Living Gluten Free in a Gluten Full Family
Its 11 pm and I probably shouldn't be typing this now, but long story short, as may of you know, I have an unknown health problem that wreaks havock on my life. I have good weeks and bad weeks. I've been all over the country to try to figure out what I have, I've seen all sorts of doctors, taken all kind of medications...but so far we've come up with nothing. I have some symptoms of Chrones, and some similar to Lupus, but that is the closest we've gotten. I bruise very easily, constantly have joint pain, vomit frequently, have constant burning in my stomach, get headaches every single day and migraines at least twice a week, have slowly accumulated food sensativities/allergies to dairy, pears, cinnamon, and nuts, and get mouth and face ulcers regularly. My skin is horrible and I'm constantly bloated, gassy, and cramped. In a single day I can be both constipated to the point of crying to having diahhrea...multiple times. It REALLY inhibits my life.
And yet the doctors can see very little physically WRONG with me and are convinced its in my head.
For that reason I've gone to 'self treating.' I'm on the bare minimum of my medications now, only the ones I can't function without. I'm currently taking Cholestromine (6 g daily) suspension, and Protonix (high high high dose of antacid). I also take a daily excedrine, which I know is TERRIBLE for me...but I can not function without it. I can guarentee I'm addicted to the NSAIDs but at the same time I can't go around with a headache all day every day, getting worse by the hour until I'm bedridden. I work 20-30 hours a week and go to school full time. I can't just lay in bed. With the encouragement of my new boss, who's whole family is gluten free, I've been convinced to try going gluten free for four months. Why so long? Because, according to her, it will take a LONG time for my gut to heal and stop reacting, and it will take me a while to stop contaminating myself. I started yesterday, and I'm already hurting. I'm assuming this detox pain is normal though. Bad gas pain and burning, much like usual but more severe. But I'm willing to 'go through with it' in hopes this will help me.
Luckily my boss is stellar and gave me a 'gluten free care package' to start. It consists of home made gluten free bread made from chickpeas and guava beans, gluten free pasta, gluten free soy sauce (I'm asian sooooo....lol), and gluten free granola cereal. BUT, in researching I'm seeing that all of the processed pastas and such actually cause problems too? Something about omega 6-3 ratios, inhibiting vitamin absorption (I'm anemic and probably calcium deficient because I can eat NO dairy whatsoever). So now I'm confused o.o
Even bigger problem, I live in a gluten infested home. I JUST turned 18 and I'm in high school, so I really can't afford to move out yet. I'm paid well but I have limited money for food. I don't know how to not be toxified again by my family. I can't cook in a seperate kitchen, don't really have my own utensils (but I'll buy them), etc., Its going to be so hard to cope.
So I guess the whole point of this post is that I'm looking for your stories. Did you have any of my symptoms, and did they go away/lessen with gluten free? Are you glad you switched? Is it hard? Do you live with gluten eaters? Is it possible to eat HEALTHILY gluten free without spending every penny I earn? I'm just looking for a light at the end of the tunnel I guess, because right now...this stinks! I'm SO limited on what I can eat. I know I'm malnutritioned. Are there any good websites of information you all can pass on? Food ideas? Recipes? I'd love to hear!
Everyone in your life is meant to
be in your journey, but not all of
them are meant to stay till the end.