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Sara2200

Member Since 04 Apr 2012
Offline Last Active May 11 2012 09:26 AM
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Does This Sound Like A Gluten Sensitivity? In Desperate Need Of Help.

04 April 2012 - 10:12 AM

Hello everyone,
The past 5-6 years I have been struggling greatly with awful depression, anxiety, ADD and inability to learn new things. My self esteem has plummeted to an all time low, which is saying something considering my highschool years. I have been in college for a few years now, and while my first couple of years went pretty great since I took very easy classes that mostly required logic or english, which is something that I'm usually good at, I am now having immense struggles keeping my grades up because it is just impossible for me to remember what I need to. I've even failed a couple harder classes, I just simply could not keep up with the reading and the memorization. For a couple years now I've just been thinking it was my intelligence, that I was cursed with a much lower IQ than my peers and that's why everything is so much harder. In my desperation I have been researching all I can to find out why this is happening. My mom has a gluten sensitivity, although most of her symptoms were physical ones, but she inspired me to look into the possibility of me also having a gluten sensitivity. I think maybe this could be causing some of my problems. I plan to go gluten (and mostly if not all dairy) free in a couple weeks when I have some extra money for gluten free grocery shopping. Below I have listed some of my everyday difficulties... Can anyone with a gluten sensitivity relate?

While cooking I'll read an ingredient from the recipe, walk to the cupboard to get it and by the time I'm there I've forgotten what I'm looking for

Stopped watching movies because 20 minutes into it I'm already lost because I can't remember what has happened

Dislike speaking to anyone I'm not close with since I often have to struggle for the right words or the pronunciation of words. I have to really think hard to form responses. Am absolutely terrified of public speaking as a result. I have also avoided interacting with new people for a few years, the few friends I have I have only gained because I was somehow 'forced' to spend time with them.

Am always tired, could literally take a nap every 2 hours that I'm awake

Have to reread paragraphs in textbooks at LEAST twice, often up to 4 or 5 times before the info sinks in. But by the next page it is gone.

Will look at the time and 2 minutes later have to look again because I have forgotten what it was

Overwhelming anxiety comes on quickly and without warning, so bad sometimes I throw up

Dislike driving; completely avoid left turns because I'm afraid I won't be paying enough attention and oncoming traffic will hit me; dislike 4 way stops, hard for me to remember when it's my turn

Often feel shaky, light headed, and my heart beats quickly

I have been diagnosed with ADD and anxiety (I understand that instead it could just be a food sensitivity) and have been on Adderall and various depression/anxiety medications for the past few years (depression medication since I was in high school and had SEVERE depression which landed me in an ambulance/72 hour psych ward stay after an overdose) , which worked great the first year, but has lost it's effectiveness.

I am definitely addicted to gluten products. In fact, growing up I ate WAY more gluten than anything else, my mom wasn't a big meat eater/cooker, and I probably only ate the recommended amount of protein once a month or so. Now it's probably a couple times a week that I eat enough protein, due to the fact that my fiance is a big meat eater. But I literally used to only eat carbs day in and day out, with lots of dairy products. I have recently discovered I have a dairy sensitivity that has been causing most of my near constant headaches. I can handle limited dairy, say a bit of shredded cheese and sour cream on tacos, but if I eat more than that in one day I have bad stomachaches and headaches for the next day.

Can anyone give me some insight please? I'm so, so desperate. I am returning to school this fall after a year off and will do anything I can to make my last couple of years easier and to get better grades.

Thank you so much in advance!!!
--Sara