Hello everyone! I've been landing on this message board and website often, via google searches, and finally decided to register tonight because I'm having some problems and would love some feedback.
A brief introduction to me/my symptoms:
Chronic Migraines/stomach aches since age 6
Debilitating back pain starting at age 13
Joint and muscle pain and stiffness
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Constipation and nausea
Stinging/numbness/pins and needles
Hives and rashless intense itching
Photosensitivity and Hyperacusis (sound sensitivity)
Brain fog/cognitive issues
Chronic sore throat
I was tested for nearly every neurological and auto-immune disorder under the sun. Lyme, RA, Lupus, etc. Finally diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which I was not satisfied with, as while I believe it's a real thing, I knew it's not what I had. I thought I was going crazy and that everyone figured I was a hypochondriac or malingerer. It wasn't until about a year ago that it was suggested that it may be a food allergy and or auto-immune, which made sense. To make the rest of the story short, the last time my back went out (in mid-October), my PT (who is celiac) couldn't figure out why my inflammation was not reducing after 3 weeks of treatment. She suggested I try no gluten. As I began to think about the possibility that I may be intolerant or celiac, I realized exactly when the symptoms got worse, and what I had been eating (a LOT of gluten...a lot a lot).
I went cold turkey and have been very diligent about living gluten-free (I also eat 100% organic/non-gmo) for the past month. I felt some detox symptoms the first week, but could tell immediately that I was starting to feel better. The last few weeks have been somewhat of a miracle, knowing that I don't have to feel like garbage every day of my life, and it's a rather simple solution.
Fast forward to last night, I accidentally ate Kellogg's Corn Flakes (mixed into a casserole). Went to bed with a headache and woke up this morning with a migraine and sore throat. By mid-day, I felt like I was going cray-cray...heavy depression and sadness - totally disoriented and dizzy - felt like I needed to jump out of my skin and couldn't be around anyone.
I can only assume this is a normal reaction, and that after cutting gluten out completely for a month, I am much more sensitive. Has anyone else experienced these types of symptoms? And, is there ANYTHING I can do to alleviate them?
Sorry for the long post - any pieces of advice/stories of your own are greatly appreciated.