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  1. NVSmom, I had no idea you lived in Alberta. I am from Edmonton. I haven't heard of Erfa's thyroid. I will have to make another appointment with my ND to see if he can re-test my thyroid. I was only taking 30 mg of Armour for 1 month to give it a try. Then my hair started to fall out and my stomach got worse so I stopped taking it. Now my hair is coming out in clumps when I wash it. Fun times!
  2. Thank you Irishheart. I think you are right about the ELISA tests. I do believe in them somewhat though as I know I have issues with gluten and dairy. Garlic I had no idea about and it wasn't one of the foods that I ate too often but garlic is in everything so who knows. Eggs give me stomach aches and make me tired like gluten does. Maybe I don't have issues with these foods or maybe I do. I am going to give it a couple of more months and then challenge each one of them, one at a time and see if my previous symptoms return. I did feel awesome after going off gluten and my huge bloated tummy has gone away never to return. Also, I rarely ever get brain fog anymore like I used to after eating something with gluten in it. That is why I am thinking that I will stick out this diet for just a little longer even though I seem to still be having other issues with my digestion. Maybe I haven't figured everything out yet possibly?? I am supposed to see an internist this week and a gastro doctor in a couple of weeks so hopefully they can help me in some way. I have also ordered InflammaCORE to try. Has anyone tried it? Thanks again for all of your suggestions. I really appreciate it.
  3. Hi NVSmom, Thanks so much for your comments. I do try to have olive oil and coconut oil every day. I eat olives, I cook with olive oil and grapeseed oil and I eat coconut oil by the teaspoon full or bake with it. I also try to have avocados once and a while but they make my stomach upset so not too often. Maybe I am still deficient in fats? As for the probiotics, yes I am really bad for taking my pills/supplements on a daily basis. The probiotics I have problems taking as they need to be kept in the fridge and I always forget to take them. I will make a more conscious effort to start taking them on a daily basis. For the digestion part of it. No, I don't usually see meat coming out the way it went in but it does seem to constipate me. Usually when I am having troubles with absorbing my food it is with vegetables like the mixed green salad I had the other day and things like beets, corn (usual stuff). Nuts also sometimes come out the way they went in sometimes. Most of the time lately I have been going the other direction and have been constipated but I still have bouts of D every once and a while. Actually, I bought digestive enzymes with HCL the other day to give them a try. For three days I took 1 pill at a meal time and by the third day I had to stop. I had the worst burning pain through my stomach, bowels and coming out the bottom end. Maybe I have too much acid. I did have to go on PPI pills about 3 months ago as they found I had a hiatal hernia but I went off those after a month and have not had much problem with heartburn since. It is just the stomach, back and bowel problems that are still plaguing me.
  4. Marion, I feel for you! It is terrible when doctors only want to give drugs to fix you and pass you off as a depressed crazy person. My doctor actually asked if I was depressed too and I told him that I didn't think that I was but it is frustrating when you feel so crappy every day. It starts to get on your nerves. I think after these most recent test results come back I am not going to go see him again. I just hope he doesn't diagnose me with the somatization disorder the next time I see him and I will tell him why I don't want that! I am scheduled to see an internist doctor and a gastro doctor in the next couple of weeks too and the results will go back to this bad doctor. The gasto and internist doctors I actually organized on my own through my work as my supervisor knows these doctors. My bad doctor thinks I have this somatization disorder as I have so many vague symptoms and I hurt all over (mainly back and stomach) and since I want to get to the bottom of my issues just to be sure they aren't anything serious he thinks I have this disorder. Since I have never had such bad back pains in my life, I am losing weight etc. I thought I was being proactive for my own health by trying to figure it out instead of ignoring it. Could my bad back pains be a result of crappy digestion? Maybe my main issue is just my digestion and once that is solved the rest of my problems will subside too. Thanks again.
  5. Thank you! Now if I could just figure out how to heal my gut! I know my food is still not digesting well as it comes out much like it goes in. LOL sorry for TMI! So far I have been staying away from my intolerances, taking digestive enzymes, sometimes probiotics, aloe vera, DGL, L-glutamine. So far I haven't seen any improvement in my digestion. I know it takes some time but it is hard to know if what you are doing is working if the problems are still there. Do you have any other suggestions? Thanks a lot!
  6. Thanks again Cyclinglady! I seem to be staying at 105 lbs for the past week and I know I don't eat enough sometimes so maybe I do need to see a nutritionist. I have my bone scan scheduled for this Tuesday so we will see what it says. My back pain has been non-stop for the past 6 weeks with no end in sight. Uggg! I am 43 years old so menopause could be started but my doctor did test my hormones in this past month and said he doesn't think I am heading to menopause yet. The last 2 nights I haven't had any night sweats so that is a good thing! As for the Armour, I stopped taking it. I know I am bad! Every time I took it I was getting stomach aches even though I let it dissolve under my tongue so I stopped it. I don't know if I was hypothyroid to begin with as my naturopath/md told me I could give it a try if I wanted because I have low basal body temperature and most of the symptoms. My TSH is only at 1.0 this past month and my primary care doctor won't test for free T4 or T3 so I have no idea where those are at. My hair did start falling out 1 month into taking Armour and of course 3-4 months later it is coming out in handfuls now that I am off it. I don't know if I should go back on it without finding out what my levels are. As I had mentioned above, my ferritin is better at 34. My doctor said I should be in the 60-70 range. Thanks for reassuring me that this is not all in my head. I am tired of feeling crappy and would like nothing better than to be well again. It's so frustrating sometimes!
  7. Thanks Laura for your reply. Actually I live in Canada so all medical tests and documentation is on Netcare which is our electronic system. Any doctor that has access to Netcare can look up my previous tests and diagnosis. My doctor did recently check my B12 levels which were now normal as I have been supplementing for the past 4-5 months as my B12 used to be pitiful before I went gluten free. He also recently checked my iron levels and my ferritin was at 34 but for years it was at 13 and as low as 3. I had asked him to check my other vitamin levels (other B's, A and E, D etc, and he said I was fine and he didn't need to check them. My naturopath had checked them 4 months ago and told me I had really low A and E and he wanted me to supplement. I guess I will have to go to my naturopath again to get them checked. I just don't want to over supplement so it is good to know where I am at plus I am sick of my hair falling out in clumps! Sorry to hear your were so sickly too. These primary care doctors can be the worst. Thanks again.
  8. I have been feeling crappy for the past 8 years since having my son. It has only been the last year or so that I have been having worse stomach issues than normal and 6-9 months ago I decided to go off gluten to see if my symptoms would improve. I have been tested 3 times for Celiac and each time the tests have come back negative but each time I have been sans gluten or eating very little gluten. My doctor doesn't believe that I have a problem with gluten but told me I am welcome to go off of gluten if it makes me feel better. Anyway, when I first went off gluten I felt like a new woman. My bloating went down, I had so much energy and my brain fog and other symptoms went away. Then a couple of weeks later I decided to go off of dairy as I was having issues with it (stuffiness, headaches, stomach issues). I felt better for a short time and then went downhill again. I decided to go see a MD/naturopath and took the Elisa test. It came back that I had issues with gluten, dairy, garlic and eggs as the worst ones. My naturopath told me to go off them for 9 months and then re-introduce them one by one. Over the last 6 months I have been strict with my diet. I only eat fruits, veggies, gluten free grains, meat, nuts/seeds and other items that fit my dietary issues. Since then my health has continued to go down hill. I have lost 25 pounds. I am now 105 lbs at 5 foot 1. My back constantly hurts like I have been in a car accident despite self-help techniques, my stomach and abdomen have a burning sensation most of the time and I again have issues with gas, diarrhea and constipation. I am also exhaused all the time etc. In the last 2 weeks I have also been having mild night sweats and my hair is coming out in handfuls. All of my blood work has come back normal (my doctor won't test my vitamin levels though) so my doctor is reluctant to think I have anything serious going on. I have recently had an abdominal CT which has came back normal as well. He has told me that he will do a bone scan next to check for arthritis in my spine and some different blood work and if that all comes back normal then he may want to diagnose me with a somatization disorder. After reading what that can do to your health records, I really don't want that to happen! It is not like I want to feel this way every day! I believe that my gut just needs to heal and it will take time. Since I had some scarier symptoms such as weight loss, persistent lower and upper back pain and night sweats I thought it would be important to rule out the bad things first before focussing on trying to heal my gut. Now my doctor thinks this is all in my head! Have you had to deal with this with your own doctor before? Do you have any suggestions for me?
  9. Hi D, I was tested for gluten about 3 years ago by my not so helpful family doctor. He said my results came back negative but I am pretty sure he was only testing for one antibody at the time, not a whole panel of tests. I also don't remember if I was eating a lot of gluten at the time either so that could have also given me a negative result. For the past at least 6-7 years I have been sick and was getting progressively worse. I actually remember getting an endoscopy done for stomach issues about 15 years ago so my problems may have started way back when. After having my son 8 years ago I felt pretty good for the first year and then I started feeling exhausted to the point of sleeping 10 hours and waking up exhausted every day. No amount of sleep would make me feel better. Then the diarrhea and constipation issues started and I went from being a very petite 110 pound person to 130 pounds in the matter of a year. I was hardly eating anything. Mostly breads, veggies, fruit and a little bit of meat. I was only eating about 1300 calories per day and was not losing weight and my stomach was around 30" which for me is quite big. Over the last couple of years I repeatedly went to my doctor complaining of exhaustion, being bloated, bowel issues etc. and he just told me I likely had IBS and chronic fatigue syndrome. I was very anemic on and off (my ferritin went as low as 3) which he said was due to my heavy periods. Last September I woke up one morning with Bell's Palsy which freaked me out. Something was not quite right with me. I started keeping track of my symptoms and read about going gluten free. I tried a diet for a month but I was not very careful. I felt a little better. Then I went back to eating gluten. I went back to my doctor and told him that I felt somewhat better going off of gluten and would be retest me for Celiac disease. He told me flat out that he already tested me 3 years ago and since it was negative he would not test me again. He said I was welcome to go gluten free if I thought it would make me feel better. Nice huh? Then and there I decided in April that I was going to go gluten free and be really strict this time. The first three weeks I felt like a new women. I had lost 8 pounds, my bloated stomach was almost gone, I was walking 16-20 blocks a day at lunch, my body aches almost all went away. It was wonderful! A couple of times in that period I got glutened when eating out and I got sick right away so I saw that gluten does have a negative impact on me for sure! It has almost been 3 months and I am down to 117 pounds from 130 and my stomach went down in size from 30" to 26" inches. I don't see any bloating in my stomach anymore except for when I get glutened. Do I wish I was tested for celiac? Yes! but I am not willing to go through a gluten challenge to find out. Sorry about the full life story. Thanks for telling me about your intolerances. It would be hard to give up most vegetables as you have too. I am still new to this whole diet change thing so I appreciate you telling me to ask away! The rice milk I bought is made by Natura. http://www.nutrisoya.com/boissonRiz.php It states it is gluten free right on the package. Now I read that rice milk may have arsenic in it! ugggg! I am left with hemp milk or coconut milk if I switch. Thanks again,
  10. Thanks everyone for your replies and tips! I really appreciate it! As mentioned in my original post, for this past week or so I have been feeling really terrible including extremely bad heartburn. I went to see my doctor yesterday and he put me on some DGL (chewable licorice supplements) for heartburn, gastro relief, L glutamine powder, a potent probiotic and more gastric enzymes. Today I am feeling so much better already. I still have a ways to go but so far DGL has been doing wonders for my heartburn! I still feel tired but my nausea has almost all but subsided too. Anyway, I posted this message in the Food Intolerance section of this message board but I thought I would also paste it here as it helps to explain why I was feeling so bad this last little while! I needed to also cut out eggs, almonds and garlic which I was eating in abundance every day. Duh! I just received my results from my food intolerance panels from Meridien Labs (testing for IgG4 and IgG antibodies). I am so thankful to have these results as now I can start on the road to recovery! I ended up doing both food panels (which included spices) for a total of 196 allergens and most of my results were in the low range with a few main ones in the high to moderate range. High (avoid): All dairy and casien, garlic, egg whites Moderate (avoid for 6-12 months and then challenge): gluten, almond, egg yolks, alfalfa, grapefruit, kidney beans, chili powder, tumeric, navy bean, malt Low (but in the high range of the category): vanilla, corn, white grape, water cress, water chesnut, kale, beef I have been avoiding all gluten for the past almost 3 months and I felt amazing for the first 3 weeks after going off it and then I had a homemade pizza with cheese on it and got really sick and decided to go off all dairy for a while. I sort of knew that I had a problem with dairy as when eating it I was always stuffed up with sinus headaches, clearing throat constantly and sometimes diarrhea. As well, everytime I have eaten sunny side up eggs in the past I have gotten an itchy throat. I told my doctor about it so he did an blood based allergy test and it came back negative. I continued to eat eggs up until yesterday when I got my test results. I also noticed that every time I ate eggs I had brain fog and was extremely tired. Now I know that eggs don't agree with me! Now as for almonds I eat them every single day as either almond milk, almond butter or as regular nuts. Last week I had some almond butter right before bed and as I was falling asleep I kept gasping for air in my sleep. I would wake up and my heart would be beating very fast which would make me scared to go to sleep. I didn't put two and two together at the time. No wonder I have been feeling really crappy lately! duh! My doctor has said that I will be eating mostly meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds (except almonds). So far I am starving on this diet but I have been incorporating coconut oil and avocado to fill me up. We are off to Disneyland next week with the kids and I know they have lots of gluten free options but dairy free, egg free, garlic free and almond free is going to make it a little more challenging to eat. I know this is going to be challenging as gluten-free baking usually involves almond flour and now I also have to use rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk etc. instead of almond milk. Garlic and egg seem to be in everything too unless you only make your food from scratch. That said, I am still happy that I had this test because being sick sucks and hopefully in time I can feel back to my old self again. Yah! Do you have any tips or experiences you can share with me about your own food intolerances and how you cope? Also, if you have taken the ELISA test, have you been able to reintroduce some of your moderate level foods? Thanks!
  11. I just received my results from my food intolerance panels from Meridien Labs (testing for IgG4 and IgG antibodies). I am so thankful to have these results as now I can start on the road to recovery! I ended up doing both food panels (which included spices) for a total of 196 allergens and most of my results were in the low range with a few main ones in the high to moderate range. High (avoid): All dairy and casien, garlic, egg whites Moderate (avoid for 6-12 months and then challenge): gluten, almond, egg yolks, alfalfa, grapefruit, kidney beans, chili powder, tumeric, navy bean, malt Low (but in the high range of the category): vanilla, corn, white grape, water cress, water chesnut, kale, beef I have been avoiding all gluten for the past almost 3 months and I felt amazing for the first 3 weeks after going off it and then I had a homemade pizza with cheese on it and got really sick and decided to go off all dairy for a while. I sort of knew that I had a problem with dairy as when eating it I was always stuffed up with sinus headaches, clearing throat constantly and sometimes diarrhea. As well, everytime I have eaten sunny side up eggs in the past I have gotten an itchy throat. I told my doctor about it so he did an blood based allergy test and it came back negative. I continued to eat eggs up until yesterday when I got my test results. I also noticed that every time I ate eggs I had brain fog and was extremely tired. Now I know that eggs don't agree with me! Now as for almonds I eat them every single day as either almond milk, almond butter or as regular nuts. Last week I had some almond butter right before bed and as I was falling asleep I kept gasping for air in my sleep. I would wake up and my heart would be beating very fast which would make me scared to go to sleep. I didn't put two and two together at the time. No wonder I have been feeling really crappy lately! duh! My doctor has said that I will be eating mostly meat, fruit, vegetables and nuts and seeds (except almonds). So far I am starving on this diet but I have been incorporating coconut oil and avocado to fill me up. We are off to Disneyland next week with the kids and I know they have lots of gluten free options but dairy free, egg free, garlic free and almond free is going to make it a little more challenging to eat. I know this is going to be challenging as gluten-free baking usually involves almond flour and now I also have to use rice milk, coconut milk, hemp milk etc. instead of almond milk. Garlic and egg seem to be in everything too unless you only make your food from scratch. That said, I am still happy that I had this test because being sick sucks and hopefully in time I can feel back to my old self again. Yah! Do you have any tips or experiences you can share with me about your own food intolerances and how you cope? Also, if you have taken the ELISA test, have you been able to reintroduce some of your moderate level foods? Thanks!
  12. Maybe I have issues with bananas, quinoa and celery too. Yuck! I am thinking I have a leaky gut because a year ago I could eat anything I wanted without noticeable problems. Uggggg... These are the ingredients for the fake cheese. The reason I picked it was because it was dairy, casein and whey free. Filtered water, tapioca flour, palm fruit oil, non-GMO expeller pressed canola and/or safflower oil, pea protein, coconut oil, inactive yeast, salt, vegetable glycerin, xanthan gum, vegan natural flavours, gum arabic, lactic acid (vegan, for flavor),titanium dioxide (a naturally occurring mineral), natural smoke flavour, vegan enzyme. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I appreciate it.
  13. Ok, the porridge I was eating is called boring porridge (flax seeds, sesame seeds, shredded coconut, chia, goji berries, red dates, sea salt) so no oats but this company does make oat cereal so maybe there is oat cross contamination going on. Their product is certified gluten free/wheat free. I think I will take a breather from it anyway in case one of the ingredients is causing me problems.
  14. Thanks Notme! Can I ask what you were eating when you started on your boring elimination diet?
  15. I actually just started the hemp seeds a couple of days ago. Maybe I am reacting to that too! This is so frustrating! I am going to have to google an elimination diet to try. I don't know if it is healthy just to only eat chicken and rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day.