Could be a dairy intolerance?
and I am just throwing this out here for your consideration, because the same thing happened to me and to another member (I'll let her pipe in here if she wants to) and I knew full well it could not possibly be a gluten reaction..
If you do not have a thyroid problem or some other health issue, perhaps it is a histamine intolerance.
In me, high histamine levels from certain foods cause Major BLOATING (like the michelin man) flushing (red skin on my face, neck), sores on my scalp, a very painful burning sensation in my skin, nerves, and muscles --and causes them to "lock up" like I am the tin man--especially in my back and neck. It can give me a migraine, make me feel "down" and sluggish and then, it causes watery, burny BMs and painful spasms in my colon from time to time. I can be okay for a few days, then Bam!
Instant fatigue and feeling sick after I eat, no matter what food it is.
Yet I have no clinical IgE-mediated "allergies" (I have been tested)
I researched my brains out and read that a build up of histamine in the body can occur in people with an impaired gut..Makes sense--- and the symptoms abate when I cut out these foods. This is not an allergy, okay? It is an intolerance, secondary in celiac and other gut-wall impairing diseases. We just do not hear about it because only doctors in the UK seem to be aware of it.
My GI doc acknowledges this is a histamine response in me, but he did not seem to know what to do for it except, take the foods out that are high in histamine ( for a few months) and add them back in --in small increments until you find your tolerance threshold.
This gut impairment will create an intolerance to foods high in histamine because we lack the enzymes
- Diamino oxidase enzyme (DAO)
- Histamine-N-methyl transferase enzyme (HNMT)
that regulate histamine..
Examples of foods/substances that may increase histamine levels resulting in symptoms including digestive problems, headaches, bloating, fatigue, skin rashes. mood swings, insomnia, etc. are:
- Alcohol, particularly red wine and champagne. Also white wine and beer.
- Aged, smoked, canned fish and fish sauces. Tuna fish, mackerel, sardines, anchovy, herring, catfish, salmon.
- eggs (baked in things seem okay)
- Smoked and processed meats such as salami, ham, bratwurst and bacon
- Certain vegetables: tomato, spinach, eggplant, avocado, mushrooms and canned vegetables as well as commercially prepared salads
- Certain fruits: strawberries, bananas, papayas, kiwi, pineapple, mango, tangerines, grapefruits, red prunes, pea
- Red wine vinegar, balsamic vinegar
- Soy sauce
- Sunflower seeds
- Black tea
- Some fruits: esp. citrus, bananas, strawberries, red prunes, kiwi, raspberries, papaya
- Bread and confectionery made with yeast
- Peanuts, cashews, walnuts
Drugs/Substances that may block intestinal DAO
- N-Acetyl Cysteine
- Amino guanidine
Read this well-researched article here:
and more here:
also, the book:
What HIT me? Living with Histamine Intolerance by Genny Masterman
and the lowhistaminechef.com
See if these symptoms sound like you.
Just a suggestion.
Hope you figure out what's happening.. Believe me, I know how maddening it is to have symptoms occur that do not make sense.
Good luck and let me know if you need more info.
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