I am the mother of 4 children. I have 3 daughters aged 15, 13, and 10, and one 4 year-old son.
I am a 3rd/4th grade school teacher.
My son was just recently found to be allergic to wheat (June 2012) and we are awaiting results on a Celiac screening. He is very 'strong-willed' and must have things his own way. If someone breaks his routine or if you try to get him to do something that is not 'his idea', he can be extremely defiant and at times, just plain 'mean'.
My oldest daughter is epileptic. She was diagnosed PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorder, not otherwise specified), ODD (oppositional defiant disorder), ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder), and OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) all when she was just 5 years old. She also has very high anxiety. She has outgrown most of these diagnoses and I don't share them with her school or others unless it is necessary (except the epilepsy) since she doesn't fit most of these descriptions anymore. She is no longer taking any medications and is doing fine (she has not had a seizure in years, either). I wonder now if these symptoms could have had something to do with gluten in her diet. She is also a straight A student and very bright.
My second oldest daughter has struggled with ADD (attention deficit disorder) and recurring bladder/kidney infections from not fully emptying her bladder. Luckily, she has outgrown the infections (about a year ago now) and she is currently medicated for her ADD. She is very artistic and bright. Since being medicated for ADD, she has gone from failing grades (Ds and Fs) to all As and Bs.
My 3rd daughter is TAG (talented and gifted), even skipping a grade in school and excelling even being the youngest in her class. We notice a little bit of ADHD type symptoms, but they have not affected her academics or her home life, so she is doing just fine.
As for myself, my doctor is wanting to do screening tests on me for wheat/gluten allergies. I am currently medicated for ADHD type symptoms. I am pretty underweight, weighing only 107 lbs and being 5'8" tall.
My husband lucks out having no issues whatsoever! He loves feeling great and rarely getting sick.
Ravenwood is another member on this forum. I would be very interested to hear if you find out any information on the red burning skin on the backs of your hands. My oldest daughter used to get this often, usually in the wintertime. Her doctor just dismissed it as eczema, but I never really bought that. After a few years, she started getting a similar rash on her neck along with her hands. The only thing that she said helped was the spray on Eucerin cream.
My blisters do not join together either. They just 'erupt' and cause dry, cracked hands and then start to blister again. I also had it through the winter. At one point I had it chronically for about 3 years. Steroid creams were supposed to help, but unfortunately did not for me. Water makes it worse, for example I cannot do dishes without gloves or it will show up. I also got a rash on my scalp at the same time, but it wasn't the same as the blistering hands. Here is the interesting thing. I haven't had this rash in years (about 5 to be exact). We went gluten free for my son, who is allerg
Just a thought. I get a rash similar to this. It seems to come after a 'trigger' of some sort and is mostly worse in warmer months (the sun tends to make it worse). If it only occurring on your hands and feet, or just hands, it could be dyshidrotic eczema. The first time I got it, I was about 21 and it took YEARS to clear up. Here are some links to pics: http://www.skinsight.com/adult/dyshidroticDermatitis.htm http://dermnetnz.org/dermatitis/pompholyx.html
Lfrost replied to kymom's topic in Gluten-Free Foods, Products, Shopping & MedicationsHey ronschon, here is a link to someone who posted on this before, it looks like they contacted the company, but it didn't help much:
Thanks for all of the great info, mushroom! I can't wait to see what the doctor says about hyponeas. He totally blew me off about apnea since I am very underweight (even though I know that doesn't matter). I am not sure what his issues with referrals are. The more I complain about the sleep problem, the more he tells me it is panic attacks, or anxiety (I swear he is the one making me sound like I have anxiety by making me come back to complain!). He also dismisses my requests for a referral to a GI for my son who has chronic constipation and was vomitting daily for a month! (Sorry, venting
I am going in for a Dr. appointment on Monday (general checkup). My main concern was having my thyroid checked. I was wondering what I should do to get my Dr. to believe me. I haven't pressed the issue because it hasn't been happening as often lately. It had gotten really bad at one point happening multiple times each night, but has been about a week now since I have noticed it. However, I thought I always woke up when it happened, but my husband told me once of me shooting up in bed and taking a huge breath (gasping for a breath) and laying back down to sleep. I didn't remember doing it th
I wonder if I might have some form of sleep apnea, too. The problem is that I am very underweight. I will wake up out of a deep sleep and it is like I have forgotten how to breathe. Sometimes I have to leap out of bed to get a breath in. My doctor tried to tell me that I am having panic attacks in my sleep and put me on some kind of anti anxiety medication. It made no difference so I quit taking it. He seems to think I am imagining it. It doesn't happen every night, but I have found that when my chest feels tight, or heavy, like when my allergies seem to be acting up is when it happens m