I went to a new gastroenterologist last week and he wants to conduct an upper endoscopy on me to see if I have Eosinophilic Esophagitis which is a condition where your esophagus develops inflamed rings as a result of increased inflammatory response, usually because of allergies. Even though I recently had a thorough set of tests to see if I had food allergies through the skin prick method and was found to not have anything horrible show up (other than allergy to lobster, something I eat every day! J/K 😉 ), I could still have other adverse food reactions occurring which are measurable on my body somehow. Therefore, upper endoscopy.
Better than a colonoscopy because I don’t have to do the prep (if you’ve had one, you know, and if you haven’t, you’ve probably heard).
My doctor recommended I start a food challenge the month before, eating all the things that I don’t tolerate normally. This should kick things into high gear. I have been opposed to this methodology in the past, but think I’m going to give it a shot. I am trying to decide if I want to challenge gluten, as well, since he’s not going to be doing a biopsy on my small intestine. I am getting the blood tests done though. I don’t think a month is long enough, but since I will be feeling crummy anyway, might as well go for it, right?
Anyway, waiting until my finals end, and that’ll give me a solid month of time to eat it up. I’m already planning things I’m going to try, like the best croissant I can find in town, or a pizza at a former favorite place – maybe some Mexican food and definitely some Chinese. I’m almost as excited as I am scared!
I do plan on keeping you posted so keep on the lookout for updates, here and on Facebook. Wish me luck!