It's been a roller coaster ride since I started eating paleo back in November of last year. Mostly down. The good part is that I've lost weight. The bad part is that I've had some sort of GI issue since January.
I just wrote about this last week:
Last week I thought the reason for my recent stomach pains was that I've been re-introducing occasional wheat into my diet since late March. I had a few weekends the past few months with severe pain in my stomach. While I did notice some severe pain occasionally it was usually a mild discomfort on my right side...about 6 inches to the right of my belly button. During this "re-introduction to wheat" period, I did have more regular bowel movements. Less constipation. Less diarrhea. Things appeared to look normal..but the stomach/side pain was annoying.
Saw a GI doc last week. Took a blood test to see if I may have celiac (which there was a definitive test if the blood test came back positive). Of course my blood was normal, so no celiac.
Came to the conclusion that maybe eating occasional wheat/rice/corn was causing my the abdominal pain. So for the last week I've been strict paleo...even cutting out dairy which I did not consume much anyway.
Stomach pain is pretty much gone..and definitely no severe pain. But now its like flip a coin whether I will be constipated of have diarrhea. This is what I was experiencing off and on Jan - March. I usually feel fine all day until I get home from work. From there its either a normal bowel movement or constipation...then diarrhea at night. After dinner, it sounds and feels like a volcano or thunderstorm going on in my digestive system. I hear rumbling...gurgling..I can feeling liquids sloshing around..and then diarrhea.
I'm trying to determine if I need to completely eliminate dairy, coffee, alcohol, etc.
My GI doc last week just encouraged me to take a fiber supplement daily and I have a follow up in September. From there it will probably be more tests ($$$$$$$) and potentially drugs. I have no confidence anything will be resolved soon.
I know this is diet related somehow. I just need to play health detective to determine what the root cause is.
Here is a list of what I consume (not everything):
Eggs, cheese/half&half, ghee/butter/coconut oil, pickles/kimchi/sauerkraut/kombucha, coffee/water/booze, grass and grain fed beef/chicken/pork/fish, fruit/steamed veggies, avocados, dark chocolate, honey
Multi-vitamin, Omega 3 supplement, pro-biotic, Vitamin D
I have not tried fermented grains, haven't had nuts in weeks, and do not eat too many starchy veggies.
Sorry for the rant! I'm completely stumped and frustrated. Any thoughts would be appreciated.