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Just when I thought the docs were done with me ,one of them comes up with this <_<

Now I have to test my blood sugar multiple times a day, record the test results and show them to my doc on my next visit .

Thats it ,,,,, food is truly trying to kill me :ph34r:

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I had roast pork, a baked sweet potatos with sour cream and a ( pretty large :rolleyes: ) dish of unsweetened cherries last night for dinner . My blood sugar was 154 after dinner and was 41 :ph34r: this morning .

:o I think I am in trouble here.

I have given up soooooooooooooo many foods and my diet is soooooooooooo limited ,, I really have no idea how to eat to deal with this

When I give my doc my testing results he may want me to see a dietitian but TRULY I have NOOOO ABSOLUTELY NO confidence in a dietitian trying to tell me how to eat .

Any suggestions???

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I was having this same problem for the longest time and it's horrible and kinda scary so I feel for you.

To start with, does your sugar drop like that during the day or just at night?

That dinner was higher in sugar then in protein so it makes sense that your sugar bottomed out. It's possible that if you had a protein filled snack before dinner that it would have counteracted the amount of sugar in the sweet potatoes and cherries.

If just eating protein before bed does not help then you would also have to limit the amount of sugar that you intake. For example, to keep my sugar where it needs to be I have to try and limit my sugar to around 30g of added sugar a day and also eat at regular times. It's not easy and it's a pain in the rear end to figure out how much sugar is in what I put in my mouth and making sure that I eat, but it's worth it since I haven't had a hypo problem in over a year.

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I had roast pork, a baked sweet potatos with sour cream and a ( pretty large :rolleyes: ) dish of unsweetened cherries last night for dinner . My blood sugar was 154 after dinner and was 41 :ph34r: this morning .

:o I think I am in trouble here.

I have given up soooooooooooooo many foods and my diet is soooooooooooo limited ,, I really have no idea how to eat to deal with this

When I give my doc my testing results he may want me to see a dietitian but TRULY I have NOOOO ABSOLUTELY NO confidence in a dietitian trying to tell me how to eat .

Any suggestions???

Hi, this is my first post....I haven't felt knowledgable enough about most things "gluten" to offer help...I been lurking and learning, lol. - but I have been living with this particular little gift for 4 years. (Yeah, yet another complication of Celiac I think).

On the one hand it's a complicated area - you have to find your own limits, but on the other hand, it's EASY. You simply have to keep your sugar intake at any one meal low (I have to keep it at 7-9 grams), keep away from refined carbs in general, and balance carbs that you do eat with some protein (or fat).....

This means that you don't have to cut ANYTHING out, for example if I want to eat something sugary, I look at how much sugar is in it and make sure I don't go over 7g sugar. This could be 2 gluten-free cookies, but NO MORE and make sure it's after a healthy meal of veggies and protein.

I'm not sure if this is of any help, feel free to ask more!

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I was having this same problem for the longest time and it's horrible and kinda scary so I feel for you.

To start with, does your sugar drop like that during the day or just at night?

I just got my meter and start testing/ tracking yesterday ( right before dinner) so these where my first test results ,, and I have to say they are pretty scary to me .

I am having trouble during the day also which was why I went to the doc to start with . I did not realize how low I am going in the AM until I tested this AM

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Hi, this is my first post....I haven't felt knowledgable enough about most things "gluten" to offer help...I been lurking and learning, lol. - but I have been living with this particular little gift for 4 years. (Yeah, yet another complication of Celiac I think).

On the one hand it's a complicated area - you have to find your own limits, but on the other hand, it's EASY. You simply have to keep your sugar intake at any one meal low (I have to keep it at 7-9 grams), keep away from refined carbs in general, and balance carbs that you do eat with some protein (or fat).....

This means that you don't have to cut ANYTHING out, for example if I want to eat something sugary, I look at how much sugar is in it and make sure I don't go over 7g sugar. This could be 2 gluten-free cookies, but NO MORE and make sure it's after a healthy meal of veggies and protein.

I'm not sure if this is of any help, feel free to ask more!

Your post is of help thank you for posting :) I am feeling pretty overwhelmed right now but I am sure I will have questions at some point .
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As has been said, if you're not hooked on gluten-free substitutes, and cookies and candy in general, it's not a terribly hard adjustment, comparatively. You don't have to **eliminate** anything.

You have to balance your fat, protein, carbs, and fiber. Carbs spike blood sugar - sugar fastest, complex carbs more slowly. Fat, protein, and fiber all slow how quickly your body breaks down carbs (by simply being another component ony our stomach). So, you have to find the ratio of these macronutrients that allows your body to digest sugar slowly enough that your pancreas responds well (doesn't produce too much insulin, thus causing your blood sugar levels to plummet quickly).

For me, when I had the worst trouble with hypoglycemia, I found a 25/25/50 to 30/30/40 ratio to be around the right spot for me. It's different for others, so you definitely need to ind your sweet spot.

I also had to often space out my meals - two or three snacks a day was vital! Carrying good food was a must. Not a candy bar, though I found some of the Kind bars and a few other ones were sufficient.

One things that worked for me is that being diligent with those ratios allowed me more freedom with them with less blood sugar swings. As though I retrained my body to deal with varying amounts of sugar, and I retrained my brain not to make choices that would vary sugar widely. That leaves me better able to handle having a piece of cake, for instance. Just not often. :) And I now my body well enough now to know if I've eaten sufficiently in balance to do so without getting symptoms.

It's worth noting that different people respond slightly differently to different foods. Some of that may be people, so the food. Many people find bananas too high in sugar and prone to cause a blood sugar spike (and subsequent fall). I rarely found that to be the case. But I eat my bananas very firm (less ripe) than many people do, which is when their complex carb count is higher and sugar content lower.

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I was going to say a lot of what tarnalberry just said. I don't have too many problems myself, but I've struggled right alongside my husband while we try to get him straightened out. I've also noticed that while he is fine with one food, my niece may not be okay with it. A lot of what you'll find is individual discovery. If my husband grabbed a dish of cherries, I'd be all over him in a heartbeat to make it a handful and have them with yogurt. Instead of a whole apple, we share an apple and have it with a little nut butter. He has a pretty serious problem with shooting through the roof and bottoming out but as long as he remembers (or I nag him enough) about balancing all of his sweets with proteins it smooths out those spikes a lot for him.

While I have little to no faith in dieticians in relation to helping with a gluten free diet, my husband and I have received immense amounts of help by seeing a dietician for him. Besides, you aren't actually required to do everything they tell you to. The one we saw was very cool about generalizing without getting into every last detail about every food. She was all about helping to make the right decisions and how to get to a good place without saying eat X Y and Z. It was a lot of this is how foods of these types will effect your blood sugar, grouping them thus does generally does this... blah blah blah. Maybe you'll see someone with a similar philosophy. If not and it is an unbearable meeting, you always have the option to just say right in the middle that you don't think they'll be able to help you and walk out.

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Thanks guys, I really appreciate your input , it is most helpful :)

I am feeling much less overwhelmed ( still a bit scared ) about this. I tested often yesterday and was amazed at the fluctuations and the tremendous range of those fluctuations :ph34r: .

So on to finding what works and does not for me ,,, :huh: seems like I have done that before with food, <_< , ( a few times :P )

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OK , A BIT of a rant here

I worked really really hard to get dairy back into my diet I think it was 18 months - 2 years gluten free before I reintroduced dairy into my diet .

NOW it looks like dairy is a MAJOR issue with my blood sugar ( sending it sky high then bottoming out WAY low, dangerously low ,then it takes days to get it leveled out again ) ARE you kidding me !!REALLY ,, I MEAN REALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I am going to cry :( Dairy has been my go to food , my if I am hungry pop in anywhere and grab something food , my only true convenience food ,,,, THE ONLY food I would/could even risk if eating out .( think full fat cottage cheese / fruit plate)....................................NOW I have lost that AGAIN :angry:

I just dont believe this.... AS IF my diet is not restrictive enough NOW THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats it( stomps foot :angry: ) I DO TRULY believe food is trying to kill me :ph34r:

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For me I need vegetables and I need them for breakfast. I hate it. I've learned to sautéed a big handfull of spinach in a pan, then make a crepe/omelet and stuff it with the spinach for breakfast. That's how I get veggies in the am, for example.

If your yogurt is high protein, sugar free it may help. It may also just be the fruit.

I had to really cut back the fruit in the beginning. Half an apple with peanut butter. Max 10 grapes with cheese. It helped that the sweetness made me sick. Your palate will adjust.

For me it was fiber from veggies and beans. My body really responds positively to it.

I also started exercising. As I built muscle mass and dropped weight (really it was more muscle mass, I think) I was better able to control swings.

I did have to very eat frequently when adding exercise - I was making kale/spinach smoothies with avocado and cocoa powder there for a while. Had to get the veggies in there in massive doses, and very little fruit.

Good news is as you learn your triggers you can add back more sweets. You just have to learn how/when.

I also had to steer clear of carbs like rice. I'd spike really bad with them.

Also, when I hit that hideous hypo point where I'd eat and eat to try to get my sugar up, I found 12 Ghiradelli semisweet chips fixed it. Hilarious, right?

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For me I need vegetables and I need them for breakfast. I hate it. I've learned to sautéed a big handfull of spinach in a pan, then make a crepe/omelet and stuff it with the spinach for breakfast. That's how I get veggies in the am, for example.

If your yogurt is high protein, sugar free it may help. It may also just be the fruit.

I had to really cut back the fruit in the beginning. Half an apple with peanut butter. Max 10 grapes with cheese. It helped that the sweetness made me sick. Your palate will adjust.

For me it was fiber from veggies and beans. My body really responds positively to it.

I also started exercising. As I built muscle mass and dropped weight (really it was more muscle mass, I think) I was better able to control swings.

I did have to very eat frequently when adding exercise - I was making kale/spinach smoothies with avocado and cocoa powder there for a while. Had to get the veggies in there in massive doses, and very little fruit.

Good news is as you learn your triggers you can add back more sweets. You just have to learn how/when.

I also had to steer clear of carbs like rice. I'd spike really bad with them.

Also, when I hit that hideous hypo point where I'd eat and eat to try to get my sugar up, I found 12 Ghiradelli semisweet chips fixed it. Hilarious, right?

yep , mine is dried apricots to get me back up ( I am refined sugar / artificial sweetner free )

My yogurt was plain ( unsweetened ) greek yogurt with unsweetened blueberries ( doing a trial on fruits now, too much at a time makes me nauseous but a small amount with a protein seems fine ) Cottage cheese with plain veggies sent me ALL OVER the charts :( .

Swiss cheese ( with ham ) was milder reaction but a reaction never the less ( I may try it again later) I dont even dare try cheddar cheese... it is my kryptonite.

Thanks for the suggestion on the breakfast veggies ( I HATE vegetables ) I will try that.

I am grain free except rice and that I limit very very strictly but it may go completely soon. I am eating more legumes and they are fine.

I see my endo on Tuesday so I hope ( after I vent all over her :P ) she will have some suggestions .

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yep , mine is dried apricots to get me back up ( I am refined sugar / artificial sweetner free )

My yogurt was plain ( unsweetened ) greek yogurt with unsweetened blueberries ( doing a trial on fruits now, too much at a time makes me nauseous but a small amount with a protein seems fine ) Cottage cheese with plain veggies sent me ALL OVER the charts :( .

Swiss cheese ( with ham ) was milder reaction but a reaction never the less ( I may try it again later) I dont even dare try cheddar cheese... it is my kryptonite.

Thanks for the suggestion on the breakfast veggies ( I HATE vegetables ) I will try that.

I am grain free except rice and that I limit very very strictly but it may go completely soon. I am eating more legumes and they are fine.

I see my endo on Tuesday so I hope ( after I vent all over her :P ) she will have some suggestion .

Is your dairy fat free? If it is it may help to eat a fatty one to slow down sugar conversion. Or dairy may be, like you observe, your kryptonite.

Veggies are key for me. I hate it. It's like my body is flipping me the bird. Don't get me wrong, I like veggies...I just hate having to eat so many, so early in the day. Every day. It's like taking medicine.

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Is your dairy fat free? If it is it may help to eat a fatty one to slow down sugar conversion. Or dairy may be, like you observe, your kryptonite.

Veggies are key for me. I hate it. It's like my body is flipping me the bird. Don't get me wrong, I like veggies...I just hate having to eat so many, so early in the day. Every day. It's like taking medicine.

I did not even think about that but yes the yogurt was fat free, the cottage cheese however was full fat ,, so I may ( as much as it pains me stomps foot again ) I may have to set dairy a side for now.with the hope that once I am somewhat stable I can test it again .

It is ironic that veggies are something that ( it appears anyway) I can eat freely with out a negative effect on my blood sugar, . Wouldnt you know it , it would not/ could not be something like dairy or donuts :P:lol: :lol:

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I did not even think about that but yes the yogurt was fat free, the cottage cheese however was full fat ,, so I may ( as much as it pains me stomps foot again ) I may have to set dairy a side for now.with the hope that once I am somewhat stable I can test it again .

It is ironic that veggies are something that ( it seems now anyway) that I can eat freely with out a negative effect on my blood sugar . Wouldnt you know it , it would not/ could not be something like dairy or donuts :P:lol: :lol:

Exactly!

Ironically, now that I can eat more sugar/carbs without my blood sugar going nuts I find it still makes my stomach feel bloated and uncomfortable...and of course, that's after binging for a month after making that exciting discovery.

So where am I? Back to eating a little sweet, here and there. Usually grain free.

Sometimes I'm a slow learner, I tell 'ya!

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Exactly!

Ironically, now that I can eat more sugar/carbs without my blood sugar going nuts I find it still makes my stomach feel bloated and uncomfortable...and of course, that's after binging for a month after making that exciting discovery.

So where am I? Back to eating a little sweet, here and there. Usually grain free.

Sometimes I'm a slow learner, I tell 'ya!

I am right there with ya :lol:
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I think I am heading the same way. I can't seem to handle fruit at the moment. I can manage say 3 dates, but not raisins or apricots. The thought of eating fruit after a month without makes me nauseous.

I can just about handle white rice, in small doses, but it pushes me towards cravings. I have tried cheddar cheese an am staying firmly in denial that I am getting congestion and cravings. Sigh.

Still, I do like the avocados and sweet potatoes I am living on.

There is a pot of Greek yogurt calling too. Trying to hold off...

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I think I am heading the same way..

I hope not but if so you are in good company ^_^
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I saw my endo yesterday,,,, First let me say I ♥ that woman ! She so gets (understands) me :lol:

Reactive Hypoglycemia , yep and of course she wants to know why. She is doing more tests ( of course :rolleyes: ) because she has to rule out anything nasty before we move on .

But do these doc's live in the same world we do :P ??

Her suggestion that I eat every 2 hours was meet with laughter :lol: My work place will be sooooo not impressed with that :lol:

and how do I eat continuously and not gain a tremendous amount of weight :wacko: so my next stop is the dietitian

Knowing my opinion of dietitians , Doc made sure to tell me to " play nice" with the dietitian :lol: she said that the dietitian " may not know squat about celiacs but she can help me with the hypoglycemia " as I said I ♥ that woman :D

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I saw my endo yesterday,,,, First let me say I ♥ that woman ! She so gets (understands) me :lol:

Reactive Hypoglycemia , yep and of course she wants to know why. She is doing more tests ( of course :rolleyes: ) because she has to rule out anything nasty before we move on .

But do these doc's live in the same world we do :P ??

Her suggestion that I eat every 2 hours was meet with laughter :lol: My work place will be sooooo not impressed with that :lol:

and how do I eat continuously and not gain a tremendous amount of weight :wacko: so my next stop is the dietitian

Knowing my opinion of dietitians , Doc made sure to tell me to " play nice" with the dietitian :lol: she said that the dietitian " may not know squat about celiacs but she can help me with the hypoglycemia " as I said I ♥ that woman :D

Vegetables and lean protein. It ain't sexy but it works.

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OK , A BIT of a rant here

I worked really really hard to get dairy back into my diet I think it was 18 months - 2 years gluten free before I reintroduced dairy into my diet .

NOW it looks like dairy is a MAJOR issue with my blood sugar ( sending it sky high then bottoming out WAY low, dangerously low ,then it takes days to get it leveled out again ) ARE you kidding me !!REALLY ,, I MEAN REALLY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think I am going to cry :( Dairy has been my go to food , my if I am hungry pop in anywhere and grab something food , my only true convenience food ,,,, THE ONLY food I would/could even risk if eating out .( think full fat cottage cheese / fruit plate)....................................NOW I have lost that AGAIN :angry:

I just dont believe this.... AS IF my diet is not restrictive enough NOW THIS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats it( stomps foot :angry: ) I DO TRULY believe food is trying to kill me :ph34r:

Have you tried full fat dairy? Look at the back of a carton of skim milk, full fat milk, half and half, and whipping cream and compare the number of carbs. If I remember correctly (I'm not at home) the whipping cream has *no carbs*. I remember being shocked the day I realized this. So I tested my blood sugar, drank some whipping cream, waited for a bit, and tested it again. And it hadn't moved a single point.

I find I do just fine with a mix of 2/3 half and half and 1/3 whipping cream. Or if I need to raise my blood sugar, I can just drink a swig or two of half and half. For me it seems to have just enough carbs to raise my blood sugar and plenty of fat to hold it in place.

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I did not even think about that but yes the yogurt was fat free, the cottage cheese however was full fat ,, so I may ( as much as it pains me stomps foot again ) I may have to set dairy a side for now.with the hope that once I am somewhat stable I can test it again .

It is ironic that veggies are something that ( it appears anyway) I can eat freely with out a negative effect on my blood sugar, . Wouldnt you know it , it would not/ could not be something like dairy or donuts :P:lol: :lol:

How funny. For me if I eat just veggies my blood sugar shoots up and then plummets. I was amazed when I realized I can't just eat a salad or a plate of veggies. And let's not even talk about fruits. I have to have a decent amount of fat with my veggies or I'm sunk.

Here's the secret - if your blood sugar doesn't go *up*, then it doesn't go *down*. The paleo/primal diet has been a godsend for me. High fat/low carb/moderate protein keeps my blood sugar from bouncing around. When I started I had to keep under 30 carbs a day to keep my blood sugar level. Now I'm up closer to 80-100 I think, and I don't have problems - as long as any time I eat carbs I eat fat.

Of course the minute I get glutened my blood sugar heads for the toilet, but that's a whole different story...

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I think I am heading the same way. I can't seem to handle fruit at the moment. I can manage say 3 dates, but not raisins or apricots. The thought of eating fruit after a month without makes me nauseous.

I can just about handle white rice, in small doses, but it pushes me towards cravings. I have tried cheddar cheese an am staying firmly in denial that I am getting congestion and cravings. Sigh.

Still, I do like the avocados and sweet potatoes I am living on.

There is a pot of Greek yogurt calling too. Trying to hold off...

Have you tried fresh fruit? Fresh fruit has a lot less carbs then dried fruit. Berries particularly are fairly low in carbs for fruit. I can't even imagine eating dried fruit - it would send my blood sugar to the moon - but 1/4 cup of blueberries along with some fat works beautifully.

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Thanks JoH, I will try again when I am feeling brave, others have suggested berries too :)

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Take it nice and slowly. :) Even a banana would set my blood sugar bouncing, but berries work really well for me. And you can find some good charts of the carbs in different types of fruits on the web.

This one's decent:

http://www.lasting-weight-loss.com/low-carb-fruits.html

It says 1/2 cup of dried dates has 62 carbs (eek!) a banana has 27 carbs, and 1/2 cup of blueberries has 10 carbs. I usually eat about 1/4 cup of blueberries, so I guess 5 carbs (plus the dairy) works for me...

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    • So, my long journey has brought me here, from several health anxiety and autoimmune forums I've finally arrived at something I hope is the cause of my problems. My more debilitating symptoms started about a year ago, when I got food poisoning, although it may have been even before that. Looking back into my childhood, I had anxiety and a lot of the behavioral symptoms of a celiac. The only thing I'm not quite sure of is that, standing at 5'11, I'm not sure if I could be so tall, or perhaps I would be even taller. When I was a kid, I threw a hissy fit whenever my grandmother tried to drag me to the doctor. I kicked and screamed when she tried to take me to get a blood test. I hated anything invasive. The standard cognitive tests and dentist visits were fine, but I absolutely refused to have my blood drawn, except with the prick of my finger, which still bugged the hell out of me, and I teared up when that thing scraped me. I probably would have been diagnosed with celiac a long time ago, if I had it.   I've been depressed for most of my life with a touch of anxiety. I did terrible in school because I didn't feel like doing the work. I had great test scores. At the end of the year, whenever we would have those tests I would pass with high scores even though I did poorly in about half of my classes. My work ethic paled in comparison to my intellect.    I ended up getting kicked out of school because of an incident I became involved in my junior year. I had finally made friends I struggled so long to get, and in the blink of an eye they were all gone. I held firmly the belief that those I had gotten into trouble with would come after me for revenge because they were part of a bad crowd. I was forced to keep going to school because I was still underaged, but tried as hard as I could to stay inside and away from people. I had to go to counseling because I told the police I had anger issues and that was why I snapped in that situation.  I became reclusive, and only stayed in contact with my closest friends. I honestly wanted them to think that I was dead. I ended up going through 2 rough situations, one where my grandmother's husband died of colon cancer, and one where my uncle died of liver/kidney failure - both related to heavy drinking and drug use. My anxiety spiked. I heard the death rattle for the first time in my life. I was convinced that my family didn't do enough to help my uncle, but in fact it was him that had been doing it to himself. He passed away the night I learned that he "had 2 weeks left". He wasn't even on any painkillers. I started to develop strange thoughts where I was convinced that I would be the next to die. These instances were just the beginning of my emotional problems. It took a very long time for my symptoms to fester. In the November 2015, I started working my first job. Manual labor at that. I was helping my boss install air conditioners and heaters in pristine houses in different parts of LA that cost up to 5 million. My boss started to talk about having me work there more and as someone who had plans that involved going to college you can probably imagine the discomfort I felt at the idea of working on air conditioners for the rest of my life, even if the money would be good. This was when the anxiety attacks began. Although there weren't any physical symptoms then, I started to feel my depression and anxiety weighing down on me. On Christmas 2015 I had an anxiety attack that presented with pain behind my right eye, something that sent shivers down my spine. I eventually got laid off by my boss in January and went back to lounging around my house for another month. I didn't really notice much wrong then, I was convinced that I might have to start taking antidepressants for my anxiety attacks pretty soon, as they would bother me a lot. One night, I got hungry. It was 9pm and my grandmother wasn't home yet to make dinner, so I asked my Grandfather to take me to Panda Express, one of my favorite places to eat.  I brought the food home and one of the first things I noticed was that it tasted vile. There was something off about the rice. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was my favorite food, so naturally, I ate the rest anyway without a second thought.  A couple hours later I had a nauseous feeling in my stomach. I knew I had gotten food poisoning. I spent the next 24 hours vomiting and squirming around on the floor until my symptoms went away.   But this wasn't like other times I had gotten sick. This time was different. When I woke up that morning, there was something wrong with me. Not with my stomach, but with my vision and my eyes. No, my vision wasn't blurry, but there was something else incredibly wrong with me. I take pride in reading and enjoying my foreign programs in which I have to read subtitles, but for some reason, I just couldn't focus. I couldn't read. I couldn't watch TV. I couldn't do anything that required a decent level of mental acuity. I brushed it off and figured it would probably go away in a couple of days. When I walked to the liquor store the next night, I noticed something strange. The halos around the street lights seemed larger and more pronounced. Although I'm not sure what it was, if that was even the problem in the first place, I knew something was wrong. My anxiety was the worst it had ever been. I hadn't been to a doctor in years, let alone care about my health. Most of my anxiety had to do with my surroundings, but suddenly I was compelled to google my symptoms. I had a strange feeling behind my eye and I started to see rings around lights. I thought I had glaucoma. The visual symptoms became worse. I started to see visual migranes, hard to explain, but they're like patches in my vision, kind of like visual fog but larger and more pronounced, and with afterimages whenever I see lights. It's aggravating to say the least. Anyways, I had about a week of these symptoms before I dragged myself to the eye doctor and told her I was convinced I had glaucoma. She looked at my eyes and said they were perfectly fine. I was a tiny bit nearsighted, but I had enough visual prowess to drive or doing anything else without having problems. This came as a surprise to me,  I couldn't even read or watch my favorite movies! I was convinced that all of this was just anxiety at that point. Loss of concentration didn't seem that bad. I was just glad I wasn't going blind. Then I REALLY wouldn't be able to watch TV.   A week passes by before I develop another debilitating symptom. Severe neck pain. I woke up one morning and it was agonizing. I'm not sure when I noticed I had tinnitus, but this was aggravated to say the least. The migranes and anxiety reached their peak. At that point I was convinced I had developed some form of meningitis. Falling asleep at night was like passing out after a long day of not being able to do anything. I was having panic attack after panic attack. I thought that it might be a tumor instead and I was convinced that I wouldn't even be alive for 20th birthday. There was a weakness that radiated down my left arm and leg. At this point, I was desperate to get even a month left to live. I was constantly pleading to a god I stopped believing in a long time ago for more time. I went to the doctor for the first time in years, convinced that I had meningitis. Both my grandmother and my GP laughed at the notion. The GP diagnosed it as nerve pain, gave me antibiotics for my constipation, antidiarrheal medicine, and an antianxiety and sent me on my way for a couple weeks. I took the antibiotics for a bit but ended up spilling them into the sink at which point I figured I probably couldn't use them anymore I don't remember any of my gastro symptoms then as i didn't think anything of them. All I can remember is being constipated for days on end, which wasn't very fun either. Eventually, I went back to the GP and she prescribed me elavil for my tinnitus and my nerve pain, which made just about everything that bothered me wither away at that point. The strangest thing, actually, was that my symptoms went away BEFORE I started taking the pills. Of course, I didn't know what happened, but I had a day when my symptoms went away before coming back again and I didn't want to take a chance, so I started the medication right away, and they never did come back. Swell right? WRONG.   I had a happy few months between Late March and August that seemed swell, except that I couldn't quite enjoy things like I used to, and I was saying things to my online friends that made them shy away from me. I was convinced at this point that I was just going crazy. My mother is schizophrenic so I just sort of took it as is and was getting ready to tell my doctor and see if the symptoms would go away if i stopped the pills. I didn't do this in reality, as a matter of fact, I told the GP I felt great and she suggested that I increase the dose from 10mg to 20mg. I didn't do this for a while, but I got into an argument with someone that I was just starting to become friends with and decided that enough was enough. I popped that extra 10mg and was ready to crank it up a notch to keep the depression at bay. It seemed to be working, but about a week later, I began to develop a burning pain under my right rib. Uh-oh! I started to google again, but my anxiety was still pretty much under control. I tried to convince myself I had colon cancer, but it didn't hit me hard until I told the doctor I thought the pills were causing the pain and that I was going to stop taking them. This is pretty much where things took a turn for the worst. One day, after I had a couple corn dogs and french fries, I went to the bathroom to find that my stool was yellow and there was blood. Immediately I panicked and called my GP. A lot of things have scared me these past few months, but none more than that instance. The occult blood test came back negative, what do you know. I was pretty healthy at around 147 pounds, my average weight. I told myself at that point that I would turn my life around before things got any worse. I wanted to go vegetarian and avoid meat for the rest of my life. That seemed like the best option at that point. Well, I was wrong, because I was probably b12 deficient, and where does b12 come from? Yeah.... Well, it probably wasn't colon cancer, so what else could I convince myself it was you ask? Pancreatic cancer. I rolled around in bed, night after night, feeling extremely tired, and at the same time, not being able to sleep. When I closed my eyes I had visions of what my organs would have looked like with cancer spreading everywhere. Other times I would envision my own funeral 2 months later after a very painful death. I was very spaced out. It was beyond brain fog. Not only was I so bloated I couldn't eat, but I just made it worse by taking immodium. After that it was god awful. If I was dying, I just wanted to know what was wrong with me, if I had any fighting chance at that point. I think I went down to 136 at this point. I got the blood test and was prescribed a different antidepressant by my doctor. I waited until my test results came back to take it. By that time, I had dark circles under my eyes and white patches on the insides of my cheeks. I came back to get the results of the test, and to my surprise there was absolutely nothing wrong with me (at least that could be seen from my blood). I already started eating meat again by this point. WBC 8.7 (normal) RBC 4.94 (normal) I wasn't even anemic. I swore that my skin started to yellow. I was constantly checking my eyes and suffering. I decided this was the last straw. I started to take the medication the doctor prescribed me, and I felt great! But a couple days later, I took the full dose and woke up the next morning, not being able to breathe and with a super fast heart rate and dilated pupils. This was my first time in the ER. The docs were dumb as rocks. They told me that it was "just anxiety". I couldn't even feel the move the left side of my body. I nearly died, and those kooks told me that I had anxiety! They made me sit in a chair for 30 minutes while the reaction went away! (not to mention I got the bill recently from that ridiculous debacle and they're trying to charge me $4000 for letting me in the door and sending me out.)   Anyhow I'll summarize the next few months between the ER incident and now, including a 2nd time I landed in the ER, wowee! -Lost 6 more pounds between that point and about a month ago. -Kept taking paxil and had several more reactions similar to the one that put me in the ER. -Learned about b12 deficiency and was convinced I had pernicious anemia for a while. Taking multivitamins staved off some of the symptoms, including the bloating. -Some mulitvitamins I bought actually made me feel worse including making my joints hurt, although this may be actually due to wheat, as i've learned -Fatigue became progressively worse. I've got Lymph nodes raised all over my body and I was sleeping most of the day before I stopped eating gluten entirely -Was constipated for days on end. My bowel movements improved with experimentation, although I still couldn't figure out what the problem was. I knew that things like French Toast would make my stomach hurt, but I didn't draw the conclusion because I was convinced that fatty foods would help me gain all that weight back (It obviously didn't. As a matter of fact it was probably why. I'm still sitting at around 132 but at least I'm not dead or getting worse from what I can gather.) -Extreme brain fog until I started taking large dose of sublingual b12. I play a lot of video games and my coordination was god awful.  -Took a non-sublingual b12 pill which made me bloat big time. I should have checked to see if those pills had wheat. -My hands and feet felt like blocks of ice, and my feet burned when I got in the shower. -Developed Tachycardia. I'm not sure when, but my resting heart rate is unsettling. Doctors said nothing about it -Diagnosed myself with several cancers and had several panic attacks which I used my b12 tablets to quell. -Tried to take Elavil again, and woke up with a strange feeling in my left arm, so I stopped taking it.   I ended up in the ER for the 2nd time a few weeks ago. This time I was sure I was going to get the answer I didn't want to hear. "We've examined your chest X-ray and found cancer spreading throughout your body" or something along those lines. I knew that there had to be something going on. I went in there for chest pain, but I had to tell the GP about what was going on. The weight loss, the abdominal pain that mysteriously disappeared months beforehand after I took the pills. He suggested that it must be some sort of malabsorption/malnutrition that was doing this, and I was convinced that an H Pylori infection was the cause. Anyhow, my chest X ray came back normal, as did my blood test, and when I got home, my grandma suggested that I look into Therapy. (as if that would somehow help with the chronic fatigue and other debilitating symptoms) I had nobody else to turn to, so I emailed my grandma and told her everything that was going on. She told me that she thought I had celiac disease, and so far, the results aren't too bad. I've gotten "glutened" a couple times so far, but my constipation is gone, and I've gained a little bit of my weight back. I'm not even sleeping as much as I was. I'm still going to see a gastro, a dentist, and a derma about my more serious concerns, but overall, I don't feel too crappy. I've even got my appetite back. Anyhow, if you've made it this far, I'm glad, as it has been a really bumpy ride for me. I've still got a lot of health anxiety about cancer, but I finally feel like I'm on the right path. I didn't even think I would be alive right now, especially not at 2 in the morning, with only minor aches and pains. I hope I can eventually get diagnosed and get used to this place.        
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