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  1. Quinoa has definitely been on my list of foods to add to my diet, but I can't seem to find it here. I might end of ordering it online, if problems persist and I can't get ample protein back in my diet. Thank you for all the recommendations.
  2. Thank you for all the advice. I think you are right about the radiation, I'm eating the same veggies and fruits everyone I know is eating and no one else is having problems, plus I think the symptoms would be slightly different. I was always planning on buying local, but I've been lazy about memorizing the kanji, thank you for the push, I'm going to look try this next time I'm shopping. I decided against the visit to a hospital or doctor because my symptoms started to improve. I'm guessing it is a complicated array of things that were going on, but I'm starting to feel better by hugely increasing my caloric intake and avoiding foods that are people are commonly intolerant to. Once I feel okay again, I will try to narrow down which ones I have sensitivities to. Thank you again for all your help.
  3. I'm a little nervous about this now as I do eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit that could be contaminated. I'll try figuring out whether that is the problem. I hope they will check for this when I see the doctor. I'm not sure how to get iodine supplements yet, but I looked up what foods have iodine in them and Nori seemed to have a bit, so I ate all the Nori seaweed I had and will buy more soon to see if this helps at all, until I find some iodine supplements. Thank you for the links and the advice.
  4. I hope you will find the help you need in the end. My thoughts are with you in dealing with this problem, it's hard and isolating to deal with it here in Japan. Thank you for the recommendations, I'll look into getting some imported things. I'm perfectly fine with cooking everything for myself and will cook a ton of it, when I finally figure out what I can and need to eat. Thank you again for all the help.
  5. Thank you all the kind words. I appreciate it so much, its hard to express. I will see a doctor soon. I finally realize these problems are too serious to not just go see what they can tell me and deal with the money issue later. I've started aggressively taking vitamin D and B12 supplements to see if this will help. I want to exhaust my options before I give up my vegan diet. Again, thank you so much for your response. Everyone here has been so helpful.
  6. To be honest, I haven't taken any precautions really to avoid radiation poisoning. I'm living in Niseko, which is near Sapporo, it's an international ski town. No one else here seems to be experiencing any problems, but I don't know anyone that is eating the way I do. I will look into this more. Thank you for the response.
  7. I'm going to cut out soy and see if that helps. I have eaten a lot of it in the past, as with gluten, so I'm guessing there is a good chance I have a sensitivity to it now. I want to do everything I can to stay vegan. When I hit my low my resolve was wavering, but it will take a lot and all other options exhausted before I give up my dedication to veganism. I hope I can find a protein source as well. Thank you for all the advice.
  8. I realize I will have to face a challenge possibly some day down the road, but I'll deal with that when I get there and I'm okay with it. I was just done with the irregular BMs and I don't want to go back to gluten right now. I've been dairy free for 8 months since I turned vegan, but I will take your advice and avoid soy for now to see if that helps. I'm also going to get a check-up soon. Thank you so much for the help.
  9. Thank you. I think I'm done trying to figure this out myself and I'll just have to pay whatever it is to get the check-up. I have some Japanese co-workers and friends and one will probably be able to go with me. I think you're right that I need to deal with all the issues and don't pin to much on the gluten part. I'm going to get some tests done and see what they say. Thank you again, I need this push to go to the doctors.
  10. Hello. My name is Eric and I'm writing this as a last ditch effort. I have read other posts on here and feel awful for their suffering, but I'm inspired by the help and hope people provide. As I am writing this I am having a very hard time concentrating, like I'm in a fog. So please bare with me. I am living in Japan currently. I am a seasonal worker in the ski/snowboard industry. I supervise a shop in northern Japan at an international resort town. I am 25 and thought I was a fairly healthy person, I wasn't paying very close attention though and simply neglecting many problems, until recently my health has been crumbling. The problems started as severe weakness and chronic fatigue mainly in my legs. Along with that I have problems concentrating and my short term memory is not the best often. I have problems with seeing as well, mainly things far away, object close to me are much easier. I have lost a lot of weight as well and have a hard time staying warm. Recently, I had a random bloody nose. My vision often pulses in a way and seem to have a short attention span too. None of these things happened to me with any regularity before now. I am fairly positive that I am gluten intolerant, but do not have the means to get tested here in Japan, as I am not in the financial position nor do I speak Japanese well enough or even know how I go about seeing a nutritionist here, nor am I sure they would know how to help. I am a vegan and I have been trying to adhere to a very strict gluten free diet for a week or so and the symptoms seem to fluctuate slightly, but I feel bad a lot more often than good. I am at the point where I am paranoid about every thing that I eat. My diet for the last couple days has been reduced to rice, edamame, and some fruit, and vegetables. This is so hard to express the full situation and I don't even really know what to ask about, I just know I need help and I am breaking down, its overwhelming and I can feel myself entering depression. Anything would help, please.