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How Do You Explain Brain-Fog To People

01 July 2013 - 06:11 AM

"Brain fog" is difficult or embarassing to explain/justify to others. I probably come across as lazy, because I am always in a fog or daze, and cannot get tasks done on time. I always take naps, which makes me look lazy. Saying, "I'm sorry, I have a mysterious disease that hinders my cognitive abilities and makes me very tired" isn't very well understood by most people, and just looks like an excuse to not do things. But I literally cannot function normally. I am frustrated with myself for not being as productive as I should be.


My sister thinks I am exagerrating and it's in my head. It is true that it's in my head - these "head symptoms" are interferring with my life..it is probably not just a food problem causing my symptoms. I have cavity prone teeth as well, which I have to do something about. She told me it is my fault that I haven't gotten my health problems solved yet, which is partially true. But my family thinks everything will be cured if I see as many doctors as possible, and I know that is not true.

What Causes Neurological Symptoms

21 June 2013 - 12:51 PM

I have been on a gluten free diet for about a month now, and my health was beginning to improve. But I was still skeptical about whether I am gluten intolerant or not, so yesterday I did a "test". I consumed 2 pieces of gluten pizza and a gluten muffin. The pizza did cause any symptoms right away. But later I ate a muffin and shortly afterwards felt like I had been drugged or poisoned. Brain scrambled and odd thoughts/behavior. Very unclear thought pattern and mental confusion. Often times, this goes along with poor coordination, slurred speech, headache. Maybe these symptoms are tied partially to fatigue, however it does not seem like the usual "food coma" type of symptoms that people experience simply from eating too much. The neurological sort of symptoms are the usual ones I have always dealt with after consuming a food with wheat/gluten, but I had been in denial that it was actually gluten causing it, without definitive proof that I am gluten intolerant. However a few people on this forum with celiac/gluten intolerance seem to report the same/similar symptoms. So are these common gluten intolerance symptoms, and how do they manifest?


It's been nearly 24 hours since I consumed gluten and the headache/brain fog feeling persists, only worse. I hope it goes away soon, because right now I can't think clearly/concentrate or accomplish any work that needs to be done. Just writing this forum post has been a challenge, I've had to revise it several times just to make sure I am making sense. I find it odd that my brain is effectively stunted after consuming gluten. I wonder if it's just fatigue - blood to the stomach/intestines and away from the brain, or some sort of inflammatory response, and can actual brain damage occur over time?

Pre-Made Mixes Vs. Individual Ingredients

25 May 2013 - 01:04 AM

I have a question for anyone experienced with gluten-free baking..is it worth it to buy all of these gluten-free flours and baking ingredients individually, or should I just buy the pre-made mixes (they seem like a cheaper deal)? Also, can you recommend any products or recipes that are good? I want to make baked foods that taste like the real version. I am also wondering if it's necessary to buy a bread machine.


In particular, I would like to make bread for my mother. She wants to try a gluten free diet but likes to eat bread, specifically raisin bread or blueberry bread. I have no experience with making real bread, let alone gluten free bread. All of the gluten free bread I've tried tasted pretty bad, and didn't compare to wheat bread. I tried to make cinnamon raisin bread with a Bob Red Mill mix package, and it was very heavy. I didn't mind, but my mother didn't like it. She's picky.


If anyone knows of a bread recipe or pre-made mix that is light, and tastes close to real bread, I would appreciate if you share it.

Is This Possibly Dermatitis Herpetiformis?

17 May 2013 - 10:26 AM

I have no official diagnosis of celiac disease, but I experience symptoms similar to it. However, I'm not brave enough to have an intestinal biopsy. I haven't been adhering to a strict gluten free diet due to a lack of confirmation. I have a family history of Crohn's disease, which seems to be linked to Celiac disease. I had a celiac blood test, which came back negative. Even if I do not have celiac disease, it seems like I do have an intestinal problem of some kind. I also have typical symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, and I know that consuming wheat/gluten products makes me ill.


Recently I've had rashes on the back of my legs. For about two months it comes and goes, in the same area. I took pictures when it was the worst I've seen. I've never experienced this degree of a rash before, but I've always had red bumps form randomly on my chest, back and arms.


I recently read about Dermatitis Herpetiformis and it's connection to celiac disease. I would like to know opinions of anybody experienced with this, if this rash could possibly be that. I don't experience much itchiness however, which I read is a symptom of DH. Sorry, the images are ugly. :unsure:





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