The latest gut episode has passed and I’m feeling mostly back to normal (for me.) It is such a relief to wake up with no pain or discomfort.
I celebrated by having scrambled eggs for breakfast. The only thing I had eaten in the last 24 hours was a mug of broth and a slice of gluten free toast. While my weight could benefit from several weeks of this lack of calories, it is hard to keep going when there’s no fuel in the body and you’re already exhausted from non-stop pain.
Fortunately, these episodes are fewer and far between than they once were, and are only brought on when I try some new med (OTC or Rx), overeat, or get inadvertently “glutened.” Most of that I can control by being careful and making good choices.
Another contributing factor is stress, which I do not manage well, and I’ve had copious amounts of lately. However, life can be stressful, so it’s kind of hard to avoid that all together. My job is the biggest (although not only) source of stress in my life, but I can’t really walk away from my job to remove that source (at least for another 8 years, 1 month and 21 days, but who’s counting?) I just have to learn to manage it better and not make myself sick (literally) worrying about it.
Or I need to get myself a body pillow-sized stress ball.