So, I had a colonoscopy the other day. Good news and a little bad, too. No cancer or polyps.
But there is something present in my gut: Eosinophils.
Those are white blood cells and they are holding “fight nights” in my gut.
Turns out I’m allergic to something I’m eating. Those Eosinophils immediately get to work and start attacking what my body sees as the enemy.
My symptoms have been annoying. For the past few months, I’ve had gas & bloating, stomach pain and severe diarrhea.
I’ve been sore and uncomfortable. So much so that working out is a real struggle. My running these days is sloppy and slow at best and core workouts are few and far between. When you feel like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, it’s tough to work those abs!
So, my gastroenterologist has set me up with an allergist. The next step—allergy tests to find out what exactly is causing the issues.
I’m grateful this is nothing extremely serious but you know what? I am frustrated since I already have a fairly strict—as it is—lots of veggies, fruits, rarely anything processed foods.
Though there are those times my willpower goes out the door. In my weaker moments it’s not pretty---I’ll grab a bowl and pour those highly addictive Peanut M&Ms in it—making sure to get more of the red and green, than blue! Yes, still a kid at heart.
Reasons for Colonoscopy
Colonoscopies are done—primarily to rule out colon cancer and/or to have polyps removed but these days the biopsies and other advances made in the procedure are helping people like me tremendously.
For instance, in the past doctors might have misdiagnosed me as having colitis or a gluten issue. But my doc was able to narrow it down to the white blood cells gearing up for battle. Isn’t that cool?
Choose This One!
And a solid tip for you---the worst part about the colonoscopy is the prep. The day before, we fast AND take a prescribed drink mix that cleans us out. I had no idea there were dozens of different “preps” prescribed. But the one I had--Suprep ---was, by far, the “tastiest” and simplest to drink. And I do have some experience. This was my 7th colonoscopy.
So, don’t be afraid to have one. This procedure could save your life. Please share this post if you know someone experiencing tummy issues!
BTW: I have some suspects---nuts (no!), dairy (darn!) or eggs (egad!).
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