My name is Danielle. I am 24 and live in New York City - and I can't eat gluten and I love to eat - Starting to see the problem?
I'm not certified by a doctor but it all started in January - I went from normal human adult to someone I didn't recognize. I had a major sinus infection. It lasted for weeks - now I'm use to having a stuffy nose as I suffer from hay fever from birth - but nothing like this, It was scary. I had major stomach pains and even went to ER because I was nauseated and couldn't keep anything down - along with major constipation. I was sent home with a slap on the wrist and pills - it did nothing. My cold did go away along with the stomach problems - but it got worse before better - for about two months I dealt with on again off again sinus pressure ( It felt like an elephant was on head - everyday!) twitching muscles - nerve pain - joint pain -a popping jaw - wrist and feet pain (it felt like needles!) - a clogged ear a painful throat - a swollen tongue - painful swollen lymph nodes - always tired -headaches everyday and gum pain. Seriously if you put this into Web MD it would say your dead. I thought that I was falling apart. At times I even cried because I thought that this was my life and it would be a tumor or cancer. I got anxious and depressed. It turned into hypochondria. The youthful girl who loved to eat and laugh was no more and it happened in a mere few months. I was in constant pain and was prepared to live my life like this.
Until one day I was reading Fitness Magazine and it had an article about being tired. I read through it and just like it was written for me. It was an article on Gluten Intolerance. Now I heard of it, as I had a friend from work who could not eat it either - but I didn't believe it. I was 24, why now would my stomach decide to not accept carbs anymore. But just as my thigh twitching right now I knew something was wrong with me. Followed by rashes and the doctor telling me I was anemic I had developed a food allergy against my bread and butter(literately!).
All symptoms are pretty much gone except these glands mostly behind my ears and my neck hurt on and off everyday but they are not swollen. Is this withdrawal? Its been a full week with absolutely no cheating and im still in pain - should I be patient?
Any advice is loved and welcomed