Celiac Disease can appear at any time in a person’s life. In adults, the disease can be triggered for the first time after surgery, viral infection, severe emotional stress, pregnancy or childbirth.
When I was preggers with Missy, I had the worst bout of heartburn for several weeks before I finally got some medicine for it. I kept thinking it would go away during those few weeks but it did not until I took medicine.
I have been a chronic Tums habit since I can remember.
I have always felt bloated and "fat". Eating "issues" are not new for me. In grad school, I started taking diuretics. A lot of them.
I have lost so much hair I am surprised I still have hair on my head! Crazy.
After Missy was born and I was overweight and out of shape I just assumed I felt bad because I was overweight and out of shape.
I have abused my body for many years eating poorly, drinking too much, and either over exercising (four hours a day!) or allowing myself to get heavier by overeating unhealthy foods.
The fall of 2011 I got so sick for months and months with multiple viruses. One of which got me so sick I passed out in the shower.
The year before that in 2010 I had such had inflammation in my joints (hips and wrists) I thought I had arthritis. Prior to that I had a neck issues that took me years to resolve and I could barely exercise without it hurting.
I have had migraines, or as I have referred to them over the years, snarly headaches forever.
I have suffered from depression from my teen years on.
I have more cavities then I have teeth... oh ho ho. I mean seriously. I am set right not to spend $3k on my teeth and that is just the right side of my mouth. I have a feeling when it is all said and done I will have spend well into the $6k range.
I have worked for a very difficult person in the most heinous job. I have done it because of the money for almost a decade and I feel like I am now paying the price for that.
I feel like the past year and a half at my job I have suffered intense emotional stress. I have had massive panic attacks and intense depression that I mostly had under control until things started to change at my job. I think that if I were to pin point a severe emotional stress it would be how much I have suffered through my work. I doubt it is worth my health any more. I am terrified right now. I am terrified that forever I will have to change my diet because of this. I am terrified of all the bad things that could be happening inside me to make me feel so sickly all of the time. I just want to feel better. I am trying to hang on to things. Like I am seeing the GI doc in four days. Like I have the root canal in one month. Like I went to the grocery today and bought a pile of items to assist with starting the process of changing my diet over from whatever it is now to something "better".
And I probably need to find a new job... Oh 2013 you are not starting out as I had hoped.