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Week In Review: A Flip Flop Week. Stomach Pains Increase.

Hi guys,

I first have to kind of apologize. I just feel like a super bad blogger right now. Not that I feel I need apologize for that. I just feel like I have so much going on right now – so much mess and experimenting in terms of my food and stomach issues – that it makes blogging super, super hard (not to mention way too many shifts at work and a change in how I want to spend my free time). I’d love to sit down and write about things I’m feeling or things that are going on, but the truth is things are so constantly changing and shifting that I can’t do that. One moment I think something and the next moment, it has changed. I feel like I’d be a constant portrayal of The Boy Who Cried Wolf if I was putting out posts right now. 

I hope to get back to more writing once I have a few answers and things start to feel a bit clearer. 

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My time right now needs to be going to other things. Thinking, relaxing, and my artistic passions

Onto this past week…

This was such a flip-flop week. Geez louise. The first half of it, Monday – Thursday, were positively wonderful. Even amongst continual stomach distress, I had so many lovely moments and feelings. And then, starting Thursday afternoon, everything kind of went hay wire.

Before I get to that though, I want to focus on the really wonderful moments of this week. 

This week I….

…still can’t miss Meg’s Week In Review!

Had a wonderful 24 hours with Dan. We began our apartment search! Yes, we are moving in together. November 1st. We spent the holiday Monday walking around a few areas of Toronto that we wanted to explore as possible living quarters. We learned about an area, which we thought was a possible, that we definitely do not want to live in. That in itself made the day a success.

We had a bunch of time to kill so we literally spent a number of hours just sitting together – both very tired – in a cafe. Then in a park. No media, no entertainment, just… sitting and relaxing and being bored together. As “boring” as it technically was, we both agreed we felt amazing at the end of it and our excitement in wanting to live together was just that much more confirmed.

Le swoon.  

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Found a new favourite coffee shop πŸ™‚

On Wednesday, I had an early morning ultrasound. Not the funnest way to start a day, but laying on a hospital bed for almost an hour was pretty relaxing. 

And then, all in that same day I…

Had the most incredible singing lesson. I’m learning things I’ve never learned before in all my years of training. My mind was bloowwwnnn and I felt so excited afterwards. 

Met one of my best friends for coffee at my favorite cafe, Toris, in the beaches – which was all together so wonderful, as always. I then took myself down to the beach and just strolled the boardwalk and sat looking out at the water. 

week in review stomach pains increase

week in review stomach pains increase

This was all to kill time before an acting lesson I had in the area with a teacher I knew from school. It was so incredible. Gah. It reminded me that – yes – I am an actor, and this is what I do. 

So, two incredible coachings in one day to remind myself of my artistry and FILL my soul up with everything that makes it happy, plus time with a friend and time by the beach, all left me feeling so groundedI was so happy by the end of this day. So grounded and happy. 

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Monologue and play reading by the beach

And then came Thursday. 

Starting Thursday afternoon I started experiencing some very intense burning sensations all over my stomach. Plus some new-to-me localized pains in my lower stomach. Up ’till now I haven’t had any pains in my lower region, and have never experienced an all-encompassing burning such as this (think intense heart burn but from the sternum down to the belly button). These pains and this burning continued on for the following two days, more so in the afternoon and evening after I ate. On Friday I came home from work, unbelievably fatigued, and slept for two hours. I never do that. I got up, went out for a bit, came home, and almost took myself to the emergency. I don’t know if it was more the mental or physical anguish, but it was the first time all this stomach distress has put me to tears. 

I did not end up going to the hospital. I’m just trying to sort it all out right now. But if this new stuff continues, or gets worse, then I am going to take myself in. 

Needless to say, Thursday – Sunday, my entire life revolved around figuring out what is going on. I did a lot of reading about different possibilities and have found some things that match my symptoms. I’ve been pretty scared, to be honest with you, and I just don’t know why – despite all my efforts – things are actually getting worse. I’m not going to say anything more about my thoughts until I see someone. I see my NP again this Wednesday, so will get the results from my ultrasound and blood tests I had done, and will obviously talk about all this new stuff that is happening. I want to write about all my thoughts and feelings to do with all my eating and stomach changes. I just need a bit more clarity before doing so. 

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Amidst the days of scary pain, I took myself to see King Lear in Shakespeare in High Park for some hopeful soul soothing/distraction. It was very well done, and still very soothing to do something I love. I just couldn’t enjoy it as much as usual. My focus was a little swayed. 

week in review stomach pains increase
week in review stomach pains increase

So uh, yeah. My focus is kind of one sided right now. I’ll see how today and the next couple days go with everything, and just really hope something can be resolved, soon. 

Thank you all so much for your comments lately. They’ve seriously meant so much to me. 

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What made your soul happy last week??

47 COMMENTS

  1. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table | 13th Aug 17

    I’m so sorry you’re struggling! Pain is just the worst. It definitely affects your mental clarity and general sanity. I hope you get it sorted out soon!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks, Laura. Its so true. On my worst days it totally affects my mental clarity just as much. I feel exhausted and totally brain fogged.

  2. ashlee | 14th Aug 17

    Hey Cora, It’s crazy because I haven’t been to your blog in forever because I did a little blog/media fast, but when I first found it, we were both trying to gain weight and were at a very similar spot. And now, here I am again and oh my gosh, that burning..i know EXACTLY what that is like because Ive had it! I actually did go to the ER for mine because it just lasted and lasted. What helps it go away immediately it a bit (1/8 tsp) of baking soda dissolved in 1/4 cup of water and NO coffee (not even decaf) while it is burning. I actually ended up giving up coffee for a good while because I did a scope and they found that my vili (little stringy things that line the top of the intestines) was charred and badly irritated meaning I cant absorb digest things I once was able to digest. Well, that might be dramatic, but definitely not as well because the roll of this part of the intestines is to extract nutrients from foods. They say that it gets charred/irritated because of food intolerance (gluten is the number one and then dairy) but a very wise doctor who specializes in eating disorders (i literally called this woman crying from the pain and weirdness of the burning sensation) and it turns out that the vili can eventually wear out because of STARVATION and soooo many girls recovering from eating disorders think they have celiacs disease and they dont. The bummer is, once you start eating again, the body can wig out after awhile and not even right away.. Anyway, I am not cured yet (it takes time and I havent figured out how to not stress about life.. so yeah) but here is what helps.. aloe vera juice, the baking soda trick, not eating super spicy foods, chocolate really makes my stomach burn, and going to the b/r regularly. Burning can also indicate being constipated as your intestines are too full and end up pushing your stomach (and stomach acid) up where it isn’t supposed to be..which is crazy because I never thought I was constipated because I go regularly enough.. anyway so much more to say but the burning, tightness, bloating, I know the pain girl and I am so sorry because it truly is awful but you are not suffering alone my friend πŸ™‚ and I hope you get answers and i know its scary but I will be praying for you!!!!

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Oh my gosh, Ashlee. Are you an angel sent to me at this perfect moment!?! This is incredible. Thank you THANK YOU for taking the time to comment.

      I can’t believe I’ve found someone who knows what the burning sensation is that I’m talking about! Of course I so wish you didn’t/don’t have to be going through any of this, but it does feel amazing for me to know I’m not alone. I’m totally taking your suggestions for baking soda and aloe juice. Question about that. I can only find aloe drink that is really sugary. Is that what you drink? Or should I try and find something more pure?

      The charring of the vili due to starvation. Sigh. Yes. In my heart I think I know that any discomfort I am having is prolonged effect of my restricting years. Why it is rearing its ugly head up now, I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure this is going to be a decrease stress/change of life style kind of prescription. The hardest one of all.

      If you ever feel like emailing, please please feel free. Let me know how you are doing. Thinking of you and thank you again <3

  3. ashlee | 14th Aug 17

    Oh and I should also add that my burning actually did end up going away and only barely comes and goes now if I drink stuff with a lot of acid or caffeine. It lasted about 5 months (off and on) and was worse in the beginning for sure.. like crazy scary and painful. The bloating and distention definitely is still here as well as the generalized cramping/pain but the burning is literally gone (honestly, going to the bathroom regularly..sorry for TMI but this literally helps sooo much.. my doctors said it was a direct correlation. One GI doctor I went to really stressed the brain/gut connection and the importance of really taking it easy on myself and not over taxing my digestive system (really big fibrous salads) and trying not to think about my health/food so much (hard when food literally causes me pain and annoying because I was at a very good place in my recovery) but I’m getting there.

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Oo just saw this one. The gut brain connection… oh my gosh it is insane, isn’t it? Again, I know my prescription is going to be decreasing stress. Even though I don’t “feel” stressed on the daily, I know my body is still managing chronic stress. And even restrictive thoughts could keep your body from digesting comfortable. Ugh. Wishing you all the best in this continued journey.

  4. Susie @ Suzlyfe | 14th Aug 17

    I’m starting to get worried about your physical health, but I am really really proud of you for how you are concentrating so hard on your mental health and happiness during this time. Way to not give in!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Gotta stay “positive,” right coach Suz? <3

  5. Jamie@TheMomGene | 14th Aug 17

    Oh Cora. I am praying hard core for some relief and peace and REAL ANSWERS to what’s going on. Love you.

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks, Jamie. <3

  6. Emily Swanson | 14th Aug 17

    PRAYING for you Cora; I know how hard it is to have bad stomach pain; praying for relief and healing. <3 Don't feel bad about not being on the blog. Taking care of your body is much more important.
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks, Emily <3

  7. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 14th Aug 17

    That’s so exciting that you and Dan are moving in together and exploring the best coffee shops with yummy baked goods. As far as your burning though, I’m sorry your going through it. I hope you can figure out what is the root cause so you don’t have to keep suffering. Your mental health is so important so keep nurturing that.
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks, Sarah. Yes I am very very excited for the move and a change in life routine <3

  8. Naomi @ Naomi Why: Roots | 14th Aug 17

    You write as much or as little as YOU want. Although this blog and your writing is always insightful and serves as an inspiration and place of community for lots of people (like meeeee!), it’s also YOURS and for YOU. If you need to write rambles to get it out, do it. If you need to wait on things and sit with them before writing and publishing them, do it.
    The first part of your week sounds so lovely, and I’m glad you were able to enjoy it.
    I’m so sorry about the stomach pain and the confusion around it. I hope your appointment with your NP is just what you need and that you’re able to find the relief and answers you need. <3 Thinking of you!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks for that reminder and encouragement, Naomi. Its hard to write when you feel your thoughts are all over the place. Knowing I have friends who are there regardless means a lot <3 <3

  9. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 14th Aug 17

    Oh, Cora. I’m scared for you. I know you’ve reached out to me before about GI issues, but what you’re describing is like nothing I’ve ever experienced or heard of with IBS. I so want your tests to find something to help you know what’s going on.
    I’m glad you had the quiet time with Dan. That sounds like just what you’ve needed. Congrats on moving in together! He sounds like a really positive thing in your life. <3
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Hey Joyce. Thank you – though I didn’t mean to elicit fear in anyone. It will be okay. It has been really helping – surprisingly so – to be writing about this through the blog and hearing other peoples’ testimonies. I’m kind of flabbergasted that some have said they’ve experienced the exact same symptoms!! That in itself is relief and gives me solace.

  10. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 14th Aug 17

    Oh no sunshine! I’m so sorry to read about the stomach issues although grateful you came to the WIR party anyway. I’ve been wondering about you. I owe you an email and also I’m hoping you got the pictures I texted you after our meet up.

    On a positive front, I’m thrilled for you and Dan. Living together is a huge step. It’s hard and wonderful all at the same time, and he’s a catch in my not so humble opinion.
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      I did get your text!! Yes! I was just awful and forgot to respond as I think I got it during a work shift. But it made my day when I got it, let me tell you. We look goooood πŸ™‚ And thank you for the stomach concerns. I’m figuring it out.. I think…. regardless. I will be okay. <3

      Living together is going to be quite the adventure. I'm excited to have your camaraderie as I go through it and harp on you for "boy" help, haha. Hard and wonderful... I can definitely anticipate both. But I'm pretty tickled pink that you approve. He was pretty smitten by you and your fam.

  11. Heather | 14th Aug 17

    Congratulations on apartment hunting! That’s so exciting, especially with all of the crap you have to deal with in terms of physical health. Hope you get some answers soon!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Yes! The excitement is nice to have during these other not-so-fun times. Thank you!

  12. Kat | 14th Aug 17

    Sweet girl – I hope you find relief for your ailments soon. I feel so bad for you – I hope that the tests you had can offer some direction or at least hint at one! Feeling sick with tummy issues is one of the most uncomfortable and awful experiences because people just really can’t understand or grasp it. I know that when I went GF so many couldn’t understand why I couldn’t just deal with my stomach pain – “doesn’t it just go away?” they’d ask, completely missing the point that I was in PAIN.
    So while I might not have experience with exactly what you are going through, I can sympathize with it and I’m praying, hoping and wishing you all the best. <3
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thank you Kat. Yeah, I must admit I feel really kind of dumb when I tell someone I’m having stomach pains. I feel like, no matter what I say, I can never fully give it justice. Or they will just never fully believe the severity. But that doesn’t matter – what matters is what we know and the steps we do to take care of OURSELVES, right? Thanks for you love and concern <3

  13. Kristy from Southern In Law | 14th Aug 17

    Oh no! Your stomach pains feel a lot like the ones I had before being diagnosed as a coeliac – and whenever I eat foods I’m intolerant too. It’s an acid feeling that feels totally weird and horrendously painful.

    Have you tried keeping a journal of what foods you’re eating and what symptoms you’re having? That’s the only way I was able to work out what I had issues with as I had so many random food intolerances that didn’t follow a pattern like FODMAPS etc.
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Agh crazy!! I’m curious to know if mine will end up being any sort of specific intolerance. My celiac test came back negative, so I’m lucky there. I am definitely keeping a daily journal. Now that I’ve just gone back to very basic food its proving to be so much easier to pin point what triggers any discomfort. I should call it my detective book.

  14. Sarah | 14th Aug 17

    Cora, I am so sorry to hear of your recent pain. No fun at all! Your healing is in my prayers. I wish I had some sage advice to offer but, sadly, I do not.
    Thank you for your reply to my comment on your post regarding low-FOD MAPS. I would very much appreciate staying in contact and sharing our experience/journey on this bumpy digestive road. Also, I am very grateful you took the time to respond to my comment. It means a lot! I have my second TCM appointment on Wednesday. So far, I think my appetite may have increased a wee bit and I am following this suggestions to avoid raw veggies and eat lots of soup.
    I did not realize you were into theatre and music. That is wonderful! I actually majored in drama so that is another thing we have in common. One of the most helpful things for me was joining an improv troupe. I was with the group for about two years and it was not only FUN it helped me break free from perfectionism. Have you done any improv?
    The best thing that happened for me this past week was hanging out with a friend who is a movie director and watching one of his favorite films. He is so passionate and knowledgable about cinematography that I was able to truly appreciate the black and white 1953 French film we watched.
    Hope you are well on your way to feeling better!

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      I’m soooo happy/relieved to hear you are noticing some positive outcomes from seeing the TCM doctor. I’m curious to know what else he has suggested for you?

      You majored in drama!! Yay!!! Oh man improv is so great, and something I think everyone should do – not just actors. It really forces you to let go of expectation and perfectionism. In fact I think a lot more people are doing improv classes now as part of a therapeutic practice. I have been on a couple teams. I love it, but I still find it quite scary.

      Doing anything with someone that is so passionate about it is so eye opening. We can learn so much from others, and I love seeing other people come alive with their passions.

  15. Ellie Pell | 14th Aug 17

    Oh Cora my lovely lady, I am so sorry to hear of your pain. What a frustrating thing to keep dealing with. Maybe it’s something that flares up once it gets triggered. Stress? Chemical cleaners? IT could be anything so be kind to yourself in this process <3
    One thing that made my soul happy this week was I made seitan for the first time. I feel like Julia Child!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      You’re right, I’m still in the phase of “it could be anything.” I’ve been feeling a lot better since going back to basics, and have been able to see more clearly what things give me discomfort. So… its getting better. Thank you Ellie.

      You made seitan!! That’s on my “to make” bucket list! I’d love to hear about your experience/what you thought?

  16. Sophia | 14th Aug 17

    Hi Cora, so so sorry to hear about your stomach troubles. I too have a “crummy tummy” but not nearly as intense as yours as of this week!! I hope you find some answers this week while finding time to relax and enjoy yourself and the apartment-searching process!! Also, I meant to comment on it but I loved your post on intuitive movement – definitely something I need to work on this year! So hard to listen to your body and REST but also move when the “spirit” compels you, especially as a fellow former athlete ? Sending love and strength!!❀

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Oh Sophia thank you so much for your comment. I’m glad you also resonated with my thoughts on intuitive movement.. It can be really hard – especially when life feels tough and I’m not doing “well” – but I’m learning more and more how much BETTER it really feels when I don’t force myself to do exercise I don’t want to do.

  17. chasetheredgrape | 14th Aug 17

    Just know that I am here for you lovely. I know our emails of late have been pretty deep but if you ever want to chat about the big or the small stuff just know I am here.
    I hope you have more sunny happy artsy filled days coming up and that your tests help you move forward in hopefully getting everything sorted out.
    And if in doubt, sing. Singing always makes me happier πŸ™‚

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thank you, lovely. I know you are always just an email away. Things have been better these past few days πŸ™‚

      And I’ve been singing lots!! Lots of Disney right now actually, haha. Singing soothes the soul.

  18. Mila | 15th Aug 17

    Hi Cora,

    I’m so sorry to hear you’ve been in such pain! Tummy troubles can make you feel crazy- I know, & the boy who cried wolf feeling <totally relate. I went through this exact same phase for a really long time. One minute you think you've made progress & then oh wow- pain, inflammation & just WTF.

    I got every test & all came back apparently clear even though I was in debilitating pain all the time. So frustrating. I still deal with the occasional bout if discomfort (stress is a major trigger for me) but mostly Ive come to a finally understand what seems to work ber for me- no raw veg, spices, nothing too fibrous, & weirdly no rough leafy greens. I'm an adventurous wholefoods eater by nature so this was a hard realisation to come to, but plain & soothing is what really works best. White bread, toast, rice etc- do wonders to calm my stomach

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Mila – thank you!!

      Thank you for saying you relate to the “boy who cried wolf” feeling. That actually really made me feel better. Sometimes I just feel annoying or crazy when trying to explain or talk to other people about this, because I feel like maybe I’m over exaggerating or being dramatic or changing my mind all the time.

      All my tests have also come out perfect. So its also nice to hear this was your experience, too – even though of course I so wish you weren’t dealing with stomach issues at all. Its just crazy how that can happen eh? I guess that really does mean it is up to us to “prescribe” ourselves and find what works for us. I’ve also been finding things like toast, oats and rice to be the best things for me. I just don’t even have a calling for any large amounts of vegetables. Its like my mind can foresee discomfort when I think about them.

  19. Mila | 15th Aug 17

    Ah- posted to soon, so sorry!

    Anyway- I will be keeping you in my prayers & I hope you find some relief & answers soon πŸ™‚

    Mila

  20. danielle | 15th Aug 17

    Oh you sweet thing! Wow, the good nuggets are great! about you and Dan moving in, and all your artistic unleashings that day.. and those pics of the beach. Wow how glorious. But the tummy pain, that sucks! I’m so curious what is going on in there. Please keep updating. The worst is not knowing what is going on with your own body. That’s like your car is making a strange noise and you don’t know why! I hate not having answers! Ok well I’m thinking about you and sending good vibes with lots of rainbows and unicorns and kittens and puppies

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      I am curious too, danielle. It is a pretty scary thing when your body is doing things that you yourself just can’t get answers to. Like – you should be able to be in control of your OWN body of all things, right!? Thank you for the unicorns and kittens. I totally felt them all the way over here and they made me smile so so big πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. Casey the College Celiac | 16th Aug 17

    Sending you so much love. Stomach problems can be so frustrating and scary and exhausting, and I hope you get some answers soon! I’m happy that I survived my two weeks of teacher training. I start grad school – and teaching my first college class – this coming Monday!
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      … and you would know!! Now that I’m experiencing some of this, I’m getting a whole NEW appreciation for people like you who have gone through much more serious GI conditions. Wow.

      Woooo!!! Wishing you so much luck this Monday, Casey!! Knock em dead – and have fun!!

  22. Alyssa | 16th Aug 17

    praying for you girl and sending you healing energy… I know that is super frustrating. And I know that dealing with GI discomfort just sucks. Keep your head up girl. You haven’t been a bad blogger either. You are showing us you’re human and I think that is the most beautiful thing. Love ya <3
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    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thank you, Lyss. Your comments always mean a lot <3

  23. Hannah | 16th Aug 17

    So sorry about the new stomach pains. That is scary. I hope those test results give you some answers. <3

    • Cora | 19th Aug 17

      Thanks, Hannah. Me too.

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  25. Kaylee | 29th Aug 17

    Oh no! (have yet to read your most recent WIR so crossing my fingers that things are feeling better stomach-wise)
    Congrats to you and Dan on that huge step! Looking forward to hearing more about the apartmenet search. My not-so-hidden HGTV self is ready to break out.
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