one moment: stomach pains

This cactus looks like my stomach felt - Phx Desert Botanical Garden

So after a very nice week of hitting the trail each morning my OM moment was being hit with stomach pains for 5 days. Out of nowhere I felt my stomach swell and a pain emerge on my right side and lower back. It was a pain I had once before, while vacationing in New York this past June. I thought the pain was from too many protein bars while traveling but, alas no protein bars where had leading up to this past Saturday. I found out that I have a family history of gallbladder issues and I think I am experiencing them too. On Sunday I started researching online and I found gallbladderattack.com. It has a wealth of diet information. Bert ran out for beets for me to eat to help my pain and it worked so, now I'm trying to change my diet to be gallbladder friendly. According to the website I should avoid eating greasy fried food, meat, dairy and gluten. Yikes!

I finally started feeling better Wednesday night and by Friday I was back to eating 3 meals. I am currently meat and dairy free. On a positive note, I lost 4 pounds this week making my total weight loss 6 lbs in 2 weeks. Sweet! I picked up a vegetarian cookbook at the library and made my first meal last night ... potato and peas in red curry sauce ... yum! If you have a veggie recipe you love, please share it with me. I'd love to try it.

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Candied Fabrics said...

Oh dear, best of luck on keeping the gallbladder under control. I had mine out a few years ago...it was the worst in the middle of my second pregnancy when i couldn't have it out (well, I supposed I could have, but they really wanted to wait), and I too was able to keep it at bay while watching what I ate.

Anyway...although you didn't ask for any advice, I'll give you some anyway. Go ahead and talk to your doctor about it and get diagnosed. I'm sure the doc will support you trying to control it with diet. BUT, when the day comes when you're having a horrific attack, if you've already been diagnosed and there's a history of everything in your chart, it'll make it a lot easier for you and your docs to figure out what to do. (In the throes of that worst attack i had while pregnant, it was ONLY the thought of the baby that kept me from screaming "Take this goddamn thing out NOW!" ;-)

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Oh boy, that is bad timing! It is amazing how those little babies can give us such strength. Thank you for your advice and sharing your story. I am feeling better but on edge about the whole thing right now.

alamodestuff said...

Oh, no! I'm so sorry you weren't feeling well. I hope you've continued to feel better since last Friday.

Candy gives good advice. You'll be a bit more at ease having spoken to your doctor.

I'm sorry for my late comment this week. I thought I had left one, but alas did not. I appreciate your joining our OM meet up. Some weeks I'm glad I've just not forgotten a kid.

I hope this week's OM has you feeling better.

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Thanks for your thoughts of well being Linda. It has been one and off bothering me but, nothing like those 5 days. I am keeping a food journal and noted when my stomach feels "off" so I can get a better handle on when it acts up. The OM meetup has been great - I just need to remember to post on Friday ;)