This is going to get quite lengthy but please bare with me. When I was 15 years old, i started experiencing this pain in my upper left quadrant. I would get it about 3-5 times a month. it is not gas pain or anything like. it is a debilitating sharp shooting that stems from right below the xiphoid, shoots under the ribs. the pain ends at the base of the 12th rib. It sometimes shoots into my back. I can not move, i can't breath, i can't talk, laugh or do anything because it is the worse pain I have ever felt in my life, worse than a shattered bone. when I was 16, i was at a cheerleading competition and this pain came on, they rushed me to the ER because I sa the snow drenched in sweat, tachycardic, severely high blood pressure, while in a cheer uniform. I had tests done, but my doctor concluded it was an intercostal strain. Bull. When I was 18 I was still getting this pain, and experience symptoms of IBS. My doctor concluded that it was wheat allergy. I still ate wheat even though it made me go to the bathroom literally 12 times a day. I am now 24. Over the past 6 month months the pain was so frequent I thought I was dying. It was almost everyday. I was fatigued constantly, anemic, i have bone pain in my shins,(non-runner), difficulty concentrating, and processing information..I eliminated gluten from my diet about a month ago and I haven't had the pain since. I am petrified to start eating gluten again so I can get the celiac's test because of the pain but could this be celiacs? I have considered everything, from thyroid disease(runs in the family) to chronic pancreatitis, to gall bladder disease. I don't know. and I can't afford to go to the doctors and do a bunch of unnecessary test.
Wow, this is a lot to deal with at your age. What you're describing sounds like celiac disease to me, and just like I was when I had gallbladder stones. What you need is to see a really smart, efficient doctor like my surgeon. I had to see him for something else, but he saw how thin and unhealthy I was, and asked questions. He did an ultrasound right there in his office and discovered gallstones in 5 seconds. It was after that that the celiac disease came to light.
I can't stay on gluten long enough to get tests, and money is tight also. He says I need to just stay off gluten. He'd prefer I ate as much raw, healthy food as possible. The lists of foods he wants us to eat is short and simple and goes for everyone (!), but a huge change from the American diet. I'm not saying you can't eat anything a celiac can eat, but he is all about health, and if that's the priority, this is what he recommends for mainstay food:
Do eat: Fruits, vegetables, nuts (not peanuts) seeds, eggs and meat.
He recommends the green smoothie diet be our new fast food. There is a book and you can even see youtube videos on it.
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