I finally made the trip I've been looking forward to for quite some time. I'd been to 7 different doctors, and none could tell me what is wrong with me or what is causing my symptoms. I thought the Mayo Clinic might finally provide the answer, but once again, no answers.
A brief history:
Two years ago, I ate whatever I wanted (very poor diet consisting of fast food, sodas, and a lot of sugar) and never experience an allergy to anything. I had a hemorrhoid issue that was causing stress to life, but that was my only real health issue. In March of 2012, I had a banding procedure to remove internal hemorrhoids, and suddenly my health changed. Within a week, my hands began to hurt to the point that washing dishes, turning a door knob, or picking up my 18 month old daughter was almost unbearable. I initially thought I had RA, but after seeing four rheumatologists (including one at Mayo), I'm pretty much convinced I don't have RA or Lupus. The hand pain eventually migrated to my wrists, knees, hips, and finally jaw. Over time, I began getting popping in my wrists and shoulders. I know have considerable popping in those two areas as well as my jaw. In September of 2012, I saw a nutritionist who did IGG/IGE bloodwork for food sensitivities. She told me I was intolerant to 30 foods tested: Egg, carrot, coffee, lemon, green peas, rye, tuna, yeast, asparagus, cashew, crab, lobster, peanuts, safflower, walnut, yogurt, barley, cauliflower, gluten, malt, black pepper, sesame, watermelon, cantaloupe, cheese, grape, milk (cows), pineapple, tomato, wheat.
Because I was willing to do anything to feel better, I tried to cut out all foods on the list. I noticed that the change in diet began to make the joint pain better (although it didn't go away). However, this diet has caused me to go from 156 pounds to about 130, give or take a few pounds depending on the day. My metabolism is just too high to maintain weight with this diet. From March of 2012 to February 2013, I went from my GP an orthopedic surgeon, to a nerve specialist, to 3 different rheumatologists. I also saw an allergist who told me I didn't have food allergies. After the third rheumatologist told me to come back and see him when I was in more pain, I gave up and started planning to make the trip to Rochester for the Mayo Clinic. I've never had any SWELLING in my joints even on my worst days, but they do get warm.
So here I am today. I've had numerous blood tests done and just finished a battery of them at the Mayo Clinic. I also had a joint scan done and urine/stool tests. I've previously had a bone scan as well. All results are normal. I've spent thousands on tests, MRI's, X-Rays, bone scans, joint scans, and consultations only to be told I'm a healthy person according to all the doctors. I was also told at Mayo that the IGG/IGE tests done by the nutritionist were a scam and I need to go back to eating more foods. He told me there was no such thing as "leaky gut," that it was a hoax.
The problem is that food is tied to the joint pain and the POPPING! If I eat things high in sugar or off my list, my joint pain gets worse almost immediately. I can tell a difference in the popping within 10 minutes of swallowing some foods.
I'm now having stomach/gut pain (started about 2 months ago). It comes and goes, and the real problems are the joint pain and the popping. I can't go 10 minutes without my shoulders popping, and it's frightening. My wrists begin to feel tight like they're going to lock up, and then they pop when I move them.
While I'm not certain I'm intolerant to the 30 foods listed, I am certain that I am to ones I've tried. And food is tied directly to my joint pain and popping.
I am having my first colonoscopy and endoscopy done this week (mainly to rule out anything crazy like a tumor or something). I haven't eaten gluten for 9 months though, so they won't be able to do a biopsy for Celiac. Mayo did a gene test for Celiac and I do not carry the genes, but they told me that doesn't completely rule it out (confused).
Has anyone had popping in their joints or joint pain without real stomach issues? Even if I don't have Celiac's disease, I know I've become intolerant to many of these foods. I've never had any bleeding even with the hemorrhoid issues.
I'm very frustrated. I feel like I'm on an island with no help in sight. But, I'm still looking for answers. I thought maybe someone on this board could provide some insight or clues to my issues.