Tuesday, November 3, 2015

What I have, and what I do not have

Today I got the diagnosis for what was making me so sick to my stomach for 20 days, once recently and once in May. It is collagenous colitis,  an inflammatory bowel disease occurring after age 50, in women more than in men. Leave it to me to pick up some weird new thing.

The good news is that it is not caused by graft vs. host disease as suspected, meaning that it would not help to increase my prednisone dose. My lovely new GI doctor said I did not need to take those courses of flagyl and Cipro, although I did need to take the non-absorbable steroid Budesonide, which I now need to continue using until December. Then I can taper.

It is set off my some unknown cause and unfortunately can happen again. But it is benign, so I really can't complain. Oh by the way I have lost about 10 pounds during all of this.

I know what finally made it stop. I kept canceling the pizza mixers at Enfield until finally, with my month running out on my free mixer, I decided to just go, even though I was still having problems. I told Karen at the club that I was going to eat pizza and it would cure me. And sure enough, that's what happened. A scientific study would not find a link, but maybe the pizza scared it out of me.

On another food note, I woke up this morning with a terrible headache. Tylenol didn't work, so I tried Ibuprofen, which finally did the trick. I think it came on last night as I was eating some vegetable tempura to take a break from the chicken stew that I had prepared in an effort to get me through a few days. Living alone, I am not so great about eating a good dinner as I was when Joe was here. I thought some avocado roll and the tempura from Iya Sushi and Noodle would be an inexpensive and healthy alternative to what I had on hand.

Anyway, my rational mind won over when I resisted the temptation to look up "Signs of an an aneurysm," although I just did it and saw that a sudden, severe headache is one. But there are others too, so I feel safe in ruling that out.

Instead, I searched, "Does Japanese food cause headaches" and saw that the miso and soy sauce served with it can be culprits. Since I have had no problems with soy sauce before, I figured it was the miso that came with my vegetable tempura.

So that is what I have and what I do not have.

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