Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don’t, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness.
The past two years I’ve had constant heartburn, frequent intestinal cramping and pain in my stomach.
The past three years I visited my general physician for frequent sinus infections, skin rashes and tiredness, weight gain. My physicians all had good intentions. My general physician was quick to diagnosis the symptoms: sinus infection, minor skin rash, low thyroid, GERD.
My gastroenterologist diagnosis mild chronic gastritis, lactose intolerance and put me on a strict diet: no tomatoes, citrus, broccoli, dairy, beans, tea, coffee, anything with a moderate to large fat content (including peanut butter), chocolate. Though I was eating little, and weighed 133, I gained weight.
But these weren’t diagnosis, they were early warning signs of an illness.
It was my chiropractor and dermatologist who saw my diagnosis as symptoms of an underlying problem. Both (with in a month of each other) diagnosed me as Gluten Sensitive.
I’ve been off Gluten for 2 weeks, and returned to eating most other foods. Each day I was off the gluten my heartburn lessened. After 2 weeks I’m off the heartburn medication completely and feel even less heartburn than when on the meds! I still have skin rashes, but I’m happy with the progress.
Sinus infections, my skin rashes, digestion difficulties and autoimmune thyroid are all items that can be caused when a gluten intolerant person eats gluten.
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