For the past two weeks, I've been getting random bellyaches. It's not only unpleasant and painful, but also scary. I wonder if I am getting an ulcer, if my fibro-related IBS has taken a turn for the worse, or worse yet, if I have cancer. Because I have so many "food sensitivities" (I am told not to call them allergies), I of course suspect that I am eating something that disagrees with me. But what?
Yesterday, I ate breakfast and had no pain, but after lunch, I developed a stomachache. This is what I ate: a small stir-fry with ¼ pound of shrimp, broccoli and mushrooms. For seasoning, a little white wine. Since I've never had a problem with the veggies or seafood, I suspect the wine. For dinner, I have ¼ pound scallops, red cabbage and mushrooms. No white wine, no tummy ache.
Today, I have a different breakfast, no tummy ache. For lunch, I have 6 oz tilapia with broccoli and mushrooms, no wine, no tummy ache. For supper, salmon, mushrooms and yellow squash. No wine. So far, no tummy ache—BUT I may not have waited long enough yet.
If I get no tummy ache, does it prove anything? Nope. Could have been a bug that is gone now, or something else. What I need to do is repeat it, without and WITH the wine—see if I can replicate the results. Even then, it could be coincidental. Or not.
I don't know any reason why wine would give me a tummy ache. I don't know it's the wine. But it might be. I don't know any other way to find out, do you? The doctors never seem to have any answers. Or, not enough of them to help with all the issues that crop up. So I keep trying, a little bit at a time, to keep myself healthy and safe, experimenting with a sample size of one: me.
I am certain of nothing but the Heart's affections and the truth of the Imagination- John Keats