Finding and healing my Leaky Gut
When I was 14, I was given antibiotics for acne. As a 14 year old girl, I didn’t realize antibiotics were bad to take long term, and apparently neither did my doctor. Within a few months I developed acid reflux and started taking medication for that as well.
Over the years my acid reflux got worse and when I turned 16 I started experiencing a lot of stomach and abdominal pain. I had diarrhea and constipation almost every day and always felt sick. I ended up having an endoscopy where they found a stomach full of ulcers, a hiatal hernia that would get food trapped inside (which hurt) and My esophagus had also started to close so they widened that up. They gave me medication for the ulcers and I went on my way. They told me it would take about six months for the ulcers to clear up, but after that period of time my ulcers had only gotten worse, as well as my acid reflux. I couldn’t figure out what was wrong. I passed out during class quite a few times, and didn’t have energy to be the high-schooler I should have been.
When I was 17, I noticed that all of the foods that made me particularly sick all contained milk, so I eliminated it from my diet. I felt some relief for a few months but my symptoms quickly came back. When I was 18, I finally found a doctor who knew what was wrong. He ran a blood test and found that I was anemic, and had allergies to milk, wheat, eggs, and peanuts. He also gave me an inhaler for my newly developed asthma and sent me on my way.
I graduated from high school and started college at the university I’d dreamed of going to my whole life. I took a difficult schedule and made it onto the ballroom dance company. I did okay the first few weeks but soon burned out and became too sick to handle it all. My mind was extremely foggy and I could never concentrate in class. I started sleeping about 13 hours a day but was still tired.
I also started reacting to soy and rice so I eliminated them from my diet. Every week I would get random fevers, migraines, back pain (usually lower back), nausea, dizziness, joint pain, stomach and intestinal cramps, gas and burping, loss of appetite, lack of energy, high emotions, mood swings, passing out, light headedness, weak muscles, shortness of breath, depression and anxiety, ulcers, bad immunity (I was always getting sick and had bronchitis all the time), forgetfullness, inability to connect thoughts, blurry vision, constipation, diarrhea, constant hunger pains (felt like there was too much acid in my stomach and that I just needed to eat), hot and cold flashes, and acid reflux. Those were the biggest ones. I decided to go into one more doctor. He told me I had depression and offered me medication. I realized that he had no idea what he was talking about so I left. I felt hopeless and alone and didn’t know what to do.
I struggled with classes so i focused on being happy and finding joy and beauty in each day.
After one of the worst and most painful days I’d ever experienced, my boyfriend (now husband called me and exclaimed that he’d “found it.” I didn’t know what he meant but he explained that he’d been researching for days and finally found something called “Leaky Gut Syndrome” that described exactly what I had. I didn’t believe him but he sent me a compilation of websites that he found describing it. It fit the bill perfectly. For the first time in years I felt like things might start to get better.
Over the next few days, we did a lot of research on how to heal Leaky Guy Syndrome. From what I gathered I learned that most doctors had no idea it even existed and it had to be healed through dieting and supplements. I didn’t have any money to spend on a special doctor. I was confused and couldn’t figure out exactly how to go about doing it.
I spent a lot of time researching and learning about this problem that had taken over my life for the past few years. I now recommend reading my Healing Leaky Gut Series or my book, Healing Leaky Gut. You won’t regret it!
I have now been healthy and Leaky Gut free for four years and I couldn’t be happier!
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message.
Happy healing and living,