Last week I had that appointment with the Nurse Practitioner who came highly recommended by a good friend of mine. She listened, we talked. She gave me lots of questionaires to fill out, about different body systems. She asked questions and found things I did not even consider important or worth reporting on. She was thorough.
And I'll see her again for follow up and bloodwork results in a few weeks.
Meanwhile, she wanted me to do one thing: Go on a gluten free/casein free diet. Because, she said, I have all the symptoms of "leaky gut", and gut health is the bedrock of one's health. That...and there's lots of other things wrong that will get ferreted out. But for now, GFCF and we'll wait on the blood test results for seeing how messed up my hormones are.
Ok...I can do that. I assured her I was familiar with GFCF, having cooked for my daughter who tried that way of eating once before.
So, on Thursday...one week ago today...it was my first full day of GFCF and I've been on it ever since.
Day 1: my pain levels were greatly reduced. I was amazed.
Day2: I had a bit more energy. Still less pain.
...and so on. I'm a week in and it is AMAZING. I've been reading everything I can about gluten intolerance and celiac disease. And my horrible muscle burning and pain and aches are GONE.
Of course, it's not a diagnosis, it's a food challenge. But I'll have to think about whether I need to pursue on official celiac diagnosis or if I can just stay away from gluten for the rest of forever and call it good. I'll talk more about that w/ my care provider at my next checkup.
But all that to say: I'm feeling BETTER and from a quarter I never would have DREAMED of pursuing. Who would have thought???? I always ignored my gut symptoms because they were so far in the background compared to everything else going on, that I never guessed it could be a big key in my health. I'm still wondering if it's for real, or if it is all a coincidence, the "normal" waxing and waning of fibromyalgia and or mono flare ups. Time will tell, I guess.
Silent celiac can cause fibromyalgia and it can cause low thyroid. And it can cause an itchy rash which might explain a certain intermittent symptom I've had and ignored since I was 18 or 19 years old! ...among other things. More information to come, for me, in the future.
But I'm oh, so grateful that I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. And for the record...Gluten free /casein free pizza is not yummy enough to bother making.