Quite a few of you have been requesting a health update from me, mostly explaining what I went through as a teenager and how my health and illness shaped my life, leading me to do what I’m doing today. While I will write that for you at some point over the next few months (it’s going to take a while to put together), I wanted to give you a current update on my health at the moment just in case I’m not able to make posts as frequently as I should or in case I start looking really rough around the edges. These photos aren’t a representation of how I look right now by any means, but my current state is not something I’m going to share with you all, ha ha. So these ones are much more fitting.
So, onto what I was going to say. I had been feeling extremely unwell for the past month, with stomach aches, bloating, nausea and pains in my digestive system, causing lots of trapped gas too which has been absolute agony. Truthfully, I’ve never felt pain like that before and there were a few times where I thought I was actually going to pass out and have to go to hospital. It’s been on and off for the past year I would say, coming and going in waves, but the past couple of weeks have been the worst. I know it’s not nice to hear, but I started bringing up vomit in my mouth and the pain from the acid there was excruciating in my throat and in my stomach as I have so much excess acid. The only way I can describe it is like having a witches cauldron in my stomach, bubbling and brewing.
I went to the doctors on Thursday last week finally, and after examining me and asking lots of questions, she diagnosed me with gastritis, which is actually what I thought I had since I’m very much into the medical area and an overseas friend told me her symptoms of it too. I’ve taken a test as well for the , p bacteria which might be causing it, so I’m waiting on results from that to see if I’m going to need a three week course of anti biotics or not, but currently I’m on Omeprazole to try and lessen the acid in my stomach and get it to a normal level. These tablets actually keep giving me migraines so I’ve been trying to take it easy lately, but the most horrible thing about all of this is my energy levels and the constant burping. Anything I eat will cause me to burp about 20 times and that’s not lady like at all! I’m on an even more restricted diet now and have to be extremely careful about what I’m eating because of the pain it causes me.
It’s been truly difficult lately and I’ve been feeling so exhausted from the lack of food and fighting the pain. It’s so uncomfortable having a distended and bloated stomach too, it feels like it’s got an inflated balloon inside it, sticking right out between my rib cage. It means I haven’t been able to exercises properly in months and that’s taken it’s toll on my joints too since I need to exercise for medical reasons, plus I know I have gained some weight. This coupled with an extreme amount of stress I have been under over the past couple of months too has led to a concoction of yuck for me. I didn’t say before as I like to try and keep my blog a happy and positive place, just as you like it, but health wise and mentally I’m struggling very much at the moment and I thought it was only fair to you to explain the situation in case I’m not well enough to carry on my schedule that I usually stick to of 4-5 posts a week and constant social media updates. I’d rather you were in the know than in the dark and worrying that I was giving up or something.
I truly hope that I start to feel better soon and I am kind of hoping that the Helicobacter Pylori test comes back positive actually as that will be easier to fix with medication and make everything go away. It’s not nice to have but I would rather have that than an underlying cause of a stomach ulcer or something a lot more serious. So fingers crossed that this is easy to get rid of. Some days are much better than others and the tablets are improving my pains in my stomach too, but other days I can have a complete set back and be doubled over for most of the day. I just truly hope this can be sorted soon and I thank you so much for all of your continued support and blogging encouragement. Lorna xx.