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I was diagnosed with psoriasis early on, many years before I began having any dietary/gluten issues. Like you, one of parents also had psoriasis - my dad. After being diagnosed gluten intolerant and going gluten-free a year ago, within DAYS I noticed a huge improvement in my psoriasis. I asked my doctor if there might be a connection, but he seemed skeptical. The changes were hard to ignore.
I still have psoriasis, but it's slightly more under control (especially now that's it's summer and it's getting plenty of sun exposure - I find this really helps somehow, in safe doses). I rarely have flares and I don't get new spots any more. I do have a number of other resulting food sensitivities and unfortunately am still mysteriously weak (and have days when I need to eat everything to stave off nausea) a year later, but I did find a strange immediate correlation between cutting out gluten and improvement of my psoriasis.
I definitely get severe nausea that can only be relieved by eating and eating and eating. Currently, I am not waking up starving (but have in the past), but now can't even get to sleep because I am completely starving (after already eating way more then usual). This week, I've been eating in excess of 1300 calories. At this point, I am very bloated and feel disgusting, but it's the only thing that relieves the nausea.
My question for all of you is about consistency. After almost a year of being gluten-free (with a few minor slip-ups early on), I find that these periods of extreme, excessive hunger aren't consistent at all. I went through an initial phase of crazy hunger in the beginning (and gained back the 15 lbs I'd lost leading up to my diagnosis), and that makes sense to me. I needed it. However, after coming down from that, I still have days or weeks still where all of sudden I need to eat everything! Seemingly without explanation, my body "decides" it needs more and more calories. If I don't supply these calories, I become incredibly nauseous. I've yet to find any connection or trigger. Does anyone else experience unexplained, inconsistent spikes in hunger or caloric intake? Any idea what causes it or how to cope?