The Attack of the “Killer” Autoimmune Disease

Why yes, my celiac disease is acting up and it’s annoying the crap out of me. Okay, so celiac is not actively killing me. This autoimmune disease is just killing my motivation because I have no energy.

I am tired, thanks to my autoimmune disEase

Since moving to Mexico. I’ve had a lot of nausea and even some throwing up due to having gluten.  It has been frustrating to say the least.  Most expats living here mention they were somewhat sick in the beginning, too. There are definitely adjustments to our bodies with the different bacteria in foods here.

But sometimes, the differences are delicious. The plain yogurt is better, just saying. It is made with a different strain of bacteria. I believe this change will be good in the long run, but it’s another challenge of living abroad. Sometimes, your stomach is a bit upset. And if I eat gluten, my stomach gets really upset.

meme that says "I was so cute when I thought I was tired back before I had kids. So cute." It isn't my favorite.

Anyone with a chronic disease/autoimmune disorder, especially one that is poorly managed, shoudn’t feel bad when moms post this. Moms ARE tired. So are people with autoimmune disorders. It isn’t a competition.

Celiac and me

I have been enormously tired this weekend. At first, I thought it was merely due to a late and restless night of sleep. However, it has persisted and gotten worse. My muscles are tired. This all-too-familiar feeling is different than not getting enough sleep. Those with autoimmune disorders understand this. In fact, I’d call my time before my celiac diagnoses among the most tired years of my life. And it was worse than having a very needy infant who ended up not sleeping through the night for almost 3 years of her life, while I also had an early rising toddler to care for. Autoimmune disorder tiredness is nothing to dismiss. And many people do. It really did impact my younger years and traveling.

I even passed up a Girls Day Out day trip to San Miguel de Allende ver the weekend. Of course, I was experiencing some of my usual anxiety about leaving my kids, but I was also really tired. And being tired won. It wasn’t just mental, it was physical, too.

Yesterday, I felt so run down that I took a short nap. Normally, I can’t sleep because I drink a lot of coffee. It wasn’t an issue this time. And today, more celiac bull crap: upset stomach, tiredness, and vomiting. Not fun.

Tired with an autoimmune disease. Picture of a bulldog who is sleeping while sitting up, "me before coffee."

Do you even coffee?

What now?

Someone told me it takes 2 months to adjust to things here, food-wise. A few days before our two month anniversary, I doubted this to be at all true. I still felt pretty sick! However, the nausea has really cleared up in those three days and I am eating normally! Even with my celiac acting up right now.

Since the tiredness is clinging to me, my only option is to do my best to avoid anything I’m unsure about. If it is prepackaged and doesn’t say “gluten free” or “sin gluten” on it, then I will avoid it. I will probably avoid restaurants until we go on vacation. Hopefully, that will be enough to heal my gut!

I want to get back to my muscles feeling normal and not run down. I have a long list of places to visit! And I am taking the kids.


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2 thoughts on “The Attack of the “Killer” Autoimmune Disease

  1. Amy says:

    I’m so sorry about your Celicac. I went gluten free for a year trying to help my tummy troubles. For me going dairy free was finally helpful. It’s a shame no one tells us about these things! I’m glad you were able to find out what helps you. You might enjoy my website too, I have a gluten free recipe section. Your website is beautiful, by the way. I’m looking forward to reading more as a new mom who’s a little daunted by travel!

    • Natalie says:

      Thanks for commenting! I’ll check out your website – I’m interested in all things gluten free!

      There are times when it stinks having to be gluten free (like going to a restaurant), but it’s been my normal for long enough it isn’t so bad when I’m home.

      I’m glad you found what bothers your stomach. It can really be a long, tough road to figure out food issues.

      Traveling with kids is certainly tough at times, but it’s so worth it. My kids still talk about our trip to Wisconsin that happened 18 months ago!

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