9 months ago I beganfeeling "off".. I became EXTREEMLY tired.. I could hardly get out of bed. At the same time my appatite increased and I never ever ever felt full. I gained 10 pounds in a month because I was contstantly shoving food in my mouth because of this insane hunger. Most of the time, after eating I would feel hungrier than I was before I ate!
I started suspecting that it was something i was eating... I kept a lof of what i was eating and realized that it seemed like any time I had carbs (cereal, bread, etc...) was when I felt worse.
My head was filled with fog, I could not concentrate at work, I felt like I was living in a "dream" world.. I felt like a zombie.. all I wanted to do was eat and sleep.
Other symptoms I had:
-Yellow ring around my mouth (I had blood work done for liver function, etc and that came back normal)
-My nails became brittal
-Fatigue and weakness (stopped being able to excersise)
-Itchy rash (I developed this rash 10 years ago when I worked at a fast food place.. I had seen my doctor numerous times, and he constantly prescribed me different creams and nothing worked to get rid of it.) The rash went away on its own and seemed to have just disapered miracously! Not it's back.. I have it on my hands, elbows and my left knee. It is blistery, burns at times (especially after a workout)
-Abdominal cramping and pain
-Have not had my period in 8 months
-Rapid weight gain (6 pounds overnight!)
-I feel "crawlies" under my skin after eating certain things
-Rapid heart rate after eating certain foods
-crying for no reason
I went to the doctor and advised him of my suspicions that it was something I was eating.. he diagnosed me as being depressed and suspected I had an eating disorder...
I was offended at first, but decided to keep an opened mind (from what I read depression can have physical symptoms, and all I wanted in the world was to feel better!) So I took the Zoloft.. it seemed to help me feel a little happier, but things still were not right. I went back to the doctor and he assured me it was just depression and upped my dose...
That lead me to start trying to figure it out on my own.. I started googling my symptoms and immedietly had a huntch that it was a food sensitivity. Once I came accross Celiac diesease I had incredible suspicions that it was this (especially due to my mysterious rash).
I have cut gluten out for one week.. I immedietly started to feel better! My rash has cleared slightly, I can think clearly.. but I am still a bit fatigued and feel weak. My hunger seems more manageable, and my joint pain has improved termendously!
I'd appreciate any input you may have! Thanks