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EricaM15

Member Since 12 Feb 2013
Offline Last Active Mar 26 2013 09:16 PM
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Eye Discomfort

19 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

I reacted to almonds this past week and I'm still working on figuring out other possible intolerances. After I reacted to almonds, I noticed it became uncomfortable to wear my contact lenses, and eventually I'd have to replace them. It felt as if dirt was stuck to them, but no matter how much I cleaned them or soak them in contact solution, they were still uncomfortable. The discomfort was only relieved when I replaced them with a new pair. Today, I'm still having some slight discomfort, but I can't figure out what it could be. Is it possible I'm sensitive to something in my contact solution? I can't give up wearing contacts. I have terrible eyesight and my glasses are so heavy that it makes my ears hurt if I wear them too long. Or is it possible that when I react to foods, it does something to my contact lenses? Has anyone else experienced this?


So Fed Up

16 March 2013 - 10:49 AM

Yesterday was my birthday, and my parents insisted on taking me out to a restaurant after I had told them that I'm most likely sensitive to cross-contamination. I felt paranoid during the whole meal, just watching myself for symptoms. My mom has a way of making me feel guilty for being so sensitive and continually asks what she can cook for me. At this point, my diet has become restricted to fruits, vegetables, and seeds (no potatoes or legumes). I'm still unsure about nuts since I had a reaction to almonds this week. I honestly don't want to eat anything cooked in my parents' kitchen because I'm afraid of cross contamination, but my mom acts like it's her duty to cook food for me, and I'd rather she just prepare raw vegetables to avoid the chance of contamination. Anyways, this restaurant had plenty of gluten-free options, but very few that I could eat because I'm sensitive to grains. I ended up getting a salad with cooked pears and beets, and after eating it, I felt tired and had a headache. Then my mom tells me I have to go to a family friend's Bar Mitzvah party and eat the special meal they ordered for me, at a restaurant where I'm sure they won't segregate my food when they cook it. She doesn't seem to believe me when I tell her that cross-contamination is probably an issue for me. I don't know what to do. I'm tired of my parents acting like it's just paranoia, and then my mom seems to act like I'm burdening her with information every time I find a new sensitivity. I'm already stressed about this enough. I'm simply trying to be careful because I know I'm extremely sensitive given the fact that my diet has become so restrictive and my parents make me feel guilty for it. How do you deal with friends and family?


Nut Intolerance?

15 March 2013 - 08:32 PM

I've been having a few almonds here and there this past week, and now I'm noticing my symptoms returning a bit. My face looks bloated, I have trouble sleeping, brain fog, a bit of joint pain, and some GI upsets occasionally. Does this mean I should stay away from all nuts, or only almonds?


Travel

15 March 2013 - 06:25 AM

I was hoping to do some traveling in the future, but at this point I'm not sure how that would be possible with how restrictive my diet has become and my potential level of sensitivity to cross-contamination. I have very severe symptoms and went a long time without diagnosis (still haven't been, officially), so I'm assuming I'm highly sensitive. I was wondering if anyone has tips for managing their diet while they travel. I started eliminating foods at the beginning of last December, and now I'm down to fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.


Lost Almonds Or Cc?

10 March 2013 - 02:05 AM

I seem to have lost a number of foods already. I'm down to a diet of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds--although the legumes may have been a CC issue. I stopped eating nuts for a couple days for no reason. I simply I ran out and didn't feel like eating any at the time. Yesterday, I got almonds and ate a whole bunch. There was no contamination warning on the label, but I'm not sure I trust it. I woke up with seemingly darker eyecircles today, which I always get after discovering an intolerance or possibly cross-contamination. I thought maybe I was imagining it, but it seemed like my eyes got worse thoughout the day. By the end of the today, my left eye was bloodshot and irritated. I had no bowel issues until later today after eating some more almonds. At around the same time, I had a salad with pea shoots that were processed in a facility with wheat (it said on the package, but I stupidly decided to risk it). After that, I started feeling tired, warm, bloated, gassy, slightly dehydrated, had some diarrhea, drank some water, and then it stopped. The episode only lasted a few hours and was very mild. The rest of the night, I've been unable to satisfy my hunger for longer than a couple hours. I decided to try sprouting my nuts tonight to see if that would make it easier for me to digest them, though I'm not sure if the nuts were the issue or if I was glutened from possible CC from the sprouts and the thing with my eyes is just in my imagination. Any suggestions on how to deal with this?