IBS and Gut Health Testing
If you struggle with autoimmune or IBS you know how crappy it can be. For those who know my history with IBS and how I had dramatically improved it with nutrition and supplements, 2018 has been a different story. Well shit happens and people don’t like to talk about it. But I am. I have really connected with others on IG who have shared their health journey. I have found specialists all over the world to follow and gain insight from. So while this is a shitty situation, i’m not afraid to share it.
Since February, I have not felt right. I have really become in tune with my body, maybe that happens when you struggle so much with digestion and food sensitivities. Either way, its been exhausting. Truly. I have felt chronically exhausted. If I had it my way id sleep 24/7 and still be tired. This is why I had my thyroid tested. Still waiting on those results.
My stomach issues have intensified. Things that worked before don’t seem to be working as well now. I have eliminated so many foods that after eating each time give me issues. In high school I tested for lactose intolerance so I always stay away from dairy. Since then I’ve eliminated gluten, legumes, onions, garlic, tomatoes, and peanuts. But these days it doesn’t seem to matter what I eat. Ive put on weight I can’t lose (which is frustrating as a fitness coach).
So my PCP who ran the thyroid and blood labs sent me to a Gastroenterologist. She and I wanted to be aggressive and do a full work up. She was amazed some of these tests have never been run before. So we scheduled a colonoscopy and endoscopy. Also I had to call another facility to schedule a SIBO test (small intestinal bacteria overgrowth) and then she had me do a 3 day stool test. One thing we are also looking for is parasites. Also we are checking for C-diff as I have been on and off antibiotics for 2 years.
SO, I tried to make light of the situation….
I about died when they gave this too me! The not so glamorous + quite hilarious side of figuring out what is going on with my body. Here is a laugh on me. If you are eating breakfast, skip this video until later😂
Posted by Jackie Enos Fitness on Wednesday, October 24, 2018
YUP, you heard it right! I literally died when they gave me a PAINT CAN…what am I a horse?? LOL So I had to use that for the 3 days (Wednesday-Friday). I even had to leave a hammer in the bathroom because you have to hammer the lid closed each time LOL!!!! Oh and they forgot to mention that I had to keep it refrigerated over the 3 days. My hubby refused to open the fridge, such a baby! It was hammered closed, with a special ring, an absorbent sheet they gave me, in a biohazard bag, and I had that on a tray. So it was fine!
To be honest the first 2 days was not bad. In fact it was almost thee best I have felt in a while. I was like COME ON GOD, now is NOT the time to be fixing me!!!! Well I got my wish today. I did not feel so good waking up this morning. I also had to fill 8 small tubes today too. Some had liquid or gel already inside which I had to be careful not to spill. I read and re-read the fine print and directions (which I never do) a million times. Did you know even after going through all this, they could REJECT your specimen???
Yup, so I was doing everything I could to make sure that did NOT HAPPEN!