BarBlumeMember Since 18 Jul 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2012 06:43 AM
I've recently self-diagnosed myself with Celiac Disease.I've suffered the majority of my life with emotional and physical symptoms. When I was about 12 I began having pain in my legs. The dr. had no idea what the trouble was (can't blame him really, that was over 40 years ago). The pain progressed as I aged and I became exhausted as well. Growing up I knew I was capable of succeeding but my health always got in the way of jobs, school, relationships etc. My emotions were all over the place even as a very young child. As I aged, married, had children, and became a busy homemaker things became worse. I was too busy to stop completely but I was a physical wreck. I began using many supplements because I knew I was depleted in all or most of my nutrients. I had no idea why (also I was always anemic as a child). Eventually, I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia (I had such horrible pain, especially when I had a major gluten flair up that I felt like I had the flu). I raised three boys and was in an emotionally abusive marriage but felt so stuck because I couldn't care for myself and I knew it so I remained in the marriage (I no longer am married. I divorced ever though I was still ill).I was slowly dying and didn't know what to do. I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder, I had Meniere's Disease, I had psoriasis,suffered with foggy thinking, horrible anxiety, lack of concentration, hyperactivity, pmdd, insomnia, if I had any ibs symptoms I wouldn't hardly notice because everything else was so much more prominent. I was so anxious that I was petrified of driving somewhere I'd never been before. I couldn't think straight. I was depressed, scared, the list goes on and on. I am only gluten-free for a few months. I am able, for the first time in so many years, to make plans and know that I can keep them. This illness has affected relationships in so many ways. I am in my 50's now and feel for the first time that I can live my life. I eat very limited but healthy foods. I am so happy to feel well that I really don't care that I can't have most of the foods I always ate. They were poison to me and I've finally rid myself of what has ailed me for all these years. I'm glad to have found this forum. I look forward to learning from all of you.
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