Long story short, I had an upper endoscopy last Tuesday.
Turns out, lupus truly IS affecting my weight loss. My rheumy had said so — that it sometimes is from the lupus and there’s no explanation. But now there is an explanation…
I don’t know the fix yet, but I do know this whole autoimmune deal involves everything … things you wouldn’t even consider. Or at least I didn’t consider..
The GI specialist said there was still a medium amount of food in my stomach — almost 12 hours after I had last eaten. And all I had was some ice cream and half an apple a little bit before bed.
To add to that, the inside of my stomach was raw and red. So basically, my stomach acids are attacking my stomach and not my food, which leads to my complaint of feeling full for too long and not being hungry often enough (and that led to the referral to the GI).
I think it’s odd. I knew my body attacked itself, but not the point where it would ignore FOOD and not digest it properly b/c it’s so intent on attacking me!!
(Oh, and the pain meds obviously don’t help with the stomach lining issue… But what can you do about that?!)
So that’s my news for now.
I’ll *try* to update in my journal in two days when I get the results.