I am a little too excited! Today, although its a Tuesday, is more like a Friday since I'm on holidays tomorrow! Woooo hooooo.
Last time we spoke (typed/read) I was all hopeful in the lead up to my Gastroenterologist appointment, then I went on to have a weekend full of bloat and feeling crappy. I even had to take last Tuesday off work, which I hated having to do because it is my busiest day.
And finally last Thursday, it was time. I was so nervous and anxious in that waiting room. But the guy I saw was young and really lovely - I always wonder what makes people chose a career as a bum or lady part doctor?
The good news is, I don't have to have any scopes up my bum or down my throat yet!
He said my problems are caused by a few different things:
I still think this is what doctors say when they can't be bothered figuring out what is wrong. But we shall see.
I have been doing ok with the low fodmaps diet, but I could be trying a bit harder and being a bit more strict.
He thinks I might have some nasty bacteria in my gut, so he has given me some anti-biotics to take for 10 days to kill them all off, then I will need to take inner health plus after that to bring the good bacteria back.
Yeah, I do stress a bit.
He said Coke Zero contains Sorbitol....
It isn't listed as an ingredient. However, the sweeteners that are listed - phenylalanine and aspartame, are bad news. He told me I should cut back, but I said to him 'Just tell me I have to quit and I will', so he did. I know it is bad and I need to stop, I figure if a doctor tells me something, I will be more likely to do it.
So that's where I'm at, take drugs, eat better, stress less, stop drinking artificial sweeteners. And get my acupuncturist to do special 'IBS acupuncture' on me.
I go back in three weeks, I'll let you know how I go.
So far, I'm doing pretty good.
And I'll leave you today with a bad photo...
Of my new fringe!