Thankyou everyone for the adivice! Lookinglass- you have helped me more than you know! I went to the doctor today, and while it was the pulmonilogist(i have astmah) and not my gastro. He is the one who origionally sent me to the gastro. and is very familiar with my stomach issues. He said my stomach was so swollen, it was insane! I told him- "welcome to my world"
. I told him my gastro. thought i was lactose intolerant and that i had spoken with some individuals who thought it might be a sensitivity to certain hormones in dairy and gluten. He said that all of my symptoms line up with a gluten allergy- which is horrible, because gluten is in EVERYTHING
. I'm also really sensitive to milk and anything with milk in it. As far as the IBS goes- there is still nothing they're willing to try on me because it will greatly increase the severity of my GERD- which is at outlandish levels...a normal PH reading for someone my age and size is 14...three of my readings from my Bravo PH monitioring tests were 98, 97, and 94...it's WAY too high. My pulmonologist agrees with my gastro., if i'm not better by the time my gastro. appointment rolls around in another month or so- i need to have the Acid Reflux surgery...that way i shouldn't have any more issues with acid reflux..and then i can be placed on meds to manage the IBS symptoms. We'll see...I'm really scared to have another surgery- i've been through soo much medical stuff in the past 3 yrs that its' insane
. I don't want another surgery, but if it's necessary and it will improve my quality of life i'll consider it as a last resort. / So anyways after my doc app. i went to Wild Oats and talked to a nutritional specialist there...she agreed with my doctor when i told her my symptoms- she thinks it's a gluetin allergy as well....so she was soo sweet and walked me down every isle and showed me all of the gluetin free products. All i have to say is - EXPENSIVE!!!! It's horrible to really need products because others make you ill, yet you can't afford the price difference. At one point she was showing me dairy free, wheat free, gluetin free bread- it was $7 for only a tiny tiny loaf- there was no way i was buying that! So i bought a gluetin free mix and i'm going to make my own and see how that goes. As far as produce goes, i eat a ton of spinach, romaine, corn..i never have problems from that, so i'm not worried about it, i'll just buy that at the normal grocery store because it's less expensive.- just the dressings that concerned me! But i did wind up finding gluetin- free dressings that supposedly taste really yummy
! Yea! I never did find gluetin free crutons, so if anyone knows of these, please fill me in!
i love crutons! I also bought my first gluetin free frozen pizza and ate that for lunch- it wasn't horrible....but it will take some getting used to. I'm still waiting to see if it makes me sick( i just ate a few minutes ago). If not, i will definitely get more. There are a lot of options at Wild Oats- but not enough...it's really hard to find stuff that's gluetin free AND dairy free- i foud a ton of stuff that had one or the other, but not much that didn't have eithor..i guess that will come with time when i get used to shopping there and the industries create more products that are easier on people with certain allergies. I also bought one thing of soy cheese (chedder kind), pita chips- which rock! I loved those before i had diagnosed stomach issues. Soy Silk Vanilla milk- i've yet to try it but i will when i have cereal. I also bought dairy, hormone, gluetin, and wheat free cereal- it looks pretty good. I also got some gluetin free pasta made from brown rice ( i love rice, so i'm willing to try that) and some gluetin free spaghetti sauce- although i have to be careful with that...tomatoes and my GERD issues aren't a good mix. Oh, i got soy yogurt to try (apparently stonybrook farm has a soy version of their vanilla yogurt which i thought was cool- stonybrook farm is my fav brand of yogurt). And best of all- ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!!!!
I was a happy camper! I got soy ice cream that's completely gluetin free in Chocolate Peanutbutter Swirl, and Rocky Road- the texture is different, but it's still ice cream so i'm happy! So hopefully now, i will see a difference in how i feel after i eat the gluetin free food..if not, then i'm back to square one. I'm keeping my chin up! hopefully this will work. It really helps that wild oats marks all of their foods that are gluetin free- especially since that was my first time shopping there specifically for those items. The people there were sooo helpful!
I just wish the prices were more reasonable....it's way to expensive for my wallet....but i guess in the long run if i'm not sick all the time i'll save money on not going to the doc
. It's a trade off. Thankyou again everyone for the advice- i really need it because i'm still clueless about shopping for gluetin free and dairy free items. Your help is sooo appreciated!
I really appreciate everyone listening to my questions and offering advice! Ya'll are sooo helpful !Thanks everyone!