Well hello again.
So, I’ve decided to take a break from keto. Not because I don’t believe in it or anything, but mostly because my guts are messed up.
I Googled my symptoms and came up with:
- Gallbladder issues
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Cancer — but in Google’s defense, every health website says cancer.
I’m leaning toward gallbladder issues — I’ve had the pains before, but I thought they were horrible cases of acid indigestion and I’ve been avoiding foods that trigger it.
Looking at you, Moe’s.
But I was pretty sure it was an isolated thing.
However, my guts have been messed up for 10 days now… and on and off for the past few years. Usually spells come and go… but this time, it’s seeming to want to stay.
I’m going to my doctor next week for my six month thyroid follow up. If this hasn’t resolved itself by then, I will definitely mention it to her.
But until then, I’m going to take a small break from keto.
Once I get the go-ahead from my doctor, I will resume.
I definitely hit some of the risk factors for having gall bladder problems (my mom got hers out last year):
You’re obese. This is one of the biggest risk factors. Obesity can raise your cholesterol level and also make it harder for the gallbladder to empty completely.
You take birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy for menopause symptoms, or are pregnant. The extra estrogen is the problem. It can increase cholesterol and make it harder for the gallbladder to empty.
You lost weight too quickly. Your liver makes extra cholesterol, which may lead to gallstones.
I would go into the symptoms I’m having, but even that feels a bit WAY TMI to discuss here.
Suffice it to say, it’s bad. And worrisome.
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