Updated: Jun 27, 2021
Six years ago, I was experiencing symptoms I could not explain. Some of this included, but was not limited to; hair loss, 40+ lb weight gain in under one year, heartburn so bad I could not eat or drink water, overall lack of gut health, no energy, severely dry skin, brain fog, chronic pain in my legs, migraines, and I was also super susceptible to any illness. These were just the beginning of the symptoms, and to this day it can be difficult to remember all of the ways illness impacted me mentally, physically and emotionally.
My first diagnosis of autoimmune disease was Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, I was prescribed synthroid for symptom management and I was told that I could never stop taking that medication without risking death.
But because Hashimoto's does not explain heartburn, I was also sent to a gastroenterologist, who performed an upper endoscopy and found lesions on my esophagus explained as a hive-like reaction due to allergies.
That was when I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis and I was prescribed Prilosec for symptom management, and sent on my way.