One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

A few weeks ago, I mentioned I was experiencing minor health issues. In a break from my usually upbeat and energetic posts, I thought I’d share what’s going on in my world. I know I’m not the only one suffering from digestive disorders and it’s been helpful to hear others’ stories.

On May 9, I had an upper endoscopy which showed I have gastritis and esophagitis (inflammation in both my stomach and esophagus). The biopsy showed the harmful, ulcer-causing bacteria wasn’t present so the course of treatment has been Prilosec and a bland diet. Fifteen days prior to this, I had already been on a bland diet and taking Nexium at the advice of my primary care physician.

It’s been over a month and every day continues to be a struggle. I’m terrified every time I eat. I’ve been living off of bagels, plain pasta, Gatorade and popsicles. There have been a few times I’ve ventured outside the norm and I usually end up paying for it the following days. Every time I think I’m getting better, I’m knocked back down.

Adding to my frustration is the fact I recently eliminated a lot of the gluten and highly-processed carbohydrates I consumed in the past. And now? The only thing I’m eating are those highly-processed carbohydrates. I know there are worse health issues out there, but not having an answer as to what caused this and when it will get better is enough to make me want to scream.

I recently began adding my normal barre3 classes into the mix and that’s helped restore a little bit of my sanity. I feel better knowing I’m making my body stronger in at least one way, and the studio time provides me a place to forget about the outside world for an hour.

I have a follow-up appointment next week to hopefully get a better idea of additional treatment and ways to help my stomach heal. If any of you have had digestive disorders or experience with a bland diet, I’d love any recipe or food ideas. Fingers are crossed for next week!

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2 thoughts on “One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

  1. Katie – I have answers for you! I have been studying Biblical health for many years & if there’s one thing I know that causes all the digestive problems it’s wheat & dairy. I have a good friend who has cured himself of IBS which is also a digestive disorder. He always said he did the opposite of whatever his dr told him to do (lol). Understand that Dr.s are given VERY limited schooling about how nutrition affects the body b/c they are taught how to prescribe drugs – drugs always have side effects & so the faster u can get off the drugs the healthier you will become. I urge you to eliminate wheat & dairy from ur diet – I know this is a difficult task but it’s crucial for getting better. Processed anything should be eliminated asap. U said ur living on bagels, pasta, Gatorade & Popsicles…girl get off that crap ASAP – not one thing listed here is good for u. I can send u to websites that will aide in getting you better – please let me know if you’re interested…

    • Thanks for your insight, Brandye! I was well on my way to eliminating wheat/dairy when all of this flared up (if you check my previous posts, I had been eating whole foods with minimal, if any, wheat/dairy for some time). I was disappointed for the setback and unfortunately, the only thing my body could handle was plain toast and plain, white pasta with a bit of oil. I’m slowly trying to add other things back in and get back on the road to again eliminating all of that. Luckily, one of my best friends is a registered dietitian so she’s assisting in the process. Thanks!

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