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MaureenW

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  1. Hi I'm new too! I have many autoimmune problems as well- many that you listed including migraines, kidney and gall stones, fibromyalgia (I'm pretty sure I have this - not diagnosed) and many bowel problems. At my last doctor's appointment, my Dr. told me that it was "normal" to have all of these problems together- I just had a "sensitive immune system" and most of her patients with migraines also had fibromyalgia, celiac, connective tissue disorders, etc. I just couldn't live with giving up finding a source of all these problems. I couldn't give in to being sick all the time. So I went back on the internet for the umpteenth time. I found this video by Dr. Peter Osborne super helpful in explaining the difference between celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, and the link between gluten and all of the other immune system problems many people with gluten sensitivity have: http://glutenfreewor...ease-diagnosis/ (go down to the middle of the page to find the video by Dr. Osborne. It's 37 minutes long but well worth your time.) After seeing this video, I have eliminated all gluten (including corn, rice and any and all grains- not just the typical wheat, rye etc.) from my diet. It's been 3 weeks now and I have had a huge improvement in all of my symptoms! Part of the improvement is probably that I've had to eliminate all processed foods because corn or corn syrup or corn flour or corn something seems to be in everything. In eliminating all processed foods, I've also eliminated BHT, dyes, colors and lots of other things that may be making me sick. So basically I just eat chicken, fish, some nuts, and fresh fruits and vegetables. It's not easy, but the reward has been so great I don't care! I'm not cured- that's for sure. I still get migraines- but way less often, and for some reason I'm light-headed almost all of the time. But having come off of 9 months with constant migraines, I'm a happy camper right now. And bowel problems have all but disappeared. I'm going to try to add back certain foods one at a time.But in the mean time, I'm getting back to work and enjoying my family more now that I'm not in bed so much. I hope this helps you!