Christina Haack is feeling hopeful.
In a detailed Instagram post, the Flip or Flop star, 38, revealed she's been battling "extreme stomach pain" for years without a known cause, but she was excited to reveal that a new doctor is finally helping her get the answers she's been looking for.
"As I sit here in Tennessee I feel super grateful for where life has taken me. I love that we have a home where we get total peace in the woods where it’s just us doing our thing," she started out her caption. "In the past I’ve let stress and being overwhelmed get the best of me and I’ve ignored what was going on with myself internally."
The HGTV star then recapped the health woes she's been secretly experiencing.
"I’ve suffered on and off since 2016 with extreme stomach pain. It has been written off as stress and doctors have tried to put me on all the pills / meds but luckily I realized masking it wasn’t the answer," the HGTV star explained. "I wanted to fix the problem so I really focused on my nutrition and it seemed to get better but then last year it was triggered again and all of a sudden the stomach pain was back…"
"With autoimmune, anxiety can cause major flare ups and my biggest thing I’ve notice being affected is my digestion / gut health," continued the mom-of-three. "Basically if I don’t eat SUPER clean I get a horrible burning sensation."
She recently "found the right doctor" who didn't just suggest medication. Instead, he did "a full endoscopy and GI testing for SIBO [small intestinal bacterial overgrowth]."
"Now just praying everything comes back ok and some rounds of antibiotics will kill off whatever bacteria it is that’s damaging my GI tract," Hacck said. "I’ve talked to a lot of people about this and just want to advocate how important it is to trust your own health instincts and not ignore things going on in your body."
The Christina on the Coast star concluded her post by vowing to take care of "myself, mind, body and spirit," and to spend more "quality time" with her kids and fiancé Josh Hall. Best of luck!