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If you had told me 2 years ago that food sensitivities were 100% real, I might have laughed at you. Sadly, I think they are becoming more and more common as we consume more processed foods.
Everyone’s experience of foods is so different, but I wanted to share my experience as I found more support from friends during this process than our health care system / doctors. I’ve also come to learn that our friend and culture’s definition of “what’s healthy for you” may not be the case. Tumeric and broccoli are necessary for some and gas/pain-inducing for others so quite literally, trust your gut!
After almost a year of increasingly frequent and paralyzing stomach aches and vomiting, I decided to see a Gastroenterologist because I couldn’t stand the pain or the days I was missing from work anymore. I had an endoscopy right away as that is the best way to learn more about the stomach – mine came back showing very bad inflammation but the doctor’s next steps were inconclusive and was brushed off as “acid reflux” and a possible gluten allergy (that was unable to be confirmed by a celiac blood test).
After my first GI doctor told me to eat more gluten to see if my stomach got worse (yes what!? you read that right), I new it was time to find a new GI doctor. After doing a stool sample, ultrasound and more blood work with a new doctor, I still didn’t have an answer, my stomach was hurting all the time and I had spent $$$ and 6+ months on all these frustrating visits.
I then spoke with a friend and learned about the LEAP – MRT food sensitivity test which is done by a blood draw.
It gives you a line by line of 250+ foods and how your body responds to them. If your doctor is familiar with it, they can prescribe it for you at a lower cost. Even as these symptoms become more prevalent, research has not caught up with food sensitivities so most doctors and insurance are not aware of them.
So I went through my friend’s contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. For me it was totally worth it – I now do not have constant stomach upset/pain/gas/discomfort since I know what foods, oils and spices, etc. to avoid and that has helped the initial inflammation go away completely!