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The Page Turns

01 May

This past weekend marked my last therapy visit. I had thought long and hard over the past two weeks about what I would do in regards to therapy, and currently I feel that I need to focus on my physical problems. And once my physical issues are sorted out, I can begin to work on my innards again. I explained my stance to my therapist, and she seemed to understand and support my decision. While I’m sure on some levels she wishes I would have tried the route she suggested, I feel that this is the path I must take. To go any other way besides this would not be true to myself. And above all, I try to stay true to me.

So to fill some of you in, I believe I have narrowed down (finally!) what is wrong with me. In the past month since I have moved, I have begun to eat better and better. And by better, I mean I’m not eating McDonalds every night. As I cleaned up my diet, I began to see more patterns in my body’s reaction to food. I noticed that vegetables hurt my stomach horribly. I learned that noodles still didn’t sit well. Things like that. And so I turned to the Internet again, as I always do, to see if I could find something that linked all of these things. And ironically, there is something that is a common theme:

Fructose.

There is something called Fructose Malabsorption. Basically, it means that your body doesn’t absorb the fructose like it should. And so the fructose travels down into the lower parts of your digestive tract where all of your little bacteria can munch on it. These bacteria eat the fructose, and begin to create waste- which is usually in the form of a gas. This gas creates bloating, gas, and pain (among other things- people’s symptoms run the gamut). The more fructose you feed these guys, the more they procreate, and next thing you know, your gut is overrun with them. If not kept in check, the condition can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies, apparently.

The good news for this is, after only a few weeks without fructose, I feel a TON better. The bad news is, everything has fructose in it. Most vegetables, most fruits. Wheat. Brown rice. Agave. Honey. Garlic. All sorts of stuff. So finding things to eat has been a challenge. And the next step for me will be to see a dietician/nutritionist to ensure that I am able to get enough nutrients. And from there, I’m not sure what I will do. But hopefully there will be an upward trend for my health.

In regards to therapy, I am very glad that I went. I learned a lot about myself in the past 6 months, and I feel like my horizons have been broadened. I no longer approach things in the same way that I did before, and I think overall it’s been a good shift for me. For anyone considering hypnosis or therapy, I’d tell them to go for it. Just to make sure you have a therapist that you meld with, and that you can trust them. Because if you lack trust, your sessions won’t be nearly as fulfilling. Hypnosis has done me wonders with focus and meditation. I can now walk through the beginnings of the hypnosis my therapist would walk me through every session, and enter into the same state where I can begin to work on things. It’s really interesting.

I’m really excited to see how this will change things for me. The possibility of being able to function normally, and not be in pain on a regular basis is an awesome thought for me. And while I’m sad to see therapy go (for the time being) I do look forward to seeing where this next branch will take me.

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5 responses to “The Page Turns

  1. Vinny Grette

    May 1, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    I’m glad you’ll be consulting a nutritionist. I’ve read that naturally occurring fructose in fruits and veggies is different chemically from the “high fructose corn syrup” that is added to processed foods. It’s possible you can eat more foods than you first thought… Good luck!

     
    • von186

      May 1, 2012 at 8:31 pm

      As I understand it, when it comes to veggies, it’s about fructans. Which I guess are chains of fructose followed up by a glucose molecule. I guess after I’ve been on the elim diet long enough, I’ll potentially be able to eat more, within moderation of course. Hopefully the nutritionist will be able to ensure that I’m safe in what I eat and that I keep my diet well rounded, limited as it may be.

       
  2. Josephine Boone

    May 1, 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Hey, I am so glad you found something that helps! NEKHTET!!!!

     
  3. helmsinepu

    May 2, 2012 at 3:50 am

    Now that you’ve got something definite to research, maybe you’ll find something that works for you. I’m glad you’re seeing some progress!

     
  4. odeliaivy

    May 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    It’s great that you feel so much better. Good luck with the nutritionist. I haven’t heard of this type of problem before and it sounds like a doozy to work around food wise. I hope you find foods that you like and that keep you feeling good.

     

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