Hi everyone, so here’s my second blog – SPOILER ALERT – this one isn’t pretty!
This is the first instalment of my journey from when it all started in 2017 to deciding to have my gall bladder removed!
Back in July 2017 when the world was normal and we could all go on holiday! I was in beautiful Marbella with my partner, everything was going great, walks on the beach, lovely dinners and lots of R&R – on the final night I ordered a Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli and life changed as I knew it!
I was up all night with severe diarrhoea and abdominal pain. I went to see my GP as soon as I got back who was sure it was IBS but I wasn’t convinced and as the symptoms were not going away, I went privately to Blackheath Hospital where I was told it was just food poisoning, given Buscopan and sent on my way!
Weeks went by and I was still suffering from severe abdominal pains, it got so bad that I was literally scared to eat! I went back to my GP and I was referred to a gastrologist who again told me it was just IBS! Just IBS!!!!!!
6 months went by and I was still suffering from diarrhoea and rectal bleeding, my mental health and confidence were at an all-time low, I went from being sociable and outgoing to curled up on the floor crying in agony in a short space of time. In January 2018 I was referred to a specialist who gave me probiotics and ran tests to rule out Celiac disease, Colitis and Crohn’s disease. All the tests came back negative – what the hell was wrong with my body!
Next I then underwent a colonoscopy which resulted into the removal of a 2mm polyp and started seeing a nutritionist to test for intolerances and allergies. I found the tests helped me identify which items to eliminate from my diet, however, and if any of you guys have done this, you’ll know how hard it is, I really struggled to know what I could actually eat. I kept doing the test every 3 months to see any changes or improvements and I’ll be posting lots more on this in the coming weeks.
Although I was now learning to manage what I could and couldn’t eat, the reality was a very bland and boring diet and I would still get severe diarrhoea, discomfort in my stomach, bleeding that was definitely nothing to do with my period and nausea. I struggled to eat properly as I would have to be so careful of everything I put in my body.
So that’s how it all started for me with a spinach and ricotta ravioli! Thanks for reading guys, please share your experience with me, I’d love to talk to anyone who’s been through a similar experience and stay tuned for my blog next week which will pick up right where left off today.
Love Chloe xx