I was Dxed with hypothyroidism in 2008 and lost my once fabulous memory as of late '07 (26 at the time). Since then, I'd always assumed my memory was related to my thyroid, questioned doctors about supplemental T3, had neuropsych testing only this past spring which I'm pretty sure confirmed that I had definite short term memory losses (it was certainly obvious to me), and a clean MRI. Hashimotos encephalopthy was being considered, but never pursued (no other neuro symptoms).
I've had a good gut all my life.
I had a severe gut pain attack in October 2011 that I chalked up to food poisoning. Throwing up, diarrhea.
I had another attack January 2012, another in March, May, June, July (the latter two were a month and a day apart). In June, I had gone to another endocrinologist for a second opinion about the memory thing - He recommended being tested for CELIAC'S, sleep apnea, B12 (its always been fine), maybe some other basics. He suggested celiacs without even hearing about my gut.
I also had a terrible rash on my foot which no salve could cure.
After the July attack, I knew it couldnt possibly be constant food poisoning and went to my GP who suggested trying the gluten-free diet. My antibody tests and others were negative including abdominal ultrasound.
I did the diet July 19-Aug 10 and avoided my august attack. My foot rash pretty much disappeared, so I had to cancel my august dermatology appt.
Started back on gluten. Got the attack again mid-september (1 month and a week after re-starting gluten). The pain was so bad, I called the gastro doctor's office in tears, begging for an earlier appointment. The pain is so nauseating I'll make myself throw up because the constriction offers some relief. I'm on the toilet every 10-15 minutes. Episodes usually last a whole day 7am-5pm, but I have had some shorter.. 7am-2pm. I re-started gluten-free after september. Early october, I had a club sandwich and had a much more minor attack on Oct 16th - which I truly wanted to believe was food poisoning because I had eaten 1.5 week old cheesecake (gluten-free, no less - ha!) - the pain was "different", I was able to sit comfortably for a few minutes, I also didnt have the mental and systemic fatigue that I usually do, and it lasted only a few hours.
My theory is that possibly I have the ill-understood "gluten intolerance", where it builds up to unacceptable levels throughout the month until it reaches threshold and explodes.
IS THIS PLAUSIBLE? ANY OTHER THEORIES?
I see the gastro on Dec 10 and have been gobbling gluten since end of November in preparation.
Atypical Symptoms (?), 1 Monthly Attack
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