Health Issues and Setbacks
Monday, September 18, 2017
Hey everyone. This has been a really crappy year for me. In January I started to experience abdominal pain. I knew it just wasn't right but I figured I'd wait a bit and see how I feel. Time went by and I wasn't getting any better so I went to see my doctor at the beginning of March (a snow storm cancelled an earlier appointment). The vampires took 5 tubes of blood and I had an abdominal scan. The scan found nothing, but my blood tested positive for H-Pylori. I never heard of H-Pylori but apparently it is a very common bacterial infection of the stomach and intestines. My pain was so intense I felt like someone had hit me in my ribs with a baseball bat. My doctors scheduled me for another ultrasound, a CT scan, a colonoscopy, an MRI and an endoscopy to try to figure out where the pain was coming from. I was flipping out! My mother died of pancreatic cancer so that was all I could think about. I was sure I was dying! I was terrified. I was tired all the time, but anxiety prevented me from getting a good night sleep. None of the tests disclosed anything that would explain the pain I was experiencing. I started doing my own research and I've since discovered that H-Pylori effects everyone differently, but it reeks havoc on the digestive system causing abdominal pain, chest pain, back pain, constipation, diarrhea, weight loss, weight gain, insomnia, heartburn, bloating, ulcers and stomach cancer! I found support groups on Facebook for those suffering from H-Pylori and I've discovered that many people have had similar experiences to mine. This of course is a relief, but I'm not out of the woods yet.
I was treated with antibiotics and tested negative for H-Pylori in May, however, I'm still experiencing pain under my left ribs, back and sometimes under my right ribs as well. The infection left me with gastritis and inflammation of the stomach. My doctor put me on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to help me heal and while they did relieve some of the pain they've caused me to gain about 15 lbs. I'm slowing weaning myself off the PPIs as well as researching different diets for intestinal disorders. It seems like I can't eat anything and its very frustrating. I've started back to the gym and it feels good to exercise again. I've also begun acupuncture treatment and hope to have good results although I know it doesn't work for everyone. A special diet like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet ("SCD") may be necessary for me, but it's so limiting that I find it difficult to follow.
Anyhow, I just wanted to give you guys an update on where I've been and what I've been up to. I've been pretty depressed and just want to feel like my old self again, but healing from H-Pylori can take 2 years!! Ugh! I hope you are all feeling well and achieving your goals. I think about you all and hope you are doing well.