Friday, March 5, 2010

Health Issues

I do a lot of research on DID/MPD just to try to find answers for myself - explanations for things that I cannot explain. I have found over the years that many, if not all, people who have DID suffer from some kind of health issue or issues. I have quite a few, but my most challenging health issue are my food allergies and digestive problems. I have been sick almost my whole life. I have slowly become allergic to almost all foods and my health problems got so bad that I had to stop eating solid foods because they caused my stomach so much pain. I basically had to blend everything before I could eat it. The list of things I am allergic to would shock most people.

I have gone from doctor to doctor and have been put through test after test with no luck in finding out what is causing all this pain, confusion, and weird phenomenon. My body would swell up - my face would swell up so much it would look like I had just had all four wisdom teeth removed - my stomach would be so swollen that people thought I was pregnant - my hands and feet would swell - my ribs would swell up. Nobody could find a cause for it. All I knew was that I was in an excruciating amount of pain. This has gone on for years.

Until about 2 1/2 weeks ago. The normal person's liver functions in the 90% range. My liver is functioning at 10%. This means that my body is basically rejecting food - which explains why, over time, I have become allergic to more and more foods. My body simply cannot handle most foods. Because of my liver functioning so low, my spleen and stomach have also not been functioning properly, causing my body to not be able to digest most foods. I have been put on an extremely strict diet and several herbs and medications to repair my liver, spleen and stomach.

So far, my days have been a little better. Although I am still in a lot of pain, I finally have hope that I can be well again. I am starting to have more good days than bad, which has been a miracle in and of itself. I feel like I can finally breathe because I know what is wrong and I don't have to keep trying to figure it out. I am still sick and spend the majority of my time in bed or lying around, but I can feel my body trying to heal itself at long last. It is going to be a long process to get to feeling better but I finally have the hope I have been searching for.


  1. I'm so glad they finally figured things out! How horrible for you, feeling so awful. I have a number of health issues too but food is pretty necessary for life! I hope your liver functioning goes up to normal quickly. Is there a name for what is happening?

  2. Cait,

    As of now there is no name for it...I guess they are still trying to figure it all out. It's pretty confusing! And frustrating... Thank you for reading!