Debbie, I applaud you for your "old turkey". I can say from my own personal experience of cutting sugar/white flour in the past that I noticed an increase in energy and less stomach bloating and cramping. Of course, sometimes it is easier to go back to our old ways than to embark on a life long change. Although reading your post makes me think that you definitely have something there. When you live with chronic pain, sometimes it doesn't matter how silly the idea sounds, regardless of the studies, you just know you will try anything. If it means a more healthy lifestyle and less medication that's awesome. Right now because I don't have my official diagnosis my Dr has me on Norco and ibuprofen for my pain...its VERY hard to focus at work while taking half a Norco which just increases my fatigue. I think your post might have given me the encouragement I needed to try it again...I mean at this point, how can it be negative right!! SO proud of your wt loss too. That's awesome. Its not easy and when you get the motor running on weight loss keep it going. Especially like you said, for people like us who have a tough time exercising as it is.
Bette, I can relate. I went through a bout with C-diff after I had my son. I was put on antibiotics and ended up with more than I bargained for...It's not a fun infection by far! Of course for those of us who have chronic stomach/intestinal issues, sometimes it all just seems par for the course. Its interesting to see that some of us are susceptible to the same things. Makes me feel more confident in all the testing I am having done.