Specific Carbohydrate Diet

If you’ve been reading my other blog, you know that I’ve been having some, ahem, digestive issues for the last 3 weeks. It started with stomach pain, nausea, lack of appetite, and a low-grade fever. The first doctor thought it was appendicitis, given my symptoms and the location of the pain, and sent me to the ER. At the ER I had my first round of bloodwork and a CT, which found kidney stones on both sides. I’ve since seen my primary care physician, a urologist, a surgeon, and 2 GI specialists. I’ve had 3 different blood draws, a second CT, and most recently a colonoscopy.

I’m still in pain regardless of what I eat (the only pain-free day I’ve had was the day I was on clear liquids), still sick, still running a fever, and still having bathroom issues I’m not going to get into on a food blog 😉

A friend told me about a diet called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that is supposed to help with all sorts of GI issues, including Crohn’s, IBS, celiac disease, Ulcerative Colitis, etc. It’s low-carb, gluten-free, starch-free, milk-free, and no sugar. This means no bread, no pasta, no flour, no milk, and no sugar (!!!) I’ve been reading the website and have gotten the book but have been holding off in hopes of an official diagnosis.

But even with all of these tests and doctors I don’t have any more answers than I did three weeks ago (other than knowing I have stones in both kidneys) and I’m leaning more and more towards this diet, even as restrictive as it is because it’s been 3 weeks and I’ve lost 10 pounds (not a bad thing but probably too fast). I can’t seem to find anything to eat that doesn’t cause pain/nausea/GI issues.

Anyway, if I decide to make the plunge (and it’s looking that way), I’ll be posting here about recipes and such (and no more poo talk, promise!). 🙂

My first step is getting a yogurt maker…

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