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rustycat

Member Since 05 Sep 2010
Offline Last Active Nov 17 2013 04:05 PM
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#724269 Tinnitus And Balance Problems/mild Vertigo

Posted by rustycat on 20 August 2011 - 10:24 AM

I found that my tinnitus was related to a salicylate sensitivity. It's a deficiency in how my body handles salicylates (and other phenols, too), which are very high in fruits, spices, herbs and some vegetables. There's a great information site if you Google "Salicylate Sensitivity". There seems to be a connection for some celiacs.

Peggy, I thought about it because you mentioned you felt worse after eating biryani - does it have a lot of spices?

Going gluten free helped me somewhat, but I knew that there had to be something else because I still had issues with rosacea and tinnitus. I've also had vertigo a few times. A rosacea site led me to the salicylate issue and my rosacea is much diminished now. My tinnitus is directly correlated with salicylates, I have found. It may be something to look into.

I hope you find a solution.
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#676160 Living W/ Gluten Eaters

Posted by rustycat on 17 February 2011 - 11:56 AM

Would you be able to get one of those big Rubbermaid type containers with a lid that you could put anything into that needs to stay gluten free and store it somewhere out of the way? I have 2 separate drawers and dedicated counter space in the kitchen for my pots, pans, cutting boards and measuring cups, etc, but I understand that you might not have room for that. Just to be extra safe, I wash my counter top frequently and I try to keep my food on dishes or the cutting board while I'm working in the kitchen.
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#664948 Please Help My Sister By Sharing Your Story

Posted by rustycat on 02 January 2011 - 11:00 PM

In my case, I have had a lifetime of anxiety and depression. Some of the other neurological symptoms were slurred speech, brain fog, rage and poor memory. I've only been totally gluten free for just over 3 months, but the change in my mental state is noticeable. My emotions are much calmer and I've only felt rage once in that period (may have been accidentally glutened), where it used to be a several times a week kind of thing. My rages left me feeling so out of control and I could never figure out where they came from, since they seemed out of character for my personality (pretty laid back).

The main symptom that I still struggle with is the brain fog and I've heard from others that it can take longer to improve than some of the other neurological symptoms.

I feel sad for the time that I've lost to this disease. Sometimes I felt like I was losing my mind. It was frightening and the doctors blamed a lot of my symptoms on stress. I wish I'd known that the solution was so simple.

Revenant, I hope your sister can give the diet a try, at least for awhile, and not lose more years of her life to the effects of gluten. She's very fortunate to have someone who cares as much as you do.
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#663476 Angry About Food In General!

Posted by rustycat on 27 December 2010 - 11:15 PM

Please vent away. You're not the only one feeling left out with all the food around at work.

I'm still pretty new to this new lifestyle, too. It's been a huge adjustment for me. However, when I have a really good day and my back's not hurting and my anxiety and depression are gone, I feel like I'm singing inside. There's definitely a social price to pay for feeling good. It seems to be worth it.

Be gentle with yourself as you go through all the feelings associated with distancing yourself from gluten. People here say that it does get easier with time. I'm hoping that's true.
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#654900 Heopathic Meds On Gluten

Posted by rustycat on 19 November 2010 - 09:54 PM

Here's another vote for staying away from the liquid ones that are made with alcohol. I had a definite gluten reaction to one brand. It didn't occur to me at the time that the alcohol could be made from grains and I won't make that mistake again!
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#646965 Diagnosed Celiacs And Not Following The gluten-free Diet 100%?

Posted by rustycat on 17 October 2010 - 12:36 PM

I have fairly mild symptoms that manifest mostly as anxiety, depression and C. Even though my blood test came back negative, I took the advice of the person I spoke to at the local celiac support group and went from gluten light to gluten free a few weeks ago.

It was the best decision I ever made. I had no idea what it felt like to not have anxiety all the time and feel emotionally stable. A couple of days ago, I was accidentally glutened and all of a sudden the anxiety was back. It was a very good reminder why I am doing this.

If I felt no improvement at all, I think it would be very difficult to be this strict about my diet.
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