Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Bitch Called G

G and I were best friends. I mean, I LOVE G. Couldn't live without G. And I'm sure G love(d) me too as G did not give me any problems at all back then.

And then it started......

G started hurting me.

Caused me pain.

So much misery.

That all I could do was lie in bed and cry.

And yet, after all the pain and misery that G has inflicted upon me, I still love G. And would accept G back into my life in a heartbeat.

You must be wondering who G is.

G is G.L.U.T.E.N!!!!!

I had somehow become gluten intolerant.

It was sometime after the surgery end last year that this intolerance/sensitivity started. The first time I noticed was some bloating after drinking barley water. Did not give it much thought though.

And then I ate some red bean bun and thought that I had come down with some sort of food poisoning.

Soon, oats gave me diarrhoea so bad that I thought my entrails would be expunged.

And slowly it escalated to weekly episodes.

I was constantly feeling ill. Cold sweat, nauseated, always felt as though I was coming down with influenza or some killer-virus, severe migraine for no apparent reason, diarrhoea, sharp and excruciating pain in the abdomen, feverish, severe bone-crushing-pain, a strange metallic taste in my mouth and paranoia. It was happening so frequently that Joel told me that something was very wrong for me to be feeling unwell so frequently. I was consuming so much porridge at one point that some of my friends started asking me whether I was eating or not. I was losing weight. I was exhausted. I couldn't sleep. And all I was consuming was LOW in salicylates!!! What the hell was I doing wrong??????

So I started keeping track of the weekly attacks that soon became almost daily.

Biscuits, bread, cakes, flour, barley, oats, muffins, white sauce...etc.

It all came down to gluten.....

So I thought it was celiac. But nope, the blood tests showed that it isn't. The blood tests also showed that I am not allergic to wheat or barley or oats. I have been on a gluten-free diet for about a month. I improved. I wasn't sick anymore. And so I experimented by consuming something with gluten again. And WHAM! I was sick all over again.

I saw Dr. Yadav and he said that it was obvious that I had developed some intolerance/sensitivity to gluten.

I guess my relationship with G can never be mended......


(But I know that there are gluten-free oats that are sold! Hehe...)


  1. You'll get over it. After a while gluten will be a distant memory and you'll find alternatives. If you have any thyroid health issues being gluten free will help immensely. They say thyroid disease "runs in families" and since your mother has thyroid issues, you probably do as well. Keep in mind, as I've said before, gluten has all kinds of cross-reactors which include grains of any kind, sweeteners, and dairy so keep an eye on those things. Welcome to my world!

    Have you ever considered the anaphylaxis might be a symptom of an autoimmune disease? Have you taken any tests that test autoimmune diseases? I know we have a lab here that is one test and can tell a person which autoimmune diseases they have. I'm interested in having it done. I read in the next ten years autoimmune diseases will triple.

    1. I have been reading so much on how to cook gluten-free. I even gave away some of my very-expensive wheat flour! The symptom-free life is such a relief that I could cry from being symptom-free.

      But it's a whole new journey as whatever I've learned for the past 5 1/2 years have to be unlearned....

      I've taken a few autoimmune tests which all came back negative. All I am focused to do now is to just a figure this out a day at a time.

      I think every single kind of disease will triple with all the toxic stuff that is being pumped, used, made, inhaled and consumed by every single living being on this earth.