Barbara’s son John, 19, woke up one morning complaining about extreme stomach pain. Despite a number of examinations, the pain persisted for many weeks and, when he was scoped, his doctor diagnosed him with Celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder in which the ingestion of gluten can lead to damage in the small intestine. So John changed his diet to avoid gluten and other foods that might aggravate his situation, but the pain still came and went. Doctors even told him that his pain was “all in his head” and that nothing was really wrong with him.
But after experiencing more pain, John was given more tests to analyze stool samples and blood. That lead to doctors prescribing a cocktail of various antibiotics and medications, but none of it had any effect on his intense abdominal pain. Doctors then reverted him back to a careful food regimen, cutting out corn, potatoes and other starches. Four years had passed since his first attacks and he still was suffering bouts of pain in varying intensity. John then went to another doctor and this one diagnosed him with Lyme disease whose symptoms can include fever, chills, headache, fatigue, muscle and joint pain, and swollen lymph nodes. He then underwent treatment for this very serious ailment including another heavy course of medications.
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