I am new to this site and have found it very useful in trying to figure out my problem, but....
I am 42 years old and Approx. 10 years ago my family lived in a moldy house that made us all ill, we moved from that location where I had become terribly sick and everyone got well except me, I suffered terribly with diarea, GI problems, headaches, depression, anxiety, vision problems and more for a year, no doctor could find an answer. I learned on my own that the only thing that helped was eating very clean and very very slowly i got better. We lost everything we owned and over the years I have ate mainly nothing but whole wheat noodles and lauras lean beef. I decided sulfites or some ohter additive must be my problem, I managed to keep working and still had bouts and felt bad.
My mother also had similar problems where she ended up in the hospital for a month with chest, shoulder and joint pains and ill and despite all the test, they could not find the problem, only strong antiinflammorties helped. We did notice she improved when she only ate fresh fruits. An inflammation scan showed she had lots of inflammation thru her body, with the largest concentration being in her abdomen. She has since found if she stays away from wheat and gluten, she does well and doesnt need much medicine at all and all swelling goes down in her feet and hands.
So following mom's lead and insistance, I started trying to remove wheat from my diet early last year and got in trouble. I had noticed that while just eating wheat and beef, that if I didnt eat my wheat I got very weak and after eating eat was energized. So once going to Amy's mac and cheese (gluten free) I had a bout that took several months of beef and oatmeal to get out of, but never got back in my old groove. I did notice that my constant ringing in my ears started to come and go once I stayed off the wheat pasta. In Novemebr it hit again, I had been adding Kamut noodles to my diet and still eating oatmeal. Despite my efforts, nausea, direa, pains and headaches have flourished. Upper GI and scans showed no problems, was scoped from both ends and the GI doctor advised i was inflammed from stem to stern. Biopsy's for fungus and bacteria were negative. He adivsed my wife (i was abit out of it from the scoping) that if the tests were negative then it must be food allergies. He did find a hiatal hernia and acid reflux but too much inflammation for just that, gaveme an antacid and sent me home.
I decided to try and do the gluten free scenario and it made me even sicker. I went on a organic rice pasta and beef diet and things went horribly worse. the headaches were the worst I have ever had and the anxiety and depression hit. I cant watch TV or do much of anything, skin crawly episodes that end in sweats and depression, and ears ringing again. Its been two weeks of this torture and it seems that I am starting to possibly improve and my ears start improving when suddenly it hits again and I am very ill and ears start ringing again. The headaches arent as severe now but are of migraine status. It comes in waves. Especially about a half hour after i eat, then (if) when it lets up some, I get real hungry and try and eat again. I read about withdrawals (when I can read) and at times it does feel like I am going thru some kind of withdrawal from drugs or something. But I am loosing my will and very discouraged.
The GI doctor told my wife I should get off wheat and such but didnt do a celiac test since he said i was too big to be a celiac, and he didnt see any holes in my stomach and such while scoping so I couldnt possibly be that.
Is this withdrawal normal? I am starting to think I wont live thru this!