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Member Since 03 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Jul 25 2014 06:16 PM

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In Topic: How To Deal With Unsupportive Friends?

22 September 2013 - 12:25 PM

I tend to not tell my friends about it mostly because they really don't understand and I can't expect them to. It really only comes up if we are eatting together, but even then I go about my gluten free diet as normal regardless of their comments or sighs of disgust.

I rarely tell my friends about my experiences being glutened and really only disscuss this with my partner who believes and has seen me glutened. I learned at a really young age, when I was chronically ill, that people aren't interested in hearing about illnesses all of the time. Try to find support in other parts of your life, like here because we all know what its like, and accept that your friends will never get it. Hopefully they will tolerate it rather then torment you about your choices.


Honestly, I take the time with my friends, who don't understand my illness, as a chance to disconnect from the way I am feeling or my bad health experiences. It gives me the time to forget about it and focus on other aspects of my life.

In Topic: Heart Palpitations

22 September 2013 - 12:11 PM

I had this problem for months before I stopped eatting gluten. I went to the hospital and had 147beats per minute, the nurse said it was because I was worked up but I wasn't. It happened a lot after I ate for no apparent reason. It would take hours for it to calm down and would sometimes cause me to be sick. It also came with a lot of acid reflux, when I was put on nexium, it calmed down. It didn't completely stop until I went on a gluten-free diet.

In Topic: Otc Relief From Gluten Symptoms

08 August 2013 - 05:11 AM

Interesting. Curious on what makes this different from other digestive enzyme pills?
It could be beneficial for someone sensitive to gluten but not celiac.

In Topic: Any Tips On Controlling Anxiety And Depression?

06 August 2013 - 05:58 AM

I didn't suggest benzos in my previous post as a cure all pill. I should say with my expereince of using them I did not use them on a regular basis because they are highly addictive. I only used them when the anxiety was severe, they are something to be taken on a case to case basis and not as a long term medication. They aren't a preventative long term solution to anxiety or depression but if you have suffered from severe anxiety attacks, the resulting limitation of the attack that a benzo has is very reliving.

The withdrawls are minimumal when they are used this way, if you do happen to suffer withdrawl symptoms from one or two doses at a time. Not only that, the half life of some is quite long for such a medication and the effects can be felt for days afterwards. I can imagine how horrible it would be to take this medication everyday without researching how it works. The more you use benzos, the more you build up a tolerance for it and the higher your chance of becoming addicted.

In any case, if you can find other ways that don't involve medications then you are better off unless you find a doctor that is willing to do their research to help you find something that suits you very well. It can be a difficult task when they are confident and pushing of one medication that obviously isn't providing you and relief.
I still choose to opt out of medication because of this reason and try to resolve my anxiety through therapy, diet, etc.


In Topic: Any Tips On Controlling Anxiety And Depression?

04 August 2013 - 09:41 PM

I've dealt with anxiety and depression for much of my life and I can say in my case that medication hasn't helped but only caused further problems especially with Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRI's) and SNRIs. A lot of medications have really bad withdrawal symptoms and it can be very had to get off these medications, brain shivers are probably the worst feeling. In the case of taking medication for depression an anxiety, it only really covers up the symptoms rather than getting to the root of the problem.

I find the only medication that has helped me from time to time are benzodiazepines but they are addictive to many people, can be easily overdosed, and many doctors refuse to prescribe them. They also help very well with  interstitial cystitis, often taking half a normal dose can result in immediate relief for weeks afterwards as well as a heightened mood. But again, Benzo's are something that you cannot mess around with, they interact with just about any medication and the potential for a lethal accidental dose is high.

I have found that seeking out professional help has provided me with a better stepping stone to understanding why I feel the way I do. But also taking steps in changing my diet and adding in supplements where I need them. Low iron causes me to have severe panic attacks for example. Reducing the amount of caffeine in my diet has also alleviated some of my anxiety.

I cope by trying to prevent myself from sitting down and thinking bad or morbid thoughts. I try and keep myself occupied and force myself as hard as it may be sometime to just do something. If you allow yourself to sit and think, it gets overwhelming.

I find that valerian root can do wonders for anxiety but you can't take it all the time because it looses it's ability to calm you down. I never had success with st.johns wort but some people have luck. Again, these will interact with other medications so you have to really do your reading and be careful.

If it really comes down to requiring medication for anxiety and depression its best to really find a professional because there are many many medications and if you are on the wrong one it can spell disaster. I was on Effexor (SSRI) and it increased my morbidity emotions in my head but they lacked any real emotion. IN all honesty, I could have killed myself without even knowing what I was doing. It can be scary to discover this so I caution you when it comes to medication, they can do the opposite of what they are supposed to do.


I find that having a pet or an animal in my life alleviates anxiety and depression but it really all depends on if you are an animal person or not.

Finding what triggers my anxiety also helps too, for example a certain situation might cause me a lot of anxiety. I try to deal with things as best as I can but I have to remind myself that it is okay to remove myself from these situations if it becomes too much. I've had to force myself to be more positive throughout my life and to just accept life as it is. I can't plan for everything and stuff just happens so I have to accept it rather then worry about it all the time. There is no way I can control everything that's going to  happen in my future so the best thing to do is to put on your seat belt and prepare the best you can but accept that what happens , happens.

Hope this helps.


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