I am 22 years old and have always had a "sensitive stomach." I have suffered from constipation my entire life. My mom was assured I would grow out of it. In junior high, I would get stomach cramps so severe I couldn't move. It got better a bit in high school, but I suffered from severe fatigue and headaches. Everything I ate would make me nauseous, but I always thought it was the greasy school food; I do have a "sensitive stomach," after all.
It was not until my freshman year of college that things got really bad. Everything I ate made me throw up. I would wake up in the middle of the night with terrible cramps and nausea; it would feel so bad in the morning that I couldn't move or get out of bed. I did drop a few pounds, but nothing that would cause concern at the doctor’s. These spells happened at least every other day for about 3 months, then faded, but I would still get sick every time I ate.
I didn't have severe problems for 1 1/2 years, until it returned with a vengeance during my junior year. I began getting severely bloated and throwing up after every meal. I was so sick all the time that I resorted to only eating bread and crackers, but it didn't help. My doctor assured me that it was only a case of GERDs and told me to take Prilosec every day. It helped for a while, but it has been almost a year since that diagnosis and nothing has changed. I pop Tums like they’re M&Ms.
One month ago, my uncle was hospitalized after passing out at home. He has dropped 30 lbs in 2 months, and the doctor immediately tested for celiac disease. It was positive. Something clicked and I called my own doctor; he scheduled me instantly for testing. I have discovered in the interim that I have many other symptoms, such as chronic sinus problems, fatigue, insomnia, back pain and headaches. Though I am not yet diagnosed, I am hopeful that my uncle's diagnosis will put an end to my decade-long war with my own digestive system.