This was originally posted to my blog, Diabetes Odyssey.
I’ve suffered from tummy issues almost my entire life. As with most of my issues, this problem was much less significant when I was younger, but has become a somewhat major issue now days.
Who knows what caused my tummy troubles? Heredity? Type 1 diabetes? Anxiety? I really don’t know. It’s probably a combination of them all.
What exactly do I mean when I say “tummy issues”? Nausea, vomiting, pain, loss of appetite, bloat…
The increase in trouble pretty much began when my heart started to give me trouble. It was strange that I began to have severe heartburn at just about the same time I started to have chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and all the symptoms of heart failure.
I think one thing that messed up my tummy even more than it already was is that for over a year I was taking a double dose of Omeprozole on a daily basis. I was also drinking Apple Cider Vinegar like water because it helped the heartburn more than the meds did.
Within a month after my heart surgery the heartburn faded away. Yes, I am certain it was heartburn and not just another symptom of my heart problems. For some reason the heart congestion was aggravating my stomach. I had an endoscopy done and the doctor did confirm acid reflux.
But, I think, because of all that time with tummy meds and vinegar, my stomach was permanently out of balance. I could no longer eat certain foods without vomiting (onions, red meat, garlic, eggs…), I was nauseous all the time, I vomited about twice a week no matter what I ate, my gastroparesis symptoms were increased…
I had tried to incorporate probiotics into my diet via yogurt and other foods with them in it. But they all mess with my blood sugar because they tend to have added sugar, and they didn’t help my tummy at all.
So I gave up on probiotics for a couple years.
Then, out of the blue, for no reason other than I was curious, I started taking a probiotic supplement. Just one little capsule a day.
In less than two weeks I realized I was no longer nauseous and had not vomited for awhile, and had only had one tummy ache.
I have been taking the supplement for almost a month now and have no issues at all anymore except for still having very little appetite.
What are probiotics? They are a beneficial microorganism (good bacteria) that aid in digestion and stomach “balance”.