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Making Sense Of My Symptoms!

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I am doing some research on my symptoms and it led me to this site. I am not exactly sure what I am looking for here, but I guess I am hoping I can make some sense of my symptoms.

I have been pretty lazy since I was kid and was struggling with brain fog, fatigue & anxiety from the last 5 years. (btw, I am 33yrs old)

Also, I have consistently had aches & pains (back & neck)

From the past 2 years I have had trouble with

Rice (chills at night, confusion)

Sugar (Notice numbness in hands when I wake up from sleep) (no problem with sweet Fruits)

Cheese (cant recall a thing when I have it for a few hours)

Bananas, Beer.

Recently, Wheat & other grains are also having similar effect and if I eat a little more that I should, then I develop a weird Fever like feeling inside. It feels hot but don't find any temp. rise on the thermometer. I recently found Licorice tea helpful in reducing the fever.

The worst thing about this is the constant fatigue. I don't have the motivation to do anything ( workwise ).

I took a year off from work to figure this out & generally to de-stress, as I thought the stress from work was getting to me.

Finding the motivation to work again is missing, its almost been 2 years since I worked. thankfully I have some savings.. But i need to get this fixed.

I did a lemon diet a month ago and my brain felt so clear. I am hoping to get on a fruit, veggie based diet, (with nuts) for starters.

Does it look like I am allergic to gluten? (probably others)

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I get brain fog all the time...i've had it since i was a teenager (I'm 29 now)

I have inattentive ADD but i havent been medicated for it because i believe my brain fog and inability to concentrate is due to diet...I also feel tired all the time. I recently found out I have anemia (low iron) which is a symptom of Celiac. Maybe that's why I'm so tired all the time. I have a hard time getting out of bed.

I believe food sensitivities dont always show up right away...may take 48 hrs so its hard to predict whats causing it...my main symptoms are brain fog and nasal congestion...i also have constipation and diarrhea but rarely have abdominal pain. I've not sure what foods trigger my sensitivities. HIgh sugar foods may cause brain fog too

I do know that these foods always give me brain fog:

bananas (makes me jittery too)

tuna sandwich

orange pop

big mac

I would suggest that you follow a food illimination diet to find out the culprit.

I know that allergy tests can be accurate but what about food sensitivities...is there a good test for that?

Good luck

I am doing some research on my symptoms and it led me to this site. I am not exactly sure what I am looking for here, but I guess I am hoping I can make some sense of my symptoms.

I have been pretty lazy since I was kid and was struggling with brain fog, fatigue & anxiety from the last 5 years. (btw, I am 33yrs old)

Also, I have consistently had aches & pains (back & neck)

From the past 2 years I have had trouble with

Rice (chills at night, confusion)

Sugar (Notice numbness in hands when I wake up from sleep) (no problem with sweet Fruits)

Cheese (cant recall a thing when I have it for a few hours)

Bananas, Beer.

Recently, Wheat & other grains are also having similar effect and if I eat a little more that I should, then I develop a weird Fever like feeling inside. It feels hot but don't find any temp. rise on the thermometer. I recently found Licorice tea helpful in reducing the fever.

The worst thing about this is the constant fatigue. I don't have the motivation to do anything ( workwise ).

I took a year off from work to figure this out & generally to de-stress, as I thought the stress from work was getting to me.

Finding the motivation to work again is missing, its almost been 2 years since I worked. thankfully I have some savings.. But i need to get this fixed.

I did a lemon diet a month ago and my brain felt so clear. I am hoping to get on a fruit, veggie based diet, (with nuts) for starters.

Does it look like I am allergic to gluten? (probably others)

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Keep in mind that there is a difference between Celiac Disease and a Gluten Allergy. Allergies are histamine reactions, while Celiac Disease is an Autoimmune Disease. An elimination diet will help to identify food allergies, but you need blood tests and a biopsy to identify Celiac Disease. I would recommend seeing an Allergist and a Gastroenterologist. They will be able to provide you some answers. Good luck,

-Brian

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Be aware, too, however, that the blood panel and the biopsy can rule in the disease, but will not rule it out. False negatives can happen with both of these diagnostic proceedures. The only true diagnostic tool for this illness is dietary response. Good luck! :)

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Just some suggestions as I made my trek for my diagnosis. My problem is more complicated that just gluten. I cannot assimilate any and all protein correctly -- including gluten. This is a urea cycle disorder. As part of this I also have problems with sugars, molds, yeasts and such. Some of your food list indicates that may be an issue.

The lemon cleansing diet is wonderful for your liver. Try looking up the yeast free references and information regarding a Liver Cleansing Diet (it is really a great book or website to read even if you do not do the regime.)

If after taking food challenges and such you still don't have answers. If you live in a town big enough, try a metobolic specialist. There are over 41 different disorders that affect the way we assimilate proteins, carbohydrates, and fats.

Because I don't assimilate protein well, it leaves me with no energy and memory loss. I have to take amino supplements to help the gap.

Good luck and will be thinking of you.

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@Alaskaguy With regard to the timing, I think that everyone is a bit different! I used to have a shorter time to onset when I was first diagnosed (within 24h). As time has gone on, and I've glutened myself less and less, I have noticed that the time gets a bit longer.  Recent history seems to matter a bit too - if I've been glutened recently and then get glutened again, the rash will show up faster on the second round. For example, in the last 3 weeks I got slightly glutened by inadvertent
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