February 10, 2016
Today was a good day for me, but a bad day for my stomach. The last few days my stomach has been rumbling with cramps and being unsettled. Usually these symptoms are associated with my menstrual cycle, but seeing how I’ve had a hysterectomy last summer, that can’t be the cause.
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Last week I had an appointment with my gynecologist. Sidebar: For me personally, having a female gynecologist is much more comfortable than a male. I use to have a female gyn doctor, but she has since been replaced with a male gyn doctor. I didn’t know this, so I was quite shocked to see a man when I walked in the room. Pretty sure he saw my shock, too, despite me trying to cover it up with a quick smile.
Any how, the doctor said there was a good chance scar tissue had developed in the surgical site, and that could be causing the cramping. Or it could be my bowels causing the issue. Even though I insisted I was very regular to the point of setting a watch by it, he suggested that I emptied my colon. ugh – really?
I’ve been putting off this colon cleanse, and I’ll tell you why. I already have a sensitive stomach. A hint of the wrong food, and my stomach will be jacked up for hours. These frequent occurrences of an upset stomach has made me keep track of what I eat and how that food effects my digestive system. Symptoms such as cramping, nausea, diarrhea, body pains, and headaches are carefully monitored for fear of having an episode while away from the convenience and privacy of my home.
And now this doctor wants me to empty my colon with the help of medicine. Well, I’m going to use tea (here are some detox teas), but same principle – colon is being emptied. That has to hurt, right? I mean, I’m putting a tea in my body that contains aids to detox the digestive system. That can’t be a good experience. I’m going to have to be home, wouldn’t I?
I don’t know, but I’m having second thoughts about it.
Getting back to today with my stomach having a bad day. A trip to Target was desperately needed in order to return my daughters’ “must have” jeans (I told her she would end up returning them even though she begged to have them. She’s just not a jeans type of girl, but at least she tries.) I figured if I didn’t eat anything that morning, then nothing could make my stomach be upset.
While at the end of my Target shopping, my stomach did the inevitable – cramping. Like, major cramping. I needed to get home – fast!
Once I got home, my stomach really started hurting. I drank water to flush out whatever was causing it, then laid on the couch. Thankfully, the episode didn’t last long, and I was feeling better within the hour. I’m not always so lucky for it to pass as quick as it did today, but I’m grateful that it did.
The rest of the afternoon and evening have been okay. I’ve still got some cramping, but not as severe. I’m still drinking water this evening in hopes that tomorrow morning I don’t have any episodes because I’m planning on taking my dad to the aquarium downtown. We shall see.
Disclaimer: Please understand that everyone is different in their journey with fibromyalgia and/or chronic illness. This is my journey, my stories, my vulnerability to share with you in order to help in some way. It is in no way to compare my journey with yours or to minimize your pains, feelings, or experiences. Please do not comment with any negativity.