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  1. Celiac.com 11/26/2018 - Many people with celiac disease suffer from headaches. A team of researchers recently set out to more thoroughly explore the relationship between celiac disease and headaches. The research team included Panagiotis Zis, Thomas Julian, and Marios Hadjivassiliou. They are variously affiliated with the Academic Department of Neurosciences, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield S10 2JF, UK, and the Medical School of the University of Sheffield in Sheffield, UK. The team's goal was to establish the relationship between headaches and celiac disease, and vice versa, to explore the role of a gluten-free diet, and to describe the imaging findings in celiac patients affected by headaches. For their systematic review and meta-analysis, the team reviewed 40 articles published in the the PubMed database between 1987 and 2017. They included information regarding study type, population size, the age group included, prevalence of celiac disease among those with headache and vice versa, imaging results, the nature of headache, and response to gluten-free diet. They found that the average pooled rate of headaches in celiac patients was 26% (95% CI 19.5–33.9%) in adult populations and 18.3% (95% CI 10.4–30.2%) in pediatric populations. The headaches usually resemble migraines. Children with headaches of unknown origin, have celiac disease rates of 2.4% (95% CI 1.5–3.7%). There is presently no good data for adult populations. In such cases, brain imaging can be normal, but can also reveal cerebral calcifications with CT, white matter abnormalities with MRI, and deranged regional cerebral blood flow with SPECT. The good news is that a gluten-free diet seems to be an effective treatment. Up to 75% of celiac patients saw their headaches resolve when they followed a gluten-free diet. Celiac patients have high rates of idiopathic headache (that is, headaches of unknown cause), and patients with such headaches have higher rates of celiac disease. Therefore, patients with headache of unknown origin should be screened for celiac disease, since they may gain symptom relief from a gluten-free diet. Source: Nutrients 2018, 10(10), 1445; doi:10.3390/nu10101445
  2. I have been on the run for a diagnosis for the past three years and have reached nowhere as most doctors I have met so far have either said that I have psychosomatic symptoms arising from a depression I once had or irritable bowel syndrome ( I'm not depressed anymore, I will be again due to the lack of not knowing what's ruining my life). I have severe migraine headaches which increased progressively over the years and have chronic rhinitis since a small age ( I am currently 21 yrs old). Over the last three years, my health started deteriorating. In February 2013, I started suffering from depression ( bouts of uncontrollable crying, extremely low and worthless feeling, sensitive to small unreasonable things, lack of focus and generally like i was dropped into a pit and trapped). I have always been a very strong person who is not generally sensitive. But from that particular point things have just changed. Now I believe I'm not depressed anymore, though I have been diagnosed as having an anxiety problem. Since then I have had other symptoms recurring ( they come and go and there are days I feel slightly better) including joint pain (everywhere) , dull annoying aching pain on the entire right side of my body that gives me a numb, extremely weak feeling, muscle spams and tightness (mostly in the thighs), severe brain fog ( I am a very ambitious person and it kills that I cannot concentrate or remember anything that I am studying anymore), migraine headaches ( pain in the right eye during the attack), cycles where I have acid reflux like symptoms, constant vomiting after every meal, alternating constipation and diarrhea. I always have mild stomach ache after eating and then have to use the bathroom. During these cycles, I have gone to doctors who said it was IBS and put me on medication that never worked on me. I have gone up until three weeks where I could not eat anything but drink ORS. I also have cycles of excessive sleeping where I sleep almost 15 hrs a day ( increases or decreases from 15) and still wake up extremely tired. Throughout the sleep I am constantly dreaming and get very unrefreshed sleep. I also have shortness of breath,nausea, chronic fatigue and exhaustion and can not do anything mentally or physically stimulating. There have been points where my hands were weak enough that opening bottles became a challenge. Also have a history of incessant hair pulling since I was a child and vitamin D deficiency ( from a blood test done in December 2014). My thyroid tests came back all normal. This summer I started NAET treatment and according to the muscle testing response I have been shown to be "allergic" to almost all food items and also deficient in vitamins and minerals. The treatment so far hasn't helped me and I came across Celiac disease and asked for me to be tested during the period while I was undergoing NAET. I suspected celiac due to the fact that including all these symptoms, I also have tooth discoloration and brown stains on my teeth that I get cleaned every 3-4 months. Dentists do not really know what causes them so far and the last one i spoke to said it may be due to enamel hypoplasia which occurs in gluten intolerant cases. I did a ttg-IgA and total IgA test but came back negative/normal. I have done IgE test in the past and have results that are sky-rocketing high ( as i have chronic rhinitis). But this time my IgE too came back normal as well despite having allergies. Again, this blood was drawn for testing in the middle of my NAET treatment. Should I trust this result? I hope to find some answer or diagnosis to what is going on with me. I cannot function properly and I am extremely exhausted with no energy all day. Life is crumbling at a very important age. If it may be helpful, my family has a history severe joint pain, spondylosis, migraines and couple of symptoms similar to mine. They all just deal with it. My sister who is 14 have been showing weakness on one side, tooth problems and keeps fracturing herself along with very irregular menstrual cycles. I too have noticed that my menstrual period has reduced to less than 3 days from the normal 5 over the past two years, and they are light. Is anyone facing similar health problems or am I a hypochondriac who is not "thinking positively enough" to get better? Sorry for the extremely long post.
  3. I haven't posted here in years, but I thought others might have the same problem so I wanted to throw this out there. This isn't a better diagnosis by any means, but it might make sense for some with atypical experiences like mine. I have been sick since I was a teen, went from being a competitive athlete to unable to run for a few minutes without feeling very ill, eventually couldn't run without throwing up. Started suddenly and just kept getting worse, same time I began to get intense headaches (the kind that make you unable to stand or breathe for a moment). I also kept having these "attacks" that all of my specialists over the years claimed was too severe for Celiac (runs in the family but genes inconclusive, elimination diet stuck though and I'm fully gluten-free always, allergists claim I have a wheat allergy but bloodwork and skin tests don't show it). Progression of a normal "attack": 1. Feel something very wrong, often in the middle of the night ~4-5 hours after eating gluten (supports allergy according to immunologists) though I couldn't always find the source. Sometimes feels like there's a snake in my gut, otherwise general sense of impending doom. 2. Try to run to bathroom, sometimes pass out for a few seconds around here, brain and body seem to be moving at different speeds. 3. Intense and rapid hot/cold flashes, relentless abdominal pain begins to set in and worsens from here on. 4. Vomiting and diarrhea, often at the same time. Excruciating 10/10 worst experience ever abdominal pain that just will not end. Curl up on bathroom floor, intense thirst, sometimes hot/cold flashes subside. 5. Eventually I pass out and when I wake up I feel better, though I may still get a bit sick for a while. I have had every test in the book and many specialists in 5 states. No one can figure out exactly what is going on. The only hard data point (most tests are "off" but not in any suggestive way) is that after a minute of exercise my venous lactate is the highest that exercise physiologists, or anyone else, has ever seen in a not-about-to-die-from-trauma person. This has been noted in the literature for CVS, as well as wheat or gluten as a trigger. All of my literature searches brought up Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome, but since the definition never included the abdominal pain (the chief complaint in my opinion) or wheat I didn't much consider it, although it fits. I finally got around to a bunch of neurology testing and sure enough one of the mainline treatments eliminates the headaches and attacks (so far) entirely. I don't react to gluten now except to get intense brain fog, which is not worth it, so I'm still dedicated to a fully gluten-free diet. If you've always had a similarly weird constellation of symptoms, it may be worth checking in to CVS. It's rare, and it takes some strange forms in adults. There are no concrete tests, but the first remission of my symptoms in 15 years is enough for me. Being direly ill for a very long time and having no one believe you is terrible, but I just wanted to add that there is hope, if you just keep seeing new people with new ideas.
  4. Hello everyone! Hope you are having good days. I found this forum while I was yet again Googling furiously today. I do not have diagnosed Celiac disease. I was tested by blood test about a year ago, and although I can't find my test results at the moment I remember it was borderline, my antibodies were high but they said it was negative for Celiac. Before then I had been eating gluten-free for 12 months, reintroducing gluten maybe 1-2 weeks before the test. Anyways, here are the symptoms I have....I'm just at a loss of where to turn next. I've seen so many drs., so many specialists, tried so many medications, so many diets. I'm only 26 years old, Female, BMI 23 (normal weight). I would do anything for just a partial answer on what could be causing all this: Hyperthyroidism at age 15 (complete thyroidectomy due to stage 0 tumor on thyroid), now regulated Very low weight growing up Migraines since age 7 or 8 Frequent headaches IBS-D (IBS-C as a child, real bad) Frequent nausea/bloating/feeling full too fast Severe menstrual cramps, possible endometriosis or cysts Stomach ulcers/gastritis when I take NSAID pain relievers only a couple times Infertility (trying 5 years now) Anxiety (this is kind of a chicken or egg thing, I'm sure it makes everything worse) Hypoglycemia/sharp drops in blood sugar especially after carbs Terrible teeth Frequent sinus/ear infections I didn't start my menstrual cycle until after my thyroid was taken out, so almost age 16. I was also extremely skinny. I rarely had more than 1 or 2 bowel movements a week, despite eating what was probably 3,000-5,000 calories a day. It was extremely painful and caused long term nausea. Although, I don't really notice short term a difference when I cut out gluten. I feel better in general for sure. I can't tolerate hardly any dairy without IBS symptoms, even taking Align (which is amazing btw). My mom found Celiac a couple years ago and that's when I took it seriously but my negative test results sent me back to square one. Thank you for reading and I would appreciate any advice, thank you so much.
  5. Celiac.com 01/11/2010 - When I first went on a gluten free diet, my migraines disappeared completely.Forfive wonderful years, I only felt the twinges of a migraine (or maybejust a blessedly “normal” headache) during those few times when Iinadvertently consumed gluten.Another thing also happened once I went on a gluten free diet – I got pregnant. But, five yearslater, I learned that there could be more than one trigger for mymigraines and unfortunately, gluten was only one of them.After two cycles of pregnancy and nursing, my hormones eventually normalized into a regular cycle.Now, that, in and of itself, amazed me, that for the first time in my life my body had learned to have a 4-week textbook cycle.But, along with those cycles came the worst migraines I had ever experienced in my life.I realized, sadly, that gluten wasn’t my only migraine trigger.I could avoid gluten, but I couldn’t avoid my cycle.Theirony of it all struck hard– the gluten free diet had made me healthyenough to have a regular cycle – a regular cycle attached with horrificmigraines.Once again, I was going from doctor to doctor,but this time (unlike the years until my celiac diagnosis), I receiveda fast diagnosis – menstrual migraine.The neurologistwho diagnosed me said that they were probably the worst type ofmigraine out there – very resistant to medication, fierce in theirstrength, and often lasting for days.Well, he hasn’t been wrong. Four years of migraines later, I honestly believe I may have tried every migraine treatment known to woman!I have been searching for a solution in the hope that if I could cure mine, anybody’s could be cured.However,along the way, many of the things I have tried that have temporarilyworked, have worked for others too, with more lasting results.Hence this article – why not share what I’ve learned in the hope that others can be helped?Maybe, too, in this process, someone out there will know of a treatment that I have not yet tried. Before I go on, I dowant to say that staying on the gluten-free diet is the only option tohaving a good life at all – even though it allows the cycles that bringthe migraines.Before going gluten-free, I was sick all the time with migraines.Now I am much healthier, but do get terrible cyclical migraines.I obviously choose the latter. This article focuses on migraine prevention.Ido have in my cabinet some very expensive, strong prescription triptans(Amerge works the best for me) and these are a necessity…simply becauseI do not want to land up in my local emergency room with a migrainethat feels like it’s killing me.I think of the prescriptions as my rescue doses, for those times when all the prevention and care in the world fails. I have tried many,many preventative treatments – supplements, herbs, Chinese medicine,bioidentical hormone pills, natural hormone creams, allergy treatments,massage, chiropractic, and even acupuncture.People swearby massage and acupuncture, I tried it some, but did not perceiveenough of a benefit to continue – the expense alone was giving me amigraine. To date, nothing has taken away my migraines, but the following items have definitely helped.And, the good news is that every item listed is affordable and completely doable! Wakeup at the same time every day. My neurologist has a beautifulexplanation as to why this can prevent a migraine, and it surprisinglyhas nothing to do with low blood sugar! I cannot remember his eloquentexplanation. But, many migraine sufferers will find they get amigraine on their day off – the “Saturday Migraine”. Usually, it’sfrom sleeping in and messing up the sensitive sleep/wake cycle. Myalarm has one setting – for week days as well as weekends. If I’mtired later in the day from getting up early after a late night (whichwould usually happen on a weekend), I do my best to take a nap, but Irarely sleep in. B complex. Every migraine guide you read anywhere, always mentions theB vitamins. As I have already posted, and others have commented,celiacs have low absorption of the B vitamins since often the damagedportion of the small intestine is where absorption of B’s shouldoccur. This can be overcome by taking large doses of B’s. I finallyfound a B-complex I can tolerate, and that’s Solgar B50. They have astronger dose, Solgar B100, but the B50 works for me. B2 is oftensingled out for migraine sufferers, and Solgar makes an isolated B2,but this doesn’t work well for me. It may for you, and at under $10,it’s certainly worth a try – in fact, I wish I could give you some ofmy almost-full bottle to try! Magnesium. I’ve taken magnesiumall along, but recently, from a commercial on the celiac website in themigraine section, I read about Dermamag. (My husband joked with methat purchasing a supplement from an online Ad, was akin to finding adate on the internet, but it does look like this has been a goodthing!) The premise behind Dermamag, is that people with migraines arenot absorbing enough magnesium through their digestive systems (soundslike a celiac to me), and that their “patented” formula is the first ofits kind to deliver it through the skin. Well, $29 and a few dayslater, my first bottle arrived, and I must say, I’ve been quitepleased. It does sting my skin a bit, so I apply it to wet skin, butit has definitely stopped a few days from turning into migraine daysthese past few weeks. I’m hoping that after a few months of use, theoverall benefit will increase. It might work just as well to soak in abath of Epsom salts every night, and it would certainly be cheaper, butyou know, that isn’t a “patented” way to increase your magnesiumlevels!!! Lemon Juice. About three years ago I read a littleside article in an educators magazine, of all places, that women intheir mid-thirties often start experiencing terrible cyclicalheadaches. The article blamed this on our western acidic diets andwent on to say that one of the best ways to counteract an acidic dietis to squeeze lemon in your water. Now, that made about as much senseto me as nothing – since lemons are acidic themselves, but lemons arecheap – much cheaper than the dozens of supplements I have tried overthe years. I have since been told that although they are acidic, theirnet effect in the body is basic (?!!) but illogical logic aside, Istarted squeezing lemons into my water that same day and for THREEMONTHS I did not have one migraine. Of course, you have to be carefulnot to overdo it – too much acid cannot be good for a sensitivestomach. Currently, I consume at least one lemon every day – mostpeople go to the store when they run out of milk, I go when I run outof lemons. I honestly think that at this point in my migraine journey,without “lemon-water” I would have a migraine every day. Vitamin D. I actually break open my vitamin D capsule and rub it on myskin every other day. I know the latest articles are pushing 4000 IU’sof vitamin D a day and higher, but if I take that much (orally ortransdermally) I get welts on my skin. I showed the welts to a healthcare practitioner once and he immediately said they were from excessvitamin D. I reduced my dose and find that 2000IU every other dayseems to be optimum for me. Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) fromHemp Oil. I think, I hope, I pray, that this oil is turning into myown personal magic bullet. A few months ago I purchased some ManitobaHarvest Hemp Oil on the advice of a friend and went 5 weeks without amigraine. I had previously tried a great brand of EPO in the capsuleform, but honestly couldn’t afford to take it in the doses I required. The Hemp Oil, however, brings you the EPO in a nature-made n-3:n-6:n-9fatty acid ratio. When I ran out of the Manitoba harvest, I couldn’tfind it locally, so I bought a different brand and my migrainesreturned. Frustrated, I gave up on it, until just two weeks ago, whensomeone I had suggested try it raved on and on how it was helping themwith PMS. I finally found my original brand, and have been back on itfor 10 days. The difference so far has been amazing, I don’t even feellike I could get a migraine at all! Obviously, time will tell, but fornow I’ll continue to be hopeful. I actually take Nordic Arctic FishOil, too, so I mix a little of each and swallow the whole nasty mess. I have friends who mix it in juice or incorporate it in their food, butI don’t want to ruin the food I’m eating, so I just take it straightand get it over with. A word of caution – EPO has been known to causeuterine contractions, so do not take it if you are pregnant! Finally, and I will not belabor this point since I have have mentionedit in another article, I do take Solgar’s prenatal multivitamin simplybecause it’s the only multi that I can tolerate. And, I only take halfa dose. Calcium, magnesium, vitamin D from Solaray. That’smy personal regime. I have come up with it by research, reading,severe trial and error, and much wasting of money. Hopefully one ofthose items can help you in your quest to become migraine free. Asalways, I would never try more than one new thing at a time, our bodiesare too sensitive and there needs to be time for us to gauge our ownreactions. Good luck, God bless, and I would love to hear of anyof your own personal successes against migraines. Maybe, between allof us, we can beat these things, and instead of counting the yearsuntil menopause, we can enjoy the intervening years gluten AND migrainefree!!!
  6. Neurology 2001;56:385-388. Celiac.com 02/15/2001 - According to a new study published in the February issue of Neurology, severe, chronic migraine headaches can be triggered in gluten-sensitive individuals who do not exclude gluten from their diets. The study examined ten patients who had a long history of chronic headaches that had recently worsened, or were resistant to treatment. Some patients had additional symptoms such as lack of balance. Dr. Marios Hadjivassiliou, from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield, UK, and colleagues tested each patient and found that all were sensitive to gluten. . The patients were tested and each was found to be gluten-sensitive. Additionally, MRI scans determined that each had inflammation in their central nervous systems caused by gluten-sensitivity. Results: Nine out of 10 patients went on a gluten-free diet, and seven of them stopped having headaches completely. The patients heightened immune responses, which are triggered by the ingestion of gluten, could be one of the factors causing the headaches. The other two patients who were on a gluten-free diet experienced significant relief, but not complete relief. Conclusion: According to Dr. Hadjivassiliou, removal of the trigger factor by the introduction of a gluten-free diet may be a promising therapeutic intervention for patients with chronic headaches. Further studies are needed to confirm Dr. Hadjivassilious preliminary findings.
  7. Celiac.com 04/10/2013 - People with celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease have higher rates of migraine headaches than their counterparts without those conditions, according to a new study. The research team included Alexandra K. Dimitrova MD, Ryan C. Ungaro MD, Benjamin Lebwohl MD, Suzanne K. Lewis MD, Christina A. Tennyson MD, Mark W. Green MD, Mark W. Babyatsky MD, and Peter H. Green MD. A team of researchers recently set out to assess the rates of migraine headaches in clinic and support group patients with celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and to compare those with a sample group of healthy control subjects. A number of European studies have shown higher rates of migraine headaches in patients with celiac disease and IBD compared with control subjects. For the study, participants all answered a self-administered survey containing clinical, demographic, and dietary data, as well as questions about headache type and frequency. They also used both the ID-Migraine screening tool and the Headache Impact Test (HIT-6). The research team analyzed five hundred and two subjects who met exclusion criteria. Of these, 188 had celiac disease, 111 had IBD, 25 had gluten sensitivity (GS), and 178 healthy subjects served as controls. Thirty percent of celiac patients, 56% of gluten-sensitive patients, 23% of IBD patients, and 14% of control subjects reported chronic headaches (P < .0001). Using multivariate logistic regression, the team found that all subjects with celiac disease (odds ratio [OR] 3.79, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.78-8.10), GS (OR 9.53, 95% CI 3.24-28.09), and IBD (OR 2.66, 95%CI 1.08-6.54) had significantly higher rates of migraine headaches than did control subjects. Migraine rates were influenced by female sex (P = .01), depression, and anxiety (P = .0059) were independent predictors of migraine headaches, whereas age >65 was protective (P = .0345). When it came to grading their migraines, seventy-two percent of celiac disease subjects reported having migraine that were severe in impact, compared with 30% of IBD, 60% of GS, and 50% of C subjects (P = .0919). The number of years on gluten-free diet had no influence on the severity of migraines. Migraine headaches were more common in people with celiac disease and IBD patients than in control subjects. The team points out that future studies should screen migraine patients for celiac disease and assess the effects of gluten-free diet on celiac disease patients with migraines. Source: Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. DOI: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2012.02260.x
  8. Am J Gastroenterol. 2003;98:625-629 Celiac.com 04/29/2003 – The findings of a recent study published in the March edition of American Journal of Gastroenterology indicate that around 4% of those who suffer from migraine headaches may have celiac disease, and in such cases a gluten-free diet can reduce or eliminate migraine symptoms. According to one of the researchers, Maurizio Gabrielli, MD (Gemelli Hospital in Rome, Italy), if further studies confirm these findings it could alter the current range of migraine treatments to include serological screening for celiac disease and the gluten-free diet for those with positive test results. Maurizio Gabrielli, MD and colleagues studied 90 patients who were diagnosed with idiopathic migraine, and found that 4.4% had celiac disease compared to 0.4% of 23 controls. The four migraine patients found to have celiac disease were treated for six months with a gluten-free diet and their symptoms decreased or were eliminated. The patients also showed an improvement in their cerebral blood flow on a gluten-free diet that was confirmed by using single-photon emission computed tomography scans.
  9. Hi all - I want to ask a question as it relates to gluten consumption + alcohol consumption to see if anyone here experiences similar symptoms. Basically here is what I experience in a nutshell: Gluten consumption - typical gluten side effects like bloating, discomfort etc. Alcohol consumption - aside from a good buzz, nothing ;-) Gluten (in food) consumption + alcohol consumption - extreme migraine headache for roughly 12-24 hours; only alleviated by time passing or throwing up everything in my system This really is a curiosity question more than anything. The obvious solution is to be very careful about not getting glutened from food when drinking, or not drinking. I'd love to know though if anyone else experiences this side effect and if anyone has theories as to why gluten from food might have this effect when drinking alcohol. Thanks in advance!
  10. Rather than ask related question in several other threads and hijacking everyone else I decided I should ask this: I have had a really bad couple of weeks. I thought it was allergy and weather extremes. I've always had this sort of thing, migraines, various autoimmune problems and that could of course be exactly why the last couple of weeks have been bad but how do I know the difference? Years ago I began having migraines, problems with my pituitary that went undiagnosed then underdiagnosed and then other autoimmune problems began. I was born with pretty bad allergies. In general I have to say there is improvement because I'm not eating obvious gluten. Before now I ate whole foods, fresh or frozen veggies and fruit, eggs, milk, cheese, homemade yogurt, brown rice, single spices (not blends) and healthy fats. I haven't had much trouble figuring out what was safe to eat and gluten free because eating the way I do is straightforward. I know what is in my food because it's recognizable and I put it there. So, What is the best approach to getting gluten out of my life? I'm single so I don't share dishes, pot, pans and utensils. Will I need to buy some things new because they have been contaminated beyond what the dishwasher can clean? Living in an apartment means having your stuff at the mercy of your neighbor's bugs (something I learned the hard way years ago) so I always keep things sealed in airtight containers or bags. Most people who cook and don't do this have all sorts of stuff in their cabinets, refrigerator and freezer that I don't, but every-time something is opened, I know there are unintentional traces left behind. Do I need to hire cleaning of the areas that could be contaminated like kitchen cabinets, drawers, pantry and surrounding surfaces and carpeting? How far can the contamination travel? How do the rest of you know the difference between migraine, brain fog and feeling sick because of mold in the spring or from accidental glutening? I don't doubt anymore that I have a problem with gluten. I just don't know how to tell it apart from whatever else is going on.
  11. hey all, I am a Gluten free newbie and a member of the community suggested I should introduce myself and explain my situation in a new thread, so here goes: The things you need to know about me: I am in my early 30s. I have had hemiplegic migraines inherited from my dad since I was six or 7. Aura with the migraines usually runs the full gamut from visual distrurbances, to numbness, to disorientation to severe headaches. I have been overweight since puberty hit, and have had GI issues since middle school or high school, but I have dropped 16 pounds since moving from CA to OR in August and trying to start a healthier lifestyle and I am still having GI issues. Somehow the "out of body" feelings and visual disturbances that I used to associate with my migraine aura, became prolonged to the point where I am now feeling them every day. Doctors tried to treat for migraines rather than GI issues and since they couldn't understand what my "out of body feelings were", I lost a few jobs in a row as the result of not being able to be reliable. In doing my own research to find out why I was feeling inexplicably sick every day, my symptoms matched those of malabsorption. My picture could have been next to the description. Gluten and possibly lactose intolerance seemed to be the underlying causes for malabsorption and possible depersonalization (my out of body feelings) so I am now attempting to go 100% gluten free to see if it will fix my issues. I am finding it really difficult for two reasons: #1 I don't know how to cook. I'm used to eating out and grabbing snacks or frozen foods. #2 I am a cheese-a-holic (not so good for avoiding dairy) and #3 hubby and I can barely pay the rent, let alone by all the food we need (though the financial assistance question someone asked in here was very helpful). My doctor just ran a test today for B12 deficiency and I am waiting on the results. She has recommended that I should see a psychiatrist, a GI Specialist and a neurologist, none of which I can do because I have no money! So....I am basically in a constant state of zombie mode, fatigued, stressed, gassy, constipated, sleep deprived, starving, and feeling completely lost when anyone mentions cooking. I just really need some help and advice!
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