“In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired” – unknown.
I first started experiencing some of my symptoms as a child – my earliest recollection being when I was about 11 or 12. I remember getting extreme fatigue and bloating (sometimes with acid reflux), especially after eating. I also experienced my first bout of depression, anxiety and insomnia at about this age. Something I have continued to struggle with on and off through my life.
As an adolescent I started to experience symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) which interfered with my time at college and later at work. Into my twenties I started developing muscle aches and pains; sensitivity to strong perfumes, chemical smells and petrol fumes; bladder problems; tinnitus and recurring thrush. At this time I was also diagnosed with IBS and sinusitis.
Through my thirties and forties, I felt I was sleeping most of my life away!
Into my thirties I started to develop food intolerances, of which I now list several! My PMS, bouts of depression and chronic fatigue worsened. My immune system was also weaker – I picked up colds and viruses very easily. This became extremely debilitating – I couldn’t work or go out much and at times I couldn’t stand or even sit up in a chair. On some occasions I was even completely bed-ridden for several weeks or months. Through my thirties and forties, I felt I was sleeping most of my life away!
Over the years I have seen many doctors and had numerous blood tests. I’ve tried acupuncture, herbal, Chinese and homeopathic medicine.
It was at this time I started researching my symptoms. I started the diet for Candida yeast overgrowth and saw some improvements in just a few months. I realised I was very sensitive to sugar and many sweet foods and also dairy products, all of which I still have to avoid.
Over the years I have seen many doctors and had numerous blood tests. I’ve tried acupuncture, herbal, Chinese and homeopathic medicine. Finally, in my early 50s, I went to see a health practitioner qualified in Leaky Gut Syndrome and GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome) protocol. For more information see http://gaps.me and http://gapsdiet.com. She confirmed I had the condition and was convinced, as I had experienced symptoms from childhood, that I had been born with it.
She put me on the GAPS diet to heal the gut, which brought with it many challenges but also huge benefits. Read about my time on the GAPS diet in GAPS and me.
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