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JDThornton

Member Since 26 Nov 2012
Offline Last Active Dec 10 2012 05:49 AM
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In Topic: Should I Push The Issue With Doctor?

10 December 2012 - 05:52 AM

I have very similar symptoms, and have been given similar tests (4 MRIs, 3 CAT scans, and 2 EEGs, among others). I got three different diagnosis from a number of doctors, the most popular of which is migraines, as you said. I am pushing, primarily because my neuro and GI symptoms have affected my work a lot this year, and I would like to be able to show my employer a diagnosis that tells them I'm not making things up.

Isn't it funny how everyone thinks you're a hypochondriac when your symptoms are "invisible"?

I think the final choice is up to you. I have an allergy test scheduled for the 19th, immediately after which I will be going gluten-free. I have an appointment set with yet another doctor in January, but my symptoms are getting out of control, and I've decided not to wait to see him to go on the diet.

Best wishes to you, and I hope you'll keep in touch about your decisions and your success on the diet, should you choose to do it.

Good luck!

In Topic: To Be Nosy Or Mind My Own

06 December 2012 - 05:39 AM

I think you just answered your own question. :) Everyone thinks I'm crazy too; my own mother has mentioned hypochondria a couple times. But it's real and it's out there. You don't have to turn it into an argument; just mention the basics and suggest a full panel. Good luck!

In Topic: What Age Did Everyone Begin To Have Symptoms?

05 December 2012 - 06:19 AM

Mostly all my childhood. More severe at 18. Sustained since 26. I am now 29.

In Topic: Might Skip The Biopsy... Thoughts?

03 December 2012 - 08:32 AM

Thank you everyone!! I think an allergy test should be sufficient, then I'll be going on to the gluten-free diet. Bought a cookbook for gluten-free comfort foods this weekend, so I'm ready! :) Thank you all for your advice. I am glad to be here!

In Topic: Restless Legs

02 December 2012 - 06:41 PM

Calcium is a natural muscle relaxant, and when we cut out dairy, we tend to not get enough. Do you take a non-dairy calcium supplement? It might help.

I have RLS too, and sometimes if it's really bad I have a little valerian tea; it tastes horrible, but I mix it with peppermint and chamomile or catnip, which are also relaxants. Helps a lot, and I sleep like a log. But you have to have 8 hours of sleep at least when using valerian (I think it does come in pill form, but I like natural herbs, so I've never tried it).

Good luck!