The truth about living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Non-Autoimmune Diseases

Eosinophilic Esophagitis diet – dairy fail

It has been almost a year since I was diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).  A rare, but becoming more common, allergic disease which causes difficulty and pain swallowing, and inflammation and scarring of the esophagus.

I thought it was a minor thing, being that I have Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis, I figured EoE would be nothing more than an annoyance.

I was wrong.

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What is Eosinophilic Esophagitis (Oesophagitis)

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), also known as allergic esophagitis, is an inflammatory disease of the esophagus.  In Eosinophilic Esophagitis, the lining of the esophagus is infiltrated with eosinophils, a type of white blood cell that cause inflammation in the presence of allergens.  Food allergies are most often the suspected caused, but environmental allergens can also play a part.  People who have Eosinophilic Esophagitis often have other allergies as well, such as hay fever and asthma.

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Rheumatoid arthritis and losing your appetite

I don’t have an appetite.  People joke and say “I wish!” but it is not a good thing.  What it means is I find it hard to eat, I can’t enjoy food, and while food is primarily nutrition – fuel for your body, it is also a huge source of pleasure, and social interaction.  People gather for a meal to enjoy it together. If you don’t eat, people notice, and sometimes become uncomfortable.  And enjoy their own food less.  Or they don’t eat either. (‘Oh if you’re not having cake, I’ll just have coffee too…’).  It’s awkward to say the least.

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