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Old 05.11.2015, 15:25
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Re: Allergic to Switzerland...?

Hi weertruffle,
it has been nearly a month since your post.. been feeling any better? Hope so

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Hi all,

I would never claim to have the most robust digestive system but since moving to Switzerland, things have been.....odd.

About two months after we moved here I had what at the time seemed like a bad bout of food poisoning. It took several weeks to improve, then deteriorated again and I was left with chronic runs (sorry...).

This went on for months and culminated in three days of extreme abdominal pain, which led to a hospital stay where they scratched their heads a bit, pumped me full of painkillers and sent me on my way when I could stand again.

I've had a few similar, shorter episodes before but they normally last 24 hours and then I'm fine. So why is it different now...? They had no idea, and no suggestions (bar the question, 'Do you find living in Switzerland particularly stressful?!').

Then, I went abroad for a month and things got better! Skin cleared up, happy guts etc. But now I've been back a week and I'm back to square one. I look like an acne-riddled teenager and my guts are rebelling. I'd been avoiding dairy this week because I assumed it was that but it clearly isn't.

Has anyone else had to make some culinary adjustments when they came here??
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Re: Allergic to Switzerland...?

Educate yourself because there is so much false "education" - doctors learn from doctors and "old science"

https://youtu.be/82ShSNuru6c


http://blog.florahealthy.com/beauty-...n-have-it-all/
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Re: Allergic to Switzerland...?

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Hi weertruffle,
it has been nearly a month since your post.. been feeling any better? Hope so

Thank you so much for asking, and sorry for taking so long to respond

I do feel better! I did a number of things:
1. I stopped consuming dairy and my guts seemed to calm down. This weekend I reintroduced cheese (we went to Ticino - it was in EVERYTHING) and so far so good.... So I'm hoping the problem is perhaps on the milk/yoghurt side of things.

2. I acknowledged to myself how unhappy I am here. I'm frightened that the ten years I spent building my legal career will go to waste, frightened that the job I'm doing, which I would have turned my nose up at as a graduate, is making me stupid, frightened that the resentment will start to affect my otherwise fantastic relationship, frightened that I'm so unhappy I'm in no fit state to start a family, which was the reason we wanted to settle here in the first place. Fear is present on a larger and more permanent scale than I've ever experienced before (I know there are a large number of similar and just heart breaking posts on this topic on EF).

3. I'm trying live day by day. The days are generally manageable. The people I work with are great and together we face the idiocy of what we're having to do because international legal experience counts for so little here. I go to the gym, I take beautiful walks, I come home to my lovely boyfriend. I get to do things like go to Ticino for the weekend! I LIKE living here. I am determined to make this work!

Sooo...this was a very long-winded way of saying, I feel better! Thank you for asking, that was very sweet.

Take care!!
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Re: Allergic to Switzerland...?

Good to hear you're doing better. If you suspect you have stomach sensitivities, a dairy and gluten free diet is usually a good idea, though sticking to it isn't easy if you live in a country with bakeries and cheese shops at every corner

Coming from a legal background myself, I think I can empathize with you. Though I have to say, international legal experience is valued here, not only at the International / big firms, but also at the small, local ones. My issue was that when I worked at law firms I loved the work and the clients, but the cutthroat, competitive culture was at times draining. Then I switched into another field, loved the camaraderie, but felt seriously underchallenged.

I think taking one day at a time is a good idea. Most expats will go through periods of sheer terror, where they question whether their decision to move abroad was right. I don't have advice on how to make you feel more at ease, but I do know that it takes a while to find your way in a new environment. Wishing you well
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