I was 38 years old and healthy. I was running marathons, eating a near vegan diet and had never had any issues with my weight, digestive health or foods (other than a shellfish allergy). That all changed on Jan. 4th 2013.
I noticed lower belly swelling and a really full, tight feeling in my stomach. I thought I must have eaten too much the day before or maybe I was starting my period. The swelling that started that day never stopped, and over 3 years, it would fluctuate daily, sometimes as much as 7 cm (almost 3 inches) which made wearing pants with buttons impossible.
Over the course of 3 years, I have seen:
- 2 family doctors
- 5 naturopaths
- An endocrinologist
- A dermatologist
- 4 GIs
I have had countless tests done including:
- Muscle testing
- Saliva testing, etc.
And everything came back normal.
Doctors looked at me like they thought I was crazy
I knew I wasn’t. I eliminated this food and that, went on a 4 day rotation diet and was at one point eating only meat. I lost 12 pounds off an already thin frame. My hair fell out (I had to wear a wig), and I had dark circles under my eyes.
Something was wrong with my body, and I would not accept the doctors with their comments of “it’s stress, you’re fine.” My family doctor finally sent me to a digestive clinic where they tested for SIBO with the lactulose breath test. I was positive. Finally, a diagnosis! I was ecstatic. I got my prescription for flagyl and was sure this digestive nightmare would be over.
10 days of flagyl antibiotic didn’t help. So I was prescribed another antibiotic, rifaximin and flagyl. 10 days of that didn’t help. I was still testing positive. Flagyl and rifaximin for 14 days was prescribed. Slight improvement for 2 weeks and then symptoms returned. I was losing sleep, devastated and desperate for help.
I found Dr. Norm’s website and at 2 am I set up a consultation with him
I have had 6 Skype consults with Dr. Norm. He is warm and friendly, and I felt like he was on my team, not going to give up until we figured this out.
I followed the Fast Tract Diet and the other written recommendations he sent after each Skype session being sure to stay in compliance with his advice. Slowly but surely, my symptoms improved. I started implementing Dr. Norm’s advice in November 2015 and 4 months later, I am able to wear pants with buttons without having to worry I will be bursting out of them by the end of the day.
My constipation has improved, and I no longer have that awful full feeling after only a few bites of food. I am not fully healed yet. This has been an over 3 year battle for me, and my intestines have been through a lot.
But, after all the specialists, diets, meds (pharmaceutical and herbal) I have tried, Dr. Norm’s recommendations and the Fast Tract Diet have helped my symptoms the most. I cannot recommend Dr. Norm enough. I feel like there is light at the end of the tunnel and I am getting my life back.
Pam, Toronto – Canada