I'm curious to know if your friends or mostly your family thought you were a hypochondriac when you used to complain that you didnt feel well or about your eating habits.
I think my family thought I was a flake or something because I was always fiddling with food combinations. One week eating this and the next week restricting the other thing and eating something new.
I think I have felt so crappy for so long that I just keep looking for a solution to make me feel better or "normal". I never knew what was wrong till this week and I'm glad to know I'm not crazy as well. I feel validated that there is a name for this intolerance.
I had the same reaction from my friends! They thought I was totally crazy. I was convinced I had a problem with food but they did'nt believe me. It got better now. I think its because they can see that I am feeling good and gaining weight. I still have problems at times, but its not as bad as it used to be. I always knew I wasn't a hypochondriac although at times before I found out what I've got I started to worry I might be one.
My friends reacted the same way. Some tried very hard to "understand". I'm lactose intolerant, but when I was invited for dinner they often cooked wheat-free. Explaining them what they did wrong often made me look like an idiot and sometimes like a hypochondriac. Especially when they really cooked dairy-free, but forgot the lactose in the soup cube.
Well, today I just take lactase enzyme and everybody is happy. Exept, now they think I am ill all the time, cause I always take pills... argh...
I had a blow up at my mother in law yesterday. She just keeps suggesting foods I know I cant eat. "Well how bout if I make this with just a lil bit of this?"...I got so frustrated I said, "Don't worry about me and family gatherings. I'll either bring my own food or cook my food here with you."
I wasnt trying to be rude. I was just so frustrated. Its stressful. I was feeling better and then I ate something that has set me off again and I am just tired of this.
It's funny, but the women on my mom's side of the family have always been known for having touchy stomachs. Some have even been diagnosed with IBS. Everyone just assumed I was carrying on the family tradition. Maybe I am. Maybe they're all sensitive to fructose too.
You know I was also thinking that I might have IBS for ages, but it turned out I had fructose intolerance and histamine intolerance! How crazy is that?! You think you have one thing and then it turns out you have something completely different!
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