If you read my last post about the SCdiet possibly being helpful for IBDers, then here's the follow-up I promised after the appointment with my doctor to review all of my test results - some I already knew, some I suspected, and some were a surprise to me.
1st - A Complete Surprise - As mentioned previously, perhaps the most important thing he found out is that I am completely intolerant of any all types of dairy. I do not genetically posess the ability to break down any dairy products. I cannot believe that with all the GI's, nutritionists, and Naturopaths I've seen over the past years NOBODY found this. According to this doctor this can cause major problems in the digestive tract.
2nd - I am gluten-intolerant - I already knew this but it's confirmed again.
3rd- I cannot break down fruit & sugar together - I didn't know this could even be an issue. If I want to eat one I have to do so without the other. So, I can't eat a peach pie which has sugar in it, but I can eat a peach. Or I can eat a chocolate cake with sugar, but not with a raspberry sauce on top. None of this really matters for me right now since I'm on the SCD which doesn't allow sugar anyway. BTW - honey isn't sugar so it is allowed on the SCDiet.
4th - My adrenal glands aren't working right, and my cortisol levels are out of whack. Adrenal and cortisol levels of a healthy person throughout the day should look like a ski slope, with your highest cortisol level being in the morning and your lowest level at night. Mine is just a straight line throughout the day. Which is most likely why I never feel rested, am tired, and emotional.
5th - I am estrogen dominant - I suspected this.
6th - I am hypoglycemic (Low blood sugar) - I suspected this as well.
And my production of Reverse T3 is high - so my thyroid is hyperactive which is caused by both stress and auto-immune issues.
7th - I have leaky gut - I already knew it.
8th - and most interesting - My stool tests showed no mucus or elevated WBC's or gut infections. According to this doctor my stool test results (done by Metametrix) do not make me look like an Ulcerative Colitis (UC) patient. They make me look like an MC (microscopic colitis) patient with severe dairy intolerance which can cause UC-like symptoms because of over-consumption of dairy products.
He said I am the 2nd person who has been referred to him who was diagnosed with UC who actually has MC with severe dairy intolerance.
How this is relevant to me is this:
After my first colonoscopy 12 years ago I was diagnosed with MC - I had no blood in my stool just severe diarrhea (20-30 BM's/day) and severe weight loss. After the colonoscopy I got sicker because of the prep and anesthesia and lost even more weight so I ate mostly yogurt, cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches, milk, etc. All dairy, right? To which I've been intolerant since birth, apparently. My symptoms got worse - the weight loss continued and blood and mucus now became a constant part of my bowel movements. When I talked to my GI and told him about the blood, mucus, and continuing weight loss he changed my diagnosis to UC, without another scope to confirm it. My recollection of why we didn't do another scope at that time is because of how sick the first scope seemed to have made me. But, looking back on it now with this new knowledge, it could have been that I got so much sicker after that first scope because of all the dairy products I was eating.