon to entertain you, and maybe the puppies will snuggle!

Reply

Megan (Braise The Roof) September 23, 2011 at 2:01 pm

First of all, that card is so appropriate and hilarious! Second, you might want to consider looking into the possibility that you could have a fungal imbalance in your GI tract. I used to get really bad bloating and generally felt bad and went on the Phase 1 anti-fungal diet and was SO much better within a month. MD’s don’t usually know much about it (seeing as it’s a holistic treatment), but you might want to try it out- can’t hurt! Here’s more info: http://thefitnesschronicle.com/the-phase-one-diet-the-only-proven-antifungal-diet-to-combat-both-disease-and-fat-loss/

Reply

Janetha September 23, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Thank you for the link! My GI actually DID mention this. He said that the imbalance is really common in women. I am going to check that link out.. thank you!

Reply

Megan (Braise The Roof) September 23, 2011 at 2:19 pm

You’re welcome, I hope it works for you!

Reply

Christin September 23, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Cool! I’ve seen this one before…I was just reading up on apple cider vinegar, and am going to start taking it…it’s apparently also good for allergies for some reason? The enzymes in it help to break down any fungus, etc in your GI tract…

Reply

Liz @ Southern Charm September 23, 2011 at 2:37 pm

I love packages! They are the best! Especially when you don’t remember what your ordered :)

Hope you feel better and that they figure out what’s wrong and stat!

Reply

Ali Mc September 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

ew I hate needles and iv’s more than anything else I can even think of….I hope you are doing ok….I couldn’t even stick around for the larabar photos and such…I seriously never want to see needless on blog again :D …please xoxoxox

Reply

Christin September 23, 2011 at 4:08 pm

OMG you poor thing!!! I will keep you in my prayers, for sure…hope it ends up being something easily treatable and manageable :(

I don’t think you sounded braggy at all about getting things in the mail, it’s so much FUN! I seriously order little dumb things from ebay sometimes just to get packages in the mail :)

Hang in there and feel better!!!

Reply

Bria @ West of Persia September 23, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Sending you healing vibes, lady. Sorry you had to go through that, but yes, you are right, it’s good that you have health coverage. Take good care of yourself!

Reply

niki September 23, 2011 at 8:42 pm

hi janetha…

i have been reading you forever but never posted a comment…but….i have had exactly the same thing go on. and one thing most doctors might not consider is pelvic floor dysfunction. i have looked pregnant most days since march and i don’t know which came first, slow digestion or muscular confusion, but your pelvic floor can become so contracted (you don’t even know you are holding it or how to relax it for that matter) that you never fully eliminate. so you become really backed up, and then all that festers, and it is an awful cycle. treatment is physical therapy where you learn to relax and coordinate the muscles so you can fully poop. so you might ask your GI doc about a motility test. it is now worse than what you just went through. also…you might be gulping air (especially if you are powering down water during a workout) which then has no where to go and can cause pain. so give up sippy cups and straws. you might also add in a probiotic, saurekraut (fresh, refridgerated, not canned) and more kombucha. the last thing that will really help no matter what it is…learning diaphramatic breathing and practicing that whenever you feel the bloating. this type of breathing causes a physiological relaxation of the stomach and digestive tract which will help move the gas along. good luck!

Reply

kelli September 23, 2011 at 10:30 pm

ah love this. Hope you figure out whats wrong I literally have had every gi test under the sun and doctorS still couldnt find out what was wrong but can obviously see my stomach is distended/extremely bloated/pregnant looking. I also took many different medications and this has been going on a while but thought it was a phase and started seeing doctors in january. They always are like “are you sure you are not pregnant?” I just laugh yeah definitely sure no possible way. I then went to a really good gi surgeon and he made me do two more tests [one a repeat] and FINALLY he found out what is wrong apparently I have “colonic inertia” and need to have surgery to shorten my colon =\, while it is not ideal I can not wait to have a normal looking tummy and not wear sweats<3. If you ever have any questions I can help…I have had most gi tests.

Reply

kelli September 23, 2011 at 10:32 pm

also it is really frustrating my stomach is always hard as a rock because of this! (and I can not have surgery until december/january due o college classes and need 3 weeks off!)

Reply

niki September 23, 2011 at 10:57 pm

a couple more things…and i am sorry but it might be TMI…but there are so many of us with these problems and so few answers! i have started reading two books, one “ending female pain” by isa herrera and the other “healing pelvic pain” by amy stein. both address pelvic floor symptoms that include, bloating, addominal pain, ibs, incontinence, diarrhea, constipation, back pain, pelvic pain and so many more. the pelvic floor muscles can be contracted without your feeling pain, and you don’t even know you are doing it. stress makes it worse. so anything you can do to relax will help. the other thing that can happen is your body kind of gets confused about the signals….you are not fully eliminating, so your body decides it is not a necessary function, digestion and the colon slows, which further downgrades the function…and the pelvic floor gets tighter and weaker holding everything in and you get bigger and more bloated. i would definitely ask your doc for a motility test. and your doc could certainly do a manual test to determine if the muscles are tight. it might be a part of a more complex problem like IBS, Celiac, even caused by something like that, but if it is an issue, you would have more success addressing it. i start the physical therapy in a week at the mayo clinic. it is pretty intense, two to three times a day for two weeks. until then, i have had lots of relief from peppermint tea with peppermint oil, activated charcoal capsules for the gas, and eating very little raw food. if you want i will let you know how it goes. GI issues are complicated, and if this could help, i hope it will!

Reply

Candice September 24, 2011 at 12:40 am

Hope they figure out what is up? I have been having the same issues?! I started taking an anti acid pill or tums after big meals and that has seemed to help..

Reply

Emily September 24, 2011 at 10:29 am

1. That’s what happened to me when I realized I was sensitive to soy. Good luck with it all. There is nothing worse than something like that sapping your enjoyment of food and nourishment.

2. I am totally jealous of that doughnut pan. I keep looking for one.

3. Cherry pie torte lara bar available at whole foods. Love them.

4. Love you and take care. xoxo

Reply

ilovefetacheese September 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

I hope you are ok!! Sending well wishes to you and hugs :) Let me know how those flavors turn out!

Reply

Angela Yates September 24, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Hope you get to feeling better fast! I can relate to that; sometimes just not knowing is the most frustrating part! Wow, I love getting packages in the mail…lucky girl!

Reply

Staci September 24, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hope you find a solution to your GI issues soon! No fun! I can relate – I would have major bloat, as well as other smaller issues….a doctor told me I had no vitamin D after blood work was done, I had a minor fit (because I am outside daily), he sent me for more blood work (to appease me I think), and we all end up shocked that I have Celiac. The unknown is tough! Hope that whatever you find out is easy to remedy!…could be the smallest of things ;) Keep up posted too –

Reply

Pure2raw twins September 25, 2011 at 12:31 pm

thinking of you, hope you get everything figured out, it is no fun to have stomach pain

xoxo
michelle

Reply

Jess September 25, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Has anyone mentioned H. Pylori to you as a possible diagnosis? I had similar GI issues last year and had a CT scan come back showing nothing, issues stuck around and a week later I was vomiting uncontrollably and went to the ER to be told by a not so nice Doc that maybe i had allergies and needed to have a scope of my GI tract done. Luckily for me a Nurse Practitioner came on duty just before they released me and encouraged me to visit her office for a simple blood test to determine if it might be H. Pylori causing my issues. Sure enough, her suspicions were confirmed and a 3 drug, 10 day regimen has kept me feeling 100% for almost a year now. Turns out my mother had the same issues years ago and we just never put 2 & 2 together. Hope you feel better soon and keep my diagnosis in mind in case they can’t confirm anything for you! Best wishes!!

Reply

Janetha September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

THank you so much for bringing this up! I am making a list of items to bring up to my doc and this will be one for sure. I really appreciate it!

Reply

Melissa September 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Bless your heart! I hope you find answers soon.

I’m going on over a year of no answers. I think I am making more progress toward more discoveries by the Drs. Mine started as only GI issues and progressed, unfortunately that part never went away.
:-(

Reply

Theodora September 25, 2011 at 10:24 pm

:( Hope you get to the bottom of things soon.

I’ve had stomach issues on and off since I graduated college, and all they keep saying is that it’s IBS. Um, yes, I know my bowels are irritated–that’s why I’m here to see you, Mr. Doctor.

I had an endoscopy, too, last summer; http://losingweightinthecity.tumblr.com/post/1049432754/gpoyw-pulling-an-imaginary-tube-out-of-my

Reply

Janetha September 26, 2011 at 5:07 pm

I know–I hope they can pinpoint a problem. IBS is sooo vague.

Reply

Rebecca September 26, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Janetha – I’m a regular reader (love your blog!) but never comment and I had to comment on this post. I hope you get to the bottom of it soon! I’m dealing with similar issues — I’ve always had some GI stuff and bloating is fairly common to me but lately everything has gotten worse and there are days (usually by the end of the day) that I can be doubled over in pain, like my lower stomach is tightened up like a fist. Nothing worse! I’ve had people suggest both a lactose and gluten intolerance, but I’m not convinced and hoping they are wrong…love my dairy and gluten for that matter! I just bought a bottle of probiotic capsule and my friend also recommended charcoal to relived some GI issues…I haven’t it tried it yet though. Best of luck…keep us posted!!

Reply

Janetha September 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Isn’t it the worst? I am sorry that you are in pain, too. It sucks because we are all different and there are SO MANY THINGS it could be! I will keep you posted for sure.

Reply

Elise September 26, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I hope you get it all figured out! I have had every procedure under the sun and they still don’t know ‘exactly’ what is wrong with my GI — the only thing I know for certain is that eating cow dairy products makes it 500x worse. Good luck!

Reply

Katie September 26, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I have lactose intolerance and I’ve been tested for celiac (though I don’t have it). No one could ever figure out my problem but I got on a better workout regime and saw a nutritionist a few times (just to learn some basics) and I’m MUCH better. There’s new problems in my insides but they’re unrelated…I think?

Reply

brandi September 27, 2011 at 9:37 am

i hope they figure out what’s going on! maybe it’s a girl thing? i get the SAME Thing – painful, sensitive abdomen, bloating, etc, and I haven’t been able to tie it to one thing. Tested negative for celiacs…i have no idea what it is.

thinking of you!

Reply

Kelsey September 27, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Good luck with those insides!! And good for you for not ignoring a potential problem. People w/o day jobs spend their days looking for day jobs + making messes in their kitchen. I graduated in December + haven’t had an interview yet — I’m really good at making messes in my kitchen!

Reply

katie September 29, 2011 at 11:05 am

I am so sorry I missed this post, I love you AND I just texted you a paragraph, hoping they figure out what is wrong! Love you! xoxo

Reply

Alison October 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

I am the queen of GI issues. Had my gallbladder out in 2009 and I just had major digestive track surgery in July 2011 where my surgeon cut out part of my stomach, my small intestines, and performed a vagotomy due to a very large ulcer that was not responding to meds. I am not suffering from the repercussions of that surgery and my digestive system is so messed up. My Gastro specialist is my best friend these days. I’ve had numerous endoscopies, colonoscopy, upper barium swallows, CT scans, you name it. I have my next endoscopy scheduled for Tuesdayand I just want definitive answers. Life will never be the same, but I’ve been on a liquids-only protein shakes diet for a week and some symptoms have improved. However, liquids-only for life seems pretty darn unreasonable to me!

If you think it’s gluten, then they can test that. My multiple tests showed up negative. At one point I dreaded finding out that gluten was the culprit, but now I pray for such a fix.

Reply

Alison October 1, 2011 at 10:59 am

Meant to write digestive tract (not track).
And that I am now suffering the repercussions (not ‘not suffering’).
Posting from my iPad = not ideal…
Is there not a way to edit comments? Or delete and post a new comment?

Reply

Janetha October 4, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Wow. That is quite the experience you are dealing with. Thank you for sharing your story and please keep me posted.

Reply

Adam- The Fitness Chronicle October 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Please forgive me if someone else already mentioned this because you have quite a lot of comments but… I don’t think I saw anyone mention utilizing an antifungal based diet to relieve their ailments. I ask this because I have been completely blown away as to how effective this type of diet is in “dare I say cure” the problems. IBS, Crohn’s disease, Celiac disease, and others I haven’t listed have all been linked to an internal fungal infection. If doctors and nutritionists don’t know this, then their recommendations for treatments will make little to no sense. I give you props for writing about this because it looks to me that a lot of people have the same or similar issues. I just want everyone to know that there is a solution! Anyways, I enjoy your articles Janetha!

Reply

Janetha October 17, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Thank you for the comment! I have looked into an antifungal diet and plan to learn more. A few readers did mention that to me. Thank you, Adam!

Reply

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post:

FTC Disclosure. Disclaimer. Site designed by Zesty Blog Consulting.